Overview & Map

This 120-day overland tour is operated by Dragoman Overland.

This expedition is offered both westbound and eastbound. Travelling via Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China & Mongolia, this overland tour follows the ancient Silk Road and explores Mongolia. From fascinating history and stunning scenery to friendly and hospitable people and much more.

Ulaanbaatar to Istanbul overland tour map

Is this trip for me?

If you have decided that overlanding is for you, but just need to know which trip will best suit you, here are some things to think about:

Accommodation – this trip has a low percentage of camping (around 25%). Most accommodation is in hotel style accommodation on a twin-sharing basis, however there are also several yurt/ger stays and homestays which are a fantastic way to experience the local ways of life. While staying in yurts or gers you will be sharing with 4-8 people, and in homestays the rooms vary so it is important that you have a flexible approach to this. In the cave stay in Lijiashan you may use kang beds which are large beds which you may have to share with other members of the group. Dorms are used in Istanbul and may also be used in Goreme. Note the section through Mongolia is predominantly wild camps and ger stays.

Flexibility – overland travel through Mongolia is hugely rewarding and a great way to see this wild, untamed land. However it is worth noting that journey times are heavily dependent on the state of roads, which is in turn heavily dependent on the weather. The roads in Mongolia are mostly dirt tracks in very poor condition, which means that an even greater degree of flexibility is needed for this trip in all regards.

Weather – this trip start runs through Central Asia during the height of summer and you can expect high temperatures (35 degrees +) in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, but you can still expect some cold conditions in parts of Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia so you will still need a good quality sleeping bag and some warm clothes.

Nature vs Culture – this trip offers a lot on both fronts – if you are interested in history then the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan, the Christian history of Georgia and the Buddhist sites in China will all impress. If nature and wide-open spaces are more your thing, then Kyrgyzstan will be an absolute highlight (as it is for almost everyone who visits!) and Mongolia is a country best explored overland! Yurt / ger and homestays will give you the opportunity to engage with local people in the ‘Stans and Georgia. The diversity of China is often surprising and well worth exploring.

To find out more about overlanding in general, be sure to visit our Overlanding page.

Registan Square in Samarkand, one of the most impressive sights in Central Asia

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