Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (Горхи-Тэрэлж) is in Tuv of Mongolia, only 55 km outside of Ulaanbaatar.

Understand

Turtle Rock

Terelj is considered one of the most scenic areas in all of Mongolia and is only a short drive outside of the capital. It's a rather mountainous area with a beautiful river, forests and some interestingly shaped rocks. The beautiful, mostly unspoiled natural area is a popular place to go for a picnic or spend the weekend for Ulaanbaatar's residents. Due to its popularity, there are many tourist camps and activities inside the park.

Get in

Inside the park

By Bus

There is a bus from Ulaanbaatar to the park.

It leaves from a bus stop on the south side of Peace Avenue, opposite of the big 'Narantuul Hotel', 150 meters East of the junction with Ondor Gegeen Zanabazaryn Gudamj, which is the road that runs south from Gandan Khiid. The bus waits at the east end of the bus stop. The bus stand has a large "Pepsi" signs on it (GPS N47.91545 E106.89782). Stand with the hotel to your back, cross the road, walk a few metres to the left.

Buses leave at 12:00 noon and take 2 1/2 hours to get to Terelj village, which is the penultimate stop.

Coming back, they leave Terelj village at 19:00. The bus costs 2500 MNT one way (all prices here August 2015).

Alternatively to get back, take the microbus from Terelj village to its last stop Nalaih town (every two hours, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, etc., 2000 MNT). There buses leave for UB every 10 minutes (900 MNT).

By Car

The road is paved all the way, fine for cars. Lots of UB residents come for the weekend, so you can probably find a ride back to UB pretty easily. Offer to help pay for petrol.

Fees/Permits

3000 MNT payable at the national park gate, 6km from the turnoff for the park road.

Get around

Vista inside the park
Terelj Monastery

See

Do

summer in Terelj

Trekking, Horse riding, rafting, and golf during summer. Cross-country skiing during winter.

Buy

There are a couple of standard shops in Terelj village if you want to stock up on bottled water, biscuits, vodka, etc. Tourist camps sell stuff as well but will have less variety and higher prices.

Sleep

Lodging

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