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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (Горхи-Тэрэлж) is in Tuv of Mongolia.

It's a rather mountainous area with a beautiful river, forests and some interestingly shaped rocks.




Gorkhi/Terelj National Park-is one of the most popular national parks in Mongolia. Terelj is 70kms (44miles) N/E from Ulaanbaatar and features stunning granite mountains and flowery endless grassy green meadows. This picturesque National Park is a part of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. It is a great place for hiking, trekking, even you can rock climb here at its natural steep granite walls.

Flora and fauna[edit]


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By Bus[edit]

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 stops on every bus stop on the Peace Avenue on the way to/from park.

Buses number XO:4 leave at 16:00pm only, and take 2 1/2 hours to get to Terelj will stop next to Turtle Rock. (September 2016)

Coming back, they leave Terelj village at the uncivilised hours of 08:00am and 19:00pm. The bus costs 2500 MNT one way.

By Car[edit]

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.


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

Get around[edit]

The easiest way is to hitchhike around the park. If the driver wants cash, just wait for another car, people will take you for free. (We hitchhiked from Turtle Rock to Chinggis Khaan Statue and back to Ulaanbataar with no problems at all. September 2016)

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  • The Turtle Rock (GPS N47.90848 E107.42380 )
  • Rock Formation (GPS N47.92750 E107.42320)
  • Dinosaurs (GPS N47.90315 E107.43837)

Do[edit][add listing]

Trekking, Horse riding.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are a couple of standard shops in Terelj village and Mini market next to Turtle rock, 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.

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  • Ecotourism Ger Camp, (You can phone Bert for a pick up from the bus, or directions are to turn right after the UB2 hotel and wade across the river. After that turn right (east) along the track alongside the river that follows the electricity poles. When you reach pole numbered 40 turn 90 degrees right and it's in front of you.), 99734710. The affable Bert and his family run a quiet ger camp away from the main tourist area. He can arrange horse riding further into the park, including Gunjiin Sum and there's good hiking in the area. Bert also makes his own Mongolian/Dutch cheese. 35 EUR Per person per night including breakfast, lunch and dinner..  edit
  • Other Tourist Ger Camps. There are numerous tourist Ger camps on the road as you approach Terelj village, some are closer to the road than others. Any of them can set you up with horse rental, otherwise you can just hike around the park. 25,000 Tk for a 2-person Ger (no meals included), you might be able to bargain a bit, since there are a bunch of tourist camps and they're fairly indistinguishable.  edit

Sleeping in local ger camp shoudl be 25k-50k per person per night without food.


  • Authentic Mongolian Ger Heating. Heated by the wood stove placed in the center of it. The ger keepers start fire for you and can keep setting fire from time to time during colder nights.



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