Gorkhi-Terelj national park day tour

Short description

The park has many rock formations for rock climbers, and includes two famous formations named for things they resemble: Turtle Rock and the Old Man Reading a Book Praying Lama Rock.

Many Westerners were introduced to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park when the CBS reality television program The Amazing Race visited the park in the second

Highlights: Turtle Rock, Meditation temple Ariyabal and visit local nomadic families. During the summer there are great opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, flower and bird watching.

Tour itinerary
  • Gorkhi-Terelj national park
    First, we will drive to Terelj National Park for 80 km. It’s one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. You can see the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones, some of them look quite similar to turtles. We will see Turtle Rock and visit Ariyabal meditation temple, which is surrounded by scenic mountains with interesting rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. The distance between the gate and the actual temple is about 1 km and it is only accessible by walking. Also, we will visit local nomadic family to experience the lifestyle in the country side, which has not changed for centuries. 1 hour horse riding with support of family man.
  • Chinggis Khan statue complex
    Continue travel to Chinggis Khaan Monument. This statue, showing Chinggis Khaan (1162-1227) with a golden whip in his right hand gazing into the distance, has been erected at the Tsonjin Boldog site connected to many historic events in the territory of Erdene soum in Tov aimag, 54 km from Ulaanbaatar. The haughty and yet honorable statue is surrounded by 36 columns representing 36 Mongolian Khaans. The entire edifice is covered in 250 tons of steel. Visitors will ascend to the exhibition hall using an elevator at the back of the horse and will walk to the horse’s head passing through its chest and the back of its neck from where they will have an excellent panoramic view over the complex area and the scenery beyond. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel. End of tour.

Essentials

Tour route
  • Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar > Gorkhi-Terelj
    Distance: 50km
    Time: 1 hours
  • Day 1 - Horse ride
    Distance: n/a
    Time: n/a
  • Day 1 - Gorkhi-terelj > Chinggis Khan statue
    Distance: 20km
    Time: 30 minute
  • Day 1 - Chinggis Khan statue > Ulaanbaatar
    Distance: 60km
    Time: 1 hour
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