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Top 10 Things to Do in Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

GORKHI-TERELJ National Park is considered one of the most beautiful worth visiting places for travelers who wanted to rest in the surroundings near UB. If you like adventure activities such as hiking, rafting, horse or camel riding, ad visiting nomad families, and staying overnight in traditional Ger dwellings within a short period, this is the real place to fulfill your wishes. 


1. Terelj National Park's Natural landscape – is colorful and with magnificent alpine scenery. The National Park area is very impressive, with massive rock formations set among scenic valleys and hills with a winding river and groves of trees. Travelers can take leisurely strolls on meadows carpeted with a variety of wildflowers, view fascinating rock formations against a backdrop of pine-covered mountains and wander along the wooded banks of a mountain stream.  


2. Turtle Rock – The symbol of Terelj National Park is 24 meters high, with giant rock formations like a lying turtle. You will take a photo of a rock and relax for a while in the shade of this giant turtle before starting hiking towards Ariyabal meditation temple.   


3. Ariyabal Meditation Temple – was built in 1998-2004, because of its “Natural Energy”. It is located on a steep hill. The shape of the temple is an elephant's head and the set of 108 stairs leading up to the temple symbolizes the elephant’s elongated trunk. Due to reach there you will cross the “Bridge of Heaven” and 108 stone stairs will lead you to the main temple to see 108 small stupas and 108 prayer wheels placed around the temple. 



4. Hiking. Hiking is the best experience in the NP. Sometimes it seems like rock climbing instead of hiking. You will hike through the green meadows, strangely shaped in the Rocky Mountains, and side along the rivers of Terelj and Tuul.    


5. Edelweiss – is a well-known mountain flower and there are a variety of wildflowers in Terelj and looks very impressive and colorful in the summertime. Especially, you will enjoy summertime finding Edelweiss at high, rocky places. The plant prefers rocky limestone places at about 1,800–3,000 meters altitude. It is considered the symbol of immortal forever love, according to the fairy tale. 


6. Horse and Camel riding – through the vast green steppes is one of the adventurous activities for those who came to nomadic Mongolia. Mongolians are said that “Nations born on horseback”.

 

7. Visiting a nomadic family – is the chance for exploring their real routine life and feel the hospitality. Visitors are welcomed into the Mongolian ger and offered “Suutei tsai” /milk tea/ or “Airag” /mare’s milk/. You are able to know the herdsman how to care for their livestock and the hostess does the daily indoor activities besides taking care of the children.


8. Camping at Mongol Ger. The best comfortable option to sleep in Mongol ger is staying at a tourist ger camp near UB. The traditional gers have brightly colored furniture, beds, and a wood-burning stove in the center. The washing block and toilet are separated from the gers. But it has the opportunity to stay in a luxury ger with a private toilet and shower. The gers are a really enjoyable and authentic form of accommodation, warm in the winter, and cool in summer. The best way to book is through a local travel company, which would have the most up-to-date information.


9. Archery – one of the traditional “Three Manly Games” of Naadam festival, as well as wrestling, horse racing, and archery. You can experience archery at some tourist camps in Terelj NP.    


10. Kayaking - One of the most relaxing and funny ways to stand a Terelj National Park is definitely Kayaking. You will be able to kayak through the beautiful Terelj river. It will continue from 1 hour to 4 hours.




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