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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Basics

A small southern portion of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park has been developed for tourists, with amenities such as tourist ger camps, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Popular ways to enjoy the park include hiking, rock climbing, swimming, rafting, horseback riding, and bird-watching.

Many travelers visit as part of a day or overnight tour, often combined with a visit to a nomadic family and a stop at the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex. Those with more time can embark on multi-day tours and stop at other parks in the area, including Bogd Khan Mountain National Park and Hustai National Park. Those with a week or more can go on extended adventures covering several regions in Mongolia, such as Central Mongolia, the Altai Mountains, or the Orkhon Valley.

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Genghis Khan Day Tour with Bonus Gorkhi-Terelj National Park One Day tour
Genghis Khan Day Tour with Bonus Gorkhi-Terelj National Park One Day tour
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$76.93 per adult
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Glorious Genghis
Top Marks for Bayar!! He was an excellent guide. The day started on time. Very skillful driving! Great conversation! No awkward moments. A very enjoyable and informative day out. Had a nice drive through Terelj National Park. Saw the infamous Turtle Rock. Saw a golden eagle, then gained some wisdom and wise words on the walk up to Ariyabal meditation temple and stopped off at the roadside to have an authentic Mongolian lunch before heading back to the city.
Jenny_J, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Ulaanbaatar

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Pleasantly unexpected private tour
Carmel_C, Jun 2022
Genghis Khan Day Tour with Bonus Gorkhi-Terelj National Park One Day tour
Because I was the only one, it turned out to be a private tour that allowed me to take my time to enjoy each site visited. I especially enjoyed visiting the Buddhist monastery. Bayar, the tour guide, is proficient in English and we had thought-provoking conversations on a range of topics, from education to religion to politics. He was patient with me as I read through each meditation board at the monastery. I also enjoyed the lunch.
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Bayar was my guide and he...
Ruby_O, Jun 2022
Genghis Khan Day Tour with Bonus Gorkhi-Terelj National Park One Day tour
Bayar was my guide and he made the trip very memorable. I was a solo travelled and slightly worried but Bayar was very friendly and warm. I really enjoyed this trip and thanks to Bayar.
star-5
Recommend!
Jordan_T, Jan 2020
1 Day Coach Tour of Terelj National Park Including Lunch And Free Camel Ride
Brilliant! Bachi was a wonderful host for our day tour. We were the only ones there but had a blast.
star-4
Great tour
Mark B, Nov 2019
Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch
This is an excellent tour for anyone like me with only a day to spare to see some of Mongolia's amazing sights. A bit of history, the chance to see some amazing landscapes, and a visit to a monastery. It's only ever going to be a taster on a 1 day trip, but this is a good one.
star-5
Fantastic tour!
davidsantoro, Sep 2019
Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch
This is a fantastic tour that takes you outside of UB to see amazing, must-see sites and national parks. Highly recommended!
star-5
Fun Day Trip to the Beautiful Country!
Courtney B, Sep 2019
Terelj National Park and Chinggis Khaan Statue Tour
We had a wonderful day with our guide, Ebo, and driver, Mandakh. The visit to the statue, local family, lunch, horse riding, and hiking around Turtle Rock were are great. We especially loved seeing the yaks because we didn't see any on our separate journey into the country east of UB! Everything was very organized. The only downside was the road out to the statue and park being under construction, so there was a lot of dirt side roads. Not a knock on the company, just poor timing for our visit. Thanks again!
star-5
Charming experience in Mongolia
sangou_L, Apr 2022
Genghis Khan Day Tour with Bonus Gorkhi-Terelj National Park One Day tour
Thanks for such best service, really enjoyed mongolian blue sky and people. My guide was able to speak perfect English language also.
star-5
4th of July first tour in Mongolia.
Jose_P, Jul 2021
Genghis Khan Day Tour with Bonus Gorkhi-Terelj National Park One Day tour
Our Tour guide was great and keep the tour fun all the time. Balyor(I think it is his name) guided us thru the attractions providing good information. Attractions were superb in particular the Buddhist temple and turtle rock.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is ideal for those short on time who want to experience the epic landscapes of Mongolia.

  • Don’t forget your camera to capture stunning vistas throughout the park.

  • Bring comfortable shoes, sun protection, and plenty of water.

  • If visiting in the summer, bring insect repellent.

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How to Get There

Many travelers visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park as part of a guided tour. It’s also possible to take public transport to the park. Two buses depart daily from Ulaanbaatar and take about 2.5 hours to arrive at Terelj Village.

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When to Get There

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park can be visited year-round. When to visit depends on what you’re looking to do. Hiking, rock climbing, swimming, rafting, horseback riding, and bird-watching are popular in spring and summer. In the winter, it’s possible to go cross-country skiing and dogsledding inside the park. Visitors hoping to explore more of the vast park should allot more than just one day here.

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Highlights of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Popular attractions in the park include Turtle Rock and Old Man Reading a Book (Praying Lama Rock), both resembling their namesakes and easy to reach from the tourist camps. Also popular are Khagiin Khar Lake, a glacial lake 50 miles (80 kilometers) upstream from the tourist camps, and Yestii Hot Water Springs, another 11 miles (18 kilometers) farther upstream.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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