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How to Spend 2 Days Ulaanbaatar

How to Spend 2 Days Ulaanbaatar

With two days in Ulaanbaatar, there’s enough time to explore the main attractions of the city and get outside and see one of the nearby national parks, reknowned for their scenic beauty, wildlife, and outdoor activities. Here's how to make the most of 48 hours in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 1: Visit a National Park

Morning: Head out to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, known for its picturesque alpine scenery and being easily accessible from Ulaanbaatar. On the way, stop at the Genghis Khan Statue Complex to enjoy sweeping views. To see more wildlife, and in particular the tahki, or wild horses, head to Hustai National Park instead.

Afternoon: Horseback riding has a long tradition in Mongolia, and visitors can saddle up at most parks. Or, explore in a vehicle, take a hike, ride a camel, or enjoy other outdoor activities such as swimming or rock climbing in summer or cross-country skiing in winter.

Night: To best experience the parks, and get a taste of the traditional nomadic lifestyle, visitors should spend a night in a yurt or ger, either in a camp or with a nomadic family. Spending the night in the park also affords a better opportunity to see wildlife, many of which are best spotted around dusk or dawn.

Day 2: Explore Ulaanbaatar

Morning: Head back to Ulaanbaatar and then to Gandantegchenling Monastery. An important and active monastery, it’s also home to one of the most important Buddhist statues in Mongolia. Afterward, learn about Mongolian history from the vast collection at the National Museum of Mongolia. Alternatives include the Bogd Khan Palace Museum and the Choijin Lama Temple Museum.

Afternoon: Visit Sukhbaatar Square, the main square in Ulaanbaatar, and its massive bronze Chinggis (Genghis) Khaan Monument. Enjoy lofty and expansive views at the Zaisan Memorial, and then go shopping for cashmere products and souvenirs at the Naran Tuul Black Market, State Department Store Shop, or specialty shops along Chinggis Avenue.

Night: Experience traditional Mongolian art forms, such as khoomei throat singing, folk song and dance, acrobatics, and contortion at a cultural or folk performance, a popular visitor attraction. Afterwards, sample local dishes, such as dumplings ( buuz ) and fried noodles ( tsuivan ), and local drinks such as fermented milk of mare ( airag ).

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Genghis Khan Day Tour with Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Genghis Khan Day Tour with Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

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Get out of the city and into Mongolia's beautiful countryside on this tour to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Mongolia. Head to the park after taking a city tour of Ulaabaatar, and then visit the famous Genghis Khan Statue Complex, home to the world's largest equestrian statue. This tour is ideal for those looking to deepen their knowledge of Mongolian culture, history, and wildlife.
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  • 6 hours
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$138.47
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1 Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch

1 Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch

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The largest equestrian statue in the world, the imposing Genghis Khan Statue Complex is a must-see when in Mongolia. Tour the complex in its entirety on this guided tour from Ulaanbaatar, which includes all transportation, entrance fees, and a guide to make the most of your experience. Plus, visit nearby Terelj National Park, hike to Aryabal Monastery, and visit a local nomad family to learn more about the best of Mongolia’s culture, nature, and history—all in one day.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$83.34
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Small-Group Horseback Riding Day Tour

Small-Group Horseback Riding Day Tour

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Experience life like a nomad during this small group horseback riding tour in Terelj National Park. Travel two hours outside the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the stunning rural landscapes and rolling hills of the Mongolian countryside. Follow a highly-qualified guide through the vast open space, then sit down for a traditional Mongolian meal that includes local beer, chums and meat. Tour is limited to four people to ensure a truly personal experience.
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  • 7 hours
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$158.98
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Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch

Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch

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Combine two adventures in one on this full day excursion from Ulaanbaatar. First, visit the largest equestrian statue in the world at the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, where you can also take souvenir photos is traditional Mongolian clothing. Continue on to Terelj National Park, the most accessible natural area from the capital city. Have lunch at Turtle Rock and hike to Aryabal Monastery. Later, visit with a nomadic family before heading back to Ulaanbaatar.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$128.21
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Mongolia in 2 days

Mongolia in 2 days

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Enjoy the sort of local access that’s only really possible on a tour as you spend the night with nomads in an authentic Mongolian “ger” tent. Start with a city tour and a visit to the Genghis Khan Statue Complex before you head into the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for lunch, dinner, and a taste of nomad life. After breakfast the next day, you can choose to ride a horse.
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  • 2 days
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Day Tour of Hustai National Park

Day Tour of Hustai National Park

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Venture into the Mongolian countryside for the day on this day trip to Hustai National Park. Most famous for its population of wild Asian horses, the park offers ample opportunity for outdoor activities like bird watching, photography, and hiking. Have lunch in the park, then visit a local horseman family, where you can take a short ride and learn about how important these animals are to the nomadic way of life. The trip ends with drop-off back at your hotel.
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  • 1 day
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Ulaanbaatar Explorer Tour

Ulaanbaatar Explorer Tour

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See Ulaanbaatar’s signature sights in just half a day on this guided door-to-door tour for maximum five people. Cover ground you couldn’t hope to cover by bus as you visit Gandantegchenling Monastery, the Ger District, the Zaisan Memorial, Naran Tuul Market, the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, Bogd Khan Uul National Park, the Natural History Museum, the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, plus shops and a local market. Tour includes lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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Private City Tour - Ulaanbaatar

Private City Tour - Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar can feel overwhelming for first time visitors. Skip the hassle of travel planning and maximize your time on this full-day guided tour of the Mongolian capital's main sights, including Chinggis Square, Gandan Monastery, and the National Museum of Mongolia. With hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch included you can just relax as you explore.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$139.00
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Private Tour: Ulaanbaatar City Tour

Private Tour: Ulaanbaatar City Tour

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With just one day to explore Ulaanbaatar, this private tour ensures you maximize your time and take in all the highlights. Visit sights including Gandan Buddhist Monastery, the Museum of Mongolian National History, and Sukhbaatar square; pose for photos by the famous ULAANBAATAR letters; and admire the views from Zaisan Memorial Hill. Your private tour can be customized, so you can shop for souvenirs or spend more time at the sights that interest you most.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$105.00
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$105.00
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