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Terelj (Mongolia)

Practical information about Terelj

  • Relaxation
  • Encounters with locals
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Horse
  • Sustainable Tourism
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr by bus from Ulan Bator
When to go
From June to September
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Terelj

Marie Cavalié Travel writer
27 travel articles

A favourite spot with city-dwellers who come to unwind, the Gorkhi Terelj National Park is famous for its huge, granite rocks and sublime, Alpine surrounds. 

My suggestion:
Even if Mongolian cuisine is not the finest in the world, you should try buuz, a dish of big, meaty ravioli. There's a technique when it comes to eating it. You need to prick a hole in the ravioli, so you can drink the gravy inside.

I had a lot of trouble getting around during my trip to Mongolia as the country lacks an adequate transport system. Gorkhi Terelj was an exception - no need to go by Jeep as there are frequent buses from Ulan Bator.

I slept in my tent, surrounded by a landscape that's as lush as the Alps. All around me were trees decorated with colourful scarves or ovoos, reassuring me that the guardian spirits were close by. My early morning wake up call was provided by meandering, mooing cows! But it's best to be discreet - use a green tent that will blend into the surroundings. You don't want to excite any bulls!

Even though the reserve is a favourite haunt with the capital city's residents, you'll have no problem finding a quiet little corner. Which is one the wonderful advantages of Mongolia. Every now and then you'll come across surprising sights, such as animal skeletons scattered here and there. After a while you'll realise that such scenes are just part and parcel of the landscape.

And, as you're exploring the mountains, you'll suddenly find yourself in front of a series of gigantic boulders, including the famous tortoise rock that bears such a close resemblance to this sacred, Mongolian animal.

An 'ovoo', dedicated to the spirits