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Terelj National Park (Khan Khentii Protected Area)
Terelj is most popular destination in the third biggest protected area in Mongolia, the Khan Khentii Protected Area. This is the motherland of Chinggis Khan, and contains numerous important historical and cultural sites. Three major river systems have their sources in the protected area; the Tuul River, which flows into Russia’s Lake Baikal and continues to the Arctic Ocean, and the Onon and Kherlen rivers, which flow east to join the Amur before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Over 1,150 species of plants, characteristic of both taiga and steppe, have been identified. Over 50 mammals, species 253 species of birds and 34 species of fish make their home in the Khan Khentii Protected Area. Situated 80 km northeast of Ulaanbaatar, Terelj is famous for its unique granite pock formations and pristine alpine scenery, and is popular destination for tourists based in the capital and for Mongolians on weekend trips. The park lies at an altitude of 1600 m and offers activities such as hiking, river rafting, horseback riding, skiing and rock climbing. Terelj is a landscape of transition from Siberian taiga forest to grass steppe. In spring and simmer the lush meadows are carpeted with wildflowers, and the mountain pine forests and broad streams make this one of the most beautiful areas in Mongolia.
Route: UB – Terelj National park - Princess temple - UB
Traffic: jeep, van
Duration: 10 days/ 9 night, June10– September01 -October15
Main Activities: – Terelj national park
- Trip of beautiful natural landscapes,
- Taking photos
- Travel through terelj national park
- Staying in nomadic family & herdsmen families, their daily life,
- Horse & Camel riding
- Early rising to try cow milking, herd sheep on horseback,
- Noodle soup cooking lamb herding.
- Try to wool sheep, goat milk and learn dairy food production.
- Yoghurt, dried curds and cheese etc. Learn training for horse racing
- Sightseeing -
1. Museum of Natural History and Historical
2. Performance by Mongolia’s Folk Dance troupe.
3. Gandan Monastery / biggest Buddhist temple of Mongolia /
4. Zaisan hill. /memorial hill of Russian soldier
5. Tuul River / near the capital city of Ulaanbaatar /
6. Terelj national park / National protected area/
7. 100 monk’s cave
8. Turtle rock formation
9. Terelj river
10. Princess temple
11. Nomadic family
Turtle rock, 100 monks cave.
Fascinating rock formations. 100 monks lived in cave.
The Terelj river is one of big, clear and up streamed river and has it’s source in the Yang Saridag which is on west south side of Asralt khairkhan uul of Khentii mountain range and flows over 70 km’s joining the Tuul river.
Surrounded by magnificent forests, not far from the lovely river, the Baruun Bayan Gol, the temple was built in 1740 by Efu Dondovdorj to commemorate the death of his Manchurian wife Amarlangui. Once part of a huge monastery containing about 70 sq metres of blue walls, five other temples and a tower, Gunjiin Sum is one of the very few - if not the only - Manchurian-influenced temple in Mongolia to survive over the centuries. Unlike most other monasteries in Mongolia, Gunjiin was not destroyed, but just fell into ruin from neglect, vandalism and theft. Only the main temple and some of the walls of the monastery, remains. Although you wouldn't know it, extensive restoration has been carried out - and is still being carried out - which gives you some idea of how damaged it must have been. The temple is not a must - there are several better and more accessible temples and monasteries in Ulaanbaatar and Tov - it's more of an excuse for a great overnight trek, on horse or foot, from the ger camps at Terelj, or as part of a longer trip around the national park. Gunjiin is about 30km (as the crow flies) North of the main area where most of the ger camps are situated in Terelj. With a guide you can hike directly over the mountains, or take the easier but longer route along the Baruun Bayan Gol to get there. You can reach it in a day on horseback, while trekkers should allow two days each way for the journey.