Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (Горхи-Тэрэлж) is the third largest protected area in Mongolia, and the nearest national park from Ulannbaatar. Located about 80-kilometers northeast of Capital, Terelj National Park is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists.
Bus number XO:4 leaves daily at 1600-hours from the bus stop opposite Narantuul Hotel, and take two and a half hours to get to Terelj Village, next to Turtle Rock. Coming back, the bus leave Terelj Village at 0800-hours and 1900-hours. The bus costs 2,500MNT (USD1) per way.
If you prefer to do a day trip, it is possible to do it as well. Day trip tour will be charged at about USD150-USD180 for single traveller. It will be much cheaper (USD50-USD80 per pax) if you can ask another 2 or 3 travellers to join you!
I happened to meet another solo traveller, Tammy, along the street and we both agreed to go on this day trip together. Instead of joining a tour, we hired a driver (recommended by a staff from the hotel Tammy was staying) whom charged us USD10 per hour. It was considered quite a good deal as we are more flexible with the itinerary and we can take our own time to explore.
We did our day trip to Terelj National Park on the second day of Naadam. Mongolians are given a week public holiday for this festival. From the driver we then found out that most locals from the capital were likely to drive up to Terelj National Park to spend their holiday! We were glad that we didn’t plan to stay overnight as it will be so crowded.
As this is the first trip out of Ulaanbaatar, I was awed by the countryside’s scenery.
We stopped by along the road for a mandatory eagle photo-taking!
The Genghis Khan Statue Complex comprises of a visitor center which showcases the largest boot in Guinness World Record.
It also has 2 small museums which exhibit the archaeological cultures during Bronze age and another during the Great Khan period.
Driver: USD70 for 7-hours (USD35 per person)
Fees for eagle photo-taking: 4,000MNT (USD1.50)
Entry fee to Genghis Khan Statue Complex: 8,500 MNT (USD3.50)
Food & drinks: Prepare snacks from supermarket before embark on the trip