East Asia, Mongolia

A Trip to Terelj National Park in Mongolia Without a Tour

Terelj National park is just a short 2-hour bus ride from the capital city Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The national park is surrounded by lush green pine trees and nature. If you have extra time in Mongolia then it is the perfect place to end your whirlwind of an adventure. With opportunities to hike in the day, ride around on horseback and then curl up by a cozy fire in the ger at night-time, what better way to end your Mongolian journey.

You can also take a short trip to see the world’s largest statue of a man on a horse… yup you guessed it, that man is Genghis Khan. The best part about this trip is that you can do it for next to NOTHING, as you don’t need to book a tour to go here. In this post, we will explain exactly how you can get to and from the national park.

Getting the Bus to Terelj National Park

From Ulaanbaatar you can easily reach the Terelj National Park by bus. You will need to go to Peace Avenue and find the bus stop, directly across the road from Narantuul Hotel. The bus costs 2,500 Tugrik, leaves at 4pm and takes around 2 hours to reach the Terelj. The bus will drop you off right at the foot of the national park.

Finding Accommodation at Terelj National Park

From the foot of the national park you will need to find a ger for the night. There are plenty of camps to choose from so you don’t need to worry too much about that. We stayed in the ger camp right behind turtle rock. We paid just 40,000 Tugriks ($16) for 2 nights for both of us to stay in a ger by ourselves. After a 2-weeklong trip and sharing gers with our fellow travelers, this was a nice romantic break just for the two of us. After a day of exploring the national park, we got some snickers and snacks to munch on, got the fire crackling and felt snug as a bug whilst playing cards in our homely ger.

Exploring Terelj National Park

Exploring the national park can easily been done by foot. After 2 weeks of getting up early and driving in the van, myself and Jake decided to take it easy. We wanted to have a lie in and just head out to explore when we were ready. The sun was shining, the air crisp and after a bowl of noodles we were ready to get our hike on. Firstly, though we wanted to see the gigantic horse statue, which we will tell you more in another post.

Anyway, after a trip to the horse statue, we checked out the turtle rock, which you guessed it… is a rock formation that is shaped like a turtle. Next, we hiked along a dusty road path for about 40 minutes, before reaching the monastery that clings to a cliff. Feeling a little lazy to walk back, we took a man up on his offer to ride horses back to our camp. As you can see, getting around the national park is very simple, and a guide is not necessary to get around.

There it is, a nice relaxing cheap way to end your trip in Mongolia. We hope you enjoy your little break to the National park. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

If you haven’t yet started your journey then check out our day by day Mongolia backpacking guide.

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