Gorkhi – Terel National Park
In the morning we will leave for Gorkhi-Terelj National Park located about 80 km Northeast of Ulaanbaatar. The park with its granite rocks, pine trees and river is a picturesque area that is perfect for hiking, horse riding or just sit back, relax and enjoy the view. We will visit several sightseeing places in the area.
Our first stop will be the Genghis Khan Monument. The Genghis Khan Monument is a vast aluminium monument of Genghis Khan on his horse. It’s possible to climb to the top of the monument from where you have a gear view of the surrounding area. There is a little museum that explains Mongol empire history. After visiting the monument, we will be driving further into the park and stop at 100 monks cave. This small cave was once used by 100 monks as hiding place during communist persecution. You can see the cave wall blackened as a result of fire and smoke. We will visit further Turtle rock and Aryaval meditation monastery at foot of mountain.
There are good possibilities for hiking, climbing, horseback riding and swimming. In the evening we will reach our canoeing start spot.
(Tented camp L, D)
Canoeing the Tuul River
Tuul river takes its source far north in Khentii Mountain range. The Khentii Mountains are a mountain range in the Töv and Khentii Provinces in northern Mongolia. The chain overlaps the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area and includes Mongolia’s sacred mountain, Burkhan Khaldun, which is associated with the origin of Genghis Khan.
The range forms the watershed between the Arctic Ocean (via Lake Baikal) and the Pacific Ocean basins. Rivers originating in the range include the Onon, Kherlen, and Tuul – our destination river.
Generally slow flowing river with occasionally fast rapids. No hassle, quite easy canoeing with beautiful landscapes unfolding. River will take us through the valley surrounded on both sides by high, densely forested mountains and rocky formation of erosion. They valley is covered by wild flowers & plants and peacefully grazing herds of yaks, horses, goats & sheep and many Gers of nomads peacefully minding their business, taking care of their livestock.
(Tented camp B, L, D)
After breakfast we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. You may enjoy the free late afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.