- October 29, 2011
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- Posted by EdGraham
- Asia Travel, Destinations, Mongolia, Trans Siberian Railroad
Trans Siberian Railroad: Terelj National Park, Mongolia
Oct 27-29, 2011
If half the population of Mongolia lives the city life in the capital, how does the other half live? We wanted insight into the daily lives of the Mongols, and we wanted to glimpse the vast natural beauty that the country has to offer. So after two days in the city, we set out for Terelj National Park to get a taste of rural Mongolia. Terelj is only an hour and a half drive outside Ulaanbaatar, but the city quickly fades away as you enter the mountains.
Once in Terelj, we stayed in a small village near the popular Turtle Rock. Touristy in summer, by late October the place was mostly deserted except for the locals. The park is an easy area to explore: you can ride horseback around the valley or you can can hike up the mountains for mesmerizing views. The valley area is big enough to be able to take some long day hikes while exploring the scenery and wildlife. The whole are is accessible by foot, although it takes a full day to hike to the edge of the valley and back.
Our hostel made arrangements such that we could stay with a local family in a ger – this was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Two days in Terelj was perfect, we had time to explore everything without feeling terribly rushed. At the end of the two days, we headed back for the train station in Ulaanbaatar and set off for Russia…