"I could never resist the call of the trail" - Buffalo Bill

NOMAD FAMILY STAY IN TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

Gorkhi Terelj is one of the National Parks of Mongolia. The Terelj tourist zone has a number of "tourist camps". It is connected with Ulaanbaatar by a paved road (main road to the East #A0501 Baganuur-Ondorkhan direction, 37km from Ulaanbaatar city center, left turn to the branch #A 24,5km later road crosses Tuul River and the National park territory begins). The road comes to the Gorkhiin Davaa pass. Most of the tourist camps and tourist attractions are before this pass. The road then ends in Terelj settlement, which features small shops and restaurants. Terelj settlement is located in the Terelj gol river dale, approximately 66km from Ulaanbaatar city center. The national park tourist zone is formally Nalaikh district, part of Ulaanbaatar, the rest (protected) zone begins to the North from Terelj Gol river and is located in Mongolia's Tuv aimag.

A small southern portion of the park is developed for tourists, with restaurants, souvenir shops, horses and camels for rent, and tourist ger camps, many of them run by Juulchin, the former state tourism company. However, most of the park is undeveloped and difficult to access. Attractions include Khagiin Khar Lake, a 20m deep glacial lake 80km upstream from the tourist camps, and Yestii Hot Water Springs, natural hot springs 18km further upstream. The park also has a Buddhist monastery that is open to visitors. Park wildlife includes brown bears and over 250 species of birds. The Tuul River flows through the park.

The park has many rock formations for rock climbers, and includes two famous formations named for things they resemble: Turtle Rock (Mongolian: Melkhii Khad) and the Old Man Reading a Book (Praying Lama Rock). About one third of the population is still living as nomads, even urbanized Mongolians love to go to the countryside and often dream of retiring to a ger in the steppes. Traditionally, Mongols nomads raise five species of livestock such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats and camels. Nomads learn to ride even before they start to walk.

The lives of nomads are inextricably linked with the environment and the animals. This is one of the very few opportunities to experience this ancient lifestyle. You will build up your ger with the help of friendly nomads, you prepare your own traditional dinner, and you help your friends for their daily chores. Enjoy unforgettable experience with hospitable nomads.

The daily work of the nomads including milking animals, making dairy products, spinning wool, making felt and felt clothes, collecting firewood and looking after stray animals. You will be able to interact with the host family for preparing daily works including dairy products such as airag (fermented mare’s milk), cheese and tsotgtii, the delicious Mongolian sourcream.

In the evenings you will help and prepare dinner such as (buuz, khorhog, soups) etc with host family, after the dinner you are invited to play traditional games such as anklebone games and etc. You will stay at a basic Ger, next to the host family.
 
   



 

NOMAD FAMILY STAY IN TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

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NOMAD FAMILY STAY IN TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

Duration: 2 days /1 night
Date: All year around
Transport: Sedan/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1  Drive to Terelj National
Park
This morning at 8.30am we will drive to Terelj National Park - a picturesque place of high cliffs eroded in Mesozoic granites. Huge blocks of granite have been eroded by wind, rain, frost, ice and natural acids into bizarre shapes, as if by some giant sculptor. Enroute stop in Ovoo – the ubiquitous pile of stone designed as tombstones. Visit the Turtle Rock. Walking to the Aryapala Initiation & Meditation Center. Arrive at nomad family by lunch time. For lunch have Mongolian BBQ and then have a close look to daily life of nomads and test traditional dairy products, participate in their daily life. . Overnight stay in a ger next to nomad family (L/D) 90km

Day 2  Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast go on horseback ride in a Park. Have lunch at local ger camp and drive to giant monument of Chinggis Khan (40ms) located in picturesque valley. Then drive back to Ulaanbaatar. End of service (B/L) 130km

SERVICE INCLUDES:
Accommodation in ger (2-3pax sharing basis), meals as listed, English speaking guide, excursions as per itinerary and entrance fees, 1-2 hours horse riding, drinking water, local taxes and admission fees, transport to/from Ulaanbaatar.

SERVICE EXCLUDES:
Accommodation and meals in Ulaanbaatar, beverages and personal expenses, gratuities..

Total Cost:
Individual: 260US$

Small Group: 210US$

NOMAD FAMILY STAY IN TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

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NOMAD FAMILY STAY IN TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

NOMAD FAMILY STAY IN TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

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