8 Days Mongolia Trek – Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Date: 2-9 Sept, 15-22 Sept, 30 Sept- 07 Oct 2017
8 Days / 7 Nights
Trekking/Hiking in Mongolia – Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Trek (8 Days with 6 Day of Trekking)
Trekking through the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park takes you through some of the finest cultural and wilderness landscapes Mongolia has to offer and through terrain that is challenging, yet moderately easy. These late summer and autumn treks will find you surrounded by the changing colors of August, September and October. Each days travel will cross rivers, over passes and through wide open mountain steppe valley’s. It’s a great way to meet local people along the way, herders or haymakers, to stop and learn from them about their culture and daily lives. Each trekker will carry a light pack with the day’s needs, while the camp, along with all extra gear is transported by yak cart, a traditional way to move camp in Mongolia and still used by many herders in the park and throughout the country.
This trip can be extended by one or two days to take in more of the park.
This trip is limited to 8 trekkers – a minimum of 5 trekkers are needed before the trip will go. You can form your own group if you have 8 participants. Otherwise, you may need to join the trip with other guests from other countries.
The below itinerary is the basic route the treks will take, but can vary according to the time of season, rainfall, weather and ground conditions.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive and Ulaanbaatar and transport to hotel. Meet your guide for trip orientation. Depending on when you arrive, there will be time to see some of the city sites, or pick up that extra piece of equipment that you may need. There are several trekking shops in Ulaanbaatar.
Day 2 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Trek
After breakfast transport to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park where you will meet with the yak cart and Ganaa and Zundui, the cook and yak cart driver. Here you will transfer your camp items to the cart for packing and just take your day pack and the essential items you will need for the first days trek. After lunch you’ll cross the Terelj river and head upstream past herder gers and cabins to make camp next to the river for the evening.
Day 3 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Trek
After breakfast and packing up your gear, you and the guide will begin further upstream, before turning into the mountains and walking over two passes. You’ll have lunch on the first mountain pass, before descending into a valley and then over the second pass and down to camp for the evening.
Day 4 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Trek
This day will be trekking down a long wide open valley of mountain steppe land and out to where the Baruunbayangol (beautiful West river) meets with the larger Tuul river. The trek continues up the Baruunbayangol valley where the famous rock formations of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park begin to appear. Camp will be in open meadows among the rocks for the night.
Day 5 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Trek
This day explores the blue rock river valley and heads to the old ruin of Gunchin sum, or Princess Temple, located in a forested valley and hidden deep in the mountains. The afternoon the trek turns and makes its way down another valley to the Baruunbayangol to camp next to this river for the evening.
Day 6 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Trek
We leave the baruunbayangol and trek up and over a mountain ridge where we’ll have lunch and take in amazing views of the surrounding park. From the ridge the trek descends into the zunbayangol (Beautiful East river) valley and down to the tuul river for the nights camp.
Day 7 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Trek – Ulaanbaatar
From the camp along the Tuul river, the trek will head down the wide open mountain steppe land of the tuul river valley, taking lunch at the confluence of the tuul and terelj rivers. After lunch a short walk back to terelj village where we’ll cross the river and meet the vehicles for the return to Ulaanbaatar and the hotel.
Day 8 Departure
If time allows, a short city tour or shopping before transport to the airport and departure. Some the sites to see are the Gandan Temple, Sukhbaatar Square, the National Museum, the State Department Store and the Gobi Cashmere outlet.
The above itinerary is the basic route the treks will take, but can vary according to the time of season, rainfall, weather and ground conditions.
8 Days Mongolia Trek – Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Tour Code: MNG-GTNP08
LAND Cost per person in SGD : $ 3358
- All in country travel, food and accommodation while on the trek
- Park entrance fees
- 2 nights in the city hotel accommodation with breakfasts
- Airport transport
- Sleeping bags, air mats and tents during trek
- Briefing prior departure
- 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries
Price does not include:
- Travel insurance
- Air tickets+ taxes
- Personal belongings and expenses
- All personal items, clothing and trekking equipment, (headlamps, camera’s, personal toiletries, etc.)
- Lunch and dinner in the city
- Tipping to the guides
Our land operator is an authorized travel operator specializing in organizing horse-riding and hiking trips in the national parks of Mongolia. With 30+ years’ experience in wilderness guiding and look back on as many years of professional work in conservation, protected area management and tourism and living and working in Mongolia for over 15 years, he offers top quality expeditions – on horseback and trekking in Mongolia’s Northern forest steppe and mountains, and jeep supported in the Gobi Desert in the country’s South. We work with our local team to bring you authentic adventures. All our tours are for those truly interested in experiential travel.