Activities in Mongolia, Mongolia Travel Planning

Things to do in 1 day in Mongolia

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Places to visit around Ulaanbaatar city

Want to do tour on your weekends during your business trip? Then we offer the following places where you can travel for 1 or 2 days on your weekends.

Khustai National Park

Prezewalski horse

When you visit the Khustai National Park, you can see the only and last extinct species of wild horse in the world (Equus ferus przewalskii Groves, 1986). Other horses that might wrongly called wild are actually a feral version of modern domesticated horses. The Prezewalski’s horses have a divergent DNA with an extra chromosome pair – called E-Ferus. The Mongolian wild horses were 31 of population in 1941 and last seen in the wild in 1969 in Mongolia, but in 1992 the world’s zoos introduced 16 wild horses to Mongolia to prevent its extinction. Many other rare plants and animals can be seen by visiting the Khustai Mountains National Park, which has protected this population (now reached 330).

Next to it is the Silver rock, the largest stone complex in Asia. Here you can see hirgisuur – ancient crave mount, deer stone statues, square mount and petroglyph. Also on the way back and forth, visit Moltsog sand dunes. The National Park area is ideal for hiking, horseback riding, ornithology, flower watching, and nature photography.

Considerations:

  • It is better to drive a strong car as the road to the complex is off-road
  • Remember that campers usually enter the complex at the same time (in summer, the animals are seen only in the morning and evening).
  • To avoid scaring the animals, do not approach within 300 meters, make loud noises, and drive at speeds above 40 km / h.
  • Due to the nature reserve, it is prohibited to throw trash, camp and travel on unpaved roads.

Terelj National Park

terelj

With unique rocky mountain formations, the park is located 60 km east of Ulaanbaatar. If the park is compared to the entire football field, the area that receives domestic and foreign tourists is about the size of a tennis ball.

You can enjoy beautiful scenery visiting many historical and natural monuments such as Turtle Rock, Aryaabal Temple, Princess Temple and Terelj Hundred Trees from the top of a horseback or do trekking.

Considerations:

  • If you plan to stay overnight at a camp near, you need to book earlier. In summer, most of camps are fully occupied.
  • If you would like to do horseback riding, there are plenty nomadic families receiving tourist. But do not ride horse without any instructions or local horse guide if you are not professional.

Genghis Khan Statue Complex

Equestrian Statue

Tsonjin Boldogt is home to the world’s largest equestrian statue, the 250-ton steel equestrian complex of Genghis Khan. In the museum below, you can see the world’s largest Mongolian shoes, monuments of the Hunnu Empire and the Mongol Empire.

After that, you can spend a day in the fresh air at site or on the banks of the Tuul River. Also you can rent a helicopter that flies much lower and has a picturesque view of the scenery.

Considerations:

  • If you plan to stay overnight at a camp near, you need to book earlier. In summer, most of camps are fully occupied.
  • If you would like to see more sites, Tsonjin Boldog is really near to Terelj National Park. You can enjoy an equestrian statue in the morning and do horseback riding in Terelj National Park in the afternoon.

Thirteenth century Complex

Mongol empire

The complex, located 36 km southeast of the Chinggis Khaan equestrian statue, is a micro-kingdom that shows how Mongolians lived and worked in the 13th century. Visiting this complex gives visitors a sense of time travel. The complex consists of separate camps for Guards, Herders, Education, Craftsmen, Shaman and King’s assembly.

Considerations:

  • If you plan to stay overnight at a camp near, you need to book earlier. In summer, most of camps are fully occupied.
  • If you would like to see more sites, the complex is really near to the Genghis Khan equestrian statue. In a day, you can fully get a sense of 13th century visiting both statue and camp complex.

Bogd Khan Mountain National Park & Manzshir Monastery

Protected Mountain in Mongolia

Bogd Khan Mountain is one of the first Strictly Protected Areas not only in Mongolia but also in the world. During the Great Yuan Dynasty, Law of 1294 protected natural sites such as Bogd Khan Uul, Otgontenger, Khan Khentii, and Altai Nuser Davaa.

Manzshir Monastery, built in 1733, ruins is located in the strictly protected area of the Bogd Khan Mountain National Park. It is located 43 kilometers south from the Ulaanbaatar city.

The monastery had over 20 temples and was once home to at least 300 monks, but was destroyed in the 1930s. The main temple has been restored and converted into a small museum. The site is composed of a hundred or so granite rocks, broken away from the mountain and scattered in the forest.

Considerations:

  • The sites are covered with so many rocks, so you need boots for trekking.
  • Since it is strictly protected area, it is prohibited to throw trash, camp.

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