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DESTINATIONS NEAR ULAANBAATAR

Ulaanbaatar is the capital city of Mongolia, located in central Mongolia. There is only one international airport. Chinggis Khaan airport is located 18 km southwest of the city center. The famous Trans-Siberian railway connects Beijing with St.Petersburg via Mongolia, running through Ulaanbaatar. These are the only gates to Mongolia.

So, we are introducing some destinations and attractions near Ulaanbaatar suitable for tourists who want to visit Mongolia either for a long and short period, particularly for those who would like to see and experience the possibilities in one stopover.

Sky Resort

Sky Resort is the most renowned and the closest resort to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital among the others. The resort opened in November 2009 and invited world recognized sky industry experts from France and Italy with the equipments.

It is located 13 km southeast of Ulaanbaatar in Khurkree valley of Bogd Khaan Mountain. Equipments, services and capacity of the resort meet high requirements of international standard.

Service of the resort includes:
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurant has a capacity of 300 people per shift serve with national, Asian and European cuisine
  • Ski, sledge, board and skiing equipments rental shop (American “HEAD” brand)
  • Skiing school and instruction center
  • Changing room
  • Locker
  • First aid center and safety staff of field
  • VIP ski house and VIP lounge.
  • Ski-track of beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers
  • Sledge area

Parking facilities of 1000 cars

Terelj National Park

Terelj National Park is located 70 km northeast of Ulaanbaatar. High, granite stone mountains, covered with forest, dominate the area. Fast flowing rivers and streams make the national park more beautiful. The park lies 1600 m above sea level. The depths of the mountain forest are rich in wild animals, including boar, red deer, roe deer, fox, wolves, etc while birds of prey fly everywhere. Some parts of the national park are carpeted with edelweiss and other flowers.

It's the most famous destination close to Ulaanbaatar, both for locals and for tourists. Our customers who explored the park on the horseback riding tour complimented the views in the national park: "we travelled through a postcard." If you look around carefully, you can see stone figures of animals and other things created by nature in the stone. One famous example is : legendary Turtle Rock. Terelj National Park is a suitable place for horse riding, hiking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, rafting, flower watching or just relaxing in the beautiful nature.

Hustai National Park

Hustai National Park is located 100 km southwest of Ulaanbaatar, covering over 50,000 hectares. In Mongolian, hustai means "with birch". This area is extremely rich in flora, fauna and historical remains, including 450 species of plants, 200 of which are medicinal. Wildlife includes 46 species of mammals, including red deer, roe deer, wild boar, white-tailed gazelle, grey wolf, Eurasian lynx, red fox, Eurasian badger and wildcat/manual. There are also 161 species of birds such as crane, vulture, great bustard, black stork, eagle, falcon and great spotted woodpecker.

Ungut, a monument ensemble consisting of man stones, stone lion and numerous tombs from the 6-8th centuries AD, is located in this national park. It is considered the biggest collection of monuments in Central Asia. The famous Takhi/Przewalski horses were discovered at the end of the 19th century by researcher Przewalski. Takhi/Przewalski horses, the only still-living wild ancestor of the domestic horse, once roamed the steppes of Central Asia and Europe. It was declared extinct in the wild at the end of the 1960s in Mongolia. Since 1992, a Dutch-Mongolian project has aimed to reintroduce the horses in the wild in their homeland. Reintroduction was successfully implemented in Hustai National Park, and now there are 260 wild horses pasturing freely in the wild. Along with seeing wild horses and enjoying nature, there will be plenty to do including horse riding, biking and hiking.

Gun Galuut Nature Reserve

Gun Galuut Nature Reserve is a comparatively small area covering 20000 hectares. It includes high mountains, steppes, rivers, lakes and wet lands. It is a locally-protected area for the conservation of globally threatened species, founded by representative citizens (the local parliament) of Bayandelger County, Tov Province in 2003. The protected, globally-threatened species are: wild mountain sheep, Siberian white crane, white-napped crane, hooded crane, red falcon, black vulture, swan goose. Other birds in the reserve are: whooper, swan, black stork, great white egret, bearded goose, bearded vulture etc. The imposing Baits and Berh mountains are home to wild mountain sheep, while Ikh-Gun and Ayaga lakes, and Kherlen River, the second longest river in Mongolia, and the wet lands are full of water birds. Currently 63 mammal species, 81 bird species, 3 amphibian, and 38 fish species are recorded in the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve.

Manzushir Monatery

Manzushir Monastery was built in the middle of the 18th Century in a beautiful valley in the Bogd Khaan Mountains. The surrounding area is covered with birch and pine trees, has clear fresh streams, and is dotted with granite boulders. The monastery is located 17 km north of Zuunmod, capital city of Tov province, 45 km south of Ulaanbaatar. It takes 1.5 hours to reach the monastery, while driving on paved roads through green valleys settled with nomads with their countless herds of sheep and goats, cows, horses and yaks. At its height, the monastery complex contained 20 temples and housed over 500 monks. Unfortunately, most of the temples were destroyed during the socialist purge in the 1930s. In Manzushir and in the capital city of the province, you will visit museums with fascinating collections of religious items, furs, preserved specimens of native species, and handicrafts (made by using natural materials) and impressive carvings of Buddha in the rocks in the open air.

Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex

Manzushir Monastery was built in the middle of the 18th Century in a beautiful valley in the Bogd Khaan Mountains. The surrounding area is covered with birch and pine trees, has clear fresh streams, and is dotted with granite boulders. The monastery is located 17 km north of Zuunmod, capital city of Tov province, 45 km south of Ulaanbaatar. It takes 1.5 hours to reach the monastery, while driving on paved roads through green valleys settled with nomads with their countless herds of sheep and goats, cows, horses and yaks. At its height, the monastery complex contained 20 temples and housed over 500 monks. Unfortunately, most of the temples were destroyed during the socialist purge in the 1930s. In Manzushir and in the capital city of the province, you will visit museums with fascinating collections of religious items, furs, preserved specimens of native species, and handicrafts (made by using natural materials) and impressive carvings of Buddha in the rocks in the open air.

Amarbaysgalant Monastery

Manzushir Monastery was built in the middle of the 18th Century in a beautiful valley in the Bogd Khaan Mountains. The surrounding area is covered with birch and pine trees, has clear fresh streams, and is dotted with granite boulders. The monastery is located 17 km north of Zuunmod, capital city of Tov province, 45 km south of Ulaanbaatar. It takes 1.5 hours to reach the monastery, while driving on paved roads through green valleys settled with nomads with their countless herds of sheep and goats, cows, horses and yaks. At its height, the monastery complex contained 20 temples and housed over 500 monks. Unfortunately, most of the temples were destroyed during the socialist purge in the 1930s. In Manzushir and in the capital city of the province, you will visit museums with fascinating collections of religious items, furs, preserved specimens of native species, and handicrafts (made by using natural materials) and impressive carvings of Buddha in the rocks in the open air.

Kharkhorin, Erdenezuu Monastery

Erdenezuu is the first and largest monastery in Mongolia. The Monastery was built on the ruins of the ancient capital, Kharkhorin, in 1586. During the repression of the 1930's, some of the temples were destroyed and its activity was restrained; the monastery served as a museum during that time. Since 1990, the monastery gained its activity again with democracy. Even though the monastery is located 360 km southwest of Ulaanbaatar, it takes 6-7 hours on paved road to reach it, with possible stops at some scenic places. Particularly for short stopovers, making the trip to Erdenezuu Monastery offers a good opportunity to experience a lot in a short time.

Visiting the Nomads

Half of Mongolia's population lives as nomads, dependent on their five kinds of animals: camels, sheep, goats, horses and cows including yaks. Our company sets out visits (short and long term stay) with nomad families, the most hospitable people on earth. Tourists will have the opportunity to see their distinctive lifestyle, habits and traditions. You can even participate in nomads' daily life. If tourists visit a nomad family once during the trip, they will want to visit them again, because they like the nomads' distinctive lifestyle and feel their heartfelt hospitality