Many Rivers To Cross
Terelj Travel Blog› entry 35 of 80 › view all entries
The Terelj is a National Park about 60km NE from UB and is a good area for hiking and relaxing for a few days without having to travel too far from the city. There are plenty of ger camps here but we ring ahead to check that they are open and are pleased we did as the camp we chose has no other guests apart from us.
Turtle Rock is one of the main attractions here and is in the next valley a short walk from our camp over the ridge separating the valleys. This rock actually does look like a turtle - see the picture to see fpor yourself. At the main valley nearby there is a camp with model dinsosaurs. The camp here is closed so we can't explore more and they look a little odd, but with dinsosaur fever seeming to grip Mongolia I can imagine this being a major attraction in the high season.
I forget to bring (or buy) a map of the area so our hiking is not well planned. Today we walk north up a valley parallel to the road with the idea of cutting back west after a few kms to the main valley and returning to the ger along the main road. Walking is easy up to the head of the valley but then we descend into a heavily wooded area and are forced to continue north and eventually come out into a wide valley with a main river flowing east. There are settlements here and a track we can follow but I know we have come too far north and will have a long walk back and we need to be careful near the gers which always have 1 or 2 dogs prowling nearby. Worse still after a couple of km the track crosses the river and we need to take our boots off to wade across - the water here is freezing.
We had told the camp we would be back for lunch and when we eventually arrive back at 3pm, they are looking a little worried. We would have been much later has we not been fortunate enough to flag down a 4wd when we reached the road and grab a lift for the last 8 or 9km back to our ger. All good fun!