- Encounters with locals
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Sustainable Tourism
I had a lot of trouble getting around during my trip to Mongolia as the country lacks an adequate transport system. Gorkhi Terelj was an exception - no need to go by Jeep as there are frequent buses from Ulan Bator.
I slept in my tent, surrounded by a landscape that's as lush as the Alps. All around me were trees decorated with colourful scarves or ovoos, reassuring me that the guardian spirits were close by. My early morning wake up call was provided by meandering, mooing cows! But it's best to be discreet - use a green tent that will blend into the surroundings. You don't want to excite any bulls!
Even though the reserve is a favourite haunt with the capital city's residents, you'll have no problem finding a quiet little corner. Which is one the wonderful advantages of Mongolia. Every now and then you'll come across surprising sights, such as animal skeletons scattered here and there. After a while you'll realise that such scenes are just part and parcel of the landscape.
And, as you're exploring the mountains, you'll suddenly find yourself in front of a series of gigantic boulders, including the famous tortoise rock that bears such a close resemblance to this sacred, Mongolian animal.