Getting there & away
A taxi from Ulaanbaatar is easy to organise; jeeps aren’t necessary because the road is paved all the way. You should only pay the standard rate per kilometre, which works out at about US$25 one way, but the driver may understandably want more because his taxi may be empty for part of the return journey. You can also arrange with your taxi to pick you up later.
When there’s enough demand shared taxis to Terelj sometimes leave from Naran Tuul market jeep station in Ulaanbaatar (off Map p64). This is more likely on summer Sundays when locals make a day trip to the area.
A mountain bike would be an excellent way of getting around some of the Terelj area if you could stand the 70km of uphill riding to get there and cope with the traffic in Ulaanbaatar along the way. The Seven Summits and Karakorum Expeditions in Ulaanbaatar both rent bikes.
The road from Ulaanbaatar to Terelj, which goes through part of the national park, is in pretty good nick. A bus departs at 4pm from Durvun Zam and goes to the centre of the park, a few kilometres past the turn-off to Turtle Rock. The same bus comes back directly to UB. The cost is T1500 each way. If this doesn’t pan out you’ll have to hitch.
Hitching out of Ulaanbaatar can be difficult because vehicles going to Terelj could leave from anywhere. The cheapest way to hitch to Terelj is to take a minivan for Baganuur or Nalaikh and get off at the turn-off to Terelj, where you are far more likely to get a lift.
Hitching back to Ulaanbaatar from along the main road through Terelj is not difficult, as almost every vehicle is returning to the capital.