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Central Mongolia

Getting there & away

A paved highway, running from Ulaanbaatar to Kharkhorin, is traversed by share jeeps, minivans and buses that depart daily from the Dragon and Naran Tuul bus stands in Ulaanbaatar.

If coming from western Mongolia to UB, the route through Arkhangai is more interesting than the dull journey via Bayankhongor – the main access point is via the town of Tosontsengel in Zavkhan.

If you are travelling in the Gobi and heading towards northern Mongolia, go to Bayankhongor and pick up the scenic 210km road over the mountains to Tsetserleg. Hitchhikers might find a ride on a logging truck heading north but the chances are slim. You’ll save a lot of time by hiring your own vehicle.