Short stay in UB
Replies: 29 - Last Post: Dec 9, 2012 9:31 PM Last Post By: chrisj
Nov 24, 2012 5:25 AM
Short stay in UBI am planning to visit Mongolia in June and due to a change in my schedule, it now looks like I will only have 4-5 days total in UB. I was originally planning on doing trips out of UB, but due to my limited time I am now thinking of just staying in UB and doing some day trips out of the city. I have heard good reviews of Terelj NP and Manzushir Monastery. Are they both possible day trips out of UB?
Also, in Terelj, is it possible to visit one of their Ger camps even if I don't stay overnight there? Are there any other interesting day trips out of UB that anyone can recommend?
Finally, can Terelj be visited as a day trip by bus or do I have to hire a car/driver?
Nov 24, 2012 9:55 PM
12 days is enough to sightsee in UB imho. Get the early morning local bus to Terelj & ask to get off at Mirage Ger Camp, which is on the left hand side as the bus approaches from UB. Turtle Rock is only 1 or 2 km away & the monastery too. 2-3 days then return to UB. The bus in 2007 was only $1 each way. Might be $2 - $3 by now. Way cheaper than hiring a jeep for $40. (Might be $80 - $100 by now)
Nov 25, 2012 1:55 AM
Is it possible to take the early morning bus to Terelj and then return to UB by an evening bus? I just don't know how much time I will have in total in Mongolia and so I wanted to know if it is possible to visit Terelj NP as a day trip from UB. If I do visit as a day trip, do I have to do a tour or are there evening buses returning to UB from Terelj?
With respect to Manashir, I understand that there are hourly buses from UB and so it can easily be done as a day trip from UB, right?
Nov 25, 2012 2:26 AM
3In 2007 the bus left UB at 11 am & returned from Mirage Ger Camp entrance at 8 am. Timetable may have changed since then? It's so close to UB (50 km) & really worth an overnight stay or even 2 nights.
Sorry, can't help with Manzushir Monastery which is south of UB. Terelj is east and there is another monastery there too about 2 km from Turtle Rock.
See photo in this resorts website. http://www.tiararesort.com/hiking_tour.htm
Here's what I found on Manzushir. I would visit it if I am ever back in UB.
Nov 25, 2012 4:45 AM
4I guess it would depend on my amount of time. By the way, I am planning to arrive in UB by bus from Ulan Ude and am planning to leave by a daytime train to Beijing. Even if I don't get an opportunity to venture out of UB, will I still get good views of the countryside arriving by bus from the North and departing by train heading South?
Nov 25, 2012 3:46 PM
5Terelj is wonderful & far superior to anything you will see from the train or bus.
Compare with UB: http://www.trekearth.com/members/ChrisJ/photos/Asia/Mongolia/East/Ulaanbaatar/
Nov 25, 2012 6:13 PM
6I definitely plan to visit Terelj - just not sure if I will be able to spend the night or if I have to do it as a day trip. Do you know if Mongolia has long distance taxis? Is it possible to take a taxi from UB to Terelj and another one back in the evening? I am just trying to find out what my options are just in case I am forced to do it as a day trip from UB.
Nov 25, 2012 9:44 PM
Nov 26, 2012 1:27 AM
Just in case I am able to manage to do an overnight stay at Terelj, can I just show up at Mirage Ger Camp and find a bed or does it need to be booked in advance? If it does need to be booked in advance, is one day in advance sufficient so that I can book upon arrival in UB? What about the bus from UB to Terelj? Does that need to be booked in advance or can I just buy a ticket on the day of travel?
Nov 26, 2012 1:38 AM
9There are at least 3 ger camps in the same valley all within sight of each other. Mirage, Khan & Terelj. Looks like a 4th has started up too. Maybe where the dinosaur sculptures were? So your chances of just turning up & getting a furnished yurt or 'ger' are good. Mirage had hot showers which is why I chose there. Meals were decent too. Not as good as UB but ok. If you do ring or email ahead, ask about the private bus that the resort runs.
Nov 26, 2012 6:24 AM
Nov 26, 2012 3:37 PM
11The private bus services the resort and stops right at the front of Mirage Ger Camp. You can see it in this photo (orange & white)
I used the public bus & no reservation was necessary. Just pay as you board.
Nov 27, 2012 7:26 PM
I was wondering how you entered and departed Mongolia during your trip there in 2007. As I mentioned, I am planning to enter by bus from Ulan Ude, Russia and I am planning to depart by train to Beijing. Did you also enter and depart in a similar manner? If so, I was wondering what the scenery is like coming in to UB from the North (Siberia) and departing heading South towards Beijing?
Also, where did you stay while in UB? I am planning to stay at Zaya Hostel.
Nov 27, 2012 8:50 PM
13I entered Mongolia by train from Beijing and exited by train through UU then to Irkutsk, Bratsk, Severobaikalsk, Tynda, Komsomolsk na Amur, Khabarovsk & Vladivostok. (Did not stop in UU, although I now wish I had of.) I stayed at Zaya for most of my stay in UB & Kims GH for 1 night (too noisy & crowded) Zaya gh was good. Don't forget the smoked fish from Lake Baikal, Omul? Cheap & delicious. Vendors will sell it to you when the train stops and its also in many street markets throughout the Baikal area. If you dont like smoked fish then the local cheese is good too. Good cheese is hard to find in Korea & China so I appreciated it on fresh buttered bread rolls that much more.
Nov 27, 2012 9:03 PM
14I mostly travelled at night and arrived at the Russian border at midnight. I was stunned it was 29c and Siberia??? The northern part of Mongolia is more like Russia, hilly with pine trees. I did see all of The south east of Mongolia by daylight, after crossing the Chinese border near dawn. Grassland, steppes, & semi desert & very flat. A few oil & gas derricks and ger camps & camels, & not much else to see.
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