Day 23: Terelj National Park

Day 23: 14th August

After a slightly slow start to the day, we said bye to our host family and made our way to the Chinggis Khan Monument just outside Terelj National Park. It is a 40m tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul River where according to legend, he found a golden whip. The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. Unfortunately, it was closed for renovations but the statue itself is so huge that we could see it from the main road.

After lunch we drove into Terelj National Park.. a stunning mountainous region with lots of rivers, streams and rock formations. We visited ‘pig rock’ and ‘turtle rock’..apparently named by Chinggis Khan himself. Not sure how much of that is true but it was fun to see anyway.

Finally after crossing the river a few times in our amazing jeep( after losing our way at least twice) we found our camp for the night. It was a larger camp and there were a few other tourists there. The camp itself was right by a large stream and I know I say this a lot..but it was truly stunning. We spent an enjoyable evening with the others…two of whom are on the same train as we are to Beijing!

We stayed up a little later tonight..I wanted to see the stars out in full force. Can’t remember the last time I saw these many stars!:) Just lovely!

Photo op..I had to have a picture taken with one of these bad boys! They were heavy!

Photo op..I had to have a picture taken with one of these bad boys! They were heavy! And if I look scared, I am!

Chinggis Khan Monument

Chinggis Khan Monument

Close to the entrance of Terelj National Park

Close to the entrance of Terelj National Park

Pig rock at the right extreme

Pig rock at the right extreme

View of the park

View of the park

Our camp after sunset... Look at the stars in the background!

Our camp after sunset… Look at the stars in the background!

Our digs for the night!

Our digs for the night!

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