Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Named after an alpine plant related to wild rosemary, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park abuts the 4,600-square-mile Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, where very few humans live. At over 5,000 feet, Terelj is a sweeping alpine landscape of temperate grassland and small pines dotted with rustic gers and grazing livestock. Horses are available for hire, and huge rock formations crop up at intervals through the rocky soil. This is the high steppe of Mongolia, and here the traveler can get a feel for the huge distances and enormous sky that nomads have contended with for eons.
PUBLISHED: July 8, 2014