Visit Turtle Rock: 24m High Iconic Formation in Mongolia

Picture of Turtle Rock in Gorkhi-Terelj

Located 58 km east of Ulaanbaatar, in the protected area of Khan Khentii within the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Turtle Rock (Melkhii Khad) is a significant attraction. This 24-meter high rock formation, resembling a turtle, never fails to capture the interest of visitors. Historically, Mongolians referred to it as "Möngöt Tsokhio" or "Möngöt Khad" (Silver Rock). The name is tied to a legend involving Galdan Boshigt Khan of the Oirats, who suffered great losses in an uneven battle with the Manchu. Escaping the encirclement, he supposedly hid his remaining strength near Turtle Rock. During preparations to flee westward, he is said to have hidden his carried gold and silver on top of Turtle Rock, inside a natural cavity. Since then, the rock has been revered as a guardian of the Great Khan's treasure, hence the names "Möngöt Tsokhio" and "Möngöt Khad."

Turtle Rock during the Winter

The Terelj area, in general, is known for its uniquely shaped rocky mountains. The Terelj River, flowing through the northern part of this region, eventually joins the Tuul River. The beautiful nature around Turtle Rock is a popular destination for tourists, with many bases established for visitors, especially in summer. The number of ger (traditional Mongolian tents) bases increases during this season. Additionally, visitors have the opportunity to ride Mongolian horses and camels near Turtle Rock. A ride of about one km, lasting around 15 minutes, costs 35,000 Mongolian tögrög. For those looking to save time and money while experiencing unique landscapes and beautiful nature, a visit to Turtle Rock in the Gorkhi-Terelj area is highly recommended.

Ride a camel at the Turtle Rock

Travel Time to Turtle Rock from Ulaanbaatar's Sukbaatar Square Ranges from 1.5 to 3 Hours, depending on traffic.