MOUNTAIN: The Bogd Khan Mountain exists
in the south of the Khentii mountain range; it lies on the border between the woodland
and the steppes. The southern side of the mountain range is composed of larch
forest. It and its foot hills span from the east to the west. The highest peak of
the mountain range is Tsetsee Gun, which is 2268 m above sea level, and the second
highest peak is Tushee Gun, which is 2256 m above sea level.
The Bogd Khan Mountain
was one the world’s first mountain’s to be protected by the government for
conservation purposes. There’s a legend
about how Van khan Tooril protected and worshipped the mountain, he named it
Khan Mountain between the 12th and 13th centuries. In
1778, by the decree of Khuree minister Yunderdorj, Bogd Khan Mountain was
determined a conservation area to be protected by the government. This decree
was restated again in 1957, 1974, and 1995. Bogd Khan Mountain has an important
role in generating Ulaanbaatar city’s pleasant weather. It is included in the Tuul
river’s covering, small rivers start from the 20 gaps of Bogd Khan Mountain,
and some of them joins the Tuul river and other small rivers reach the
mountain’s skirt and sink in the soil.
Khan Mountain contains several medical hot springs, 54 species of mammal, 1660 species
of insect, and 194 species of bird. The Bogd Khan Mountain botany is composed
of cedar forest, pine forest, larch forest, and a spruce forest which dominates
the upland area of the Khentii mountain range. In total, 588 species of plant
grow in the mountain. Around the Bogd Khan Mountain’s valleys, there are many
historical sites to encounter. These include traditional rock art, ancient
burial mounds, and tombs.
The ancient legend of
The Bogd Khan mountain describes an ancient battle between: Bogd, the archery
hero; and Chingeltei, the wrestler, that ultimately led to the geographic
features formation. One day, Bogd the archery hero decided to take Tuul, the
beautiful mermaid, as his wife. But Chingeltei the wrestler also had feelings
for her. The two warriors agreed to a fight, the winner of the battle would take
the beautiful mermaid girl as a prize. After a fierce battle, Bogd the archery
hero was pronounced the victor. Upon his defeat, Chingeltei wrestler said: “By
the rule of our agreement, you have won the right to take Tuul. However I have
a request for you, because I will always love Tuul, please take my head and place
it in front of you. For even when I’m dead I wish to be look at her.” True to
Chingeltei’s request, Bogd the hero cut Chingeltei’s head from his body and placed
it in front of him. Today this scene is represented by Zaisan hill, Chingeltei
the wrestler is the north mountain.
ONE DAY TOUR: TSETSEE GUN PEAK
Hiking tour (By car 120 km,
09:00 – 18:00)
- Drive to Manzushir monastery via Zuunmod town.
- Visit to local
- Hiking to the Tsetsee gun (2252m ASL) peak over 3-4 hours.
- Picnic on the Tsetsee gun peak.
- Hike down to the Manzushir monastery over 3 hours.
- Arrive at the car
and back to Ulaanbaatar city.
- 1 pax: 120 $ per
- 2 pax: 80 $ per person
- 3 pax: 70 $ per
- 4 pax: 60 $ per person
Including: Lunch, chauffeured
vehicle, gasoline, interpreter
fees for monasteries, entry fees for museum, tax
for national park & road
& photo taxes, drinks, emergency
land rescue if required, personal
items of purely nature, tips etc ….