Manzshir Hiid



This beautiful monastery has a spectacular setting. The monastery, which was built in the 1800s, was badly damaged in the Stalinist antireligious fervor of the 1930s. Today, the damage is being repaired, and the monks are very friendly to foreign visitors. The monastery is usually seen on a day trip from Ulaanbaatar, but the area is rewarding for walkers, who can attempt to trek up one of the four Holy Peaks (the easiest is Tsetseeguun). You'll need a guide for the trip, and you'll also need to pack a picnic (the nearest food is at the lackluster town of Zuunmod, 5 mi/8 km away). There is a ger camp near the monastery. About 5 mi/8 km away, a Japanese corporation has partially financed a tourist camp called Ondor-Dov. The camp consists of a number of gers laid out in rows and a central restaurant/reception building—which looks somewhat like an airport control tower. The original idea was to attract Japanese golfers to a huge golf course nearby, but this has yet to happen. This seldom-used camp is a happy find for any visitor who is looking for a little comfort. (Good food, too.) 30 mi/50 km south from Ulaanbaatar.

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