Hiking Trails & Walking Routes in Mongolia

We’ve selected five of the best hiking trails and walking routes in Mongolia, using Wikiloc‘s GPS data to provide the most accurate trail maps.

They are all short-distance loop trails with an acceptable difficulty level, which makes them suitable for short breaks and day hikes, and for any kind of hiker or walker. You can download these GPS trails and waypoints from Google Maps.

Uran Togoo Tulga Uul Natural Monument, near Unĭt (Bulgan)

Distance: 16 km – Uphill: 307 m – Downhill: 316 m – Time: 4:40/5:40 hrs

The Uran Togoo Tulga Uul Natural Monument is a national protected area of 5,800 hectares in the Bulgan Province named after four extinct volcanoes.

Hövsgöl National Park, near Hatgal (Hövsgöl)

Distance: 12 km – Uphill: 791 m – Downhill: 791 m – Time: 4:20/5:20 hrs

A nice ascent to the Khyasaayaa’s summit with great views over the nearby mountains and Khövsgöl, the largest freshwater lake in Mongolia by volume.

Bogd Khan Mountain, near Bagshiin Hiid (Central Aimak)

Distance: 12 km – Uphill: 594 m – Downhill: 594 m – Time: 4:00/4:50 hrs

Bogd Khan is a mountain and a beautiful protected natural area overlooking Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar from a height of 914 m to the south of the city.

Genghis Khan Walk, near Övt (South Hangay)

Distance: 8 km – Uphill: 442 m – Downhill: 442 m – Time: 2:50/3:30 hrs

Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape is a World Heritage site which stretches along the banks of the Orkhon River and includes Kharkhorum, the ancient capital of Genghis Khan’s vast empire, as well as several other archaeological remains.

Yoliin Am Canyon, near Hushuu Hural (South Gobi Aimak)

Distance: 8 km – Uphill: 123 m – Downhill: 123 m – Time: 2:10/2:40 hrs

Yoliin Am is a deep, narrow canyon located within the largest national park in Mongolia, lying on the northern edge of the mythical (and hikable) Gobi desert.

Best time to go to Mongolia: May-Sep
Backpacker cost per day: 35 USD = 29 EUR
For more inspiration, check out our Mongolia Travel Guide.

Sources: some text excerpts from Wikipedia; GPS data from Wikiloc.