Classic Canyon Trips

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This is the classic Fish Mongolia journey. 

We use drift boats to float one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness rivers.

Every evening we stay in a unique and comfortable stream-side camp.

Six full days covering endless kilometers of epic taimen and trout water.

The river is remote and difficult to access, offering pristine and secluded angling.  Drift boats are by far the best way to properly discover this river.  We start these trips in the forested mountain headwaters and end where the canyon reaches towards steppe.  Carved through limestone and granite, the valley is flanked by spectacular cliffs and rock pinnacles.  There are very healthy taimen populations with most fish measuring 30 – 40 inches and fish over 50-inches encountered regularly.

“The River is a piece of heaven lost in time, and floating down it from the ger camp left each of us in awe everyday. The fishing was fantastic, watching my brother hold that 1m 25 fish after the battle of the “Bus Stop” will remain with me forever.”  Peter M.

Every season, we establish a string of luxury ger (yurt) camps along the river’s canyon section.  All of the camps are very well-appointed and extremely comfortable.  The guest gers are complete with beds, linens, and wood burning stoves.

We explore a new stretch of productive river daily, floating between camps with professional guides without ever having to shuttle.  Lunch is served streamside.  Gear boats and camp staff transport everything we need for the week.  Each evening you float into a stunning camp where the drinks are cold, the fires are warm, and the food is delicious.  The next morning, you get up, have a great breakfast, jump in the boat, and do it all over again.

This is a great trip for families.  The Mongolian word- ger – is the same for tent, home and family.  It’s a super fun river for kids to catch a whole bunch of trout and – maybe – their first taimen!

We use state of the art rafts and drift boats.  These non-motorized craft are perfect for the task.  They are quiet and stable.  They easily accommodate two anglers and a professional guide. They have very comfortable seats and large, secure casting platforms.  The boats have plenty of storage space for spare rods, camera gear, snack boxes, drinks and other necessities.

“From the airport, we bumped our way over the grassy Mongolian Steppe past nomad tents and herds. At first I thought, “No way is there a big river hidden out here!” But we snuck on a trackless route over a few hills and down a steep valley into a hidden canyon where a beautiful river stretched out before us.  The river valley is absolutely stunning – a wide river alternating between rapids and deep pools, a wildflower laced valley floor and big high cliffs like bookmarks on either side. It’s one of the nicest places I’ve seen in Mongolia and there wasn’t a village for miles in any direction. We had the entire river to ourselves.” Nathan W.

To make certain this wilderness river remains pristine, we have signed agreements making this the world’s second Taimen Sanctuary. (The first is over at our Mongolia River Outfitters operation.)  These are  beautiful wild rivers with variable flows and fishing conditions.  All fishing is catch/release and fly fishing only using single, barbless hooks.

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