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Here's a place where the rivers and landscape resemble the American West of years past. The big difference is that Mongolia's rivers hold giant taimen reaching sixty-inches and Mongolia has a diversity of native trout, grayling, and pike species unknown in the rest of the world.
This country appeals to anglers of all ages and skill levels. Mongolia is not just for the hard-core. Getting to Mongolia is now relatively easy. The capital city of Ulaanbaatar is very modern. The outfitter's camps are extremely comfortable with great meals and lodging. The professional guides row NRS and Clackacraft drift boats. The weather is nearly the same as Montana in the summer and fall.
Taimen are definitely the primary interest. Anglers of all abilities return annually for the challenge and wonder of the mighty taimen. This is the trip for anyone who wants a chance to watch a 50-inch salmonid explode onto your skated mouse. However, taimen are just one part of the story. Mongolia's native trout and grayling fisheries are fantastic. The variety of fish and fishing conditions is incredible. Many beginning anglers have caught their first trout on a fly in Mongolia and quite a few have hooked into a monster taimen!
More than just an amazing fishing trip, the land of Genghis Khan offers the traveling angler an opportunity to explore a beautiful and intriguing country. In Mongolia, nomads still roam on horseback, rivers are wild and free, and the trout are extremely large.
Time on a Mongolia river allows us to remember when fly-fishing was about the solitude of a river and the camaraderie of friends. Every year we look forward to visiting Mongolia, to sit around an evening's fire and share laughs and stories about the day's great adventures. This is one of those fascinating journeys that are just good for your soul.
Orvis Travel is very excited to be able to offer this exotic Asian experience to our guests. For details, please give us a shout or drop us an email. We always enjoy chatting about the wonderful fly-fishing adventures in Mongolia.
The various adventures provide six to eight days on the water. A fly fishing journey to Mongolia requires a commitment of approximately nine to eleven days including international travel.
Getting to Mongolia is surprisingly easy and Orvis Travel can assist with air arrangements. Mongolia (ULN) is served by direct flights via Beijing, Seoul, Istanbul, Moscow, Berlin and Tokyo. Connecting times via Beijing or Seoul are generally only a couple of hours. The approximate flight times are:
Beijing – ULN: 2.2 hours
Seoul – ULN: 3.5 hours
Tokyo – ULN: 5.5 hours
Moscow – ULN: 6 hours
Berlin – ULN: 9.5 hours
Istanbul – ULN: 10 hours
US citizens do not currently need a visa to enter Mongolia and/or to transit Beijing or Seoul. Please contact us regarding up-to-date requirements.
Our host outfitter handles all in-country logistics from the moment you arrive in Mongolia until your departure. A professional English-speaking guide and driver provide for all airport transfers. Guests stay in a comfortable hotel in the heart of the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, one night upon arrival and one night prior to departure. Guests explore the city as they choose. A professional tour guide is available 24/7 to help arrange for dinners, special tours, shopping, concerts, etc.
On Mongolia River Outfitters trips, guests fly directly from the capital to/from the river via chartered aircraft. On Fish Mongolia Trips, guests fly to/from the countryside via commercial airline and are transferred to the river via 4x4.
Each trip includes between six to eight full days of fishing. These are primarily drift-boat trips. The outfitter has a very unique approach. Each year, they set out a series of seasonal camps covering nearly four hundred miles of two rivers. Most camps consist of gers (yurts). A few very remote camps utilize tipis and tents. Guests float every day with their professional guides between camps. The “no drive” schedule means we explore a new stretch of river daily without a vehicle or motorboat shuttle.
The trips are supported by a full complement of staff, including professional fly fishing guides, cooks, housekeeping, servers, drivers, and gear boat rowers that take care of every detail.
Cool mornings start with one of the camp staff quietly entering your ger to light the wood stove, followed by individual coffee/tea service for each guest in their ger. Breakfast is served in a main dining area. After breakfast, guests and guides grab their fishing gear and jump into a waiting drift boat. The fishing starts right in front of camp. The pace is relaxed and you’ll have plenty of time to get out and wade interesting stretches with your guide. We’ve found it’s best to cover an average of ten to twelve miles of river daily. The fishing is consistently good through all sections of the river. Lunches are served streamside. After a day floating a beautiful river, the guide pulls your boat into the landing at the next river camp. The camp staff will meet you streamside and accompany you to your accommodation. You’ll find your gear in your ger, the campfires lit, dinner ready, and your camp bed made.
We would be happy to send to you a detailed itinerary for each of the Mongolia adventures.
Orvis works with one outfitter to provide four unique trips on two special Mongolian rivers.
Most of these are drift boat trips with guests floating every day between pre-established camps. The more adventurous "Headwaters Expedition" uses camels to pack into a remote wilderness area. All of the adventures have great staff, camps, and gear.
The Mongolia River Outfitters trips take place in eastern Mongolia in a part of the country defined by rolling hills, birch forests, and tall grasslands. The Fish Mongolia trips take place in western Mongolia on a high-mountain river carved through a large canyon of limestone and granite.
Both streams have great fisheries and amazing scenery. Mongolia River Outfitter trips offer opportunities to fish for taimen, grayling, Amur pike, Amur trout, and Mongolian trout (lenok). Fish Mongolia trips offer opportunities to fish for taimen, grayling, and Mongolian trout (lenok).
Please contact us to discuss the options to best fit your preferred style of fishing and travel.
These fishing trips are designed to catalyze conservation. Both rivers are protected as "Taimen Sanctuaries." These globally recognized "Taimen Sanctuaries" were established through a conservation partnership organized by the local outfitter along with nine separate communities, the Government of Mongolia, and several international NGO's. More than four hundred miles of river are now conserved for taimen and other freshwater species due in part to the support of companies like Orvis. Motorboats and permanent tourism development are both outlawed. The streams are designated "fly-fishing only" for all international anglers. All fishing is strictly "catch and release" using "single-barbless hooks".
The opportunity to chase the world’s largest salmonid is the reason anglers typically visit Mongolia. Taimen are the ultimate mega-trout. These rivers have very healthy taimen populations. However, taimen are big trophy fish, top-tier predators and generally not easy to catch. Taimen are one of fly-fishing’s most rewarding challenges. Taimen will attack a dry fly with a predatory aggression unlike any other freshwater fish. Most taimen caught on the fly measure between 30 - 40 inches and every year we encounter fish ranging up to 60 inches.
Trout fishing in Mongolia is generally spectacular. Both streams hold a fascinating variety of native trout and grayling rarely encountered beyond the borders of Mongolia. Most of these fish range from 15 and 22 inches. Trout pushing 30 inches are occasionally released.
Because these trips offer great scenery, culture, and camps, Mongolia often appeals to travelers who are interested in life experiences beyond great fishing. We can also easily help arrange for travel to other parts of Mongolia as a stand-alone or an add-on to a river trip.
Every year the outfitter sets out a string of camps along hundreds of miles of river. Much like an African tented safari, each camp is rustic and very comfortable. The campsites are all uniquely peaceful, designed to reflect Mongolian traditions and integrate with the country’s natural surroundings.
Most of the camps are composed of gers (yurts) complete with wool throw rugs and wood burning stoves. The more remote camps have either big canvas tipis or high-end tents. With their intricate lattice frames and insulating felt walls, sleeping in a cozy Mongolian ger is much like having a spacious streamside boutique hotel room. There are no generators or stereos, only the sounds of the trees and the river, the lights of candles and stoves, and the sparkling night stars. Toilet facilities and the hot showers are located in specially designed large tents that are both comfortable and private.
The unique and cozy camps are a highlight of any trip to Mongolia. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to describe in detail exactly what to anticipate at these wonderful camps.
The outfitter’s international team is outstanding. The fishing guides hail from some of the best lodges in the US, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and Mongolia. Mongolian culture venerates hospitality and the camp staff is no exception. They are an exceptional group of knowledgeable, hard-working, fun, and very attentive folks. They keep the atmosphere around camp both relaxed and professional. You’ll have a great time getting to know them, and they will make your visit remarkable.
The cooks are veterans. The food is fresh, diverse and very well suited to Western tastes. There are big breakfasts, great shore lunches (usually hot), loads of snacks throughout the day, and multiple course dinners. The French-press coffee is excellent, the beer cold and the wine very palatable! Lodge meals are served either inside a dedicated dining ger (yurt) or central wall tent complete with tables, chairs, and wood stove.
The outfitter has yet to meet a special diet request that can’t be accommodated, but please let us know your special needs at least 90 days before departure.
Email, telephone, cell, fax, etc. is all readily available in Ulaanbaatar. Once outside of Ulaanbaatar, you are beyond the reach of all of these. In the field, we have a satellite phone at camp for emergency use only.
Several new hotels are completed each year, constantly improving the market. We will make a selection based upon a history of excellent service and location.
June - September: Fish Mongolia
September - October: Mongolia River Outfitters
*All trips require a $500 Mongolian fishing license/conservation and access fee
Orvis Hosted Trips - 2017-2018
Classic Canyon Float in Mongolia - August 18-28, 2017 SOLD OUT Upper River Trip - September 13-21, 2017 SOLD OUT
Classic Canyon Float in Mongolia - August 8-18, 2018
Lower River Trip - September 19-29, 2018
Special pricing is available for anglers wishing to book a longer duration "combination" trip according to availability.
Please contact us regarding specific departure dates and availability.
All guests enjoy a single-occupancy hotel room in Ulaanbaatar, unless requesting to share. River accommodation is based upon double occupancy. Each drift boat has one guide with two guests. Non-anglers are charged the same rate as anglers.
Departures are carefully planned for the best fishing and weather conditions based upon more than twenty years experience in Mongolia. These rivers are wild and remote. Precipitation can come at any season. Weather is increasingly difficult to predict. Mongolia is located along the 48th parallel with daylight conditions and temperatures very similar to Montana. June - August are generally warm. September is autumnal with warm days and cool evenings. The weather is chilly by mid-October.
Guests receive a comprehensive packing list well prior to departure.
Airport transfers, domestic flights and vehicle transfers in Mongolia. Two nights hotel lodging in Ulaanbaatar. All lodging on the river. Please contact us regarding specific accommodation type for each trip. Meals and beverages (coffee/tea, soft drinks, wine, beer and vodka) while on the river. Breakfast only in Ulaanbaatar. Fishing license and conservation fees. Outfitter supplies all flies. These are fully-guided trips supported by a professional camp staff.
$500 Mongolian fishing license, conservation and access fee, international airfare, taxes or visa fees. Gratuities. Lunch/dinner in Ulaanbaatar. Personal items such as toiletries, medications, etc. Rod and tackle other than flies. Sleeping bag, waders, and personal fishing clothing (details available in the trip planning material). Travel insurance including medical and evacuation coverage required (available through Orvis Travel).