The River Camps
Float one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness rivers, each evening arriving at one of our unique stream-side camps.
The canyons of this river is simply stunning.
PRICE On request
SEASON June to September
TRIP TYPE River rafting Float Trip
ACCOMMODATION Private Riverside 360° Camps
ACTIVITIES Rafting, hikes, photography
DURATION 5-6 days ex-Ulaanbaatar
This is a very special river trip through The Hövsgöl Canyons, Mongolia’s most scenic river valley. Each year, along with our sister fly fishing operation, we establish a string of comfortable ger camps along the river. For this non-angling trip, we float from camp-to-camp over 3 or 4 days on the river. The floats are half days why there are opportunities to hike up the sides for stunning views each day.
Located in Mongolia’s northern Hövsgöl province the river is prime habitat for an endangered giant trout, the Taimen. As this is a Taimen Sanctuary we keep quiet on the name of the river to help the ongoing conservation efforts.
The river is remote and difficult to access, boat travel is the best way to properly discover this river. We start these trips at the head of the canyon section and end where it reaches towards steppes. Carved through limestone and granite, The Hövsgöl Canyons are inaccessible for vehicles for most parts. It is flanked by spectacular cliffs and rock pinnacles.
We would love to tailor a custom trip to the river for you
To Hovsgol and the river
Domestic flight to Muron in Hovsgol Aimag and 3-4 hour drive to the river. Descend from the upland steppes to the river valley through jaw-breaking scenery. Arriving at the first of the river camps.
Each morning we’ll float a new section of river. You will have the choice of paddling a raft, or sitting in an oar boat rowed by one of the crew. Our support team will transport all our baggage to the next camp, either by rafts or support vehicle. We’ll stop at lunch for a riverside BBQ and perhaps a short hike to a scenic lookout before continuing to the next camp. Sun-downers and hors-de-oeuvres around the camp fire every evening.
Return to Ulaanbaatar, or onward travel
Its only around 2 hrs from the take-out back to the airport for return flights to Ulaanbaatar. You may wish to extend this trip with a visit to Lake Hovsgol.
This is an active river rafting trip. We use state of the art Aire rafts. The river has a few easily negotiated rapids (Grade 2+). You can choose to paddle or ride an oar boat rowed by one of our crew. This is a wild river with variable flow conditions, often low and clear, it can also rise quickly: it remains raft-able in most conditions.
An optional and highly recommended activity is the hiking up side valleys and to overlooks. We can arrange inflatable kayaks (and even a couple of canoes) for experienced paddlers, we don’t however offer specific kayak or canoe instruction so this option is only for experienced paddlers.
- All overnight accommodation outside of Ulaanbaatar.
- All transport and activities as per itinerary.
- All meals outside Ulaanbaatar.
- Camp entourage including cook and guide.
- National Park entry fee.
- Domestic flights.
- Air or train tickets to/from Mongolia.
- Hotels in Ulaanbaatar.
This river trip works well in combination with our Khentii or East Gobi itineraries . It is also a good stand-alone experience as a get-away from Ulaanbaatar. You can extend this trip with an additional night at the scenic Lake Hovsgol, just three hours drive to the north of the river.
Our trips can be customized and combined in a modular fashion. Your stay in Ulaanbaatar will be quoted separately, allowing you the choice of hotels and experiences matching your entries and exits in our capital.
All Ulaanbaatar packages include:
- private chauffeur service to and from the airport at the start and end of your trip;
- city guide and private driver available as required;
- the services of our Ulaanbaatar guest relations team;
This river is managed by our sister fly fishing operation, Fish Mongolia, who have signed agreements making this the world’s second Taimen Sanctuary. Taimen are the ultimate mega-trout. They are the largest member of the salmonid family. Taimen can live for nearly fifty years and reach sixty inches (1.5 meter) in length.
Our entire river operation is focussed on Taimen conservation, and involving the local communities in these efforts. If we are lucky we might see some of these fish swims by our rafts as we float past.