per person, double occupancy
11 days/10 nights
7 days fishing
Quest for the World's Largest Salmon
Taimen are found only in a few rivers in Russia, China, and Mongolia. Although they look much like a salmon, taimen do not die when they spawn, thus can grow to monstrous proportions. Both conventional and fly fishermen have had great success catching these ferocious fish. Mongolia, the mysterious homeland of the fabled warrior Genghis Khan, is located in northern Asia. It is bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south. Mongolia’s natural isolation between the Altay Mountains and the Gobi Desert have kept it out of the Western spotlight for centuries. It was only in the past decade that the first Western tourists began to trickle in. Mongolia's warm hospitality will make your adventure to this magical continent an unforgettable experience. Also available for fishing in abundance is the Lenok, the Mongolian equivialent to the trout, and four subspecies of Grayling.
Called “river wolf” by the Mongolians, taimen feed on mice, lemmings and other small rodents. Both conventional and fly fishermen have had good success catching these ferocious fish. After an early morning breakfast, you’ll set off with your guide to enjoy six full days of fishing. In Mongolian rivers, the average taimen is around 32 inches and roughly 10 pounds. However, almost every day there could be chances at fish over 50 inches. Big taimen seem to get more aggressive as the fall progresses. Taimen will eat anything they can fit in their mouth – locals even fish for them with prairie dogs. On the river, you can enjoy a box lunch prepared at camp. Mongolia’s waters also offer Lenok (brachymstax lenok), which looks like a rainbow trout with the mouth of a tarpon. Lenok average 18-20 inches long and are a blast on lighter tackle. Grayling are plentiful in Mongolia's waters and there are in fact four sub-species here.
11 days/10 nights
7 days fishing
(2016 SEASON RATES)
10 days/9 nights/6 days fishing
$5950 per person (double occupancy), plus international airfare to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
$2000 deposit per person. May be paid with check, credit card, certified check or money order. Final payments are typically due 60 days prior to departure.
Please contact us for airfare, as seasonal variations make it difficult to quote an exact price. (Discount fares approximately $1500 from San Francisco to Ulaanbaatar). Our in-house travel agency can help make your flight arrangements. Note: airfares are subject to change and confirmed only at time of booking. Airline ticketing, refund, change and baggage restrictions may apply.
- Airport assistance and transfers
- Internal flights within Mongolia
- First and last nights hotel in Ulaanbaatar
- Three meals per day in camp
- Fishing permits
- Six days guided fishing for taimen, lenok, and grayling
- Trained guides/English speaking translator
- Seven nights accommodations in countryside
- River access and transport
- 4WD transport
- Beer and a limited supply of wine at the camp and of course, Mongolian Vodka!
International airfare, personal fishing tackle and equipment, meals not listed, tips and other items of personal nature.
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June through September
Now accepting reservations for next season. Please call us to confirm space availability or to request specific dates
Fly via Seoul, Korea, or Osaka, Japan, to the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you'll be taken to a local hotel to rest up before beginning your adventure. Then you will fly directly on to the camp on a charter flight or on a domestic flight to nearby airport followed by a 4-5 hour drive.
8 anglers per week
Accommodations for our trip range from a city hotel in Ulaanbaatar to our rustic but comfortable fishing camp. You will stay in traditional Mongolian "gers" felt tents wrapped around a collapsible wooden frame. They are 9 feet high and 15 feet in diameter, much larger than standard wall tents, and are equipped with beds, shelving for storing gear and an area to sit down and relax by a wood stove. Each ger accommodates two anglers.
Meals include a range of delicious Mongolian and European dishes including steaks, kebabs, fresh vegetables and fruit. Beer, wine and soft drinks are provided at camp and are included in the trip cost. However, due to the difficulty of finding quality liquors, you should bring a supply of the drink of your choice. Bringing liquor into Mongolia is not a problem.
Hiking Trip, Khovsgol Horse Trek, Taiga Expedition, Dog Sled Adventure.
SAMPLE OUTLINE ITINERARY
(Subject to revision. Detailed itineraries are prepared on confirmation of reservation)
Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to local hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Flight to Khovsgol Aimag. Land transfer to first Taimen camp. Overnight at camp.
Days 3-9: Float/fish between Taimen camps. Overnight at various camp.
Day 10: Overland to airstrip. Return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: Departure.
A valid passport is required for travel to Mongolia. A tourist card will be provided on your international flight or at the immigration area in Ulaanbaatar. While an advance visa is no longer required for U.S. citizens, there is are special documentations fee of US $150 that is payable in Ulaanbaatar.
Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid inoculations are recommended. Health problems are rare, but travelers are recommended to bring a medical kit which includes antibiotics and treatment for dysentery. Drink only bottled water. Be sure to bring sun screen and lip balm. Mongolia is a dry country with remarkably few bugs, but mosquitos and white socks are present in some of the wetter areas. Take insect repellant just in case.
The official language of Mongolia is Khalka Mongol, but English and Russian are also spoken. We will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide.
Weather in Mongolia can be extreme. Bring warm clothes. Summer temperatures ranging between 20° C and 30° C (68-86° F). During the autumn months daytime temperatures vary from 15 °C to 20 °C (59°-68° F), while they may drop to as low as -10 °C (14° F) at night. Autumn is the season characterized by the most stable weather pattern, with minimum precipitation. However, brief periods of snow showers and gusts of bitter northerly wind are not uncommon. Keep in mind that camp elevations are at 1300-1600 meters.
We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover any losses should you have to cancel to due to unforeseen illness or other emergency. Certain restrictions do apply. Premium rates are typically about $65 per $1,000 of coverage, and usually include some benefits for lost baggage, trip interruption, and emergency evacuation. Forms for Travel Assure may be obtained by calling our office.
Our recommended packing list and other briefing materials will be furnished on receipt of your trip deposit and reservation form.
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