With our “new” Buryat Headwaters trip, we now have twenty private, streamside fly-fishing camps covering several hundred kilometers of river within the taimen sanctuary. On every trip, anglers enjoy a full day’s float between a different set of camps… again floating a new stretch of water daily without a shuttle.
During the short season, every stretch of river is “rested” for at least a week.
Camp-life is definitely a highlight of these trips. Our camps are designed as a place to relax and unwind after an exciting day on the river. They are rustic and very comfortable, much like an African tented safari.
Every evening, the guides and guests gather together for a candle-lit meal. After dinner we typically sit around the wood burning stove. We sip wine, share stories and the guides might tie a few flies for the next day’s adventure. You’re welcome to join them.
On upper river trips, guests are accommodated in traditional Mongolian gers (yurts). On the more remote lower river expeditions, guests are accommodated in a mix of ger camps and Nordic tipi camps.
There is something very special about the entire camp experience… The sounds of the river. New and old friends gathered around the table. A hot cup of coffee brought to your ger in the early morning. It feels a bit nostalgic. Like something from a by-gone era. Perhaps because there are so few places left on this earth with this sort of authentic remoteness.
This is the valley where Genghis Khan was born and raised.
And so we strive to respect the quiet, natural beauty of this remarkable landscape.
Each camp reflects Mongolian traditions and is well integrated in the surrounding countryside. Our camps have no permanent infrastructure. All our camps are dismantled at the end of the season, leaving no permanent trace of our presence. There are no generators or stereos, only the sounds of water over stones and wind in the trees, and only the lights of candles and stars. It’s very common to hear the howl of a wolf or an elk’s bugle.
All camps have simple toilet and shower facilities. The toilets are clean and private. The shower is in its own designated ger or wall-tent, with plenty of space for changing clothes. Hot water for showers is provided by a wood stove inside the shower tent.
We fish very full days, generally not pulling into camp until sunset. However, if you still have the energy to cast, each camp is situated along a uniquely beautiful stretch of river with great fishing.
Northern Mongolia reminds many guests of the American West in another era, before dams, paved roads, and barbed wire came along. Local residents continue to make the most of this unfettered landscape, following a traditional nomadic lifestyle with deep, Tibetan Buddhist roots and a serious respect for nature. Mongolian culture venerates hospitality and our camp staff is no exception. They are wonderful, hard-working, and highly attentive folks. You’ll have a great time getting to know them and they will make your visit both fun and memorable.
We pride ourselves on the quality and variety of our menus. All meals are professionally prepared and substantially portioned, with big breakfasts, streamside lunches, and multi-course dinners with fresh vegetables and fruit. We dare you to try and lose weight on these trips! Mornings begin with coffee or tea served in your ger, fresh hors d’oeuvres arrive at cocktail hour, and many evenings end with a companionable drink around the campfire. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements – our staff will do their best to accommodate you.
Mongolia’s traditional felt-covered dwellings are perfectly suited for the landscape. Gers are aesthetically pleasing, environmentally and socially appropriate, and extremely comfortable. Sleeping gers are approximately 9 feet high (2.5 meters) and 20 feet (6 meters) in diameter, providing ample space for two anglers. Each ger is furnished with a wood-burning stove, small writing table, wash basin, camp chairs, and sleeping cots. Woolen carpets decorate the floors, and there are plenty of hooks for hanging jackets, waders, and other gear at day’s end.
On lower river expeditions, guests enjoy a mix of ger camps and tipi camps. Each Nordic tipi accommodates two cots and offers plenty of room to stand inside. Breakfast and dinner are served in a spacious, insulated wall-tent with a wood-burning stove.