September - October
Please inquire for specific dates
Maximum of 4, 6 or 8 anglers
Based upon departure date
Cessna Caravan to/from river
A trip designed for those of us who don't mind a bit of roughing it... in style.
Eight days fishing the taimen sanctuary. Experience a new stretch of water daily without shuttles. Stay in a unique combination of tent-tipi and ger camps. Remote location, incredible fishing, world-class guides, unique nomadic culture, and outstanding wilderness accommodation – this trip feel like an absolute privilege.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar, overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Board a chartered
Cessna Caravan for the 90-minute
flight to the river. First day of fishing.
Days 3 – 9: Float and fish between
taimen camps. Last day wade and fish option.
Day 10: Chartered Cessna Caravan
back to UB. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: Depart Mongolia.
The trip begins and ends in Mongolia's capital city, Ulaanbaatar (UB). Upon arrival, an MRO guide and driver will meet you at the airport and take care of all transfers.
Unless you have selected a combination trip. In this case, you'll already have been on the river for six days!
After your first evening in UB, the group flies early in the morning to the river on a chartered Cessna Caravan. You will land near the river where the guides and boats will be waiting. For the next seven days, you will float and fish between a string of very well appointed tipi and ger camps. On the eighth day, you will have a full-day to wade-walk prime taimen waters. At the end of the week's fishing, you will drive over a beautiful mountain pass to board the charter flight for the ninety-minute plus return flight to UB. An afternoon and evening in UB and the next day's flight back home or to the next adventure.
All anglers on this trip fish from USA manufactured ClackaCraft drift boats. It's quite an experience standing tall in a drift boat while sight casting to a feeding taimen.
Each day's float covers 15 - 25 kilometers (10 - 15 miles) of water, with a midday break for a shore lunch.
Only international anglers holding a fishing permit allocated through Mongolia River Outfitters may legally fish this river. Our exclusive management agreement requires catch-and-release, fly-fishing only with single, barbless hooks.
Ger and Tipi Camps
On the remote lower river trips, all of our gear is transported by a fleet of gear boats every day. The camps are a mix of Tipi Camps and Ger Camps. The first part of the trip in tipi camps, the last few days in ger camps. Each tipi camp has a large wall tent for dining with a wood stove; very comfortable tipi-tents appointed with comfortable cots, blankets, and wool carpets; and, hot showers. The ger camps have a large dining ger. The sleeping gers feature comfortable cots, linens, and wood-burning stoves.
You can see photos and read more about the meals and camps here.
”Fantastic trip. From beginning to end, everything was first class. Am already planning my return trip!”
- Alan V, Sumatra, Indonesia
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Lower River Expedition
US$ 6,950 per person
Trips begin and end in Ulaanbaatar (“UB”) Mongolia’s capital city. Our full-time staff in UB is always available to provide assistance. A driver and English speaking guide will greet you at the airport and take care of all transfers.
In UB, accommodation is single occupancy. Every MRO/FM guest enjoys their own, private hotel room.
At the river, accommodation is double-occupancy.
Two anglers fish with one guide. The guides rotate, so everyone gets a chance to fish with a variety of great guides throughout the week.
Price includes: Two nights hotel in UB, airport transfers, transportation to/from the river, fishing permits, guide services, and all meals, lodging, soft drinks, beer, wine, and classic Mongolian vodka at camp.
Price does not include: Gratuities, international airfare, meals and drinks in UB.
Any gratuities are given to the head-guide at the end of the week who then disperses these to guides and camp staff.
Fish Mongolia operates June – August.
Mongolia River Outfitters operates September – October.
Please inquire regarding specific departures dates and availability.
Most trips are booked well in advance. MRO is quite fortunate to have a very high level of returning guests, with many anglers who have fished with us multiple times.
We request a 50%, non-refundable advance payment to hold your reservation and payment in full at least 120 days prior to departure.
Payments by wire transfer or credit card.
Mongolian law requires that every angler obtain a variety of fishing permits, including a specific national permit for taimen. Only a very few registered outfitters can legally obtain taimen permits. Each permit costs several hundred dollars.
On the rivers we fish, there are additional restrictions and active enforcement. We arrange for all permits in advance and have long-term operations and conservation agreements with all relevant government agencies.
If you choose another outfitter, please be certain that you are fishing legally. The outfitter must have an official agreement providing access to a healthy taimen river before they can even purchase permits for you.
Permission must be secured from national, state, and local governments. Without the proper permits, you risk a heavy fine, loss of equipment, deportation, or imprisonment. This sounds harsh, but too many innocent anglers have ended up in this unfortunate situation.
Mongolia has become a very easy destination.
Ulaanbaatar is served by flights from many European and Asian hubs. There are direct flights from: Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Istanbul, and Moscow.
The three-letter airport code for Ulaanbaatar is ULN.
We are more than happy to help answer questions regarding the best routing from your home.
Please inquire with us regarding visa regulations.
Most international visitors, including persons from the USA, do not currently require a visa prior to arrival in Mongolia. However, there are exceptions.
We will request a scanned copy of your passport at the time of booking and our UB office can easily facilitate any necessary visa process.
Mongolia River Outfitters operates from September – October.
Known as the “Blue Sky Country”, Mongolia enjoys a dry, continental climate with typically beautiful autumn weather. The sun can be intense… along with the fall colors.
A usual day begins with hats, jackets and waders. After lunch, you’re often wet wading. However, Mongolia’s weather can change quickly. One week can be frosty. The next can be hot. Rain or even snow can occur any month.
The dry fly and streamer fishing for taimen is great from September right through October. The surface fishing for trout tends to be very good through September. By October, things are getting chilly with snow squalls far more likely.
The benefit of later season fishing… a decrease in water temperature almost always triggers a burst of feeding activity by roving packs of hungry taimen.
We provide guests with a comprehensive packing list prior to departure. Guests are responsible for bringing their own rods, waders, and other fishing gear, except for flies. Although you are welcome to experiment – our guides often set up a tying station after dinner – we will supply proven patterns for both taimen and trout.
Mongolia is an amazing country. Just traveling to Mongolia and floating down these rivers is an incredible experience.
We include cultural tours in UB as part of every angling package.
If you would like to extend your travel and visit other parts of the country, please let us know. We can easily help to arrange this.
There is so much to see and do in Mongolia!