Canoeing the Egiin River - 11 days

nomad landscape
Kayak Trip Mongolia

Detailed description

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Pearl of the North

Moron, Khovsgol Lake

By plane from Ulaanbaatar we will reach Moron, capital city of Khovsgol province. Depending on the arrival time we will stay here for the night or we will go on driving North to Khatgal village. The Mongolian blue pearl, the Khovsgol Lake. It is a huge 2.760 square km alpine lake (130 km in length and 40 km in width), surrounded by mountain chains of more than 2.000 meters high, thick pine forests and lush meadow with grazing yaks and horses. More than 100 small rivers and streams feed the lake with crystal clear water. Water exits the lake through only one river, the Egiin, whose waters eventually reach the Baikal Lake. The lake contains about 1.5% of the world’s fresh water (excluding water contained in the icecaps). The lake and rivers are full of fish. Around a dozen species of fish inhabit the lake and rivers. The most well-known are the sturgeon, grayling, lennok, salmon, taimon, etc.

(Ger camp L, D)

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Khovsgol Lake

We will spend a full day exploring the lakeshore and surrounding mountains. For those interested, they will have the possibility to go horseback riding, visit reindeer families, go hiking and canoeing (if weather permits). Tsaatan or Dukha, one of the last remaining reindeer herders of the world. Their unique way of life is centred and structured around reindeer and guided by Shamanism, ancestral spiritual practice based on nature worship.

(Ger camp B, L, D)

Khovsgol Lake
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Egiin River
Herd Crossing River

Canoeing

Our start point will be right next to village Khatgal. From Khovsgol Lake only one river flows out, the Egiin, whose water eventually reach the Baikal Lake.

Egiin is a river with quite rapid current at certain places shaped by impressive little canyons and following fertile valleys surrounded with complete wilderness abundant with wild flora and fauna. Being the significant water resource of the region, summer time many nomads come and camp next to river with their herd. While on river canoeing we not only enjoy the diverse landscapes unfolding in every direction but interact with locals, children with their huge herd watering by the river.

We will have chance to visit a nomad family and spend an evening with nomads. Barbeque cooked over hot stones is on the menu. Engage a friendly chat & listen to their amazing life stories over one or two shots of vodka. Herders make local vodka from fermented milk.

Our support team and vehicle travelling not far from us can always be joined by radio when needed.

(Tented camp B, L, D)

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Erdenbulgan village

Due its remote location, the most eastern remote village of Khovsgol province is left behind and forgotten by time. Not many people expect community residents come to this place. Time to pack and load everything before 2 days’ journey back to Ulaanbaatar. We will spend day enjoying riverside, swimming, fishing and relaxing.

(Tented camp B, L, D)

Canoeing Northern Mongolia
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Moron

We will have a driving day to reach Moron. On the way we will visit the Uushig Deer Stone complex. Evidence of Prehistoric people’s art work known as deer stones and burial mounds.

(Hotel, B, L, D)

Landscape North Mongolia
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Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar. You may enjoy the free afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.

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Ulaanbaatar

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Canoeing the Egiin River - 11 days

Egiin River is the only river flows out of Khovsgul Lake. During this canoe trip you will explore the least traveled river and region. Our tour has a mix of both adventure and cultural aspects of Mongolian nomad lifesty diverse landscapes.
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