Kayaking the Kharaa River
(2 days)


Canoeing the Kharaa river

Join us on a weekend excursion by train to see Mongolia's pristine beauty just a short distance from Ulaanbaatar. Spend the night in a Mongolian ger and share railway carriages with the locals. Get a front-row seat to some of the country's most breathtaking scenery as you paddle along the banks amid quiet rolling hills and mountains, observing nomads with their hands full of herds. In the summer, nomads descend from the highlands to lower terrain, mostly near rivers and water sources, to graze their livestock. You may also cycle up to the mountains for a breath-taking and spectacular view of the surroundings. Mongolia is home to a plethora of stunning freshwater lakes and rivers. Mongolia is the source of several significant rivers, including the Selenge, Yenisei, and Irtysh. The majority of Mongolia's rivers are concentrated in the country's north, where the river system is also the most extensive. One of the main tributaries of the Orkhon-Selenge River system is the Kharaa River Basin. The Orkhon River rises in the Khangai Mountains in Central Mongolia and travels 1,124 kilometers north until it joins the Selenge River, which empties into Lake Baikal. The Selenge River has the highest volume of flow. The river is 992 kilometers long and drains into Lake Baikal in Siberia, with 593 kilometers flowing through Mongolian territory.

Trans Siberian Train
day 1
Kayaking Kharaa River 01
day 2

Detailed description


Train to Tunkhel, Kharaa River

You will board a local train at 10.45 a.m. from the bustling Ulaanbaatar train station; the journey will last approximately 3 hours. At 14:00 p.m., you will arrive in Tunkhel settlement and be transferred to your ger.

After lunch, you will begin kayaking along the Kharaa river till the evening. Then you will be able to enjoy the sunset in complete Mongolian peace and emptiness. Mongolia is the world’s least densely populated country.

At dinner, enjoy a hot stone-cooked Mongolian traditional BBQ and speak with nomads around a campfire under millions of stars.

(Tented camp L, D)

Trans Siberian Train

Kharaa River & train back to Ulaanbaatar

The second day will be spent kayaking. Cycling is an alternative for those who wish to see more of the region and take in the breathtaking views from higher elevations. We’ll return to Ulaanbaatar by rail later that afternoon.

(B, L)