Fishing in the Darkhad Valley

This fishing adventure allows you to discover the wild rivers of northwestern Mongolia, under the expert guidance of our expedition leader, who will take you to the best fishing spots in Mongolia’s northernmost province, which shares a border with Siberian Russia to the north, and Tuva to the west.

This is a wonderful opportunity to take a relaxing, peaceful journey through some of Mongolia’s most impressive scenery, in the far northwest. Khuvsgul Province is Mongolia’s northernmost province, and borders Russia. Although it often rains here in the summer, this only adds to the lushness of the scenery, which consists of crystal-clear lakes and rivers, taiga Siberian forest of larch and pine, and rich, green meadows. Enjoy the tranquility of fishing in some of the world’s most beautiful lakes, and camp under the unrivalled blue skies of Mongolia.

The expedition will be led by our highly qualified local guide, who has experience working in the area, and who can take you to some of its best, little-known, secret fishing spots. He is qualified in many outdoor sports and is an experienced excursion leader, as well as an expert fishing guide. He will take you downriver by boat, enabling you to fully appreciate the stunning landscapes.

Fish the Shishkid and Tengis rivers, a fly-fisher’s paradise, where your guide will be able to direct you to the best spots for Siberian salmon, Amur river pikes, burbots, lenok, grayling and taimen. The taimen is known as the ‘giant trout of Asia,’ and can grow up to 6 feet! Get creative making those flies as taimen have been known to eat small rodents and ground squirrels! Nomads has a policy of releasing all taimen caught – after you have captured the big moment on film of course! – in order to preserve this extraordinary sport for future generations. We also use barbless hooks. The elusive ‘big catch’ is just a cast away…

Day 1

Fly to Moron – Beltes River (100 km)

Today you will take an internal flight to Moron, the center of Khuvsgul Province, either in the morning or in the afternoon depending on domestic flights. On arrival, you will be met by our local staff and vehicles, and driven to the Beltes River about 100 km away. This river is rich with Khiiruus. We will set up the camp here for the night while you fish but it depends on your arrival time in this area.


Day 2

Alag Tseel River of Darkhad Valley

After breakfast we will drive towards Alag Tseel River by crossing two big mountain passes, “Toim” and “Ulgii” and reach to the Darkhad valley. The mountains around the valley reach above 3000m, and the area is a paradise for bird watchers because of the number of lakes (more than 300). The abundance of birds: ducks; geese; swans; cranes; curlews; heron; snipe; and many other birds will increase your pleasure while you fish there. This small and slow flowing river is also rich in graylings, and lenoks, as well as surprisingly large taimen. It is ideally suited for fly-fishing, and the views are incredible. We will camp here as well.


Day 3

Fishing in Khusryn am of Alag Tseel River in the Darkhad Valley After breakfast we will drive further to reach Khusryn Am crossing the wide “Shishkid” river. Here we will fish in the morning and evening.


Days 4-5

Shishkid River by boat - fishing

We will leave in the early morning for the northern part of this journey, where there are two splendid rivers to be discovered. We will make this leg of the journey by boat, following the Shishkid River. We will camp for the night on the Shishkid’s banks, from which we can fish for the rest of the day. The shishkid river is found in one of the most beautiful angling grounds of Mongolia. It flows through mountainous woodland and forms numerous islets. Its waters are the home of abundant lenok, grayling and trophy-sized taimen.

Days 6-7

Khogoriin am – fishing

We will continue our journey by boat for another three days to enjoy the tranquility of fishing in this area. There are a few good fishing spots such as the confluence of the Sharga, and the Shishkid rivers. We will have a packed lunch. The area is a splendid rock-studded mountain river, where lenok, grayling and, in the lower section, surprisingly large taimen are plentiful. It is ideally suited for fly-fishing.


Day 8

We will drive back to the original river we visited, Khogorgyn am of Alag Tseel, where we will fish during the night time. On our way we will prepare bait from the River Khug. We will camp for the night.


Day 9

Delgermoron River

Leaving in the early morning, we will drive (9 hours) to the Delgermoron River, where we will camp in a picturesque spot on its bank, close to Moron.


Day 10

Visit archaeological site – return flight to Ulaanbaatar

Today there is the chance to visit an archeological site with deer stones up to 2,500 years old. Our flight for Ulaanbaatar leaves in the afternoon. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

This tour can be organized as an individual request.
Prices will include the following

2 domestic flights, transportation within Mongolia. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. Tented accommodation while on trek, three meals a day, English-speaking guide, transfers, camel or horse hire where specified, support staff including drivers, horse (camel) men and camp assistants.

Prices do not include

International transportation, travel insurance, visas, departure tax, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature. It is the responsibility of the client to be fully covered with travel and medical insurance while traveling in Mongolia.

Please note

Upon request, single supplement in the countryside can be provided at the additional cost. In case single accommodation in ger camps was not provided the amount would be calculated based on the missing nights and reimbursed.

Nomads cannot be held responsible for over bookings, as long as the company can prove with sufficient documentation that overbooking has been the error of the third party.

Should circumstances beyond our control, such as the imposition of quarantine restrictions, any changes of domestic flight or train schedules, require a change of itinerary, we will inform your agent and propose an equivalent itinerary. Again, Nomads cannot take over the responsibility for the Airlines or the National Train Company. The traveler is responsible for having proper travel documents, such as a valid passport, proper visa and the necessary passport pictures.

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