Pristine, clear lakes, stunning surroundings, and some very large fish!
The Khoton and Khurgan Lakes are second largest and clearest of all lakes in Mongolia. The average depth is 26 meters, the maximum depth is approximately 58 meters. The landscape around the lakes is stunning: with forests and the snow-capped Altai Mountains. Khoton and Khurgan Lakes are home to the grayling (thymallusarcticus) and the lenok (brachymystaxlenok). The lakes are located in an intermontane tectonic depression in the northern portion of the Mongolian Altai Region. The lakes themselves, as well as the mountains rivers which feed into the lakes, offer excellent sport fishing in a rugged and virtually unpopulated area.
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Upon your arrival in UlaanBataar, ourrepresentativeswill meet you at the aiport, who will join you on a city sightseeing and a welcome dinner. We will arrange for hotel reservations.
Flight to Ulgii in western Mongolia, a 2 -3 hours flight from UlaanBaatar. Bayan-Ulgii, is the home of a minority group of Kazakh people, with their own language and culture. At the local airport, our team will welcome you who are an English-speaking guide, a driver and an expedition cook. From there you will be driven to Khoton and Khurgan Lake Camp, about a XX hour trip, where we will meet our local fishing guides. Overnight accommodation will be in our own tents.
The next few days we will go fishing in the Khoton Lake. The landscape around the lakes consist of forests and snow-capped mountains. The Khotan and Khurgan Lakes are home to the grayling and the lenok. The best time to fish for the lenok is from 15th May to 25th of May. This is the season when the lake ice melts. After that date the biggest lenok’s migrate to the deepest part of the lake. However, grayling is a common catch during the summer. The lenok is a quite large fish. We once caught a lenok which was 98 cm long, The average size of a grayling is about 50 cm long, but can grow much larger.
Drive to Dayan Lake stopping for lunch on the way and visiting the ancient Stone Men and Balbal stones, 6th to 8th century Turkish burial markers. The landscape around the lakes is picturesque and consists of forests, rivers and it is surrounded by mountains. We will stay at Dayan Lake Camp in our own tents
In these days we have an opportunity to go fishing in the Dayan Lake. The lake, and the rivers around the lake, are crystal clear and are fed by springs. Dayan Lake is rich with grayling, Altai osman and a variety of other species of fish. The lake is also the home to a great number and variety of migratory birds including many kinds of ducks, swans, geese, seagulls, and cranes.
Driving back to Ulgii, visit the local Muslim Mosque, open bazaar, the museum and shopping in local art and handicrafts shops. Stay overnight in our Ger Camp or in out guest house, Hotel
Return flight to UlaanBaatar, the capital with a farewell dinner at the hotel.