Fly Fishing Tours
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 (thymallus arcticus) and the lenok (brachymystax lenok). The lakes are located in an intermountain 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.
Upon your arrival in Ulaan Bataar, you will be met by one of our staff who will join you on a city sightseeing and a welcome dinner. We will arrange for hotel reservations.
The next day you will fly to Ulgii in western Mongolia, a 2 -3-hour flight from Ulaan Bataar. Ulgii and the surrounding province, Bayan-Ulgii, is the home of a minority group of Kazakh people, with their own language and culture. At the local airport you will be met by an English-speaking guide, a driver and an expedition cook. From there you will be driven to Khoton/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 be 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.
We will drive to Dayan Lake stopping for lunch on the way we will visit 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
These days we’ll fish 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.
We will drive back to Ulgii, visit the local Muslim Mosque, open bazaar, the museum and shop for local art and handicrafts. You will stay overnight in Ger Camp or Hotel /B/L/D/
Return flight to Ulaan Bataar with a farewell dinner at the hotel.
- 2- $1754 per person
- 3 – 4 $1630 per person
- 5 – 8 $1445 per person
- 9 – 12 $1320 per person
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
- All meals during the trip
- All accommodations during the program
- Transport with car including gasoline.
- Local guide
- Visa support
- Local flights Ulgii-Ulaan Bataar
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Charges for excess baggage
- Airport taxes
- Individual equipment
- Drinks and extra charges in hotels and inns
- All alcoholic drinks
- All costs not specified in “Included.”
Is the Tour suitable for you?
The ger camps and hotels are in local standards and for twin share.
You will dine at local restaurants in Ulgii and have a picnic lunch or eat in ger food courts at the Eagle Festival site. Vegetarians and restricted diet travelers should inform of the dietary requirements before arrival in Mongolia. We will arrange the meals accordingly. We will supply two 0.5L bottles of water a day. Providing one large bottle (1.5 liters) of water instead of 2 small bottles is available upon request. More information about the Mongolia meals
Fully guided by an English-speaking guide.
The tour includes a round-way domestic flight to western Mongolia. Regarding the land transport, the September Eagle Festival Tour was designed with four wheels driving Russian vans, driven by experienced, friendly, and good mechanic-drivers. Different car types are available upon request for private tours. You may check the travel vehicle details at Mongolia transportation.
September weather during the Eagle Festival
The 2023 Golden Eagle Festival takes place on 16 and 17 September. Therefore, the tour departs Ulaanbaatar on 14 September and returns to Ulaanbaatar on 18 September. It occasionally snows in the Altai mountains in September. You should expect -2°C to +10°C during daylight and below 0°C at night/in the evening/ morning. Therefore, we suggest you bring warm clothes suitable for a little below 0⁰C, including your woolen hats and gloves. Please check the DISCOVERY TOUR PACKING LIST and pack accordingly. Also, consider the free luggage allowance on domestic flights – 15 kg per person, including the handbag.
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