The taimen camps are definitely a highlight of these trips!
There is something very special about the entire taimen camp experience. Wood burning stoves. Candle light. A canopy of stars. Attentive staff. New and old friends gathered around the table. The hot cup of coffee brought to your ger in the early morning. It feels a bit nostalgic. Like something from a by-gone era.
Every year we set-up a couple dozen taimen fly fishing camps. This string of stream-side camps covers nearly three hundred kilometers of river. Each camp is strategically located a perfect day’s float apart. Anglers float between camps, exploring a new stretch of the taimen sanctuary daily. When you float into a new camp at day’s end, your bags are waiting, the shower water is hot, and dinner is on the way.
See you at camp!
Taimen Camp Life
Each camp is designed as a place to unwind after an exciting day on the river. They are rustic and very comfortable, much like an African tented safari.
In the evening, the guides and guests gather together around the table for a candle-lit meal. After dinner we typically relax, enjoying the warmth of the wood stove or sitting out under the stars. We sip wine, share stories, and laugh a lot. The guides might tie a few flies for the next day’s adventure. You’re welcome to join them.
Ecologically and Socially Appropriate
Genghis Khan was born and raised along this river. The valley remains remarkably undeveloped and pristine. We like to say that if the Great Khan rode over any hill today, he would still recognize his home.
Local residents continue to follow a traditional nomadic lifestyle with deep, Tibetan Buddhist roots and a serious respect for nature. And so we too strive to respect the culture, quiet, and natural beauty of this remarkable location. Each camp reflects Mongolian traditions and is well integrated into the surrounding countryside.
Our camps have no permanent infrastructure. Everything is dismantled at the end of the short season, leaving no permanent trace of our presence. There are no generators or stereos in camp, only the sounds of water over stones and wind in the trees, and only the lights of candles and stars. It’s very common to hear the howl of a wolf or an elk’s bugle.
Gers or Tipis
Guests are accommodated in very large tipis or traditional gers (yurts), depending upon the trip.
We have ger camps set up for all of the Upper River Adventures and part of the Lower River Expeditions. Mongolia’s traditional felt-covered dwellings are perfectly suited for the landscape. Gers are aesthetically pleasing, environmentally and socially appropriate, and extremely comfortable. Sleeping gers are approximately 9 feet high (2.5 meters) and 20 feet (6 meters) in diameter, providing ample space for two anglers. Each ger is furnished with a wood-burning stove, small writing table, wash basin, camp chairs, and sleeping cots. Woolen carpets decorate the floors, and there are plenty of hooks for hanging jackets, waders, and other gear at day’s end. The ger camps each have a very large ger for dining.
Guests are accommodated in tipi camps on the Buryat Expeditions and a few evenings on the most remote sections of the Lower River Expeditions. Each Nordic tipi accommodates two cots and offers plenty of room to stand inside. Breakfast and dinner are served in a spacious, insulated wall-tent with a wood-burning stove.
Showers and Toilets
All camps have simple toilet and shower facilities. The toilets are clean and private. The shower is in its own designated ger or wall-tent, with plenty of space for changing clothes. A wood stove provides warmth and hot water.
We typically fish very full days, generally not pulling into camp until sunset. However, if you still have the urge to try a few more casts, each camp is situated along a uniquely beautiful stretch of river with great fishing.
Mongolian culture venerates hospitality and our camp staff is no exception. Almost all of our camp staff come from the area and have been with us for years. They are wonderful, hard-working, and highly attentive folks. You’ll have a great time getting to know them and they will make your visit both fun and memorable.
We pride ourselves on the quality and variety of our menus. All meals are professionally prepared and substantially portioned, with big breakfasts, stream-side lunches, and multi-course dinners with fresh vegetables and fruit. Mornings begin with coffee or tea served in your ger, fresh hors d’oeuvres arrive at cocktail hour, and many evenings end with a companionable drink around the campfire. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements – our staff will do their best to accommodate you.
Hotel Accommodation in UB
Hotel accommodation upon arrival and departure from Mongolia is part of the trip. During your stay in UB, all guests – unless you request otherwise – are provided with single, non-sharing hotel room. We think it’s nice to have some space after a long airplane ride or a week or two on the river!
Please contact us to learn more about fly fishing for taimen in Mongolia.