(13 days) Rafting: Central & North Mongolian Rivers
- Scenic views of the majestic Khangai Mountain Range
- No experience necessary.
- Roll-a-coaster style waves and holes
- A chance downstream to try the oars or “ride the bull”
Trip Duration: 13 days
Group Size: 6-12 people
Mongolia is often praised as one of the last countries in the World where the water in rivers and streams is so pure you can drink it directly from the source. An excellent example of such pure rivers is the Suman which originates in the Great White Lake (Mong. Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur) in north-western Mongolia. During our trip you will descend the Suman River towards its confluence with the Chuluut River. This will allow you to enjoy the whitewater in the steepest part of the Chuluut River Canyon – a place well known for its swift current and hidden obstacles. During our 14 day long expedition you will cover 230 km on rafts within the heart of the remote Khangai Mountain Range. The area is famous for its numerous historical and archeological sites, as well as a rich wildlife. Remember to take a camera, and a fishing rod! Be prepared for a real adventure, as no supporting vehicles will be provided while you are on the river! Thus you will spend 10 days in the remote wilderness. For those of you who are interested in exploring various rivers, our company can organize a private expedition on the Orkhon River, or rapid streams of the Altai Mountains.
Please let us know should you have further inquiries! We are looking forward to assist you with organizing your stay in Mongolia and answering any questions you might have about this tour. We want your holiday experience in Mongolia to be as amazing as it is possible.
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Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar & the City Tour
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar you will be transferred from the airport to a hotel to rest and relax. After Lunch you will be taken on a guided Ulaanbaatar sightseeing tour. The tour will include such important sights as the Chinggis Khaan Square, the National History Museum, and the Gandan Monastery. During the trip you will be given certain amount of time for shopping. In the evening you will have an opportunity to enjoy a Mongolian folk music concert and try some local dishes during Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2. Ulaanbaatar – Kharkhorin – Tariat
Early in the morning you will drive west towards Kharkhorin, a small town located 360 km away from Ulaanbaatar, famous for standing on the ruins of Karakorum – the capital city of the Great Mongol Empire. Upon visiting a local museum and the Erdeni Zuu Monstery, you will continue further, towards small village of Tariat. The village is located on the banks of the Suman River, where you will start your expedition. Overnight in the tent.
Day 3. Rafting on the Suman River
Today you will start your river adventure. Enjoy paddling through the scenic Mongolian landscape. The Suman River is at first calm, but as you proceed, its flow gradually becomes more playful allowing you to enjoy class III and IV white water, especially closer to its confluence with the Chuluut River. You will stop for the night shortly after crossing the confluence. Overnight in the tent.
Day 4-6. Rafting on the Chuluut River
You will start the Chuluut River part of your expedition from descending into the magnificent Upper Chuluut Gol River Canyon and paddling through the class III white-water. As you cover the distance, the river slowly calms down, meanders, and enter hilly grasslands full of grazing nomadic herds, than slowly descends into wilder, more remote areas. Keep your eyes wide open and maybe you will notice in afar a fox, a pack of wolves, or maybe even a lone bear. If you remembered to take a fishing road with you, you also might be lucky to catch a giant Taiman. On the final, 6th day, you will reach another base camp in a place called “Many Rivers”, due to numerous mountain streams flowing through it. Overnight in the tent.
Day 7. Drive to Tsagaan-Uur Village
Today we will drive to Tsagaan Uur Village for the second part of the rafting. Overnight in the local hotel.
Day 8-10. Uur River
Early in the morning you will paddle down the Uur River. Today there are some class III rapids and white water awaiting for you. The scenery is stunning, as the river flows through a deep canyon. The area is the most remote among all regions visited during the trip. Look out for a rare wildlife! Overnight in the tent.
Day 11. Amarbayasgalant Monastery.
After early Breakfast you will paddle for around an hour to a set up meeting point, where our vehicles will be awaiting for you. After loading the cars, you will drive towards Ulaanbaatar via provinces of Bulgan and Erdenet. Today we will visit the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, funded by the Manchu emperor Yongzheng to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar (1635–1723), the first head of the Mongolian Buddhist church. Overnight in the tourist camp.
Day 12. Return to Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast will leave for Ulaanbaatar, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival, you will be given time to rest and relax. In the evening your guide will take you for farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 13. Departure from Mongolia
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport or the train station for you departure.
|This trip has 2 departures||Start Date||End Date|
|26 Jul 16||11 Aug 16|
|13 Aug 16||28 Aug 16|
Ride price is set, guaranteed and final at the time deposit is paid.
|Solo traveler:||1670 usd p.p||Single Supplement: 260 usd|
|If there is 2 people in a group:||1620 usd p.p|
Scheduled dates don’t fit your schedule? Have an idea for an alteration to the itinerary?
Contact our customs tour team to make your ideal holiday a reality.
We will supply you with:
- rafts, lifejackets, paddles, helmets, and dry bags. Kayaks and additional equipment is available for rent,
- cooking equipment, including kitchen tent, dining tables and chairs,
- tents and sleep pads,
- camp eco-toilet with tent,
- first aid kits,
- water purifying system.
What you should bring:
- sleeping bags, water proof rain jacket and pants, travel documents, individual medications, toiletries, clothes, camera, personal items.
A complete packing list will be provided in the pre-trip information package. It will be tailored to the environment and activities specific to that itinerary!!!
All our tour leaders are professional whitewater rafting guides, experienced in working with international clientele. Support staff, including drivers, and cooks are also reliable tour industry veterans, and will be great company during our adventure.
All our boats and river gear meet commercial rafting standards applied worldwide. We use only first rate, quality equipment to ensure safety and success of expedition. Rafts, inflatable kayaks, hard-shell kayaks, life jackets, paddles, safety gear, and all accessories are in excellent condition, prepared for imitate usage, and reliable.
Due to unpredictability of Mongolian weather we cannot guarantee the navigability of the rivers we use for our trips. Even if at the time of booking, the river sounds navigable, it might be different when you kayak or canoeing trip starts. We will up-date you on the state of the river, before you leave on your tour. If the river you had chosen for your adventure reached critical water levels, we will be allowed to change your route or reschedule your trip.
During major part of the trip you will stay overnight in Western style tents, which you will have to set up and put down on your own. While we promise to do our best to provide you with the maximum level of comfort, please remember that camping can be challenging, and it is important to remain flexible and open-minded.
International scale of river difficulty
Class I: Easy, fast moving water with riffles and small waves, few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.
Class II: Novice, straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful is seldom needed.
Class III: Intermediate, rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume Rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.
Class IV: Advanced, intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable wave and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require “must” moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong Eskimo roll is highly recommended.
Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes, or steep congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies may exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is mandatory but often difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is difficult even for experts. A very reliable Eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for survival.
Class VI: These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions.
Here is some pictures from our previous trips.