Hövsgöl River Adventures – Floating the Hövsgöl Canyons


Located just a few hours’ drive from Mörön and Lake Hövsgöl, this very exclusive river adventure is a great addition to any Mongolia journey. It is a very comfortable and unique way to experience remote Mongolia. The scenery and service is truly world-class.  We have a string of luxury “four ger” camps along one of Mongolia’s most wild and scenic rivers. This is part of an exclusive conservation partnership with the surrounding communities.  This wonderful adventure comes highly recommended!

huvsgul canyon updatedBrief Outline Itinerary

Each day on the river, you and your guides float between established ger camps. We have lots of time on the water and plenty of chances for great hikes into the beautiful countryside. A full-board lunch is served streamside. You are accommodated each night at a lovely ger camp, each nestled in a beautiful and remote setting. These “glamp” camps have private toilet and hot shower facilities.  The cook and camp staff are some of the best in the business. You’ll really enjoy the variety of food and wine served. In the evenings, we relax around the fire and watch the fantastic display of stars.


Itinerary & Map

Day 1: Travel to the River

The journey starts with a 4×4 picking you up either at Mörön or Lake Hövsgöl.  Mörön has daily flights from Ulaanbaatar.  If you are traveling from Lake Hövsgöl, a small supplement will be required. The drive out to the river from both locations takes just about three hours, depending upon number of picture stops. The drive is utterly beautiful.  You pass many nomads living in gers along the steppe.  As you near the river, the topography becomes much more rugged and defined by larch and birch trees.  Eventually, you will wind your way down through the mountains to one of our secluded ger camps.  Here you’ll have a great dinner and prepare for the next day’s adventure.

Accomodation & meal plan: Wilderness Ger Camp/ BLD

Day 2-4: Boating the Canyon

For the next three days, we will be floating through an absolutely stunning canyon.  If you’re interested, please ask the Nomadic Journeys staff to share pictures of this place.  It is impressive with granite and limestone cliffs rising hundreds of meters above the wild river. There are a number of class II and a few class III rapids.  At high water, it can be quite exciting. Our team of professional river guides use top of the line, US manufactured rafts equipped with all the safety gear you’d expect on a well-outfitted river journey.  Travelers have the option of participating in a “paddle” boat, rowing their own inflatable kayak, or sitting back and enjoying the ride while the guides take the oars.  Each day on the river, you and your guides float between established camps.  Imagine all the amenities of an African tented safari camp in the middle of remote Mongolia.  Three full days of great hospitality and glorious scenery.  What could be better?

Accomodation & meal plan: Wilderness Ger Camp/ BLD

Day 5: Return to Mörön or Lake Hövsgöl

On the expedition’s last day, a 4×4 will pick you up at the ger camp along the river and drive you to Mörön or Lake Hövsgöl.

Meal plan/ BL

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Dates and Prices

PRICE 2017 ex Ulaanbaatar:         
USD 2300 per person (2/8 members)

Single supplement USD 1600

Includes: Use of boats and associated gear, guides, ger camps (4 nights), food, drinks, reasonable amounts of alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, and vodka), overland transport to/from Mörön (hotel or airport).

Exclusions: Airfare (domestic and international) and gratuities.

Additional: At your request, we can arrange for journeys to Lake Hövsgöl, domestic flights, and hotels in Ulaanbaatar. For Lake Hövsgöl extension such transfer is included if you organize this part with Nomadic Journeys. Otherwise the transfer supplement for Lake Hövsgöl is USD 80 per each vehicle.

DATES ex Ulaanbaatar:
Daily from June15th – September15th


Packing List: We will supply you with a complete packing list prior to the trip. Here’s some general guidelines.

Dry Bags: We have dry bags at the river for your personal belongings.

Helmets and Life Jackets: The guides will have helmets and life jackets for you.

Clothing: You’ll need typical river gear (quick dry shirt(s), quick dry pants/shorts, warm fleece, sandals or tennis shoes, rain jacket and pants, sun hat and sunglasses). Remember that cotton gets very cold when wet. It’s generally better to wear quick drying polyester clothing.

Bedding: You’ll want to bring a light sleeping bag. The camps have extra blankets, very comfortable cots, towels, etc.

Medicines and Insurance: This trip is an “at your own risk” adventure. It requires that guests be in physical condition required to participate in a white-water rafting trip. We recommend all guests to have medical, including medical evacuation insurance.

Physical Condition: Prior to the trip departure, you will be required to supply us with a description of your current physical condition and insurance information. If you require, we can easily assist you to arrange for reasonably priced medical evacuation insurance with a local provider.

Fishing: This river is a designated “Taimen Sanctuary”. Fishing is strictly regulated. Boat trip guests are not allowed to fish. If you are interested in booking a fly fishing trip, please let us know.



Trip Combination

You have the choice to stay another day or two in Ulaanbaatar or transfer out to your next international destination. We offer hotels in downtown at the same on line internet rates as well as outbound railway tickets to your first point in Russia or China.

  • You may extend your stay in Hövsgöl province by adding days at Lake Hövsgöl National Park. It is a two hours drive from Mörön airport and works well with all our river adventures.

Please enquire for any of these combinations. We can provide you the seamless travel solution.





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