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Orkhon river rafting

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Tour Brief

  • Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
  • Activities: Rafting, experiencing nomadic culture.
  • Distance: 1250kms
  • Rafting distance: 150kms
  • Group: Min 6 – Max 12
  • Season: June – mid September
  • Fitness level:

Price included

Stay in community based Ger camp (2 nights)
Stay in Ger camp stay (1 night)
Stay in tent (3 nights)
English speaking guide service
Service of expedition cook & assistant
Rafting trip with specialist raft guides
All camping equipments
Entrance fees to Protected Areas and sightseeing costs
All transfers by 4WD Russian minivan (5-6pax seat in each) in the countryside
Meals of breakfast, lunch (picnic during the driving and raft trip days) and dinner as mentioned (B,L,D) at per day itinerary

Price excluded

International transportation to and from Mongolia
Hotel stay in Ulaanbaatar
Travel insurance
Mineral bottled water and alcoholic drinks
Sleeping bag
Tips and gratuities
Laundry and items of a personal nature.


It’s not for the faint of heart, but rafting will give you the kind of spine-tingling thrills that only close encounters with nature can produce. Experience the Mongolian river tenacity while enjoying the landscape and the hidden beauty waiting to be revealed by you. This tour is designed to explore the nomadic life and the culture.

Places to visit

Ulaanbaatar – Nomad community of Gurvanbulag – Saikhan soum (Orkhon river) – Amarbayasgalant monastery – Ulaanbaatar.

Tour Route Map

Day 1Travel to Nomad community

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel then we will travel to Gurvanbulag soum (a local administration unit) in Bulgan province which will take 280kms in 4-5 hours. The area has an amazing view. On the way we will visit to Khar Bukhiin Balgas which is the 10th century ruins of fortress. During that time Kitans used it as defensive position against their rivals. In the afternoon you will mount a horse to explore the nearby places with a guide. In the evening you will attend the lesson of “Shagai”. It’s the game where you use anklebones of sheep to play many different type of games. No doubt you will have fun playing the Shagai game with local nomad people. Experience the Mongolian archery shooting on a target to check your accuracy. You will be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. LD

Day 2Experiencing nomad culture

In the morning we will visit the nomad family and enjoy their traditional hospitality and learn about their culture. They offer unconventional home-made special dairy products, such as “aaruul” or dried curds, Mongolian salty milk tea or Suutei tsai and so on. You can interact with nomad people and get more knowledge from their nature hugging lifestyle. After visiting the nomad family we will have a short hike to neighboring sand dunes for 5-8kms. For dinner you will taste “Khorkhog” which is the unique Mongolian barbeque grilled with hot stones. In the evening we will watch how Mongolian skillful cowboys catch horses by “uurga” or traditional wooden lasso and taming an untamed horse that has never been ridden before. You will be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. BLD

Day 3Drive to Orkhon river & Start rafting

Early in the morning we will take a leave and drive to Saikhan soum which will take 280kms. Once we arrive at our rafting starting point, we will prepare the boats and start rafting about 3-4 hours. We will make a camp near the river bank of Orkhon River. We will be staying overnight in tent. BLD

Day 4-5 Rafting days

After a brief break in a camp and rigging the boats in the morning, we will launch down Mongolia’s longest river into its remotest canyon. Isolated by high cliff walls, you can spot an unsuspecting wildlife while paddling on a calm side of the river. But when reach the rapids brace yourself for a wave of an adrenaline! We make our cozy camp near the riverside located upstream of the gorge and a white-water. We will be staying overnight in tent. BLD

Day 6Rafting & Travel to Amarbayasgalant monastery

After a hearty breakfast we enter the deepest and narrowest part of the canyon for some quick and closely spaced class III rapids. The action will be immense as we continue downstream, and after 2-3 hours of rafting and scenery, we reunite with the vehicles. After the lunch we will travel to Amarbayasgalant monastery for 200kms. Amarbayasgalant monastery is one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia. On the way we will see Uran Mountain, an extinct volcano with a crater of 600m wide and 50m deep and explore surrounding terrains. Continue travel to the monastery via Bulgan town and Erdenet city. Upon arrival at Amarbayasgalant monastery you will gain the all the necessary information from the guide. You will be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 7Travel to Ulaanbaatar

We will travel back to Ulaanbaatar city for 340kms and drive mostly by paved road. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar city we will transfer you to your hotel. End of the service. BL

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Trip Note

  • Private departure is available on request.
  • City sightseeing excursion tour is available on request
  • Customize your trip: we are able to make amendments in the program according to our client’s special interest and request. Details would be discussed by emails in advance.
  • Hotel stay and transfer: we are glad to book your hotel and transfer in Ulaanbaatar as well as private transportation for your trip at our discounted rates.

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Single and double occupancy: you can stay in single and double for overnights at Ger camps, tents and hotels. Single occupancy would might not available during Naadam festival period on 5th -15th of July at Ger camps. And for single stay at community based camp and nomad home would be confirmed depending on availability.
Single and twin/double stay at Ger camp requires extra supplement fee as shown per person in above table.

Discounts: Our clients can take an opportunity to get following discount options: Only one time discount is available per client or group.

  • Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for booking made before 01st of April 2019.
  • Last minute discount of 5% is applicable for booking made before 72 hours of the trip start. This is not applicable for daily and short tours.
  • Group discount of 12% is applicable for a group booking with 5 parties and more.
  • Children discount: up to 2 years old is free, 3-8 years old is 40% off and 9-12 years old is 20% off.
  • International and domestic flight and train tickets can be booked with us, depending on availabilities.

Tailoring your tour : we are delighted to create and arrange your special trip according to your specific interests and wishes. Please contact us for details.

More information: info@tourmongolia.com or sales@tourmongolia.com

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Trip information

What we will Supply:
– Rafts, Lifejackets, paddles, and helmets. (Hard shell kayaks and accessories require a deposit.)
– First Aid
– Boiled water

What You Will Bring:
Rain jacket and pants, medications, toiletries, personal items

All whitewater raft guides and safety kayakers are experienced river guides. All our Mongolian associates are professionals with at least ten years experience guiding western clientele. Support staffs (drivers, cooks, wranglers) are all tour industry veterans, and will be dependable and pleasant companions on our adventure.

River Gear:
Rafts, inflatable kayaks, hard-shell kayaks, life jackets, paddles, safety gear, and all accessories are in excellent condition, river ready, and reliable.

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Joining point
Your guide and driver will pick you up at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar. Pick up time will be stated at the confirmation document/or single email we would send you after the booking made.

Joining point instructions
Meet your tour guide who holds a welcoming board with your name(s) shown. It is your responsibility to advise us of your accommodation, number of flight/or train and carriage numbers in advance.

Problems and emergency contact information
In the case of an emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up please contact us on cell phones: (+976) 9905 9466, (+976) 9909 8467.
For all other enquiries and outback tour services please contact our office team on (+976) 11 35 46 62.

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Finishing point

Your guide and driver will drop you off at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar.

Passport and visas

All travelers must obtain a visa before traveling to Mongolia. Some nationalities can obtain visa at the airport, however it requires an application through us to the Immigration Authority of Mongolia in advance.
Please check the following website for your nationalities requirements. www.consul.mn

Food and dietary requirements

Travelers with special dietary requirements or food allergies must inform at the time of booking. Due to the nature of our trips, food is basic. We are able to provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free food to our clients. However religious dietary requirements and specifically sourced foods are unable to be catered for remote trips.
Inclusive meals in your trip as indicated B, L, D with per day itinerary. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. For expedition trip, your service team will prepare meals. You will have an opportunity to assist with cook and learn how to make Mongolian traditional meal. As well as your help on daily activities such as setting up dining camp, prepare meals and clearing dishes is much appreciated.
It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products such as yogurt /Mongolian name is tarag/, dried milk curds /aaruul/, milk tea /suutei tsai/, fermented mare’s milk wine /airag/, sour cream /tsotsgii/ and cheese /byaslag/ when you visit nomad herder families.
Generally, in Mongolia water quality is good. But you are advised to buy mineral water with big bottles from shops, food markets and kiosks in capital and many of the provinces centers and tourist Ger camps in the countryside. Mineral or bottled water usually exclude in our offers since we try to produce as less garbage as possible. But in other hand we provide well plenty of drinks like tea and coffee during our trips.


Depending on your trip in countryside, you will have different type of accommodations including tourist Ger camps, community based Eco Ger camp and nomad Ger homes or tents.
Normally, three or four beds are in one Ger and 2 people will share a tent. And the Ger camp provides restaurant/bar, western-style toilet, washing facilities and showers. Low-impact eco, community based Ger camps provide composting toilet and shower where available.
Nomad home condition is very basic, none of shower, a ground hole surrounded with side covers as used for composting toilet.
For expedition trips with tent stays, we provide good quality light spacious tent of 3people for twin occupancy. And as well we provide other gears including foldable mattress, ground sheet tarpaulin, toilet tent, sometimes shower tent and dining tent for groups with more than 5 parties, kitchen equipment, table and chairs depending on the trip conditions.
All travelers in expeditions trips are advised to bring own sleeping bags according to hygienic reasons.

Land transport

Mongolia is a big country! Here in Mongolia we’re used to driving long distances between destinations. An advantage of driving trip you can travel through different zones and enjoy vast open spaces with natural contrasts within several days. During the trip, approximately it takes 5-8 hours driving from one to next destination. Each 1-1.5 hours, we have short stop frequently for photographs, toilets, stretch and meet with local nomads.
In the countryside, we use 4WD vehicles, specially, Russian minivans and Japanese jeep and minivans. Normally, 2-3 people can seat in one jeep with luggage. The Russian minivan has capacity of 6 people with luggage and Japanese minivan can take up to 4 people with luggage.
All vehicles used in our tours are insured and carefully prepared before departures. Our drivers are also good mechanics, have many years of experience for driving through unmarked, unpaved bumpy roads in the countryside.

Money matters

The Mongolian currency is called Tugrug (MNT). Please refer recent rates on
Credit and debit cards are accepted in Ulaanbaatar and center of the provinces.
Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common in central areas.

Important notes

Refill bottle: Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. We encourage our clients not to use small bottled water when traveling in countryside.
Battery: Trips with stays in Ger camps have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We would like to recommend to bring an extra battery for your camera. For expedition trips, most handy item is solar charger.
Headlamp: A headlamp or torch is useful at night time. Some Ger camps have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time.
Pack: Please ensure you pack appropriately according to season and temperature. Warm jacket, thermals, underpants, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Please refer our “Pre travel advisory” document with detail information regarding temperatures during your travel time.
Luggage: Please pack smart. Due to the domestic flight luggage limitation, a passenger can carry maximum of 15 kg including hand baggage. Excess luggage will be charged according to airlines fee.
Tour guide: The aim of the guide is to help you have the best trip possible. Your guide will provide information on the places you are travelling through, organize things to do and see according to the itinerary, lead the group including travelers and service staff. The guide will provide you all relevant information for options and introduce you to our nomad herders along the way.
Safety: We will provide you relevant information on safety before and during the trip. As well as we would like to recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Travel insurance is compulsory for joining all our trips.
Responsible Travel: Being a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what our company is all about. We committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. Thanks to our clients support (who paid for tours) we work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts. Please find more information: www.tourmongolia.com/who we are/about us
Community projects: We are pleased to combine your trip route to destinations where our local supporting projects run. Please advice us your wish in advance.

Fitness Level

As you will note, all our tours are graded to help you decide whether they’re right for you. The grading is as follows:
EASY: A basic level of fitness is required, the tour is generally easy-paced.
MODERATE: Within the capability of anyone leading a normal active life. However, involves more walking or tiring journey.
ACTIVE: These tours may involve considerable walking and long travel days.
STRENUOS: These tours may include different energetic activities.
CHALLENGING: A high level of fitness is required. It may contains high altitude trek or rope climbing.



It was truly amazing feeling when we raft trough Orkhon river. Thank you very much for organizing such a great experience for us. If we come back again to Mongolia, our featured partner will be Tour Mongolia!

Jenny and Jeff

We had a wonderful time in Mongolia, especially those 4 days of rafting through Orkhon river. There is no word can express our appreciation to trip team of Tour Mongolia. They showed us the best services ever. Many thanks to the whole team of Tour Mongolia.

Clinton’s family
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