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Kayaking and Canoeing in Mongolia

Thousands of local rivers are waiting for you to explore the untouched wilderness on a kayak or canoe

Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking and Canoeing

Hiking, eating local food, and meeting indigenous people are great ways to explore a new country, but if you want to take a break from walking, try kayaking or canoeing. It works to soothe your nerves and body in general. Even though you have to make an effort and strain your muscles while rowing, your mind and soul can truly relax as you glide across the water and observe the stunning Mongolian wilderness all around.

This fascinating adventure is best experienced between June and late August when the weather is warm and pleasant without any storms or other hazards. At this time you may calmly set off on a delightful kayak or canoe trip.

Some of the famous canoeing and kayaking destinations include Gachuurt village, only 16 mi (25 km) from Ulaanbaatar, or Gorkhi-Terelj National Park that is further to the north-east. Often canoeing river tours depart from the capital itself. More distant spots to check out Orkhon Valley Natural and Historical Reserve and Khovsgol Lake National Park (Hatgal).

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What sets kayaking and canoeing in Mongolia apart?

Mongolia's untouched wilderness, consisting of open space, stunning mountains, and sparkling rivers, makes kayaking and canoeing there unique. The rivers are relatively unexplored, and wildlife enthusiasts can expect to see various rare animals and birds. Additionally, the challenging landscapes, the hospitable people, and the culture make it a distinctive experience. Show more

What is the optimal time for kayaking or canoeing expeditions in Mongolia?

June to August is the peak season for kayaking or canoeing in Mongolia. The weather is pleasant, and there are few hazards. During these months, the temperature averages around 20°C, making it an ideal time to take up watersports such as kayaking or canoeing. Show more

Which areas are the top destinations for kayaking or canoeing in Mongolia?

The Gachuurt Village, only 16 mi (25 km) from Ulaanbaatar, the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, the Orkhon Valley Natural and Historical Reserve, and the Khovsgol Lake National Park are some of the best kayaking or canoeing destinations in Mongolia. Almost all canoeing river tours commence from Ulaanbaatar. The rivers in Mongolia provide an exceptional opportunity to witness rare animals, birds, and fish in untouched wilderness areas. Show more

What kind of animals and birds can one expect to see while kayaking or canoeing in Mongolia?

Mongolia's rivers offer various species of fish native to them, such as lenok, taimen, and grayling. Kayakers and canoeists can spot wild animals like elk, deer, reindeer, beavers, otters, and foxes. One can also observe different bird species, such as the osprey, saker falcon, and steppe eagle. Show more

What precautions should one take while kayaking or canoeing in Mongolia?

While generally safe, it is essential to take sufficient precautions while kayaking or canoeing in Mongolia's remote wilderness areas. Encountering tough weather conditions like strong winds and downpours is common. Having adequate drinking water, insect repellent, suitable clothing for wet conditions, and an experienced guide is recommended, especially for first-time visitors. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin