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FISHING IN HENTII

Hentii aimag accommodates part of the giant Khan Hhentii Protected Area covering over 1.2 million hectares of the rugged Hentii mountains, being bordered with Terelj National Park to west. There are several peaks that rise over 2000m above sea level, with the highest one being Asralt Haikhan (2,800m).

Khan Hentii mountain range has preserved its original features, and is located between Eurasian coniferous forest taiga and Central Asian arid steppe. There are over 70 rivers of a various size, including the three large ones the Tuul, Onon and Herlen that have their sources from numerous springs at Hentii range, where lies the world watershed of three huge drainage basins: the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Inland Basin of Central Asia. The Tuul flows northward across the Russian border and into Lake Baikal and on to the Arctic Ocean, the Onon and Kerulen both flow eastward to join Amur before emptying into Pacific Ocean.

The climate, soil and landscape change as one goes from the West to East, The annual perception is about 8-12 inches (200-300mm).

The aimag land exhibits the richest diversity of plant and animal life. It is rich in wild berries, such as red and black current, strawberry, blue berry as well as different kinds of medical herbs. Hentii is home to endangered musk dear and moose, brown bear, wolf, lynx, badger, wolverine, weasel, sable, roe-deer, elk and squirrels. White gazelle, fox, steppe fox, marmots and hares come across in plenty in the steppe and grasslands.

There are many species of birds, including whooper swans, spoonbills, and great white egrets and raptors are found here. The land contains mineral resources such as gold, silver, smoky quartz, asbestos, tungsten, flour spar, coal, and iron ore, tin and copper.

Nowadays, Hentii aimag represents one of the tourist attractions. It has many historical places, especially related to the life of Chinggis Khan as he was born, grew up, raised to power, was crowned, and considered to be buried here. These attractions include Khokh Nuur (Blue Lake)--place where Temujin was crowned as Chinggis Khan in 1206, Ikh Aureg (Palace) of Chinggis Khan -- the site closely connected with the historical work "The Secret History of the Mongols" written in 1240, Doloon Boldog in Herlen Huduu Aral, often mentioned in this masterpiece, Gundgavirlan monastery built in 1660 and reopened in 1990s, an impressive Chinggis Khan Statue in the Gurvan Nuur, built in 1962 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of his birth, the Galtai Agui (a 80m deep cave), and others.

In addition, there are other places of interest such as stone pictures, ruins of 13th and 14th century towns, Stone Walls of the Kidan Dynasty, Hajuu balug and Oglogch walls, Hermen-zam. Baldan Breiven, a Buddhist Monastery rebuilt in the 1990s, which is very similar to the famous Utai Gumban in Tibet.

Trout and Lenok: Many guests have described the trout fishing as possibly the best in the world. Lenok (Brachymystax lenok) are found throughout Mongolia. They have bright red sides and a down-turned mouth. Amur trout (Brachymystax savinovi) are found only in a few Mongolian streams. This is a thick-bodied, golden fish with deep black spots and a very belligerent attitude. Amur trout are colored similarly to a brown trout and built like a cutthroat. The average size for both lenok and Amur trout is 18 - 22 inches with some reaching 25 inches or more. They are usually very willing to take a fly, making the enthusiastic trout and lenok a nice balance to the obstinate taimen.

Taimen: Casting for taimen is highly addictive. Taimen are strong, ferocious, top-feeding predators. A taimen's strike is thrilling and un-matched by any other freshwater species. They are beautiful, ancient creatures. The productive river holds a wide range of ages, from fingerlings spawned last spring to decades old adults. On a normal week, most taimen released will measure in the thirty inch range and several will come in over forty inches (1m). The river's largest and most elusive taimen are in the fifty to sixty inch bracket (1.5m). These enormous fish are widely distributed, commonly seen and occasionally landed. Guests encounter many large fish during their stay and can typically expect several excellent taimen shots a day. These are all great numbers, but don't be fooled. Taimen fishing can be very challenging. Taimen may not require Herculean casting skills, but often demand steel-heading patience. Come prepared for a wonderful angling challenge, celebrate every fish caught and you'll have the trip of a lifetime.

The Water: This is a stream designed for fly-fishing. The fishery is exceptionally healthy, with great water quality, species diversity and riparian habitat. It is very common for us to spot fish for taimen, trout and lenok. The river flows through dramatic, sparsely populated and highly varied landscapes. The lower river is more rugged, isolated and holds more water than the upper sections. The upper and lower sections fish equally well with perhaps slightly better trout fishing on the upper and marginally better taimen fishing on the lower. The scenery is striking on both sections.
 



 

FISHING IN HENTII

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FISHING IN HENTII

Duration: 8 days /7 nights
Date: June-September
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1        Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and our guide will pick you up at the airport/train station. Transfer to your hotel. After a short rest, you will be accompanied to a local restaurant for lunch and tour briefing by our guide. Afternoon city tour – The Zaisan memorial was constructed in memory of fallen soldiers and makes an ideal point to start our tour with its panoramic views of the city. Next stop is Sukhbaatar Square, the town's central square named after the people's revolutionary hero. Last sightseen is National History Museum. No tour of Ulaanbaatar is complete without a visit to the landmark State Department Store Ikh Delguur - or Great Shop - here we can stock up on last minute provisions before starting the next day's journey. Overnight in the hotel. (L)

Day 2        Ulaanbaatar - Binder Soum
We start our trip today to Binder Soum via Omnodelger. On the way we will visit old monastery ruins, where a small part is being restored. Arrive in Binder Soum in the evening. Overnight in local hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 3-5     Dadal Soum
Today we continue on road and reach Dadal soum, located in 600km North-East from Ulaanbaatar. After we arrive in Dadal Soum we will have dinner and visit local nomad family where have chance to learn their lifestyle. Then go to fishing spot on the Onon and Balj Rivers. Departure for fishing. Back and overnight in ger. (B/L/D)

Day 6        Dadal – Ulaanbaatar
All day driving back to the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Lunch is on the way in a village. Overnight at the hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 7        Ulaanbaatar
Today we go on last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping - cashmere, leather goods and traditional handicrafts are all good options. This evening we will enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian song and dance performed by the world famous Tumen Ekh dance Ensemble. The most interesting performances are the throat singers, contortionists and Tsam dancers. Khoomii or throat singing is a musical art delivered with the help of a guttural voice and specific way of breathing. Night owls may want to sample the nightlife of Ulaanbaatar! Farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel. (B/D)

Day 8        Departure
Transfer to the airport/train station. Departure. (B)

SERVICE INCLUDES
Accommodation in local hotel/ger, meals as indication, private 4WD transport with an experienced driver, local taxes, guide to/from Ulaanbaatar speaking language per your preference, local cook.

SERVICE EXCLUDES
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, fishing gears, beverages, personal expenses and gratuities.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

 

FISHING IN HENTII

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