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The Kherlen River is one of the biggest rivers in the Eastern Mongolia within the Pacific basin. The river takes its origin at the upper part of the Khentii mountain range and flows to the south first, and then gradually to the east and ultimately joins Dalai Lake in China.

The river watershed area is 116455 km.sq and length of 1090 km in the territory of Mongolia. The River Kherlen area is full of migratory birds in summer and it is very beautiful to watch them in the early morning and evening.

Steppe Nomads camp is located on the west shores of the Kherlen river. It’s only 150m from the gers in the east wing. Our beer garden is right on the river shore.

38 species of fish swim freely within the crystal clear waters of the Kherlen. These fish include the following species: Taimen (Hucho taimen), Lenok (Brachymystax lenok), Chadary whitefish (Coregonus chadary), Amur grayling (Thymallus arcticus grubei), Amur pike (Esox reicherti), Gibel carp (Carassius auratus gibelio), Amur dace(Leuciscus waleskii), White amur (Ctenopharyngodon idella), Amur catfish (Parasilurus asotus), Burbot (Lota lota), Amur wild carp (Cyprinus carpio haematopterus) and many more.

Among these fish, Hucho Taimen, so called the King of the River, is the most famous one, every fisherman dreams of encountering the mighty Taimen. The biggest Taimen reach some 2m in length!


Suggested Activities:

Fishing: The river is a good place for all kinds of fishing: spinner, fly-fishing etc with its wonderful fishery and rich fish species. Fish for the mighty Salmonid - Taimen, Lenok, Pike and many other fish on the River Kherlen! The River Kherlen is famous for its rich fishery and beautiful surroundings. Don’t worry if you are not taking your fishing gears with you, you simply can rent good fishing equipments from us.

Boating / Kayaking:

Boating or kayaking is a great fun on the river Kherlen or lake Ikh-Gun. You can drive to the upper part of the Kherlen river for some 20-60km and boat down the river to Gun-Galuut while admiring the nature beauty and the unique nature formations. The basin of the Kherlen river has a wondeful combination of terrains, forestly steppes to the Great Mogol steppes. You also can fish while boating. Boats and kayaks are available at Steppe Nomads at a modest renting fee.


The Kherlen river is a great place for swimming with its crystal clear waters and sandy shores. The best time to swim in the river is after 1 pm when the river water is heated by the sun.

Recognised at the Eco Tourism Award 2005

Recognised at the Eco tourism award 2005