On this tour we will paddle down the River Delgermörön (or short: Delger), an outstandingly beautiful and lonely, fast-flowing wilderness river in the Russian-Mongol border region of the remote North of the country. This is a truly wild landscape of breathtaking scenic beauty, with huge Taiga forests and lonely steppe valleys framed by rugged and dramatic mountains.
Upon arrival/meeting on the airport of Ulaanbaatar we’ll head on to Mörön, the capital of Khövsgöl Province, the northernmost region of Mongolia. Here, we’ll meet our Mongolian guide and our driver who will bring us into the beautifully situated yurt-hotel outside of town. This is the perfect place to relax and settle in after our long journey. We’ll be spoiled with good food, a hot shower and the luxury of a bed in a yurt, or ger in Mongolian. On the next day, we’ll go shopping for our supplies on the narrow, dusty and exciting market of Mörön.
On the River
Depending on the strength and skills of the group as well as on the water levels, we will either begin our paddling on the confluence of Delger and the small river Beltes, just outside of Bayanzürkh village, or roughly a 100 km downriver, in order to avoid the strongest rapids. On the upper river, we’ll be pretty much by ourselves, as there will be no villages and hardly any nomadic families even. It won’t even be possible to access this area by car, except in one valley towards the end of this majestic and mountainous wilderness section. We might, however, as well decide to take it a bit easier and start two days up of the village of Burentogtokh, which will be a bit less demanding and give us a bit more time to relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery.
Passing by the village of Burentogtokh the valley slowly opens up. As we enter the huge steppe-plain of Mörön, we’ll encounter many more nomadic families than we had seen during the last days. The river now slows down a bit and starts meandering through open steppe and sometimes even almost jungle-like stretches where willows and bushes grow densely on the river banks.
After four to seven days of paddling we’ll reach our yurt hotel again where we will enjoy a wonderful hot shower and dinner and spend the night in „our“ yurts. Of course we will also use the opportunity to stock up on new supplies before we head on downriver, passing by the town of Mörön. A few kilometers past the busy province capital, we’ll enter remote and secluded countryside again and paddle through one of the most lovely and outstanding river landscapes that Mongolia has to offer: wide steppe, forests, mountains, rocks and narrow valleys and remote nomadic camps under a wide blue sky with millions of stars. On our last day, we’ll even paddle by a sand dune, just before we meet our driver at our ending point, the confluence of the rivers Delger and Ider.