MOUNTAINOUS TAIGA, REINDEER Nomad camp and Fishing in the Tuva Sayan.
Mixed itinerary. WExiting On-Horseback and On-Foot Route. It gives an opportunity within one tour to explore various landscapes and climate zones – arctic (mountain area), tundra, forest-tundra, alpine zone, taiga, forest-steppe and feather-grass steppe. And moreover, to raft down the taiga river, which is full of rapids, to meet the Old-Believers, who have been keeping their traditions from the times of Peter the Great – first Russian emperor (18 c.) and to get acquainted with the original Tuvinians’ culture.
ithin one trip you will explore the wild taiga, mountain rivers and get acquainted with tough life of reindeer-breeders. The route ends in steppe - the land of original Tuvinians’ culture.
North-east of the Republic of Tyva.
Foothills of eastern part of the Sayan range. Southern slopes.
Basin of the Khamsyra river.
Nomad camp is located on the bank of one of the river branches amidst the mountainous taiga. Herd numbers 150 reindeer. It is the only place in the south Siberia where it is reserved such livestock and traditions of reindeer breeding and riding.
1 Day. Arrival at Abakan. Transfer to the town of Sayanogorsk (80 km), helicopter (MI-8) flight to the start point of the route. Getting at the spot and meeting with the reindeer-breeders.
2-3 Days. Stay at the nomad camp, watching the life and traditions of the reindeer-breeders. .
4 Day. Travel with the reindeer caravan down the river till the Kara-Khem river (15 km). Since this day and further on fresh fish will be offered for lunch or dinner.
5 Day. Passage to Ojuktar-Khol lake (16 km).
6 Day. Passage to the Bediy river (16 km).
7 Day. Catamaran rafting down the Bediy river (passage 20 km).
8 Day. Catamaran rafting till the Bediy mouth and further down the Khamsyra river. Passing by the rapids ‘Rjaboy’.
9 Day. Catamaran rafting down the Khamsyra. Passing by the rapids ‘Khizhi-Khem’. Entering the Bij-Khem (Yenisei) river.
10-11 Days. Catamaran rafting down the Bij-Khem. Passing by the rapids ‘Khutinskij’. Disembarkation at the yurt town near the town of Kysyl. Lodging. Recreation.
12 Day. Visit to the ‘Center of Asia’ monument, touring of the ‘Museum of Regional Studies’. Farewell Dinner: national cuisine, concert of the best ‘throat singing’ masters of Tuva.
13 Day. Departure for Abakan.
Group size – 8 pax.
Tour Cost – € 1’480 per person. All Inclusive from arrival at Abakan till departure:
All transfers, helicopter flight, group outfit, guides, cooks, stay at the nomad camp, 3-4 meals per day, lodging at the yurt town, excursions, farewell dinner and concert.
Necessary personal outfit:
1. Cotton socks – 3 pairs. Wool socks – 3-4 pairs.
3. Set of underclothes.
4. Sleeping set, light and warm.
5. T-shirts – 2 ea.
6. Long-sleeves shirt.
8. Light cotton trousers.
9. Sporting suit.
11. Working suit from hard-wearing fabric.
12. Moisture-proof suit of high tensile strength.
13. Training shoes.
14. Rubber boots or light trousers-boots for fishermen.
15. Warm jacket with hood.
16. Knitted little cap.
17. Baseball hat.
18. Sun glasses. Lip balm.
18. Working gloves (builders’) – 3 pairs.
19. Rafting bag (80-100 liters) – 1 ea.
21. Hermetic bag for documents.
24. Knife. Sewing kit.
25. Medical permition (certificate) to take part in this kind of taiga tour.
26. Medicine kit (private choice relevant to personal health features).
Strictly conform to the accident prevention rules.
When crucial moments, the opinion of majority must be accepted.
Take part in assembling and dissembling of the catamarans at the starting and final points of the route. Handle (load and unload) personal rucksack during whole trip.
In extraordinary situation to consolidate efforts and follow the guiders.