Wild Siberia: Western Tuva

Duration: 8 days
From: £1,100.00

Travel into one of the remotest corners of Southern Siberia to the Republic of Tuva along the border of Mongolia.

Discover wild Siberia on this cultural immersion into the Western Tuva region. Start out from Kyzyl, the geographical centre of Asia, where you’ll visit Russia’s earliest and most sacred piece of Tibetan architecture. Being the epicentre of traditional Tuvan culture you’ll have a chance to meet with nomadic pastoralists, master craftsmen, throat singers and musicians. The area is also replete with archaeological remains which you can explore, ranging from Scythian era burial mounds to standing stones and petroglyphs.

Trek and horse ride

The second half of the trip will see you venture into the backcountry on horseback for three days near to the border of the Altai Republic. During this time you’ll also have the chance to trek in the rugged range and subalpine lakes which feed into Western Tuva’s most fabled river, the Alash.

Highlights:

  • Trek and horseback ride in the mountains of Western Tuva on the border of the Altai Republic.
  • Visit nationally renowned local artisans specialising in ancient soapstone carving, blacksmithing and leatherworking in the impressive Bai-Taiga region.
  • Meet master throat-singers and byzaanchy musicians.
  • Visit the Ustuu-Khuree Temple – Russia’s earliest piece of Tibetan architecture.
  • Seek out the Scythian-era Genghis Khan stone idol and the standing stones and petroglyphs near Bizhiktig Khaya village.
  • Travel through the southern mountains and plains of the Republic of Khakassia.
  • Experience the nomadic culture of Tuva.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Experience a true cultural immersion in a remote and rural region of southern Siberia
  • Discover the backcountry on horseback for three days near to the border of the Altai Republic
  • Camp for 2 beside the Khoolaash waterfall area from where you can freely hike, swim and fish
Start
Kyzyl, Russia
Finish
Abakan, Russia
Trip Duration
8 Days
Group Size
Maximum number of people: 10
Private Departure
N/A
Activity
Hiking & Trekking, Horse Riding, Mixed Activity
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller

Dates

STARTEND

Sunday

1 July 2018

Tuesday

31 December 2019

This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.

Itinerary

Trek and horseback ride in the mountains of Western Tuva on the border of the Altai Republic, visit nationally renowned local artisans specialising in ancient soapstone carving, blacksmithing and leatherworking in the impressive Bai-Taiga region, seek out the Scythian-era Genghis Khan stone idol, ancient Turkic burial sites and the standing stones and petroglyphs near Bizhiktig Khaya village and then return from Western Tuva through the southern mountains and plains of the Republic of Khakassia.

What's included

  • Local English speaking guide
  • All accommodation
  • All camping equipment
  • All meals
  • All Transport (including 4 x 4 vehicles)
  • Entrance fees
  • Workshop fees
  • Horses and guides
  • Traditional music concert in Tuvan Cultural Centre
  • One workshop and shamanic ritual
  • Visas
  • Visa Support
  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Overnight accommodation in Abakan on Friday 20th July (if required)

Trip notes

US$ 1,500 per person. US$ 400 deposit required, balance payable 60 days prior to departure

This trip does not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard for the itinerary. The operator considers comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when making the choice of where to stay. Accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a room or a tent.

We include all meals during the trip.

Guides:
On this trip, you will be accompanied by a local guide assigned by the tour operator.

Security and Alcohol:
Russia is a very safe country on the whole. Nevertheless, client’s safety is our primary concern. The tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons.

Please note that at times when you are in Russia – and especially in Siberia – you will sometimes be given warning by the people you meet to be wary of drinking socially and sometimes even told that people can be threatening when drunk or generally a risk. Please don’t be too alarmed if you hear this. As long as you avoid getting heavily intoxicated with strangers you’re not comfortable with, don’t walk through Kyzyl’s streets at night and keep your eye out to avoid anyone drunk, you’ll likely have no problems.

Tour operator

Specialists in trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus, this operator aims to add positive benefit to the areas visited by ensuring that whenever possible, the money goose directly to the people of the region. In their words “”small scale tourism might not change the world but every path starts with a single step’.

The founders met as travel guides in the mountains of Afghanistan and bonded over a shared passion to enable other people to experience the beauty of Pakistan and Afghanistan, lands that are often described as dangerous and inhospitable.

Working with small groups of a maximum of 12 people and using specialist local guides throughout, their aim is to provide authentic and original experiences for all guests. This small number allows for greater security, flexibility and access to local people and places. Each set itinerary trip is individually designed to coincide with local events or to visit the area at the best time of year.

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