Across Sayan Mountains

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Price from 1350 Euro
This tour unites the highlights of Khakassia and Tuva

Route: Kyzyl-Samagaltai-Ergaki-Shushenskoye-Kazanovka-Abakan-Great Salbyk Mound-Abakan

The Republic of KhakassiaThe Republic of Tuva
9 days/8 nights
Second half of June– second half of August
Excursion, hiking, archaeological, bus tour
Private travelling
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1 day Arrival in Kyzyl

Center of Asia (19).jpg Hotel 5*
Distance per day: 50 km by bus

Kyzyl is enough small city located at the bank of the Yenisei river. This city differs from others due to authentic culture of Tuvan people, slow style of life, and some special energy. The landscapes of city are peaceful enough but this land keeps a lot of interesting things to see. And, you will start to get acquittance with the south of Siberia with the capital of Tuva, Kyzyl. During a city tour you will:
walk along the major embarkment and might hear the sermon of lama in Buddhist temple
visit the Center of Asia square and the same name monument
visit the square of Arat, see local theatre, fountains and the drum of wish there
take part in master-class guided by a local craftsman
explore the history of the Scythians and see the gold which was founded in Tuva. It dates back to the 7th century B.C.
In the evening, come back to hotel, dinner with the elements of national cuisine.

2 day Samagaltai 

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Distance per day: 300 km by bus, 3 km on foot

After breakfast departure to the south of the republic of Tuva. About lunch time arrival at the summer nomad’s stay.
Meet with the head of family and other members. We offer you not only see how they live, we offer to have an experience with their daily life: cook dinner, make traditional tea, milk a cow, drive cattle, even ride a horse (if you want), take part in entertainment… You will be surprised how different their life is.
Upon arrival in Kyzyl, we offer visiting shaman’s community and enjoy shaman’s kamlanie.
Shamanism is a part of Tuvan culture. It’s typical for local people ask an a advise with shaman or go to the hospital.
We want to present you the tiny part of shamanism in Tuva. In the evening you will watch at the shaman’s ritual – kamlanie. This is a special rite when a shaman talks to spirits. The attributes of the rite: fire, drum and a tribute to the fire.
The sound of drum in night makes an unforgettable impression. Afterwards you can ask shaman some questions about his religion and style of life.
Dinner and throat-singing concert.

3 day Ergaki

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B/L (boxed)/D
Distance per day: 250 km by bus, 5 km on foot

Breakfast. Check-out.
Transfer to Egraki National Park.
On the way we will make several stops:
visit Arzhaan-II burial mound
visit maral’s farm
walk along the border between Krasnoyarsk region and Tuva Republic
Lunch will be organized in the open-air.
Upon arrival check-in at hotel.

4 day Hiking in Ergaki

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Distance per day: 8-15 km on foot

Ergaki National Park is the part of the West Sayan Mounains. This is the place with sharp peaks above the hundreds lakes, rivers and waterfalls.
The origin of these giant stone walls is shrouded in mystery. Truly saying this place is the exotic one for Siberia, no classic views, only high peaks, deep abyss under feet, blue line of mountain chain… This is unforgettable experience when you climb up to one of the peak and enjoy such an unique scenery.
The well-known site is the Sleeping Sayan.
This is the chain of mountain peaks which remind a sleeping man with hold arms on the chest. According to the legend, Sleeping Sayan is an ageless defender of taiga and its habitants. Many years ago a very strong man lived that area. He defended mice and men and he took care about the nature. After his death Gods turned him into a Stone in order he could continue his work.
The hiking route is confirmed by an instructor. The instructor makes a decision of a hiking route depending on a physically fit of a group and weather conditions. Approximate route is Lake Raduzhnoye-Handing Stone-Lake Raduzhnoye. Those who don’t want to go for a hiking trip, may stay at hotel and walk in surroundings.
Kindly note, the weather this area is very changeable. It’s necessary to have a backpack and warm clothes, comfortable shoes during a hiking trips. The typical trail in Ergaki may include the roots, a stone run (stone river), small streams.

5 day Arrival in Shushenskoye

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Distance per day: 200 km by bus, 1 km on foot

After breakfast group is leaving Ergaki.
On the way we will make a stop to learn about village style of life and have a short tea party with family.
Then the group goes to Shushenskoye village. Upon arrival check-in at Shushenskoye guesthouses.
Afternoon you will have an excursion around the open-air museum Shushenskoye.
Open-air museum Shushenskoye is the unique historical, architectural, ethnographical complex, which is located on the bank of the Shush river. The museum is represented in the central part of old Siberian village and reflected intellectual culture of peasants at the turn of XX century.
You will have an opportunity to feel the life of past century: live at a farmhouse, meet with local handicrafts, taste the real pumpkin porridge cooked in Russian stove!

6 day The valley of Kuyg

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Distance per day: 250 km by bus, 2 km on foot

After breakfast the group departs to Kazanovka.
On the way we will make a stop at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station. The dam was built in 1987, height 245 meters, the length of the ridge 1,070 meters, the width at the base of 110 meters, the width of the crest 25 meters. This is the largest dam is Russian and included in the list of 10 largest dams in the world.
After lunch check-in at camp. You will overnight in traditional wooden khakassian yurts, specially built for the tourists.
Afternoon excursion in the open-air museum Kazanovka which holds the secrets of thousands years. There we will visit White Stone (Ah-tas) and Khurtyakh Holl.
You won’t forget the excursion around reserve Kazanovka with exploring burial mound and cave drawings of the ancients.
You will archeological finds dated 4 thousand years, walking in the valley of Khurtuyakh kohl, here there are some interesting rock paintings. Also we visit typical Khakassian yurt-museum, where we will know all the features of this house.
Dinner, free time.

7 day Abakan

Khakassia flowers (1).jpg Hotel 4*
Distance per day: 140 km by bus, 2 km on foot

After breakfast departure to Abakan.
Abakan city tour. The history of the city dates back to 1675, when the first Russian fortress was built in Khakassia. It called Abakansky stockaded town. The fortress was the starting point of exploration of Minusinsk Hollow by Russians, and as result many settlements of Russians appeared.
Abakan is the place of changing settlements and epochs. Nowadays, Abakan is the capital of Khakassia Republic and one of the most beautiful and green cities in Siberia.
Today you will visit the most remarkable sights of the city and afterwards visit the pearl of whole Khakassia – unique exposition of burial mounds at local Regional museum. Overnight at hotel in Abakan.

8 day The valley of King

Salbyk (21).jpg Hotel 4*
Distance per day: 120 km by bus, 2 km on foot

Breakfast at hotel. As a highlight of our short trip will be the visit of Great Salbyk Mound.
Great Salbyk Mound is one of the biggest and mysterious ancient monuments of the South Siberia. The territory of Great Salbyk Mound belonged to Tagarsk people very long time ago. This burial mound was built 3 thousand B.C.
Great Salbyk Mound is a construction of one ancient tsar, who was the most imperious one for 25 centuries.
The constriction presents a hill with numerous stones, putted vertically in the earth. The weight of some stones are about 50 tons.
Even nowadays people don’t know how those big stones were transported that period of time. Many people admire this place and say that the Great Salbyk Mound is not less interested than a famous Stonehenge.
Coming back to Abakan. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

9 day Flight back home

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Distance per day: 5 km by bus

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to the airport

Price - from 1350 Euro per person

  • Twin accommodation and meals as per program
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Meals as mentioned (B-breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
  • Transport services
  • Entrance tickets
  • 225 Euro per person
  • Airline, train tickets
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Insurance
  • Souvenirs
  • Services, not mentioned in the program
  • The price is valid till the 01st of October 2020. The mentioned rates are valid for 6 people in a group. But the tour may be conducted from 1 up to 10 participants. The price for other number of participants is upon request.

    During this tour you will see the amazing Sayan Mountains and explore the highlights of Khakassia and Tuva. SiberiaDa Tour highlight

    Accommodation en route

    Azimut hotel 5*
    This is the hotel of the well-known hotels’ chain.
    The hotel was opened some years ago and has all the necessary stuff for a pleasure rest. This is the best hotel in Tuva, located in the very heart of the city. In the walking distance: Yenisei embarkment, the Geography Center of Asia, the local theater, market and museum.
    Available category of rooms: Standard, Standard view, Junior Suite, Junior Suite view, Junior Suite view triple, Presidential apartments

    Touristic camp Ergaki
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    Shushenskoye guesthouse
    Shushenskoye guesthouses are located in the territory of the open air state reserve-museum Shushenskoye.
    This camp represents the style of life of Siberian people at the end of XIX century. All the things are about that period of time: traditional wooden Russian houses and farms.
    Every house (5) has its own plan with 1 up to 3 rooms but in general it includes: living room(s), ben, seni, cable TV and bathroom. For the guests comfort, every house has a private or shared (for some rooms) facilities (WC and shower).
    There are set breakfast, free wi-fi. In the territory there are available:
    -children's playground
    -parking zone
    Kindly, note all the houses are made from wood. Smoking is strictly forbidden in the territory of guesthouses.
    Distance from airport: 90 km (in Abakan)
    Distance from railway station: 85 km (in Abakan)
    Available category of rooms: Standard

    Kuyg yurt camp
    Traditional Khakassian yurt built specially for tourists.
    Every wooden yurt is for 2 people. There are 2 separate beds, chairs, closet, wash stand, heat register in every yurt. In the territory of yurt camp there are shower, WC, and a dinning room in separate yurts.
    There are a weak mobile connection, no wi-fi available.
    The silence of Kyug valley, sights of Kazanovka reserve and peaceful Askiz river will let you take a little break from fast modern daily life.
    Distance from airport: 140 km (the nearest one in Abakan)
    Distance from railway station: 145 km (the nearest one in Abakan)
    Available category of yurts: Standard

    Asia 4*
    Accommodation at hotel 4*, located in the city center. This is the only hotel 4* category in town.
    Abakan is small, cozy Siberian city. Despite it there is good choice hotels options. There are any 3 star hotel available.
    We suggest to stay at Abakan hotel at twin rooms (private WC and shower, open buffet).
    Distance from airport: 10 km
    Distance from railway station: 5 km
    Available category of rooms: Standard, Superior, De-luxe, Luxe, President luxe, Apartments

    Route distance

    By car asphalt road
    1265 km
    50 km
    On foot
    23 km

    The trip is organized by comfortable vehicle depending on a group size.

    Itinerary start and finish point

    Start is in Kyzyl and finish is from Abakan.
    Arrival and departure transfers are included.

    Travel tips

    Before go to Siberia, we kindly ask to learn travel tips carefully.

    What to take

    This trip is an excursion kind of tour with the hiking in Ergaki. It means you don’t need any special equipment; please take with you all the necessary things for leisure vacation. Note, there are ticks you can meet in the major part of Siberia. The dangerous season is May-June. We strongly recommend to make sure your arms and legs are not attacked by ticks during the excursions in Khakassia and Tuva.

    Limitations & dangers

    Age: from 12 years.
    No special physical fit is required.
    Tick-borne insurance is recommended.

    Booking steps

    1. Send us a request
    2. Confirm an itinerary
    3. Conclude a contract
    4. Make prepayment, full payment
    5. Receive the vouchers, pack the stuff and start travelling


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