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ID: 1801
Tuvan Culture-Sayan Mountains
Offered by Company : ID 3171
Country : Russia
Destinations : moscow (Moscow City)
Duration : 12 day(s)
Minimum Price : $1000 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $3000 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Group,Customized
Group Size : 2 - 25 People(s)
Season : June to September
Trip Categories : Culture Tour, Mountain Sightseeing
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There was a hypothesis about that that, Scythians send already developed people in steppe of Northern Black Sea Coast in beginning I of a millennium whence from Asia and our experts will try to connect these facts . Finds in barrows “Arjan 1” and “Arjan 2” have quite confirmed this reputation of Scythians. Imperial barrows in a valley of tsars of Tuva have opened the most beautiful gold products.

Detail Information
Day1. To Moscow you have a full day after your arrival in Moscow.

At Moscow international airport (Sheremetyevo II) takes the free shuttle to the nearby Novotel and spends the time before your next flight relaxing there. There is a sauna, restaurants, wireless internet, pub etc. Take a taxi from the hotel (or airport to airport shuttle) at your own expense and transfer to Sheremetyevo I airport. Check/in for the overnight flight to Abakan –closest big city for Russian Tuva. Please note the Moscow domestic airport is a separate airport and somewhat distant from the international airport.

Day2.To Sayan Mountains Arrive Abakan in the early morning

We will be invited for breakfast and registration procedures will take place here. Our bus or car will take us 430km towards the Sayan Mountains. We will stop for lunch at a Café in village Tanzybai. Later the road will run by the area is 300-1400 meters above sea level with plenty of broad leaf forests with linden, birch, aspen as well as cedars and larch. Other plants include woodruff and asarum. Some of the species are common on the Russian Plains and Russian Far East, but not in Siberia. We will arrive at the city Kyzyl and accommodate ourselves at a base camp in Tuvan gers.

Welcome dinner with short Tuwan traditional concert. Overnight will in tuwan gercamp "Bii-Hem". (B, L, D)

Day3. Kyzyl –city tour

After early breakfast, we explore the rock-printings of the Stone Age. Visit a Buddhist temple "Tsechenling", the stature “Centre of Asia”, local lore museum "Aldan-Маадыр". In the evening, we will see the concert of throat singing "Hoomy" and shaman ceremony. Overnight will in ger camp. (B, L, D)

Day4. Drive to Vally of Tsars

Today we drive to Valley of Tsars with barrows of the Scythian period. In the valley of Tsars archaeological excavations of such barrows as Arjaan-1, Arjaan-2, where Tsar and tsarina of Scythian times have been found, and also set of ornaments from gold. Afternoon, we drive by dirty road to reach one of Tuwan nomadic families, where you have a chance to feel yourself in nomad’s ger and have a traditional meals. Overnight in tent or with family. (B, L, D)

Day5. To Dalai lhama’s sacred mountain

Depart by 4x4 car along river Yenisei to Western Tuva. On the way, we stop near mountain Khajyrakan, where came Dalai Lhama 14th -Buddhist World Leader and organized a ceremony of consecration of mountain. We cross pass Saryg-Kholchuk and drive by open steppe area. Good to take a photo of desert on a background of mountains Sayanskikh. Soft hiking on sand dunes and explore the sacred spring water “Kum-Su”. Overnight in tent. (B, L, D)

Day6. Rafting by Hemchik

Today early morning we start rafting by beautiful, natural picturesque places (6kms).Good for photos. Have a picnic lunch between small rivers Al Shum and Shom Shum.This afternoon,we will organize photography tour, walking by mountain. Big opportunity to see unique beauty of flora and fauna.In the evening come down and pitch a camp near river Hemchik. (B, L, D)

Day7. Rafting by Hemchik

An half day rafting by river Hemchik and then drive to town Chadan. Overnight and traditional dinner. Staying with Tuvan young family, gives you a chance to see their life differences. (B, L, D)

Days8-9. Drive to lake Sut-Kol and Soft Hiking

After few hours driving, we reach the lake Sut-Kol. This lake is located on mountains with pine forest-taiga. Now we have 2 days for hiking by wild remote country, where altitude is between 1800-2000m.

The lake Sut-Khol has a length 8 km, width 3.5 km, depth - 35 m.Good fishing for Mongolian grayiling, trouts and others. Water in lake fresh, high quality and extremely transparent. Overnights will in tent. (B, L, D)

Days10-11. From Sayan Mountains to Altai Mountains.

These 2 days we have a opportunity to explore Altai Sayan Eco region. The Altai Sayan EcoRegion has been identified by WWF as one of their Global 200 regions in which more than 90 percent of the planet’s biodiversity is concentrated. The major part of this Eco Region is shared by Russia and Mongolia. The minor part also includes China and Kazakhstan. The highlands of Mongolia are dry steppes with snow-capped mountains, whereas the lower elevation western parts in Russia are largely forested, being part of southernmost Siberia, with its own micro-climate. While driving by dirty mountain road, we will be out of civilization. Every day, you have a chance to hike around early morning and late evening. Overnights in tent. (B, L, D)

Day12. Kosh Agach Plateau to Ulgii

Continue to drive up on to the Kosh Agach Plateau, from which Mongolia is visible. The area is now drier with some 160mm precipitation per annum. Kosh Agach is the main town. Almost all people living here are Kazakhs. We will cross into Mongolia after the small village of Tashanta. It will certainly take at least an hour of formalities for both sides. The goods roads will totally disappear as we enter into Mongolia. From the border there is a spectacular 2-3 hour ride across the mountain steppes to Ölgii. Ger camp Overnight will at Ulgii.
Price Includes:

English speaking guide, cook and all meals, flights Moscow-Abakan, land transport, all camping equipments (tent, mats, extra blanket). Overnights will in ger camp and all Border and national Park permits.

Price Excludes: Alcohol drinks
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