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For the most of people, Siberia remains a mysterious and inaccessible land. The main reason is a lack of information. Travel on Siberia will raise the veil of the mystery, and everything you see will remain in your memory for a long time. Siberia is a unique opportunity to touch the nature and culture of three very different regions: the Krasnoyarsk Region, Tuva and Khakassia Republics.

May to September  •  9 days / 8 nights  •  Difficulty: normal, 12+  •  Comfort : ★★★☆☆  •  Group size: max 10

from2060$

Individual tour 4×4 of Siberia is perfectly combined with multi-day and classic tours in Moscow and St. Petersburg. And we also highly recommend you to arrive to Krasnoyarsk the day before, to have chance to take rest after long flights and to start excursions relaxed. The hotel will be provided on your request.

We are ready to help you buy the tickets; if necessary, leave a comment in your request.

A RICH EXPERIENCE EXPECT YOU:

  • You will drive an SUV by yourself
  • You will learn how Siberians lived in past centuries as well as present day.
  • You will feel the hospitality of local people and realize the richness of this nation’s cultural traditions.
  • Moreover you will touch the origins of religions – from the Orthodox Church to Shamanism.
  • And without doubt, expanses of Siberia will not leave you indifferent!
Itinerary - 9 Days

Morning arrival in Krasnoyarsk by flight from Moscow
Transfer to the hotel (city center located)
Breakfast at the hotel, short rest.
11:00 Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.

This day there is a sightseeing including a visit to the symbol of Krasnoyarsk – the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa chapel situated on the Karaulnaya mountain and shown in the 10-ruble banknote. In the 17th century the Cossacks who founded the city built a watch tower on this mountain. One can enjoy a picturesque view of the city, of the river Yenisei, of the surrounding mountains and the nature reserve Stolby. You will pass the historical town part with its monuments of 18-19 centuries, the former mansions of Siberian merchants and patrons, you will see the monument to Krasnoyarsk founder Andrey Dubensky, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Theatre Square and much more.

14:00 Lunch in a city restaurant.
15:00 The next point of the excursion is the famous fun-park Bobrovy log.

In the fun-park  you will have a chance to discover a beautiful view on the national park Stolby (Takmak rock) going  up the hill by the ropeway to the observation point overlooking the magnificent views of the city and surroundings.

16:30 We are going to visit the Ethnographical Museum which is considered to be among the best historical and ethnographical museums in Siberia. The museum was opened in 2001. It will provide an excellent prelude to your travel and your first impression of the tour 4×4 of Siberia.

*Accommodation at the hotel in Krasnoyarsk (Hotel Krasnoyarsk 3*Soft Hotel 4*)

(Breakfast, Lunch, – )

At early morning pick up cars and drive south into the Khakassia Republic.

You will have a chance to see a Man Made Sea, to cross two nature zones and to reach the Sayan mountains. The group will travel to the South through the city of Divnogorsk. They will cross the river Yenisei twice. The road goes along one of the biggest dams in the world – the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric power station (outside view). It was built in 1972, forming a water basin 400 km long.

Khakassia was the cradle of Siberian civilization, and enormous standing stones and ancient burial mounds can be found all over the republic.

About 15:00 Arrival to Abakan, lunch at restaurant.

Then the group goes to Shushenskoye village, located near the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station (outside view). 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. Hydroelectric dam forms the Sayan-Shushenskoye reservoir, volume of 31.34 km ³ and an area of 621 km². In the area of the reservoir there is the Sayano-Shushensky Biosphere Reserve

In the evening we arrive at Shushenskoye village, where Lenin spent 3 years in exile and got married. Dinner.

Overnight in a guest house in Shushenskoye.

* Extra charge (Optional): Before dinner a visit to Russian banya is highly recommended!

**Accommodation in a guest house in Shushenskoye.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The day begins with an excursion to the ethnographical museum. In 1970, to mark the centenary of Lenin’s birth, a 2-block area in the centre of the village was reconstructed to look exactly as it had looked in 1870. There are now around 200 “old” Siberia houses, including homes, a farmhouse, shops, a jail and a tavern.

We then head on towards Tuva across the Western Sayan mountains. We travel along the Usinskiy Trakt, built in 1910, passing the historical town of Yermakovskoe (named after the Cossack who first invaded Siberia) and the fruit-growing villages of Grigorevka and Chornaya Recha. There will be some truly spectacular mountain scenery along the way, where snow can fall even in June. For some great views of the ridge, we can walk 1.5km up a steep track that leads to a radar station.

We descend the other side of the mountains into the wooded river valleys and rolling grasslands of Tuva. The first village we pass is quaint little Turan, full of old wooden houses and inhabited mostly by Russians. Visit the little local museum before heading on over a final mountain pass to Kyzyl.

Overnight in a yurt camp 22 km outside of Kyzyl.

After dinner we will have a performance of traditional Tuvan throat singing – “khoomei”

* Accommodation at the yurt camp Biy-Khem

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

The place of this day is Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva.

This city is situated in the place where Biy-Khem (the Big Yenisey) and Ka-Khem (the Small Yenisey) unite their waters and give a life to the great river Yenisey. The first sightseeing to visit here is the Geographical Centre of Asia. Built in 1964 and reconstructed in 2014, the monument represents a big globe on which the contours of continents are marked, Tuva and Kyzyl are specially indicated.

The next place of visiting is the Buddhist temple where you will have a chance to hear a sermon of the lama. Buddhism in Tuva exists in harmony with shaman beliefs.

Visiting mineral spring near Kyzyl. Lunch is organized in a local restaurant.

After lunch the group will visit the Regional Museum of Tuva (exhibition “Scythian gold”) and see a unique archaeological finds of different epochs (except Monday). Free time in the city. Visit local handicrafts.

A dinner with traditional dishes of Tuvan cook, including meat and dairy products will be cooked specially for the guests.

In the evening you have the opportunity to see a bewitching show: shamans’ kamlaniye*Kamlanie is a magical communication between shamans and spirits. During this ritual the shamans dance around fire, sing and beat a drum. Kamlanie will leave a long lasting impression, nobody remains indifferent after this ritual. There the shamans will tell you about their traditions, rituals and abilities. After that you will get an opportunity to ask them about your future, your health and experience the ritual of purification.

Extra charge (Optional): shamans’ kamlaniye

** Accommodation at the yurt camp Biy-Khem

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Nowadays the tourists can follow exactly the same path that ancient nomads followed crossing Tuva from the east to the west and reach Khakassia. The route will go through the mountain pass. Here you can meet places which are considered to be energetically powerful. Before lunch there is a stop near a breathtaking mountain Khairykan – one of the most respected places in Tuva. In 1992 it was chosen by the 14th Dalai Lama to be an energetically powerful place. Once a year local shamans come here to get energy, strengthen and purify their spirits.

Picnic is organized right on the grass, next to a Buddha stela. And around the larches a lot of edelweiss’s are growing, which became a symbol of the mountains for many people.

On the way you will see the center of Buddhist culture, a ruined temple Ustuu-Khuree. The temple was the crowning of Buddhist construction in Tuva. And it was unique not only in Tuva, but also in the former Soviet Union. In 1930, after the adoption of a special resolution Ustuu-Khuree was closed, and in 1937 – destroyed. In 1999, the Russian government, recognizing the historic and architectural value of the unique temple Ustuu-Khuree, decided to restore it. In June 2012 the new temple was officially opened.

Khakassia begins after the Sayan pass, at a height of 2214 meters. The mountains here are covered with fabulous cedar taiga. We will spend the next two nights in a log cabin hotel in the taiga on the bank of the river Stoktysh.

* Accommodation in the camp Snow Leopard

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

Free day in the Siberian Taiga. Hiking in the surroundings, accompanied by an instructor. You will be able to choose a route suitable for you:

  • Stoktyshkie mountain lakes (10 km one way)
  • Marankul lake (8 km one way)

In July and August you can gather gifts of the forest – berries and mushrooms which you don’t even need to look for – they are just under your feet. You will also have a chance to eat cedar nuts. A Siberian cedar is a unique tree. Those cedars which you will be surrounded by are the witnesses of several centuries, fed hundreds of generations who lived in taiga.

Taiga air makes you healthier, but the real cure for all illnesses is a Russian banya. A steaming Russian banya with brooms made of coniferous twigs, birch and oak twigs. Those who are courageous enough can jump into the cold river right after steaming. Time after the dinner is spent at the fireplace. Cedar taiga, fire, star-spangled sky and silence will make you forget about rush of the cities. All this will make you feel a part of wild nature.

* Accommodation in the camp Snow Leopard

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

We head north in the direction of Abakan.

On the route we make a stop at a Khakasian village where there is a monument called Khurtuyakh Tas, a 5,000-year old stone sculpture in the middle of a burial mound. Local women leave offerings here in the hope that it will bring them children.

The ancient land of Khakassia takes the lead over Siberia and even Russia for the abundance of its archeological relics. Here right by the road you can see the rock paintings, every twenty meters – a burial mound or a stone figure, which is still serving as a cult place for the local people.

In the afternoon we arrive in the Kyug valley 137 km far from Abakan. Two great mountain chains meet here, and the valley is full of archaeological remains from various different cultures, including the Scythians. We have an excursion to the State museum reserve, and see petroglyphs that are 3-5 thousand years old, as well as burial mounds and archaeological excavations.

Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp. After dinner we will have a performance of a Khakassian national folklore group.

* Accommodation at the yurt camp Kyug

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After an early breakfast we depart from the yurt camp.

In a couple of hours drive trough Abakan and continue to the north, in the direction of Krasnoyarsk. Around 11 am we arrive at “The Valley of  Kings”, where there are about 30 burial mounds aged from the IV-III century B.C. The culmination of the trip will be the Great Salbyk Mound which was built on a noble family’s grave and excavated by archaeologists in 1954-56. It measures 0.5 km in perimeter and 11,5 m high. The total weight of vertical stones is approximately 60 Tons. Many think that this is a place where shamans enrich their power.

The group will have picnic in the open air.

In the afternoon we head on to Krasnoyarsk (a 5-6-hour drive from the Valley of the Kings).

*Accommodation at the hotel in Krasnoyarsk (Hotel Krasnoyarsk 3*Soft Hotel 4*)

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Transfer to airport

*Breakfast (packed in a case of early flight)

Don’t try to understand everything that you have seen during this journey. Understanding will come to you later. The most important thing is a powerful emotional impulse that you will get. It will last for a long time, until you visit Siberia again.

THIS TOUR IS OFFERED WITH FLEXIBLE DEPARTURE DATES
DeparturePrivate group "Standard"Private group "Comfort"Details
1.Individual group 10 pax2060$2420$
CategoriesHotelBasic price per pers.Status
Hyundai Creta***2060$on sale
Nissan X-Trail****2420$on sale
2.Individual group 8 pax2240$2480$
CategoriesHotelBasic price per pers.Status
Hyundai Creta***2240$on sale
Nissan X-Trai****2480$on sale
3.Individual group 6 pax2480$2780$
CategoriesHotelBasic price per pers.Status
Hyundai Creta***2480$on sale
Nissan X-Trai****2780$on sale
4.Individual group 4 pax2920$3240$
CategoriesHotelBasic price per pers.Status
Hyundai Creta***2920$on sale
Nissan X-Trai****3240$on sale
5.Individual group 2 pax4240$4590$
CategoriesHotelBasic price per pers.Status
Hyundai Creta***4240$on sale
Nissan X-Trai****4590$on sale
*The basic price is indicated for double room accommodation and car. Read more about tour categories in the section Accommodation

NOTES:

  • Single accommodation +420$ per person
  • Additional driver +20$
  • Children 12-16 year – 10% discount
  • Deposit: Hyundai Solaris 165$,  Nissan X-Trail 655$. When opening Rental agreement a certain amount of money will be frozen on your credit card by taking an authorization code. If you return a car without any damages this sum will be returned to your account immediately.
WHAT’S INCLUDED
Price include

• Pilot car (with 1 walkie-talkie)
• English, German, French, Italian-speaking guide services
• Transfers airport-hotel-airport
• Accommodation depending on the selected category
• SUV (2015 of release) depending on the selected category
• Car delivery to the hotel
• 1 full tank of gasoline
• Meals (including mineral water, coffee, tea, local drinks)
• Excursions, folk programs
• Tickets to the museums and parks
• Visa support
• Medical and tick-borne encephalitis insurance
• Liability insurance for a car's rent

Price does not include

• Air tickets to/from Krasnoyarsk
• Additional gasoline
• Personal walkie-talkie for group members
• Alcohol drinks
• Souvenirs
• Shaman's kamlanie
• Services not mentioned in the program

OPTIONAL:

  • Super CDW – the customer is not liable for any damage to the car. Hyundai Solaris +30$ / 7 days,  Nissan X-Trail +58$ / 7 days.
  • Wind-Screen – insurance for wind-screen (+7$ per rental).
  • GPS +30$ / 7 days.
Terms of payment
Booking conditions

• When reserving a tour, 30% payment upfront is required
• The remaining 70% must be paid in 60 days before the start of the tour
• When booking 60 days before the start of the tour and later, the payment is 100%
• Rental condition in accordance with the terms of the rental service provider. Full payment for car rental must be made not later than 24 hours before the start of the rental period. BUT for guaranteed availability of the car, you need to placing your reservation beforehand.

Cancellation terms

• When canceling a tour reservation for 45 days and later, 100% of the payment is deducted
• When canceling a tour reservation in the period from 90 days to 45 days before the start of the tour, 70% of the
payment amount
• If the reservation is canceled within 180 days to 90 days prior to the beginning of the tour, 50% of the payment
amount
• If the tour is canceled prior to the beginning of 180 days, 0% of the payment amount

*Please read carefully section Terms & Conditions
travel map
ACCOMMODATION BY DAYS

Day 1,8 • Hotels in the city center of Krasnoyarsk

  • Standard Category: Hotel Krasnoyarsk 3 * (standard room, twin /double)
  • Comfort Category: Soft Hotel 4* (standard room, twin /double)

Day 2 • Mini hotel in Russian style Shushenskoe

  • Standard Category: twin, standard house
  • Comfort Category: twin, superior house

Day 3-4 • Yurt camp Biy-Khem

  • Standard Category: twin, standard yurt
  • Comfort Category: twin, standard yurt

Day 5-6 • Tourist camp Snow Leopard

  • Standard Category: double /twin (bunk bed), standard tourists house
  • Comfort Category: double /twin (bunk bed), superior tourists house with fireplace and glass terrace

 Day 7 • Yurt camp Kyug

  • Standard Category: twin, standard yurt
  • Comfort Category: twin, standard yurt

NOTES:

  • If on the dates indicated there are no rooms in the declared hotels, then the hotels can be changed to a similar category or higher.
  • For an individual tour, you have the opportunity to improve the living conditions; if necessary, leave a comment in your request.
HOTEL KRASNOYARSK 3*

Hotel Krasnoyarsk 3*. Comfortable location – in the city centre, on the Yenisei river – it takes few minutes to get to the office and business parts of the city, shops and leisure centers. 249 comfortable rooms are ready for you, among them are deluxe, superior rooms, studios and apartments. There is a shower, telephone and TV in every room. A small swimming pool and billiard you can use, you can create your own world of rest and bliss here. Delicious food will be delivered at your request, massage will help you to take your fatigue away, contrasting water of the swimming pool will recover your cheerfulness and fill you with fresh energy.

Capacity: 249 rooms
Location: Krasnoyarsk city center, on the Yenisei river, Theater Square
Address: Krasnoyarsk, 94 Uritskogo str.
Additional services: free WiFi access on the territory of hotel including rooms, in the hotel building there are many restaurants, cafés, bars, sauna, billiards, hair salon, beauty salon (tanning salon, massage), gift shop, excursion agency, currency exchange, business centre (PC, copy machine etc), conference halls, personal safes, luggage room.

SOFT HOTEL 4*

Soft Hotel 4* open in 2013. Classical interior design, textiles, lamps create the atmosphere of respectability and, at the same time, homeliness. Classical refinement and beauty of furniture do hotel really exclusive. In hotel the system of the central ventilation and conditioning works. In the hotel don’t smoke. In bathrooms there is German bathroom equipment of Villeroy & Boch. For guest’s convenience – soft towels, cozy terry dressing gowns and slippers, the hair dryer, a set of toilet accessories, phone. For safety of guests in hotel the round-the-clock security service works and video surveillance is conducted. The fire extinguishing system, electronic locks is installed.

Capacity: 25 rooms
Location: in the center of the city not far from the Yenisei
Address: Krasnoyarsk, 16 Surikova street

MINI HOTEL SHUSHENSKOE

Mini hotel Shushenskoe. You can overnight in the guesthouses of the Ethnographical museum Shushenskoye, it still has the customs and traditions of the Siberian village of the late 19th century, with its streets and houses, it will help you to feel the atmosphere of country life. Guesthouses were reconstituted with preservation of cultural styles of Angara river area and south of Krasnoyarsk Territory. The realities of peasant life are combined with modern comfort living. Stopping for a rest in a new village, becoming masters of estates, enjoying traditional peasant cook, learning the basics of craft, taking part in the games and entertainments, ceremonies and celebrations, guests can feel the real Siberian farmers.

On the territory of museum there are 5 houses, every of them consists of 2-4 rooms, has unique design, its legends, in every house there is a fridge, kettle, tea set. Every room has 2 single beds and private shower, toilet, air-conditioning, as well as free Wi-Fi, cosmetic kit, towels, bathrobes and slippers are provided

Capacity: 29 people
Location: guesthouses are inside the Ethnographical museum Shushenskoye, in the village Shushenskoe, 90 km away from Abakan (capital city of Khakassia Republic), 490 km away from Krasnoyarsk
Extra service: Siberian bath, photographing in national costumes, thematic excursions

YURT CAMP BIY-KHEM

Yurt camp Biy-Khem is situated in a picturesque place on the bank of the river Biy-Khem (Major Yenisei). There are genuine felt yurts built by Tuvinian craftsmen specially for tourists (2000). Feel like a real nomad not denying the usual comfort!
Every yurt has 1-2 single beds (90×180 cm), a wash stand, an electric heater. The territory is fenced, on the river bank there are a sacred place for shamans rituals “ovaa” and fireplace, there are smoking areas. Meals are served in a large canteen-yurt. There is a separate yurt with hot water showers, WC. The camp offers you also to stay in tents.

Capacity: 11 yurts, 22 guests
Location: Biy-Khem camp is situated 22 km to north-east far from Kyzyl.
Season: May-September
Extra service: banya, darts, ping pong, fishing, bicycle rent, shamans kamlanie, khoomei throat singing concerts.

TOURIST CAMP SNOW LEOPARD

Camp Snow Leopard is situated in the taiga in highland district of Khakassia, 1250 m above the sea level in picturesque and ecologically clean cedar forests and alpine meadows. Speciality of the camp are various dishes of Russian cuisine and Russian bathes on the bank of mountain river.
During the Siberian tour, the guests will be accommodated in wooden houses for 1-2 people with a bio-toilet and washstand. There are single, double or bunk beds. Furnace heating. Please note that the camp is located deep in the taiga, electricity from the generator, so the houses are no outlets for personal use (to avoid overloading the network and fires).
There is also the main hall, upholstered furniture, fireplace, bar, billiards, a café, sports ground for playing volleyball. There is an outdoor shower as well as Russian banya (one visit free of charge for 2 nights stay).

Capacity: 46 people
Location: 120 km away from Abaza (Khakassia), on the bank of the mountain river Stocktysh, 720km away from Krasnoyarsk.

YURT CAMP KYUG

The yurt camp Kyug is situated near Kuznetsky Alatau on the bank of the river Askiz, on the territory of an ethnographic nature reserve Kazanovka. Abakan city is situated 140 km far from the camp. It consists of 15 wooden yurts, a canteen. There are also shower cabins and bio toilets on the territory of the complex. Yurts are furnished for 1 or 2 people. There are 2 beds, a cupboard, bedside tables in yurts. At the door you can find a washstand. Electrical heating, electrical outlets. Russian and local traditional dishes.

Capacity: 30 people
Location: Khakassia Republic, Askiz district, Kazanovka village.
Extra service: banya, horse riding, herbalist consultation, etc.

TRANSPORT USED ON TOUR

Standard Category: Hyundai Creta (front-wheel drive)

Comfort Category: Nissan X-Trail (four-wheel drive)

HYUNDAI CRETA

Year of issue: 2015
Transmission type: Manual
Air conditioning
Number of doors: 5
Number of passengers: 5
Trunk volume: 5 Bags
Minimum age: 21
Maximum age (99 without restrictions): 99
Number of credit cards: 1
Radio
CD player

NISSAN X-TRAIL

Year of issue: 2015
Transmission Type: Automatic
Air conditioning
Number of doors: 4
Number of passengers: 5
Trunk volume: 4 Bags
Minimum age: 23
Maximum age (99 without restrictions): 99
Number of credit cards: 1
Radio
CD player

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PARTICIPATION

Number of participants in a group – from 2 to 10 people (more participants are possible by prior agreement). The tour is possible in English, German, French, Italian, other languages on request. Tourists from various countries took part in this tour, such as Holland, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the USA, China, Switzerland, New Zealand, Danemark, Turkey, Finland, Norway etc. Our special guests were the members of the US Embassy, the ambassador of New Zealand, the consul of Switzerland, the Prince of Monaco, the president and the members of Russian Association of Tourist Agencies, and the Russian minister of tourism.

RESTRICTIONS

Participation in the tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age, due to the intense excursion program and long journeys 400-600 km per day. But the  parents reserve the right of final decision. If you think that your child is emotionally and physically ready for this trip, we will not mind.
We also don’t recommend to participate in the tour people with high blood pressure, due to high altitude difference. Particularly dangerous part of the way is the Sayan pass (2214 m), an hour later the group again descends to an altitude of 1200 m.

HOW TO GET

The tour starts in Krasnoyarsk

One of the main transport hubs in Siberia is Krasnoyarsk. It is passed through by Trans-Siberian railway, so it provides tourists with possibilities to travel actively. Krasnoyarsk posses the airport both of local and international level, river port and well-developed road vehicle infrastructure.

Information about railways to Krasnoyarsk can be inquired at managers of Black Russian Tours.

Airport in Krasnoyarsk Yemelianovo accepts planes from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Norilsk, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Kamchatka and many other cities in Russia, also from international flights from Beijing and Bangkok. You can reach Krasnoyarsk by flights of following  airlines AeroflotS7UTairNordStar etc.

Tourists leaving at different time are transferred to the railway station 60 minutes before the departure, to the airport – 3 hours before a flight.

WEATHER

The climate in Tuva is sharply continental. Summer there is dry, temperature up to 40 °C.

The climate in Khakassia is also continental: cold winter, hot summer, with significant variation of temperature and precipitation level. Summer duration in steppes is from the middle of May till the middle of September, in highlands – from the middle of June till the end of August. The hottest month is July (average temperature is 20 °C). Sometimes there is “Indian summer” in the end of September.

Each season in Krasnoyarsk region has its advantages; therefore the choice depends only on what month seems to be the best in your opinion.

  • It’s very beautiful in May, as the greenery is still fresh, everything is in blossom, at the same time you can see snow high up in the mountains. It’s warm during the day, but rather cool in the evening.
  • In June everything is in blossom as well, and every week you can various colors of nature. Stable weather is characteristic of this period of time.
  • July is the hottest month, but sometimes there might rain for a week. The weather is stable and it’s warm in the day time and at night. At the end of the month the steppe starts getting dry.
  • The first half of August is warm, but later it starts getting colder. Nights get colder. At the end of the month there is a change of colors in nature surroundings: leaves get red and yellow. At this time of the year there is a great many of mushrooms and berries.
  • September is rich with a diversity of nature colors, red, yellow, and green colors prevail. Usually, the first half of the month is warm but nights are cold. During the second half of September it can be rainy, the temperature can drop to +5 °C.
  • In early October, it is already getting colder, the temperature can drop to 0 °C, sub-zero- temperatures at night, but winter is still far, there will be rather even no rains. If you’re lucky, nature will give you an opportunity to see the golden autumn in Siberia. But in late October at most parts of the route there is snow.

 USEFUL TIPS

Travelling clothes must be comfortable. Please, take clothes you put on for walking and outdoor activities with you.

  • Light-toned T-shirts with long sleeves and light pants to protect your skin from spiny plants in Tuvan steppes
  • Shorts, T-shirts in light colors
  • In May and in September warm sweater or fleece jacket, thermal underwear, gloves, hat
  • Cotton socks 2-3 pairs; wool socks in May, late August and September
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket / raincoat
  • 2 pairs of shoes: a pair of sport shoes (preferably closed) and a pair of waterproof shoes. If you travel in May, the second half of August and September, it is advisable to take good hiking boots for hiking in the taiga in the camp Snow Leopard.
  • Hat or cap to protect your head from the sun
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (in Tuva and Khakassia high solar activity)
  • Swimsuit (you might need you in the banya)
  • Flashlight, you will need it in the evening at the camps
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Insurance, incl. against tick-borne encephalitis, if available
  • Individual medicines in the presence of chronic diseases
  • Cash (for souvenirs, shaman’s rituals, sweets, alcohol drinks, other personal expenses).

You can choose from a travel bag, backpack or suitcase, all options are ok. You do not have to carry your luggage over long distances.

You do not need to take with you:

  • tents, sleeping bags and other camping equipment
  • soap
  • toilet paper
  • towels (all hotels and camps providetowels, but you can take your own from personal hygiene reasons)
  • repellents
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