For the most of people Siberia remains a mysterious and inaccessible land. The main reason is a lack of information. Travel on the Great Sayan Ring will raise the veil of the mystery, and everything you see will remain in your memory for a long time. 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! The Great Sayan Ring is a unique opportunity to touch the nature and culture of three very different regions: the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Tuva and Khakassia Republics.
We 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.
Total duration: 10 days/9 nights
Tour mileage: 2500 km by bus
Number of people in a group: min - 8, max - 20
Level of physical training: no special physical training
Part 1. Krasnoyarsk Territory
Day 1. Meeting Siberia
After the tourists' arrival (05:00-07:30) to Krasnoyarsk airport they are transferred to the center located hotel Krasnoyarsk (check-in possible between 00:00-10:00). Meeting at the railway station is also possible (6-8 am). Short rest.
NB! We 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.
10:00 meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. This day there is Krasnoyarsk city tour to the symbols of Krasnoyarsk - the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa chapelsituated 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 the 18th-19th 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, etc.
The next point of the excursion is the park Bobrovy log. In the park you will have a chance to discover a beautiful view on the nature reserve Stolby(Takmak rock) going uphill by the ropeway to an observation point overlooking the magnificent views of the city and surroundings. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to plunge into the wild nature without leaving the city.
We are going to visit the Ethnographical Museum which is considered to be among the best historical and ethnographical museums in Siberia. It will provide an excellent prelude to your journey and your first impression of the Great Sayan Ring tour.
Accommodation in the Krasnoyarsk hotel 3*
Breakfast in the hotel, lunch and dinner in a restaurant
80 km by bus
Day 2. Discovery day
After early breakfast departure to the Siberian south. Today the tourists 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. It was built in 1972, forming a water basin 400 km long.
Arrival to Abakan, capital city of Khakassia republic, lunch.
Then the group goes to Shushenskoye village, located near 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. Hydroelectric dam forms the Sayan-Shushenskoye reservoir, volume of 31.34 km ³ and an area of 621 km ². In the area of the reservoir there is the Sayano-Shushensky Biosphere Reserve.
You will overnight in the guesthouses of the museum Shushenskoye, it still keeps 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 the new village, becoming masters of estates, enjoying traditional peasant cuisine, learning the basics of craft, taking part in the games and entertainments, ceremonies and celebrations, guests can feel like the real Siberian farmers.
Before dinner a visit to Russian banya is highly recommended*!
Accommodation in guesthouses of Shushenskoye village
Breakfast in the hotel, lunch in a restaurant in Abakan city, dinner in guesthouses
620 km by bus
Day 3. Mountains and Steppes Mysteries
The day begins with excursion in the ethnographical museum Shushenskoyethat will bring you to the real Siberian village of the 19th-20th centuries. The history of the museum is inextricably linked with the name of Vladimir Lenin, who lived in Shushenskoye in exile 1897-1900. This corner of antiquity is situated on a bank of the river Shush, near its confluence with the Yenisei. There are numerous monuments of architecture on the 7 hectares: farmhouses, commercial shop, jail, tavern, about 200 wooden buildings. A lot of people go here attracted by ancient Siberian traditions, which are fully preserved in this place. A visit to a real tavern will bring everybody another surprise, you can see handicrafts and go to the shop of a merchant.
After a lunch the group continues its way towards Tuva across the West Sayan mountains. You will see the host of this territory - Sleeping Sayan warrior if you look attentively at the contours of the mountain. The legend says that one day the Khakassian warrior Sayan fell asleep here. He can be seen now lying on the back with folded arms.
In June now here, now there you can see globeflowers, flowers of a bright orange colour, which are so fond of Siberians.
Closer to the evening the group comes to Tuva. It’s amazing but as soon as the bus crosses the border between Krasnoyarsk region and comes to Tuva even the scenery changes. It seems like you are coming to another planet and another age. There are almost no signs of civilization on the most part of Tuva territory; steppes and sharp mountains are over the hundreds kilometers.
The group makes a stop 22 km from Kyzyl city, on the bank of the Biy-Khem river (in Tuvan – the Big Yenisei), in the yurt camp. Accommodation in the real thick felt yurts built by Tuvans specially for the tourists.
To make the guests’ life as clear as the milk, to let spirits of heaven and earth help to the successful resolution of all deals, to make the travel trouble free, we invite you to a Tuvan tea ceremony. During the ceremony you will hear a story about cooking national Tuvan tea with milk and salt, you will learn about the history of tea in Tuva, about tea legends and parables. You’ll feel the taste of the rich culture, feel the wonderful land of steppes and open spaces of Tuva.
Accommodation at the yurt camp Biy-Khem
Breakfast in guesthouses, lunch picnic, dinner at the yurt camp
350 km by bus
Part 2. The Tuva Republic
Day 4. Between 2 cultures
The Europeans are still interested in the Eastern traditions. The route that covers the Sayan Ring lets you visit the heart of Asia. The place of this day is Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva. This city is situated in the place where the Biy-Khem (the Big Yenisei) and the Kaa-Khem (the Small Yenisei) unite their waters and give a life to the great river Yenisei. The first sight to visit here is the Geographical Centre of Asia.
The next place of visiting is the Buddhist temple and Drum of Wishes.
The group will visit the National Museum of Tuva (exhibition Scythian gold) and see unique archaeological finds of different epochs.
Buddhism in Tuva exists in harmony with shaman beliefs. So after the Buddhist temple we will go to a Shaman community where you can pay and ask about your health and future, get information about shamanism secrets*.
Visit local handicraftsmen who will share the secrets of making shamanic drums, yurts, utensils, jewelry.
Free time in Kyzyl, visit a local market. Departure to a healing mineral spring.
Dinner with traditional dishes of Tuvan cuisine including meat and dairy products will be cooked specially for the guests on returning back to the yurt camp.
After dinner – the performance with the traditional throat singing – khoomei.The throat singing is a fantastical capability of the Tuva people (and some other Siberian nationalities) to emit simultaneously two or three sounds of different tone and to sustain the same sound for 25-30 seconds without taking a breath. If you close your eyes it is hard to believe that the sounds are emitted by a person and not by a musical instrument.
In the evening you will see a bewitching show: shamans' kamlaniye*. Kamlaniye is a magical communication between shamans and spirits. During this ritual the shamans dance around fire, sing and beat a drum. Kamlaniye 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*.
Accommodation at the yurt camp Biy-Khem
Breakfast at the yurt camp, lunch in a restaurant, dinner at the yurt camp
70 km by bus
Day 5. Following nomads’ paths
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 tourists 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. The tourists will spend the next two days in the taiga camp Snow Leopard built on the bank of the river Stoktysh.
You can enjoy walking on colourful moss here and breathe pure mountain air.
Accommodation in the camp Snow Leopard
Breakfast at the yurt camp, lunch picnic, dinner at the camp
440 km by bus
Day 6. Day in taiga
The first day in taiga will amaze you by silence, not usual in big cities. In the morning the group will go to the bridge of love.
The pendant bridge is over a mount river, which flows across taiga forest overcoming many rapids. There is a local tradition according to which a lover if he wants to prove his love has to carry in one's arms his beloved lady over this bridge.
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 and dinner at the camp
4 km on foot
Part 3. Khakassia
Day 7. Way to Delight
After breakfast - bid farewell to Snow Leopard and taiga.
On the route the group makes a stop at a Khakassian village where there is a monument Khurtuyakh tas, where native women bring there gifts if they wish to have a baby.
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.
By afternoon the group arrives to the Kyug valley (in Khakassian "kyug" means "delight"). Two great mountains chains stand near each other here. The Khakassian people call this valley "delight", archaeologists find a lot of monuments of different cultures. There is the yurt camp Kyug. Accommodation again in yurts, this time it will be wooden Khakassian yurts also built specially for tourists.
The excursion to the nature reserve Kazanovka will let you know more about the inheritance of ancient civilizations. In Kazanovka the tourists will have a chance to see rock paintings which are 3000-5000 years old. Archaeologists make copies of these paintings on paper for further studying and you can take these copies with you as souvenirs.
After dinner with traditional dishes - a performance of the Khakassian national folklore group.
Khakassian speech sounds here, Khakassian food is not exotic, all rituals are natural without striving for theatricality. In the silence of the Khakassian valley you can really calm and relax and the scent of the beautiful irises will give you new energy. Feel the energy and power of the Khakassian land. This unearthly peace of mind and inner cleanliness, ease and lucidity will accompany you. Suddenly you will recognize and don’t recognize yourself. This world is full of mysteries. And you are a part of these mysteries, you should only let yourself become free. Khakassia is a centre of the favorable emotions, diluted by amazement before the fantastical proximity of eternity.
Accommodation at the yurt camp Kyug
Breakfast at the taiga camp, lunch and dinner at the yurt camp
242 km by bus
Day 8. Ancient heritage
The history of Khakassia is very reach and has plenty of memorable dates.
The excursion to the National museum of Khakassia Kazanovka will let you know more about the inheritance of ancient civilizations. This museum is situated under the open sky and includes mountains, canyons, caves, mixed forest, rare plants. There are more than 2000 archaeological monuments on the territory of the nature reserve. Every year archaeologists open 30-40 new monuments. The main purpose of this museum is to preserve natural and historical landscapes, reconstruction and development of local people's life, gathering, searching, forming and protection of the funds.
You will see the sacred signs of ancient shamans and a cult stele Akh-tas (White Stone), which has a strong healing energetic field. You will be told of the mysterious purpose of vertical stones, sticking out from the ground all over Khakassia. You will visit real archeological excavations.
Visit to an ethnographical village Khakassian aal, where the tourists have a chance to get personally acquainted with everyday life of Khakassian people from the late 19th - early 20th centuries.
Free time and rest at the yurt camp.
Accommodation at the yurt camp Kyug
Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the yurt camp
till 20 km by bus
Day 9. Valley of Kings
Departure from the yurt camp to the capital of Khakassia - Abakan. You will be able to see the exposition of stone monuments in the National museum of Khakassia. Among them there are fantastic animals, gods, figures with animal's heads. Local people believe that some of these stones still have great power.
After that the group will visit the Valley of Kings. There are 30 burial hills in this valley that date back to 3d-4th century B.C. The largest hill is named the Great Salbyk burial mound. The hill's circumference is 500 m, its height is more than 11 meters. 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. After that – a long way back to Krasnoyarsk.
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.
Accommodation in the Krasnoyarsk hotel 3*
Breakfast at the yurt camp, lunch picnic, dinner in a restaurant
630 km by bus
The tour ends in Krasnoyarsk. Group transfer to the airport at 04:00 / to the railway station at 10:00.
Breakfast buffet in the hotel or packed to the airport
till 50 km by bus
Tour price per person
from 1650 €
Children 12-16 years - 10% discount
transport service (minibus, bus), including group transfers airport-hotel-airport
twin/double accommodation in hotels***, guesthouse Shushenskoye, camp Snow Leopard (with WC), yurt camps (without WC)
meals (including mineral water, coffee, tea, local drinks)
Russian, English or German speaking guide service
entrance tickets to the museums and parks
accident and tick-borne encephalitis insurance
Price does not include:
tickets to/from Krasnoyarsk
For extra charge:
Single accommodation +290€ per person
Individual transfer one way for a car (airport) 45€, railway station 28€
Group (not individual) transfers: airport–hotel transfer bus is available from 05:00 to 07:30, hotel-airport transfer is planned at 04:00
Railway station-hotel transfer is between 06:00 and 08:00, hotel-railway station transfer is planned at 10:00.
Ethnographic tour Great Sayan Ring (10 days/9 nights, period May-September) runs along territories of Khakassia, Tuva and Krasnoyarsk region.
In order to buy a tour one needs to inquire to the office of the tourist agency Sayan Ring, located on 117 Uritskogo str, office 201, 660049, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. One can contact us by e-mail email@example.com. When reserving a tour, 30% payment upfront is required. The rest 70% of the payment should be covered in not less than 20 days before the beginning of the tour. In case one makes the reservation in 45 days before the tour one needs to cover 100% of the tour price when making the final confirmation.
We should sign the contract. Payment is possible via bank to our account.
Credit cards Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Union can be used in many big stores in Krasnoyarsk and Abakan. It won't be a problem to find a ATM working 24 hours a day, so you can draw some money from your credit card at any time. As for the other places of the route you can pay cash in Rub.
You can exchange the currency in a bank upon arrival to Krasnoyarsk. As the next place you can do it will be only in Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva.
Number of participants in a group - from 8 to 20 people. All groups are international. All excursions are conducted in Russian and English/German languages. Tourists from various countries took part in our 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.
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, the tour operator 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.
Krasnoyarsk region is located in the eastern part of Siberia along the basin of the Yenisei river. It covers 3000 km from the South to the North, where it is washed by Kara sea and Laptevs’ sea. The population of the region is about 3 million people.
The region is subdivided into three climate zones: arctic, subarctic and mild.
Krasnoyarsk region territory is the domain for 450 species of plants, 340 species of birds and 90 species of animals including snow leopard, Putorana bighorn sheep, snow fox, stoat and musk-ox. In region there are 6 nature reserves under state protection: Great Arctic, Central-Siberian, Putorana, Stolby (Rock pillars), Sayano-Shushensky and Taimyr reserves.
The main religion here is Orthodox Church, but other confessions are also spread: Catholicism, Islam, Judaism etc.
The capital of the region is Krasnoyarsk – megapolis situated on the both sides of the Yenisei river. It was founded by Russian military man Andrey Dubensky in 1628. The population of Krasnoyarsk is about 1 million people. Time difference with Moscow is +4 hours, distance to Moscow is 3995 km. There are many old buildings and places of interest here. Krasnoyarsk is the motherland of painter Surikov, geographist and scientist Potanin, singer Khvorostovsky, violinist Tretyakov, Olympic champion Yarygin, writer Astafiev.
The symbol of Krasnoyarsk is Paraskeva Pyatnitsa chapel built in 1805 on Karaulnaya hill. It is printed on the 10-roubles banknote.
Tuva is situated on the South of Eastern Siberia in the geographical center of Asia. It borders Krasnoyarsk region, Khakassia republic, Mongolia, Altai republic. Tuva is very rich in natural resources: besides huge geological deposits, there are about 8000 rivers, including famous Khemchik and Yenisei, about 20 big fresh and salt water lakes, lots of healing mineral springs. Fauna of Tuva is very unique and diverse: here one can meet a camel, a desert dweller, and a reindeer, inhabitant of northern territories, Tuvan mountains Tannu-Ola are the realm of snow leopard. Also bear, wolf, squirrel, moose, sable, roebuck, lynx, glutton and birds like hazel-hen, blackcock, goose, duck, eagles and even swans are often met here. From fish such species can be mentioned: Siberian and Mongolian grayling, salmon, bass, pike and many others.
The population of Tuva is about 315 thousand people. The capital of the republic is Kyzyl, the place having been calculated and depicted to be the geographical center of Asia. Distance from Abakan – 400 km, from Krasnoyarsk –1000 km. Time difference with Moscow is +4 hours.
Main confessions: Orthodox Church, Buddhism, Shamanism.
Places of interest in Kyzyl are: free Arat square, The Geographical center of Asia obelisk, National Tuvan museum, Tuvan national theatre, Shaman clinic.
Khakassia republic is located in South Siberia on the left side of the Yenisei basin. It occupies territory of 62 thousand sq.km. Its population is 535 thousand people. Time difference with Moscow is +4 hours.
Khakassia is often called "a huge open-air museum". The history of Khakassia is very great, it counts not only the centuries but thousands of years. The first state of Din Linnes, who lived here in 7-3 centuries BC, left the remembrance about themselves in marvelous burial mounds, mystic rock paintings.
Khakassia is famous for its huge lakes with healing water concentrating in Shira district. Many territories of the republic are devoted to the protected nature reserves, which are inhabited with rare species. Some of them like red wolf, snow leopard and argali are endangered and included into Red list of WWF.
The administrative center of Khakassia is Abakan, a city with population of 160 thousand people. Sightseeing in Abakan: Khakassian national museum, Preobrazhensky cathedral, Lora stele, landscaping park Gardens of the Dream.
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 Sayan Ring Co.
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 Aeroflot, S7, UTair, NordStar etc.
Group transfers from/to airport (railway station) are organized at fixed time. Tourists are met with a board, where tourist’s name or a name of a company is printed. At the day of the beginning of the tour the bus at the airport will wait for arriving tourists from 05:00 to 07:30 (local time). Railway station-hotel transfer is between 06:00 and 08:00. You will be met by the representative of the company, who will help you with everything you have problems with.
For those who arrive at different time an individual transfer can be organized for additional fee (car 45 euro one way from the airport, 22 euro from the train station).
04:00 - seeing off tourists to airport are transferred to flights to depart from 06:30. (local time). Hotel-railway station transfer is planned at 10:00 am. If it's too early for you, you can book a separate transfer for extra charge.
We earnestly recommend you to book tickets according to this time.
Tourists leaving at different time are transferred to the railway station 60 minutes before the departure, to the airport - 3 hours before a flight.
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 +5C.
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.
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
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
towels (all hotels and camps providetowels, but you can take your own from personal hygiene reasons)
Krasnoyarsk hotel 3*
Krasnoyarsk hotel – comfortable location – in the very city centre, on the bank of Yenisei river, on the Theater Square, 15 min from the railway station, 50 min from the airport. You can create your own world of rest and bliss here. Accommodation in double or twin rooms – for extra charge single rooms. In every room: WiFi, TV, phone, air-conditioning system, mini-bars, fridge, hair-driers, bathrobe, towels, cosmetic kit, slippers, electric kettle, electronic locks, shower, WC. Additional services: in the hotel building there are many restaurants, cafés, bars, sauna, billiards, hair salon, beauty salon (tanning salon, massage), gift shop, business centre (PC, copy machine etc), conference halls, personal safes, luggage room. Breakfast (buffet) is included.
Address: Krasnoyarsk, Uritskogo str, 94.
The village Shushenskoe offers you to stay for a night in their wooden guesthouses biult in the Ethnographical museum, they are so Siberian typical as the museum itself. Since summer 2013 the ethnographical museum Shushenskoe offers their wooden guesthouses built specially for foreign tourists. 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 (full board with Siberian dishes will be served).
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.
Extra services: banya, photographing in national costumes, themed tours.
Address: Krasnoyarsk Region, Shushenskoye village, Novaya str. 1
Yurt camp Biy-Khem
The yurt camp is located 22 km from Kyzyl, on the bank of Yenisei river, and is specially designed for tourists’ accommodation. These are yurts with low door facing the East. They 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. Toilet and shower are in a special big yurt. Also canteen and bar are situated in a separate yurt.
Extra service: banya, shamans' kamlaniye ritual.
Address: Tuva Republic, Piy-Khem kozhuun, Kara-Khaak settlement
Snow leopard camp
Camp is situated in the taiga in highland district of Khakassia,1250 m above the sea level. Speciality of the camp are various dishes of Russian cuisine and Russian bathes on the bank of mountain river.
During the tour the Great Sayan Ring tourists will be accommodated in wooden houses for 1-2 people with with a bio-toilet and washstand. There are single, double or bunk beds, a table, a chair, a cupboard and a bedside table. 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).
Address: Khakassia Republic, Tashtyp district, Stoktysh area, 301 km from Abakan
Kyug yurt camp
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 traditional cuisine includes local cuisine dishes. Extra service includes: banya, horse riding, herbalist consultation, etc.
Address: Khakassia Republic, Askiz district, Kazanovka village.
During all the tour you will be offered three meals a day. Weather it is a hotel, yurt complex or picnic in the open air, you will be served with hot food, mineral water, coffee or tea – they are included in tour price. Alcohol beverages are not included in the price. We can also take into consideration the tourists' preferences in dietary or vegitarian food as far as possible. In order to have it during the tour, you should fill in the questionnarie about pecularities in food and send it to us in advance. In case you don’t complete it, you will be provided with standard European food with elements of national cuisine. Changing of menu during the tour is possible only for extra pay.
The national dishes of Russian, Tuvan, and Khakassian cuisine are essential parts of the program. The traditional dishes of Russian cuisine are thought to be pancakes, rosted and backed pies, meat dumplings, salty cucumbers, beetroot salad, cabbage soup, fruit drinks and many others. The basic food in Khakassia are considered to be meat dishes in winter and diary products in summer. Also an integral part of daily ration in Khakassia is bread, different kinds of soups (ugre) and broths (mun) with boiled meat in it. As for cereals, they prefer soup called “charba ugre’ and barley cereal (koche ugre). Speaking about Tuvan people, they also can’t do without meat and diary products. In fact, they eat mostly meat and all other food is just an addition to it. Various dishes made of meat and flour are quite popular with local people, these are soup with meat and noodles (uzken bydaa), meat dumplings prepared on steam (boozy) and traditional ones (manchy), round fried meat pie (khuzhuury), minced meat with pastry (tyrtykan) and many others.
Moreover, you can find on the table of Tuvan people vodka made of milk (araga), which is made of sour milk, boorzaki – pieces of pastry fried in boiled oil, cakes, which are eaten not with prepared food, but as “individual dish” and soktaan dolgan – ground barley. Also Tuvinian people like blood pudding, green tea with milk (it is drunk with butter or salt). The importance of diary products as well as meat product is very high for these people. They developed different ways of cooking products made of milk such as – cheese (bashtyk), butter (sarzhag), cream (oreme), koumiss (khymys), kefir (tarak), sour clotted milk (khoitpak), dried cottage cheese – of hard and crumbly consistence (kurut and aarzhy respectively).
In case the meal preferences were not specified, one will be provided with standard menu. Any altering in meal during the tour is possible only for additional fee.
All vehicles along the route are equipped with first-aid kit and all our guides have been specially trained to do primary medical assistance. Also all our tourists are insured (medical and tick-borne encephalitis insurance). Insurance company is Nadezhda, phone of 24-hour customer service center +7 (812) 325 72 92, +7 800 333 72 92
On the most part of the tour the cellular network coverage is available. Mobile phones operated by local operators (MTS, Beeline, Megafon, Tele2) are working alright. There is no mobile connection in Snow Leopard and in some parts of Tuva and Khakassia (you will be not available since the midday on the day 5 till the midday on the day 7).
Our tour is organized by comfortable minivans, minibuses (Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter) or large buses depending on the number of people in the group. The final decision, what kind of bus to coose, is made upon group's formation, usually 10 days before the tour start. In every bus there is air conditioning system, audio and video system. Each day we cover the distance of approximately 400-450 km. Every 1,5-2 hours we make stops, that's why the journey does not seem very tiresome. There are days included into the program when tourists stay at camps and do not travel by bus. It is forbidden to smoke in buses, stops in some places, preserves. Driving during the night is also forbidden because of the seasonal pasture.
We have highly qualified guides working in our company, due to this fact the tours of the company Sayan Ring have become so interesting and fascinating. They say, without a guide any journey, even a short one is nothing more than going some distance, but with a guide it is already travelling. Our guides speak Russian, English or German language. Other languages on request.
Tipps to our guides and drivers are not included in the tour price.
In Tuva and Khakassia there are not many mosquitoes, but there can be a lot of mosquitoes because of continuous rains, which is a rare phenomenon for Tuva and Khakassia. In alpine region, where the campsite Snow Leopard is located, there are almost no midges and mosquitoes. We recommend tourists to make sure their arms and legs are covered in twilight because mosquitoes are enlivened in the evening time. We provide you anti-mosquitoes repellents.
There are ticks in steppes of Tuva and Khakassia. The territory of yurt camps Biy-Khem and Kyug is treated by the pest control. The area around the Snow Leopard camp has no ticks due to the alpine location. The peak of ticks activity is from May to Middle July. In this period each tourists gets special anty-ticks repellents. The tour price includes also the tick-borne encephalitis insurance. In any case, we recommend everyone to regularly check your cloths, open skin areas, the head. Most often ticks fasten on legs and then crawl up, sucking to the upper body, above the waist.
In Krasnoyarsk you can buy the paintings of local artists, souvenirs made of stones, bones, ceramics, things of birch bark made by local craftsmen, also you can buy semi precious stones and antiques. Besides that, you can take Siberian vodka, herbal and berry liqueurs, jewelry, handicraft (embroidery, hats and headscarves). In Shushenskoye village there is a wonderful store in a local museum of XIX-XX centuries, where you can purchase postcards, books, things made of ceramics, wood, and glass beads, kitchenware made by regional craftsmen and children as well. As you continue the journey you will be able to buy real cedar nuts, cedar oil, herbs.
In Tuva there is a wide choice of souvenirs, presented at the numerous stores in Kyzyl - items made of 'soapstone' aghalmatolit, Tuvan chess, national dresses, gowns, hats, souvenirs made of wood, metal, amulets, also CD's and tapes with the performers of guttural singing.
In the Snow Leopard camp you can gather herbs yourself (cowberry tree, wild rose, feverfew, coltsfoot), widely used in everyday life of local inhabitants, also you can gather different berries (cowberry, huckleberry, honeysuckle, great bilberry), mushrooms (boletus, orange-cap boletus, brown mushroom, variety of edible mushroom, saffron milk-cap, chanterelle), and of course, cedar cones, Siberians' favorite delicacies.
Khakassiya is rich with ceramic and wooden items, embroidery, various amulets, national instruments, you can buy there CD's and tapes of national folk singers.
Information with number of telephone of meeting guide and a detailed program of a tour can be provided 7 days before the beginning of a tour. Your insurance policy and booked railway and air tickets you can get from your guide on the first day of the tour.
Sayan Ring is the incoming tour operator in Krasnoyarsk regional, Khakassia and Tuva. The company is in the Federal Register of Tour Operators, according to it our Certificate Number is # РТО 015694, given by Federal Tourist Agency. We are the member of Association of Russian Tourism Companies.
Financial insurance guarantee #164731893 for 500 000 rubles is valid from the 20.12.2016 to 19.12.2017.
Enjoy your trip!