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Destinations: Krasnoyarsk, Abakan
Type of adventure: icon-09.png Multi
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 741
Group size: — max 4
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Cities and locations: Abakan - Krasnoyarsk - Minusinsk - Shushenskoye - Sayanogorsk - Abaza
Tour description

The path of this winter tour that passes through the south of Krasnoyarsk region and Khakassia, as if studded with tourist jewels: bizarre rocks Stolby, Siberian taiga, white peaks and ridges of the Western Sayans, remote hunting wintering, taiga cuisine and dazzling aerial snow.


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Briefly about tour

Total duration: 7 days/6 nights

Season: November-April

Tour mileage: 950 km by bus, 600 km by train, about 10-15 km on foot

Number of people in a group: min. 4 pax

Age: 12+

Level of physical training: no special physical training. Light physical efforts, possible temperature and altitude changes.

Day 1. Sunday Arrival to Krasnoyarsk.
Independent check-in to the hotel.
Excursion in the Ethnographical Museum.
Krasnoyarsk city tour to all significant sights, incl. Paraskeva Pyatnitsa chapel.
Free time in the city to buy souvenirs or visit City Christmas tree.

Full day program

Beginning of the program in Krasnoyarsk (Russia, Siberia, time zone +8). You can get to Krasnoyarsk by train or by plane from many cities in Russia and even by international flights from Beijing and Bangkok.

From 07:00 check-in in Amaks City Hotel, rest.

14:00 Meeting with a guide in the hotel lobby, excursion in Krasnoyarsk Ethnographic Museum

Krasnoyarsk city tour, visiting such sights as a small Chapel with an observation point, historical gates to the city, old monuments.

In free time you can walk around the city and buy souvenirs.

We recommend you to visit the Central city Christmas tree; you can slide down slides, have a ride in carriages, have a look at beautiful ice sculptures, join round dances, meet Siberian Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden.

19:00 Return to the hotel.

Accommodation in the Amaks City Hotel 3*

Breakfast and lunch in the hotel

Till 20 km by bus, about 2 km on foot

Meeting at the railway station or airport for extra charge. Dinner independent.

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Day 2. Monday Departure to the famous nature reserve Stolby.
Accompanied by an experienced climber (stolbist hiking around rocks: The First, Second and Fourth Rock, Feathers, Elephant, Grandfather, Grandmother and Granddaughter.
Stories about the stolbysm phenomenon in Krasnoyarsk, warm greeting in a stolbist's hut, during the lunch you will hear local legends.
Hiking back to the city downhill. Return to the hotel.

Full day program

Transfer to the reserve Stolby by bus. If you have ever been to Krasnoyarsk, but haven't visited the nature reserve Stolby, you haven't  seen the heart of the city, its lungs, its soul. The shape of each rock is so unique, that almost all rocks have their own names - Grandfather, First Rock, Feathers, Takmak, Elephant, Lion's Gate etc. The tourist-excursion area of Stolby is almost 1,5 thousand hectares.

After a pleasant walk in the central group of rocks with an experienced guide you will have a rest and a hot picnic in a log hut of the real rock climber. You will hear stories about the stolbysm phenomenon in Krasnoyarsk and local legends.

Walking downhill (7 km, 500 m altitude).

Return to the hotel.

Accommodation in the Amaks City Hotel 3*

Breakfast in the hotel, lunch picnic

27 km by bus, 10 km on foot

Dinner independent

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Day 3. Tuesday The day you will spend in the park Bobrovy log, where everyone can choose any available entertainment.
Short excursion with your guide. Going up to to the viewing platform by a ropeway, where the magnificent picturesque landscapes of natural reserve Stolby and the city can be perfectly viewed.
Then free time in the park without your guide (alpine skiing, smowboarding, ice skating, extreme attractions).
In the evening transfer to the railway station.
Boarding the night train Krasnoyarsk-Abakan.

Full day program

Till 12:00 Check-out

Departure to the fun-park Bobrovy log, where everyone can choose any available entertainment.

Excursion to the viewing platform by ropeway, where the magnificent picturesque landscapes of natural reserve Stolby and the city can be perfectly viewed.

After that free time in the park.

Extra services in the park: 
Rent of mountain-skiing or snowboarding equipment 
Tickets to the ice rink 
Extreme attractions (open by temperature higher than -25C).   
Lunch and dinner in the fun-park (café or premium-restaurant) 

18:00 Transfer from the park to the hotel to pick up the luggage, and then transfer from hotel to the railway station.

19:20 Departure from Krasnoyarsk to Abakan by night train.

Accommodation on train board

Breakfast in the hotel

25 km by bus, 600 km by train

Train tickets are not included. Lunch and dinner independent.

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Day 4. Wednesday Arrival by train to Abakan.
Departure by minibus to the old Siberian town Minussinsk. During the excursion you will see Saviour Cathedral and aged merchant’s houses, will visit a local market.
Arrival to Shushenskoye village. Impressive excursion in the ethnographical museum Shushenskoye. Getting to know the rural life of the 19th century. Workshop of local craftsmen.
You will continue your bus tour. The road runs pass the dam of Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro power station.
Arrival to the campsite in the taiga, in the Western Sayan Mountains. Overnight in wooden lodges.

Full day program

06:35 Arrival to Abakan, capital city of Khakassia Republic.

Departure to the old Siberian town Minusinsk. During the excursion you will see Saviour Cathedral, market, old merchants’ houses and walk around the city center.

Further departure to Shushenskoye village that will serve as a pass from civilization to ancient times. The excursion to the ethnographical museum Shushenskoye.

The excursion in Shushenskoye 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. 

Excursion to Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro power station (no entrance).

Then the group goes to the taiga camp Snow Leopard.

Overnight in wooden lodges.

Snow Leopard is a cosy wooden camp, situated in coniferous forest, surrounded by the Western Sayan Mountains, just in the heart of Siberian taiga along the bank of the clearest mountain river Stoctysh, 1250 meters above sea-level. The unique feature of the camp is the variety of dishes in the best traditions of Russian cuisine. The nearest village is 120 kilometers far and around - taiga, incredibly beautiful, alluring and absolutely untouched by civilization.

Accommodation in the camp Snow Leopard

Breakfast in a cafe, lunch in the museum, dinner at the camp

560 km by bus

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Day 5. Thursday Free day in the taiga. Hiking in the surroundings, accompanied by an instructor. You will be able to choose a route suitable for you:
• Hunter's Hut (1 km from the camp oneway)
• Suspension Bridge of Love (2 km from the camp)
• Sayan pass (20 km by bus from the camp)
In the evening, a real Siberian banya is waiting for you.

Full day program

A day spent in the taiga will amaze you by silence, not usual in big cities.

Possible hiking excursions:

  • to the hunter's hut (1 km one-way, 1 hour)

During the excursion tourists can learn about the lifestyle of hunters, learn some secrets of hunting.

  • to the suspension Bridge of love (2 km one-way, 2,5 hours)

There is a suspension bridge over the river Big On. Big On is a very sluicy mountain river, which runs through a lot of rapids. There is a local tradition that a man has to pick up his wife or fiancée and go along this bridge with her on his hands.

  • to the Sayan (One-Hundred) Pass (20 km one-way by bus, 1 hour)

Sayan pass is 2206 meters high. That is the border between Tuva and Khakassia.

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

Distance of the day depends of the chosen hiking route

Horse riding for extra charge

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Day 6. Friday Farewell to Snow Leopard camp and taiga, continuation of your bus tour to Khakassia.
Visit the saint stone Khurtuyakh Tas (Mother of Mothers), where native women bring gifts if they wish to have a baby.
Arrival to Abakan, city tour, excursion in National museum.
The excursion part of the tour is over.

Full day program

A bid farewell to Snow Leopard camp and taiga.

On the route to Abakan the group makes a stop at a Khakassian village where there is a monument Khurtuyakh tas, where native women bring gifts if they wish to have a baby.

Abakan city tour incl. local lore museum.

By 18:00 the end of excursion tour program, farewell dinner in a restaurant with your guide.

Check-in in the Abakan hotel. 

It’s possible to take a night train to Krasnoyarsk or Moscow (via Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg) (e.g. then continue your way to the Altai mountains).

Accommodation in the Abakan Hotel 3*

Breakfast at the camp, dinner in a restaurant

310 km by bus

Lunch independent. Train tickets are not included.

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Day 7. Saturday Till 12:00 check-out.
Departure by morning flight to Moscow.

Full day program

Till 12:00 check-out.

Transfer to the airport*

Departure from Abakan by morning flight to Moscow by Aeroflot or S7 airlines

Breakfast in the hotel or packed to the airport

For extra charge

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Tour price per person
600 € Price includes:
  • transport service (minibus)
  • twin accommodation in Amaks City hotel 3* (3 nights, early check-in), taiga camp Snow Leopard (2 nights, wooden houses with biotoilet), Abakan hotel 3* (1 night)
  • meals according to the program
  • Russian speaking guide service
  • excursions
  • entrance tickets to museums
Price does not include:
  • tickets to Krasnoyarsk and from Abakan
  • train tickets Krasnoyarsk-Abakan
  • transfers in Krasnoyarsk and Abakan
  • interpreter service (English or German speaking)
  • dinner on the day 1 and 2, lunch and dinner on the day 3, lunch on the day 6, all meals on the day 7
  • extra services like alpine-skiing equipment
  • insurance
For extra charge:

Interpreter service during the whole tour +65€ per the whole group of foreigners (English or German speaking, other languages of guide on request)

Train tickets Krasnoyarsk-Abakan one way +70 €/person in a compartment 2 class for 4 pax


Check-in to the hotel on the arrival day since 06:00. The sightseeing starts at 14:00.

On the day 6 the sightseeing program ends by 17:00-18:00, you can take the night train to Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk or Moscow via Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and other cities.

  • Region
  • How to get
  • Meeting and seeing off
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Useful tips
  • Security and medical support
  • Special information
  • Transportation terms
  • Guide services
  • Water
  • Guarantees

Winter excursion tour Snow jewels of the Sayans (7 days/6 nights, period November-April) route goes along territories of Khakassia and Krasnoyarsk region.

For the tour to be best matching your expectations please download and fill in the quesstionnaire.

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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.

Khakassia republic is located in South Siberia on the left side of the Yenisei basin. It occupies territory of 62 thousand 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.

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 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.

Meeting and seeing off

Transfers are not included in the tour's price. Tourists are met with a board, where tourist’s name or a name of a company is printed.

The price for an individual transfer Krasnoyarsk airport-hotel is 45 euro. Krasnoyarsk railway station-hotel is 22 euro. A return transfer Abakan hotel-airport 20 euro.

The guide meets the group on the 1 day in the hotel hall at 14:00 with a meeting board where the name of the tor is printed. You will get the phone number of your guide 7 days before tour starting.


Amaks City Hotel (3 nights)

AMAKS HOTELS & RESORTS is one the best Russian chains of the hospitality industry. Hotel is located on the right bank of the Yenisei River, offers beautiful views. Not far from here Sports Palace, which includes sports fields, tennis courts, stadium. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel there are museums, theaters, exhibition and concert halls, shopping and office centers. Twenty kilometers from the hotel there are ski slopes and cable car, which offers magnificent views of the National Park Stolby. Our guests will overnight in twin or single (for extra fee) standard rooms (shower, WC). For guests a buffet breakfast will be served on the ground floor. A lunch may be served either in the hotel restaurant or on request in your room. 

On the train (1 night)

The tour program means overnight on a train (11 hrs aboard). We take a night train №124 Krasnoyarsk-Abakan. The train runs everyday. The timetable may be changed. At the moment we are going to leave Krasnoyarsk at 19:20, to arrive to Abakan at 06:45.  The average cost of Krasnoyarsk-Abakan train ticket in economy class (6-berth) is about 35 euro/person, in a compartment (4-berth) will be 70 euro/person.

The every carriage has a toilet, sink, air conditioning. The train has a dining car, on the day 3 a dinner is not provided. On the day 4 breakfast will be served in the cafe.

Snow leopard camp (2 nights)

Camp is situated in taiga forest 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 Snow jewels of Sayan tourists will be accommodated in wooden houses for 2 people, which are furnished and there is a brick Russia furnace, a room for personal hygiene with bio-toilet and washstand.

There is also the main hall with a big hall, upholstered furniture, fireplace, bar, karaoke, billiards, a café, Russian bathes, sports ground for playing volleyball. During the winter illumination is provided with a diesel engine-power station.

Abakan hotel (1 night)

Abakan hotel has already been opened for 50 years for the guests who appreciate the value of money. Attentive and polite attitude of the staff will make your stay in the hotel for a longer period of time. All rooms have cable TV, a fridge, a phone, a lavatory. Accommodation in standard twin rooms, for extra fee in single rooms. The total quantity of rooms is 62. There is also a bar, a café, a hairdressing salon, a beauty salon, a conference hall for 30-50 people and a medical centre. The hotel is situated in the centre of the city.



During all the tour you will be offered hot food. We can also take into consideration the tourists' preferences in dietary or vegitarian food as far as possible.

The taiga сuisine is an integral part of our program. The menu includes dishes from meat of a maral, delicatessen fish - grayling, the firm cowberry pie, famous Stoktysh baking, ferns, etc.

Useful tips

Make sure you have taken fleece thermolinen – trousers and a sweater, the down waistcoat, the warmed trousers or semioveralls, a warm jacket (it is desirable a down-padded coat), woolen socks of 2 pairs, free footwear with a high top, a hat with earflaps or ear-phones, gloves (preferably knitted) + warm mittens, a bathing suit (you may need it in a bath). Since a winter diesel power provides the supply of electricity to the tourist camp Snow Leopard - do not take unnecessary electrical appliances to avoid a short circuit.

Security and medical support

All vehicles along the route are equipped with first-aid kit and all our guides and drivers have been specially trained to do primary medical assistance.

On the most part of the tour the cellular network coverage is available. Mobile phones operated by local operators (MTS, Tele2, Beeline, Megafon) are working alright. Please note that in territory farther Abaza communication won't be, communication will be accessible on base by a portable radio set.

Special information

Tours can not take place for the following reasons: severe weather conditions, such as a frost below -30С or a wild wind.

Transportation terms

Comfortable buses and minivans (for small groups) with air conditioner service in all the programs of the company. In every bus there is audio and video system.

It is forbidden to smoke in buses, stops in some places, preserves.

Guide services

Throughout the tour you will be accompanied by qualified guides who speak one or two European languages, have long-term experience on the route and have attended an obligatory course on first aid, 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 traveling.


Water provided during the tour is clear and doesn’t need any additional purification. You will be given water for drinking (still or fizzy) in any amounts you like, that’s why there will be no need in taking water with you.


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 # МВТ 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.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Sayan Ring
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