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Tour to Republika of Tuva. Tuva tour. Trip to Russia. Legend tour.




The republic of Tuva is one of the least known and most curious corners of Russia. The Tuvans are nomadic pastoralists by nature Buddhist and shamanist by religion, Mongolian by cultural heritage, and Turkic by language.

Locals say that Tuva is located in the very center of Asia. The geometrical center of the Asian continent defined by scientists lies in Kyzyl Ц capital of Tuva - and is marked by the stone monument.

Tuva is an area of great variety, with almost every type of landscape: luxuriant meadows, boundless steppe, medicinal springs, beautiful lakes, rushing mountain rivers fed in spring by melting snows, dusty semi-deserts and snowy chains of mountains. The high peaks and alpine lakes of the Sayan Mountains in south-west of Tuva give rise to the tributaries that merge to become the mighty Yenisei, one of Siberia's major rivers flowing over 2000 miles to the Arctic Ocean.

This magic land is famous for its unique nature reserves, traditional festivals and customs (wrestling, throat-singing, etc.) and a mixture of Buddhist and shamanist beliefs of its people.

The Republic of Tuva (Tannu Tuva) is located in the Tannu Mountains on the Siberian border in northwestern Mongolia. Tuva encompasses 64,000 square miles and a population of 308,000. Located in southern Siberia and on the edge of Mongolia, Tuva extends from the coniferous forests of the taiga in the north to the rolling steppe of the south.

The climate of the region is sharply continental: the lowest temperatures in winter fall down to 45-50 degrees below zero Centigrade, in summer temperature may be as high as 38 degrees Centigrade.

The Tuvans form about two-thirds of the republicТs 300,000 population (most of the rest are Russians). Despite the development of modern technologies and market economy in Russia, most of the Tuvan population is still semi-nomadic, moving their herds out from their villages to summer pastures where they live in yurts. The range of animals that they herd reflects TuvaТs crossroads character- camels, yaks, cows, horses, goats, sheep, and even reindeer in the eastern forests.

  • Air
    Flights are scheduled to/from Moscow (6 hours, weekly), Novosibirsk (2 hours, three or four times weekly),Irkutsk (2 hours, weekly), and to Kyzyl-Mazhalyk (around 2 hours) and Mugur-Axy (1,5 hours), both daily except Sunday, as well as to Kungurtug (1,5 hours, daily). There are also regular services to other destinations in Tuva.
  • Bus
    Buses to/from Abakhan run three times daily (around 10 hours). At least one Sunday bus service goes to Novosibirsk (about 28 hours), and daily services run to/from Shagonar (1,5 hours), Ak-Dovurak (7 hours) and Teeli (9 hours).
  • Boat
    In summer, boats go every two or three days up the Bolshoi Yenisey to Toora-Khem near Lake Azas. The trip upstream is 12 hours, but eight hours coming back downstream.


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