Tour to mountainous Tuva “Visit to reindeer herders of Todzha”

Trip to reindeer herders of Todzha is a big scale tour, covering 2 regions: Krasnoyarsk region and Tuva republic. This tour introduces to us several cultures and ethnos: Siberians, Tuvinians of central part of Tuva and Todzha people from highlands of Tuva.

The Day of the Reindeer is a unique event that only happens once a year, where you can see the Reindeer herders bring together their herds from the entire region. For the Todzha people, it’s a matter of honor to participate in reindeer races and to demonstrate their hunting trophies. For us, explorers, it is an excellent chance to see the life of the Todhza people from within.

On our way we will see the most significant places of Krasnoyarsk region and Tuva. You will reach the center of Asia, in Kyzyl (the capital of Tuva). You will visit National Museum with famous “Gold of Scythians”. Gold decorations made more than 10 centuries ago still fascinate with intricacy of the patterns and accuracy of work.

In Aldyn-Boolak we will go through Heaven’s Gate of Shambala, will learn why the Khans chose that place for their camp and will see the cult symbol “Ovaa Khoomeya”, golden arrow aiming to the sky. Snow-led highland tundra, breath-taking views of Eastern Sayans mountain range, Siberia taiga and winter steppe are waiting for us.

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Vast, snowy mountains of tundra, unbelievable views of Eastern Sayan, unspoiled wilderness and intoxicating aromas of taiga – all of this you can experience in Todzha, in the picturesque northern region of Tuva. The Day of the Reindeer is a unique event that only happens once a year, where you can see the Reindeer herders bring together their herds from the entire region. For the Todzha people, it’s a matter of honor to participate in reindeer races and to demonstrate their hunting trophies. For us, explorers, it is an excellent chance to see the life of the Todhza people from within.

 

 

Day 1
Transfer Krasnoyarsk – Museum-reserve “Shushenskoye”.
Excursion around “Shushensloye”, where we will see carefully preserved Siberian village of end of 19th – beginning of 20th centuries, 29 houses, which form unique open-air museum. Inside houses and estates museum restored everyday life of Siberians, their crafts and trades.
Accommodation.

Day 2
Transfer “Shushenskoye” – yurt complex Aldyn-Boolak. Accommodation. Excursion around Aldyn-Boolak. We will go through Heaven’s Gate of Shambala, will learn why the Khans chose that place for their camp and will see cult symbol “Ovaa Khoomeya”, golden arrow aiming to the sky.
Excursion in Kyzyl, capital of Tuva republic. National Museum will open for you famous “Gold of Scythians”, which discovery in 2001 has changed idea about history of Scythians. Gold decorations made more than 10 centuries ago still fascinate with intricacy of the patterns and accuracy of work. 
Walk to the obelisk “Geographic center of Asia” at the point of merge Big Yenisey and Small Yenisey rivers. Sculpture group “Tzar hunting” won the prestigious award in Italy in 2013. 
Return to Aldyn-Boolak, overnight stay in picturesque yurts.

Day 3
Transfer Aldyn-Boolak –Toora-Khem area. On our way, we will have lunch of national cuisine in Tuvinian yurt in “The Valley of Tzars”. Arrival in Toora-Khem area, accommodation in the forest lodge.

Day 4
Day of Reindeer Herders celebrations.
Festival activities include:

• Learning about the everyday life, traditions and national cuisine of hunters and reindeers of Todzha.
• Demonstration of traditional crafts of the mountainous region
• Exhibition of hunting trophies
• Competition of speed saddling and loading of reindeers
• The most exciting part of the festival – reindeers races!

Day 5
Transfer Toora-Khem – Khamsara river. We will stop in scenic mountains with panoramic views of the Eastern Sayans.
We will see the natural reserve “Azas” near river Khamsara. Accommodation in forest lodges.

Day 6
Immersion in reindeer hunters’ life and culture. We will have an introduction to hunting traditions of the Todzha people and have the opportunity to capture some animals on film followed by ice fishing. Accommodation in forest lodges.

Day 7
Transfer from the Khamsara river to Toora-Khem area. Accommodation in forest lodges in the charming place next to river Bii-Khem (or Bol'shoi [Great] Yenisei).

Day 8
Transfer from Toora-Khem to national reserve Ergaki. Accommodation in forest lodge.

Day 9
Transfer Natural reserve Ergaki – Krasnoyarsk. The end of the tour.

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February 20199 days/8 nights1400 euro

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We reserve the right of changes of the tours due to change of weather conditions or other unpredictable circumstances. We can offer individual tours based on your requirements.


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