Tour “Trip to old-believers of Kaa-Khem river”

It’s probably difficult to find any other region where steppe, desert and mountainous tundra would come so close to each other. Just few hours drive across Tuva and steppe landscape is being replaced by pine forest, while windy bare semi-deserts are being replaced by rapid mountainous rivers. Upper part of Kaa-Khem is a real oasis of South Siberia. Air is so tasty, that you feel like drinking it.
In this taiga region since last few centuries, you can find unique people – so called “old believers”. Old-believers are Orthodox Christians, who disagreed with church reform in 17th century and since then have been living in exile, preserving their culture and religion. You can meet them, to learn secret receipt of taiga pies baked without yeast, and even try to do “valenki” (traditional boots made of felt, one of the key symbols of traditional clothing in Russia).
Trip to Kaa-Khem is at least for a few day way to escape from everyday routine of city life, to feel freedom, to have a rest from hassle, to listen to your inner soul, to enjoy the nature and to see how Russia lived centuries ago. Plus Kaa-Khem is an excellent place for fishing and old-believers are expert in it.

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Trip to Kaa-Khem is at least for a few day way to escape from everyday routine of city life, to feel freedom, to have a rest from hassle, to listen to your inner soul, to enjoy the nature and to see how Russia lived centuries ago. Plus Kaa-Khem is an excellent place for fishing and old-believers are expert in it.


Day 1
Transfer Krasnoyarsk – national reserve Ergaki. Rest in forest lodge made of cedar wood.

Day 2
Transfer to Kyzyl, capital of Tuva republic. National Museum where you can see 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 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. Arrival in forest lodge in Sizym village.

Day 3
Introduction in history, traditions, customs of old-believers of Sizym village. You will learn what is “sobor”, how old-believers find brides, how many scarves are supposed to be worn by married women and other interesting facts.
Walk along the river Sizym. Russian sauna “banya” with taiga “venik” (branches of pine that are soaked in hot water and are used in banya for health).
Traditional dinner with old-believers “kvas” (light alcoholic drink).

Day 4
Trip to neighboring old-believers village Uzhep. You will see sunrise on the hill surrounded by taiga, will be welcomed in family of old-believers, will try cranberry liquor, traditional lunch. In winter time those who want can take snowmobile ride (subject to availability, extra charge). Return to Sizym village. Russian banya.

Day 5
Photo walk on sunrise before breakfast (for those who want only).
Workshop on old-believers cuisine: under careful direction of experienced chef you will learn how to bake taiga pies, the secret of horseradish spicy sauce and to prepare the east out of potato.
Workshop on old-time craft – weaving warm home mats.
For those who love fishing: in winter time you will get workshop and opportunity for ice-fishing (subject to weather), in summer – boat ride up along Yenisey river through rapids and fishing in quite backwaters.
In the afternoon you will have horse riding around picturesque environs.
In the evening we will hear tales of master of herbs about taiga herb and herbal medicine. You will learn how to differentiate herbal teas and to prepare tea mixed by yourself.
In the evening herbal sauna (for those who want).

Day 6
Walk to Erzhey village, introduction to traditions of manual therapists. You will learn what manual therapy techniques of old-believers, will learn why hunters and fishermen need manual therapy. For those who want, manual therapist can do diagnostics (subject to time availability, extra charge).
Workshop on making “valenki” (traditional boots made of felt).
In winter, you can take snowmobile walk (order in advance, extra cost).
Sunset walk to Mountain of Love, which gives magnificent view on old-believers village. Russian banya and farewell dinner with old-believers “cognac”.

Day 7
Transfer Sizym – Kyzyl. In Kyzyl we will visit central market and will taste traditional milk delicacies of Tuva, such as unsalted cheese “byshtak”, dry cottage cheese “kurut” and even milk vodka “araka”.
Transfer to national reserve Ergaki.

Day 8
Arrival in the village of craftsmen Petropavlovka. Creative approach of the villagers you can feel in practically everything – from music, through construction of houses, to art and crafts. Guests can choose workshop:
- cane-weaving
- forging (in 40 minutes you will be able to forge your own axe!)
- manufacturing of musical instruments
- cloth weathering
Overnight in homestay.

Day 9
Transfer to Estate “Okolitsa”, which welcomes you in Russian traditions. So called “Samovarnya” (from “samovar”, traditional Russian coal kettle) will charm you with little museum of household appliances of 19th-20th centuries, as well as properly working “samovars” and traditional pan-cakes. Upon request it’s possible to have fishing. In the evening Russian “banya” will wait for guests.

Day 10
Transfer to Krasnoyarsk. End of the tour.

around the year, depending on group forming10 days95,000 rub (1400 Euro)

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