Here are a few reports of travel to Tuva in recent years,
as well as links to whatever other resources we could locate.
These were probably the first pictures from Tuva on the WWW; in
fact, they predate the FOT on the WWW and were originally available only via
anonymous FTP, in the days way back when.
- Sami Jansson returned to Tuva and provided this
excellent account of his journey.
Sun Ra Arkestra made it to Tuva in 2004 to play at the Uste-Khure
Edward Genochio cycled for two-and-a-half years through 25 countries
to get from Devon, England, to China and back. He passed through
Tuva on his way (look for the photo at the Centre of Asia monument in
Johan de Grave of the Mineralogy & Petrology Dept. of the Geological
Institute of the Ghent University (Belgium), led a scientific expedition
to Tuva and Khakassia. He has provided a
link to photos from the trip. Some of the photos are great,
check them out!
Music writer and broadcaster from the Netherlands
provides pictures from his trip to Tuva with his wife and his friend
Photos from Vasilis - his three-month trip to Russia included a whole
month in Tuva. Some great photos here!
- Our latest info is that most people are flying to Krasnoyarsk and
driving the rest of the way (that's what the locals are doing).
Beijing to Krasnoyarsk (PEK -> KJA) on Siberian airline S7 costs less than
$200 one way. Shared van rides should be available between Krasnoyarsk
and Kyzyl. Email us and we may be able to provide contact info for a
van driver who can take riders with advance warning.
Primary flight destinations are Abakan (ABA) or Krasnoyarsk (KJA). In late
May, a flight from JFK to KJA costs $600 plus $150 in taxes = $750 one way.
Check out Aeroflot's site
For Abakan, you have to fly different airlines -- check the regular travel
sites for those.
- Traveller George provides the
latest news on how to get to and from Kyzyl.
- Notes from Geraldine Fagan (September):
- From Abakan, full-size buses leave daily from the bus station at 15.15,
19.15, 23.40, journey time 6.5-7 hours, cost 600 roubles.
- Mini-buses (marshrutki) and shared cars leave from the railway station
(left-hand side as you face the entrance). Marshrutka place 700 roubles, car
place 1,200 roubles. Normally at least one vehicle waiting there, but would
fill up more or less quickly (and so leave quicker) only after arrival of
long-distance trains early morning (06.00, 06.35, 07.17).
- We splashed out for a whole car (6,000 roubles). No regrets - new-ish
western cars, journey takes a maximum of 5 hours including stops wherever we
wanted. Excellent new road.
- Reliable, Russian-speaking Tuvan drivers +79233854591, +79232651668
- If there's time, traditional Khakassian restaurant Khoon Khoorai well
worth a visit in Abakan - Ul. Shchetinkina 21
References to Travel Guides and Agencies
This information provided for reference only. We have no affiliation
with any travel organizers.
is a tourist/research assistance/etc. service based in Tuva and they are now
Facebook. Check them out and see if they can help you.
- Translation Agency Asia Lingua also assists
travellers and is based in Kyzyl.
- Sibpoint organizes bus trips to Tuva.
- Tuva Travel is a Kyzyl-based
company with an interesting itinerary posted online. This WWW page also
had interesting background on Tuvan history, customs, etc.
They can be reached by phone at (394 22) 56541; ask for Konchuk Mergen!
- Dany Marique wrote a great set of travel notes for us in 1999 (see above).
His company, Geodyssee, specializes in
travel to Tuva. In 2003 and 2004 Dany will be making
audiovisual presentations (in French only) in Belgium and northern France.
If you are interested, information on locations and times is available at
www.voirlemonde.be (search on Siberia or Sibérie).
- Douglas Grimes of MIR Corporation
writes that they have a special tour
that goes to Tuva twice a year. They can also arrange for people to go
individually if they would like.
Geographic Bureau comes highly recommended from a happy
customer. Andre Kroussanov (one of the owners)
speaks very good English and
can make all the necessary
arrangements for a trip ---
letters of invitation, flights between Moscow and Kyzyl, lodging in
- Gobi Expeditions
Mongolia is a new adventure travel company based in Ulaanbaatar. They
offer a wide range of activities throughout the country:
- Adventure Journeys to Mongolia and Beyond for Individuals and small
- NAADAM Festival-wrestling/archery/horsemanship,
- Jeep Safari/Gobi Desert Expeditions,
- Trans-Mongolian Express and
Trans Siberian Railway,
- Tribal Mongolia,
- Eagle Festival,
- History &
Culture, Craft and more.
- The Sayan Ring travel
company has been organizing tours to Tuva since 1999.
- Boojum Expeditions has
operated tours to Tuva for many years.
This page last updated:
Wednesday October 30, 2013.