Tuva Travel Guide
South of Krasnoyarsk and bordering Mongolia, Tuva not surprisingly shares much of it’s culture and landscape with Mongolia. Consequently it is often overlooked by Trans-Siberian travellers who are likely to be heading to Mongolia as part of their trip. Those who do make the time for this remote and fascinating part of the world, a land of vast open spaces, forests, mountains, lakes, shamans and throat singers awaits you. For those who can’t make it at least have a read of Ralph Leighton’s Tuva or Bust!
Best Months to Visit Tuva
Best Reason to Visit Tuva
The culture and landscape of the Tuvan region inspires a passion for many and there is something magical about this area although it can be a costly side trip.
Top Sights in Tuva
★ Experience a Tuvan Throat Singing performance.
★ Watch a Tuvan wrestling match known locally as “Khuresh” where the loser is the one who touches the ground with any part of their body other than the feet.
★ Visit during the Nadym festival (similar to Mongolia’s Naadam festival) which is held at Tos-Bulak and includes wrestling, horse racing and archery. The festival is held around the 15th August each year.
★ Stay in a traditional Tuvan felt yurt.
★ Hike and camp in the stunning Ergaki National Reserve which is a pristine wilderness of mountains, lakes and forest.
Weather Averages for Tuva
Top Tuva Travel Tip from TSTC
During the summer there are flights to Kyzyl from Krasnoyarsk or the option of the year round overnight train to Abakan. However, if you don’t have a particular interest in Tuva, Mongolia provides a similar experience that is more cost effective and accessible.
TSTC's Hand Picked Hotels in Tuva
During a trip to Tuva we aim to use Yurt Camps which are an authentic Tuvan experience with the one we prefer being the Biy-Khem Camp.
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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.