Expeditions | Rafting To the headwater of Yenisei river
Khakassia - Tuva | To the headwater of Yenisei river (rafting on Kaa-Khem river, photo, ethnography)

Historical documents told us that the Russian peasants settled Tuva in the beginning of the 19th century, moved here from the Minusinsk region. They went in different ways, on dangerous mountain paths to the Todzhinsky depression and up to Yenisei. Tojja didn\\\'t become a stronghold of Old Believers. But the valley of Yenisei had beautiful lands, plenty of game and fish, wild taiga. All of this allows large communities to live autonomously and supporting the centuries-old way of life.

  • rafting (water adventure) on the river Kaa-Khem;
  • travel to protected places;
  • photo and video.
DURATION: 15 days / 14 nights

You must have the pass for the frontier zone, the processing time is 60 days;

    • acquaintance with the amazing nature of Tuva;
    • a riverhead of Yenisei - the places are deaf and hard to reach;
    • the famous rapids of Kaa-Khem: Baibal and Milesia cascades;
    • traveling in a team with professional travelers;
    • the ancient Uighur fortress Por-Bazhyn.
The period: jul - sep
2450 per person
Members in a group:
min  6 max  9
E-mail ask your questions
Project manager Dmitry Yurochkin

The territory of Tuva is great. It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s about 170 square kilometers. It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s a half of Japan, and it can compare with small European countries, it bigger than Belgium, Denmark, Holland and Switzerland all together. But population isn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t much — even now about 1,5 per 1 sq. km, and there were even fewer. The self-name of the Tuvinians is «Tyva», their language belongs to Turkic family of languages, an anthropological type is Mongoloids. Since the 16th century Buddhism has begun, the oldest pre-Buddhist beliefs and shamanism are very strong. Almost a half of the territory is occupied by the mountains of Eastern and Western Sayan, the second part is steppes and semi-deserts. Tuva has great Siberian river Yenisei. Yenisei is born at the confluence of the rivers Kaa-Khem (Small Yenisei) and Biy-Khem (Big Yenisei). The local population tells about the Ulug-Khem river is a great river.

  • DAY
  • 1
    Arrival in Abakan, meeting at the airport. Collect the group, moving to Kyzyl;
  • 2-3
    On the off-road car (Ural), we move to the village Kungurtug. Camping;
  • 4
    The beginning of rafting on the river Balyktyg-Khem. Quiet water, wonderful fishing;
  • 5-6
    Passage of the rapids \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Ladder\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" and the Milesian cascade. Active days;
  • 7
    The Day. The whole day is rest, walks and fishing. In the evening is a hammam;
  • 8-9
    There are many powerful shivers. Excursion is to the Old Believers\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' settlement - Katazy;
  • 10
    Short rafting. Passage of the most beautiful canyon \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Cheeks\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\". Photo and video;
  • 11
    Day at the confluence of the rivers are Balyktyg-Khem and Kyzyl-Khem. Rest, walking, banya;
  • 12
    Active rafting. Passage of powerful rapids Panfilovsky and Vasilievsky;
  • 13
    The final day of rafting. Passage of the Baibal rapid
  • 14
    Pack of equipment. Long moving is to Abakan. Night in hotel;
  • 15
    Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
To the headwater of Yenisei river

  • meeting and seeing off at the airport of Abakan;
  • moving by a comfortable bus;
  • moving by off-road car "Ural"
  • accommodation DBL and food in the camping in Kyzyl;
  • accommodation DBL in hotel in Abakan;
  • food in expeditionary conditions;
  • permits for visit the frontier zone;
  • services of professional guides;
  • medical insurance.
The organizer provides:
  • group tent (10-15 seats);
  • sleeping bags (-20C);
  • 2-person tents;
  • heat-insulating mat;
  • individual set of dishes;
  • campfire set
  • raft for participants;
  • cargo raft;
  • catamaran providing insurance;
  • Rafting equipment set;
  • tables, chairs and other bivouac furniture;
  • radiostations, satellite communication "Iridium"
  • first aid kit;
  • brand T-shirts.
Additional expenses
  • soft drinks and alcohol;
  • satellite connection;
  • souvenirs.
Equipment for personal use (you should take it with you):
  • warm jacket, gloves and hat for cool weather;
  • footwear (boots) for light trekking;
  • light jacket and trousers to protect from rain and wind (from the membrane);
  • summer sneakers, sandals or flip-flops;
  • shoes for rafting;
  • cap, shorts and t-shirt for warm sunny weather;
  • headlamp (+batteries);
  • personal hygiene products;
  • medicines for individual use;
  • sunglasses and sun protection cream.

All the equipment you are interested in can
be purchased from us with 15% discount or rent.


The weather isn't changeable in July and August, +16 + 25C, in the afternoon isn't hot, sunny, at night +12 +18. Snow can lie at heights over 2500 m. Chance of rain. Traveling during this period is comfortable.


The expedition is conducted by the guidance of experienced travelers - guides. Members of the group should be in a good fit. All tourists should help with campsite. Everyone should have a consultation with a doctor. Expeditionary conditions. Good mood is important!


The tour route and schedules of movement can change in view of unpredictability of weather conditions and inaccessibility of the district. The head of the expedition daily determines the route according to the situation and weather conditions.

Participant's travel report
|Ute Timmermann

In short: It was the first time I rafted, and I did not really know what to expect.


Khakassia - Tuva | To the headwater of Yenisei river (rafting on Kaa-Khem river, photo, ethnography)
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Date: 26.05.24