Would welcome any information about Tuva (Russia)

Travel Forums Asia Would welcome any information about Tuva (Russia)

1. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Although I for a long time have been fascinated by this part of Russia, I would like to get some insight from Tuvan people if they are here on this site, or people who have recently been there. I am particularly interested in hearing more about the local food, traditions and music. I know there is information on google, but any advice from locals or people who have recently been there is most welcome. There is not too much to find in terms of practical information as to how to get there. For example, if you take the Transsib to Irkutsk, what is the best way to go from there? Thanks in advance for any advice ;)

2. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Additional question... is it easier from Krasnojarsk or from Irkutsk to get there?

3. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 613 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

So I haven't been to the region of Tuva yet but I did end up researching it for what we thought would be our trip to Russia before life interrupted so I did come across some Russian blogs of their Tuva trips (it helps that I know someone who reads Cyrillic;)) and the common story was they would get to Abakan and from there you would take a shared taxi or the once a day bus to Kyzyl. Otherwise it was people who had their own vehicle or there was one that rented a vehicle and drove there themselves. There is apparently an airport at Kyzyl but whether it is cost or lack of availability I never read of anyone who flew there. Hope this helps till someone who has actually been there can give you some first hand info:).

4. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Hi Teoni thanks a lot for this valuable info! The last i just read today about the airport is that it would be open for some international flights from China and Mongolia per 2018. If i find out more i will also post it.