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  Fishing and rafting down the river Kyzyl-Khem

Altay-Sayans mountain region is a land of numerous rivers and lakes, a true paradise for those fond of rafting and fishing. The specific feature of all rafting tours in this region is its abundance in interesting objects and contrasts: rapids, waterfalls, fabulous landscapes changing during one tour from glaciers of mountain peaks to sandy hills of steppes. In the upper reaches of rivers, fishing is always very good. There is a plenty of berries, mushrooms and cedar nuts. Kyzyl-Khem (called in Mongolia Shishkhid-Gol) is a tributary of mighty Yenissei river. It is considered to be the most beautiful rafting river in Tuva and even in whole Eastern Siberia. It is also famous because of excellent fishing (taimen Hucho, grayling Thymallus, and lenok Brachymystax lenok). Traditionally, Mongolia dwellers do not use fish in their food, and, probably, this (together with difficult access) is one of the reasons for the abundance of valuable fish in the upper reaches of Kyzyl-Khem. There are few places on Earth that have preserved its severe primordial beauty to such extent. Characteristic feature of Kyzyl-Khem is its ''ship rocks'' – the rocky islands covered by spruce, therefore its upper parts seem to be wider than the bottom. In the upper reaches, for dozens of kilometers high steep rocky banks hang over the river, with white threads of waterfalls drooping among the emerald verdure of the taiga. The river winds through deep forests and narrow valleys, but changes dramatically when it enters the two steep canyons. There, steep walls constrict the river and turn it into a continuous class boulder garden. The hydraulics here is powerful. Due to the absence on any roads, travel along the river Kyzyl-Khem is possible only by rafting (we use catarafts). The major portion of the route passes in absolutely uninhabited areas, only close to its final point some settlements of the Old-believers appear (they are ethnic Russians who split off from the Russian Orthodox Church in 1966 and sought to live a self-sustaining life, in the most remote place they could find). The tour involves visiting the communities of the Tuvans and Russian Old-Believers, learning the Tuvan culture, attending to a shaman's ritual and listening to a world-famous Tuvan throat-singing.
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