Tour type: trekking
Dates for 2018: on request
Length: 7 days/6 nights
Region: Russia (Karachai-Cherkess republic)
Difficulty: for active tourists, experience in hiking is welcome
Group: 6-10 people
Service: medium comfort
NB! Part of this route lies within border zone. It takes 40 days to prepare a border pass.
The preserved region of the Caucasus, the untouched nature, pine forests, crystal clear rivers, rolling waterfalls and inaccessible mountain ledges. All of this is Dombay. Those who are not afraid to go off the beaten path in order to see the pristine beauty choose active tours in this region. In 7 days you will visit all the main sights of Dombay: Sufrudzhinskie waterfalls, Devil’s mill, the Alibek glacier, and perhaps you will even see some real aurochs by the Turye lake, swim in the icy water of the Baduk lakes, will drink a real narzan and enjoy the view from the mountain Mussa-Achitara.
You will certainly love this land!
Day 1 transfer Mineralnye Vody-Dombay, excursion to Sentinskiy temple
Your trip starts in Mineralnye Vody. Meeting at the airport (or railway station) of Mineralnye Vody with your guide.Group transfer with the guide to Dombay (4.5 hours). On the way you will stop and hike to Sentinsky temple. The temple is located in the valley of the Teberda river, on a high rocky hill, the top of which is manually aligned. The temple is built in the Byzantine style, the ancient frescoes are preserved on the walls. There is an ancient well preserved mausoleum and technical facilities for collection and storage of water near the temple.
Check in at the hotel **, accommodation, rest. Free time to explore the resort. Dinner on your own in one of the cafes or restaurants of the resort.
Day 2 Excursion to the lake Tumanly-Kel and Dzhamagat Narzans
(5-6 hours, walking part -4 hours)
Breakfast. Meeting with the guide, discussion of the program. You’ll start with an auto-walking excursion to the Dzhamagat Narzans. This unique natural Museum combines green forests and Alpine meadows, snow-white glaciers and snow fields, swift rivers and blue lakes.
Flora and fauna are rich and fascinating. The water in these springs is poorly mineralized, and reminds Kislovodsk sources in its elements. At any time of the year the water keeps the same temperature — 6 degrees Celsius. After dinner (lunch-box) participants go to the gorge Gonachkhir, to the lake Tumanly Kel. If the weather is fine, you’ll be able to relax and swim in the cool water, charging forces for a long time. Return to hotel, rest. Dinner on your own in a cafe at the resort.
Day 3 Hiking to the Sufrudzhinskie waterfalls (elevation - 500 meters, duration - 6-7 hours)
Breakfast. Today will be a more complicated hike but the aim is not the same - you will walk to powerful and rumbling Sufrudzhinskie waterfalls.
The way to the waterfalls goes to the Amanauz gorge, which meanders along the same called river, one of the major rivers flowing through the territory of the Dombay glade. One of the most striking points of the hike is here the water has forced its way high in the rocks, and formed a whirlpool called the Devil's mill. Then you will see the waterfalls, falling from the glacier Sufrudzhu. These two waterfalls are among the highest in Dombay, the water here falls from a glacier with an altitude of 250 meters. Lunch (lunch box), bathing in the waterfalls. After a rest - return to the hotel, dinner on your own.
Day 4 Acsent on Mount Mussa-Achitara (elevation - 1362 meters, duration – 4,5 hours)
Breakfast. Today you are going to ascent on Mount Mussa-Achitara by the cableway (extra fee)with your guide. From this height you could see a breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks, glaciers sparkling on the sun, turbulent, fast flowing rivers and murmuring waterfalls. The guide will tell you the legends, will speak about the customs and traditions of local people.
If you are lucky enough and the weather is fine, you will see fabulous two-headed Elbrus.
Lunch on your own in the mountains. Return to the resort, free time. At extra fee you can visit the suna or hammam. Dinner on your own.
Day 5 Auto-walking tour to the Leke Turie (duration 7-8 hours)
Breakfast. Today you will take the UAZ cars, which will reduce the walking part of your tour and make it unforgettable !
You will see the picturesque Alibek waterfall, walk along the edge of the Alibek glacier and out to the Lake Turie, located at the altitude of 2200 meters. When there are no tourists here, the aurochs (turs) go out from the wood to drink the water in the lake – that’s why the lake has its name. The view from here is fascinating - you can admire a panorama of the Main Caucasian ridge with peaks Erzog, Belala-Kaya, Sulakhat. Lunch (lunch box). On the way back you will stop by the cemetery of climbers, the place where the brave conquerors of the peaks of Dombay found their last refuge. Way back to the hotel. Dinner on your own.
Day 6. Hiking to the Baduk Lakes (elevation of 600 metres. Duration – 5-6 hours )
Breakfast. Transfer to the start of the route. You will start by crossing the Teberda river on a beautiful suspension bridge. The marked trail takes you through fir trees and then trough the deciduous forest. The first lake is the smallest but at the same time the most accessible.
Then you will come to the second, and then to the third - the largest lake. Bathing in icy water is very refreshing after the long climb. And the lake itself is so beautiful that it’s very hard to make yourself go anywhere else. You will have some time to enjoy the nature, to listen to the murmur of streams and to admire the surrounding scenery. Lunch (lunch box). Return to the hotel. Dinner on your own.
Day 7. The end of the program
Breakfast. Check-out of the hotel. Departure to the airport (railway station) Mineralnye Vody for the evening flights.
On the way, bathing in the hot springs "the pearl of the Caucasus" (at extra fee - from 350 rubles/person).
The complex consists of 8 pools with hydromassage facilities. The water in the pools is from + 25 to +41 degrees. There are changing rooms, showers, hammam, sauna, café there too. There is also a shop where you can buy slippers, towels and swimwear.
If you desire, you can continue the program in Arkhyz.
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