Trekking the Caucasus
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across the North Caucasus!

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About the expedition
10
stages
Each stage takes from 6 to 13 days.
You can join just one stage (6-13 days) or do the whole trip.
North Caucasus trekking.  Route map
The route consists of
Ossetia
Anton Agarkov
Crypts near Dargavs village in North Ossetia
Anton Agarkov
Near the Sofia lakes
Vadim Turkin
Bad weather in Dombai
Andrey Geshelev
Digoria
Anton Agarkov
Climb up to Myat-seili shrine in mountains of Ingushetia
Elizaveta von Stubendorf
Klukhor lake
Andrey Geshelev
On the Hutyu-tau pass
Andrey Geshelev
Kestanty "mushrooms"
Mikhail Golubev
Eltyubyu village
Denis Frantsuzov
Night in the mountains
Andrey Geshelev
Zakka valley
Mikhail Golubev
Ansalta and Rakhata villages view in Dagestan
Anton Agarkov
Left
Right
How will the expedition work
It's easy to get there
Maximum comfort
Not only on foot
The route runs through the Russian part of the Caucasus. It will start in Sochi, a resort on the Black Sea coast, and end in the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala, on the Caspian coast.

There are many airports in the North Caucasus, so it is not difficult to join the intermediate stages. We organize transfers to the mountains, to the points of the beginning of the stages, and back.

Our expedition is an on foot one for the most part. At some stages, horses will carry our gear, at others we will have to carry our backpacks ourselves. In most cases, the two options are combined. The fact is that we are trying to show our guests the most picturesque and wild places, many of them are inaccessible to pack animals.

Nevertheless, even in such hard-to-reach areas we try our best to provide comfort and make backpacks as light as possible by using modern light gear and due to the fact that we schedule regular deliveries to maintain our food supplies.
The last two stages, which run through North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya, and Dagestan, differ significantly from the first eight. There, the expedition turns into an off-road vehicles adventure.

This part of the Caucasus is incredibly diverse ethnically and has preserved a more authentic highlander way of life. Despite the shifting emphasis of the expedition toward the ethnographic component, we will continue to hike, horseback ride, and even climb.
It's easy to get there
The route runs through the Russian part of the Caucasus. It will start in Sochi, a resort on the Black Sea coast, and end in the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala, on the Caspian coast.

There are many airports in the North Caucasus, so it is not difficult to join the intermediate stages. We organize transfers to the mountains, to the points of the beginning of the stages, and back.
Maximum comfort
Our expedition is an on foot one for the most part. At some stages, horses will carry our gear, at others we will have to carry our backpacks ourselves. In most cases, the two options are combined. The fact is that we are trying to show our guests the most picturesque and wild places, many of them are inaccessible to pack animals.

Nevertheless, even in such hard-to-reach areas we try our best to provide comfort and make backpacks as light as possible by using modern light gear and due to the fact that we schedule regular deliveries to maintain our food supplies.
Not only on foot
The last two stages, which run through North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya, and Dagestan, differ significantly from the first eight. There, the expedition turns into an off-road vehicles adventure.

This part of the Caucasus is incredibly diverse ethnically and has preserved a more authentic highlander way of life. Despite the shifting emphasis of the expedition toward the ethnographic component, we will continue to hike, horseback ride, and even climb.
The Route
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5
Stage 6
Stage 7
Stage 8
The Protected Area of the Western Caucasus
Mountain Lakes of Karachay
Untouched valleys of the Western Caucasus
Views of Elbrus
To the foot of Elbrus
Highland Caucasus
The Bezengi Wall
Sugan Alps and Digoria
Krasnaya Polyana
Damkhurts Valley
Dukka Valley
Sofia Valley
Sofia Valley
Aksaut Valley
Aksaut Valley
Elbrus Region
Nakhar Valley
Elbrus region
Bezengi village
The surroundings of the "Bezengi" mountain camp
Kabardino-Balkaria
Digoria
6 days, 44 km (27 miles) trekking
7 days, 37 km (23 miles) trekking
7 days, 37 km (23 miles) trekking
9 days, 55 km (34 miles) trekking
12 days, 44 km (27 miles) trekking
8 days, 34 km (21 miles) trekking
9 days, 45 km (28 miles) trekking
8 days, 57 km (35 miles) trekking
PRICE
PRICE
PRICE
PRICE
PRICE
PRICE
PRICE
PRICE
660 USD
650 USD
800 USD
1,050 USD
1,300 USD
1,200 USD
900 USD
1,050 USD
10-15 July
15-21 July
Stage 9
Stage 10
Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya by 4WD
Vladikavkaz
Grozny
9 days, 705 km by car, 20 km (12 miles) trekking
PRICE
2,215 USD
The North-East Caucasus by 4WD
Chechnya and Dagestan
12 days, 1072 km by car, and 35 km. (22 miles) trekking
PRICE
2,500 USD
The foot of Elbrus mountain
20-26 July
25 July to 2 August

01-12 August
11-18 August
17-25 August
23-30 August
01-09 September
07-18 September
North Caucasus trekking .Kardyvach lake
North Caucasus trekking. The luggage on the horses
North Caucasus trekking. Bezengi_glacier
North Caucasus trekking. Untouched valleys of the Western Caucasus
North Caucasus trekking. Mountain dweller
North Caucasus trekking. On the Bezengi Glacier
North Caucasus trekking.  Mountain lake
North Caucasus trekking. Old women in willage
North Caucasus trekking. Wild_goats
Our mission, principles, and future of the project
Mission
We want to make this route as recognizable globally as the Annapurna Circuit, Corsica's GR20, and the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James)
North Caucasus trekking.  Road to the North Shelter
Why the Caucasus
We are sure that the combination of untouched nature, impressive 5,000-meter (16,404 ft.) summits with powerful glaciers, green valleys, and incredible ethnic diversity of the north-eastern part of the Caucasus cannot but impress travelers.
North Caucasus trekking. Horses
Communication with locals
Communication with local communities is important to us. We are confident that traveling is most memorable when it comes to meeting new people.
North Caucasus trekking. Local man
Getting to know traditions
Alpine meadows, disobedient rivers, and snowy peaks are beautiful in any part of the world, but the acquaintance with the preserved highlander traditions makes the trip unique.
North Caucasus trekking. Local woman
Involvement of local communities
We see the future of the route that we take as part of the expedition in the involvement of highlander communities in the project.
North Caucasus trekking.  Shepherd in the fog
Preservation of nature and heritage
We are confident that the development of eco-tourism will help preserve wild nature and cultural heritage of the Caucasus, giving them a new value. Otherwise, they will be doomed to degeneration under the pressure of globalization.
North Caucasus trekking. Wild goat
Details
Overnight stay
About gear
Backpacks
Food
We'll be sleeping in tents, mountaineering camps, and hotels, choosing the best option at each particular location. If you don't like to sleep in tents, pay attention to the descriptions and choose the stage where the number of overnight stays in tents is minimal.
North Caucasus trekking. Sleeping in tents
We'll provide you with Vaude Hogan Ultralight tents (1 per 2 people), North Face sleeping bags, and Therm-a-rest sleeping pads, but you'll have to take care of getting mountain adventure clothing, backpack, and trekking poles yourself.

The guide will have everything you need for the safety of the group and comfort: cooking utensils, a shelter for evening leisure time, and a satellite phone.
North Caucasus trekking. Tents
Horses will carry your backpacks where the terrain allows, in other places you will. We will try to reduce the weight of backpacks as much as possible, using modern light gear and scheduling regular deliveries to maintain our food supplies. If you do not want to carry a backpack, carefully read the description of the stages and choose those in which the full equestrian support is provided. You can also choose the last two stages where we use off-road vehicles.
North Caucasus trekking. Put the luggage on the horses
We are confident that delicious, healthy food with local flavor is an important part of the success of the trip. We will try very hard to surprise you! Our guide will cook for you.
North Caucasus trekking. Some wine after a long walk
Overnight Stay
We'll be sleeping in tents, mountaineering camps, and hotels, choosing the best option at each particular location. If you don't like to sleep in tents, pay attention to the descriptions and choose the stage where the number of overnight stays in tents is minimal.
About Gear
We'll provide you with Vaude Hogan Ultralight tents (1 per 2 people), North Face sleeping bags, and Therm-a-rest sleeping pads, but you'll have to take care of getting mountain adventure clothing, backpack, and trekking poles yourself.

The guide will have everything you need for the safety of the group and comfort: cooking utensils, a shelter for evening leisure time, and a satellite phone.
Backpacks
Horses will carry your backpacks where the terrain allows, in other places you will. We will try to reduce the weight of backpacks as much as possible, using modern light gear and scheduling regular deliveries to maintain our food supplies. If you do not want to carry a backpack, carefully read the description of the stages and choose those in which the full equestrian support is provided. You can also choose the last two stages where we use off-road vehicles.
Food
We are confident that delicious, healthy food with local flavor is an important part of the success of the trip. We will try very hard to surprise you! Our guide will cook for you.
How to join
Choose the stages you want to join in, then send an application or email us, get airline tickets, and make a 15% down payment. From now on, you are a registered member. Important: You have to sign up before May 25, 2020, because we will have to do a lot of the organizational work.
Be sure to check if you need a visa to enter Russia. If necessary, we will send you an invitation letter (voucher + booking confirmation) and you will need to get a tourist visa yourself or use the services of a travel agency in your country.
The remaining amount can be paid in cash on site or via a bank transfer at least one week before your arrival. You can pay via PayPal or make a SWIFT transfer to our company account.
About us
North Caucasus trekking. Guide Mikhail Golubev
Mikhail Golubev
Caucasus Mountains expert. Walked more than 3,500 km (1,864 miles) on foot, exploring the region and gathering information for his project https://caucatalog.ru/ which catalogues the trails and passes of the Caucasus. You will be impressed by the map of the routes taken by Mikhail!

In addition to his research work, Mikhail has been organizing sporting hikes since 2000. In winter, he works as a programmer on projects related to satellite mapping.

Michael has recently proven himself to be a good tour guide for trekking and hiking enthusiasts.
North Caucasus trekking. Guide Dmitry Lemeshev
Dmitry Lemeshev
Co-founder of "Trekking the Caucasus" project and "Caucasus explorer" adventure tour company.

"I love the Caucasus. My life revolves around traveling the Caucasus for the last nine years. Exploring the area for me began with writing a guide-book for unrecognized republics. My first years in the Caucasus were filled with conflicting experiences: starting from being a watchman on an apiary in the Abkhazian mountains and living at a monastery in South Ossetia, to organizing hiking tours and ethnographic expeditions.

I have been organizing tours to the North Caucasus, Abkhazia and South Ossetia for foreign tourists since 2011."
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