Part Five. The Highland Caucasus

The Bezengi Wall, August 10-17
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8 days
3 nights in a hotel, 3 nights in tents, one night in a rural house.
42 km (26 miles) trekking
5 days trekking, of which 3 days backpacking.
Price 990 USD
Guide and assistant, transportation, accommodation, meals (B, L, D), equipment, all entrance fees and border zone permits
August 10th
August 10th
On the Way above the Clouds
20 km (12 miles), 1 hour driving in off-road vehicles.
We'll meet up at the Mineralnye Vody Airport in the morning. We'll go to Eltyubyu and then to the Bezengi Village through the Kyshlyk Pass (2,524 m (8,281 ft.)) along the mountainous off-road. On the way, we'll enjoy beautiful views of the Karakaya Mountain.
We'll have holiday dinner in the Bezengi Village.
We'll spend the night in a rural house.
August 11th
August 11th
In the Heart of Caucasus
We'll arrive at the Bezengi camp and have a short walk in the vicinity.
We'll spend the night in the Bezengi camp.
August 12th
August 12th
One Day to Get to the Mizhirgi Glacier
12 km (7.5 miles), 800-meters (2,625 ft.) climb, 800-meters (2,625 ft.) descent
Trekking, no backpacks
We'll take a walk to the Mizhirgi Glacier on that day. There beautiful views are combined with the opportunity to get in the necessary physical shape to overcome the difficulties of the following days.
We'll spend the night in the Bezengi camp hotel.
August 13th
August 13th
Going to Baran-kosh
7 km (4 miles), 750-meters (2,461 ft.) climb.
trekking with lightweight backpacks

On this day, we'll trek with a minimal set of gear to the harsh highlands. We will stop at a lake surrounded by green lawns in the middle of wild rocks. We'll see the reflection of the huge Bezengi Glacier in the surface of this lake.
We'll spend the night in tents.
August 14th
August 14th
Going to Dzhangi-kosh
7 km (4 miles), 500-meters (1,640 ft.) descent.
trekking with lightweight backpacks
We will climb to the highest point of the route, near the hut and the Dzhangi-kosh tent camp at an altitude of 3,250 m (10,663 ft.). We will be at the foot of the 2nd and 3rd highest peaks of the Caucasus - Dykh-Tau (5,204 m (17,073 ft.)) and Shkhara (5,203 m (17,070 ft.).
We'll spend the night in tents.
August 15th
August 15th
Walks in the Dzhangi-kosh Area
2 km (1,2 miles), 400-meters (1,312 ft.) climb, 400-meters (1,312 ft.) descent
trekking, no backpacks

On this day, we will leisurely climb to one of the lifeless scree cirques opposite the Bezengiyskaya Wall to get a better look at it.
We'll spend the night in tents.
August 16th
August 16th
Descent to the Camp
14 km (9 miles), 1,250-meter (4,101 ft.) descent
trekking with lightweight backpacks

We'll go down to the camp to enjoy the gifts of civilization – Russian bathhouse, cafe, bar, Internet...
We'll spend the night in the Bezengi hotel.
August 17th
August 17th
Leaving for the Airport
4.5 hours, 200 km (124 miles) by car
It's going to take us all day to get to the airport. Around lunchtime, we will get to Nalchik where we will meet Felix Nakov, Kabardino-Balkaria Martial Arts Master, Ph.D. in History of Science, Director of the National Museum of Kabardino-Balkaria.
In the afternoon, we will continue our way to the Mineralnye Vody Airport (part of the group can stay in Nalchik and fly out of the Nalchik's airport).
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Mikhail Golubev, the leader of the Trekking the Caucasus project, guide
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