Part Six. Sugan Alps

From Kabardino-Balkaria to Digoria, August 17-26
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9 days
4 nights in a hotel, 3 nights in tents, 1 night in a rural house.
65 km (40 miles) trekking
6 days trekking, of which 3 days backpacking.
Price 1,830 USD
Guide and assistant, transportation, accommodation, meals (B, L, D), equipment, all entrance fees and border zone permits
August 17th
August 17th
Arrival in the Bezengi Village
We'll watch a folk-show and have festive dinner in the Bezengi Village.We'll spend the night in a rural house.
August 18th
August 18th
Along the Kyuchmessu Valley
7 km (4 miles), 1,200-meters (3,937 ft.) climb.trekking, no backpacks
We'll ride horses along the Kyuchmessu Valley under the Dumala Pass (2,997 m (9,833 ft.)).We'll spend the night in tents.
August 19th
August 19th
To Upper Balkaria
10 km (6 miles), 600-meters (1,968 ft.) climb, 600-meters (1,968 ft.) descenttrekking, no backpacks
We'll cross the Dumala Pass (2,997 m (9,833 ft.)), then we will make a one-time visit to the Chegetzhar's observation deck, then descend to the Chaynashki Valley, and trek to Upper Balkaria. If there is time, we'll go on an excursion to the old village of Kunlum to take a look at the ancient towers. Then, we will drive to the Ushtulu Glade.We'll spend the night in the Ushtulu hotel.
August 20th
August 20th
Views of the Shtulu Glacier
11 km (7 miles), 1,000-meters (3,281 ft.) climb.trekking, no backpacks
We'll climb to the Shtulu Pass to enjoy the views of the huge Shtulu Glacier.We'll spend the night in tents.
August 21st
August 21st
To Digoria
9 km (5 miles), 500-meters (1,640 ft.) climb, 1,000-meters (3,281 ft.) descenttrekking with lightweight backpacks
We'll cross the Shtulu Pass (3,400 m (11,155 ft.)), leave Kabardino-Balkaria, and descend to the Khares Valley in North Ossetia. Overnight stay in tents in a beautiful place at the confluence of the Khares and Orsdon Rivers.We'll spend the night in tents.
August 22nd
August 22nd
The Mosota Glacier
13 km (8 miles), 300-meters (984 ft.) climb, 900-meters (2,953 ft.) descent trekking with lightweight backpacks
In the morning, we'll make a one-time visit to the Mosota Glacier located under the Greater Caucasus Ridge and look at the surroundings. We'll descent along the Khares valley to the Tana-Park hotel 3*.We'll spend the night in a hotel.
August 23rd
August 23rd
The Karaugom Glacier
15 km (9 miles), 1,000-meters (3,281 ft.) climb, 1,000-meters (3,281 ft.) descent
We'll make a one-time visit to one of the largest glaciers in the Caucasus - the Karaugom Glacier. A big seven-kilometer (4 miles) long ice tongue covered with cracks descends into a beautiful pine forest from the upper reaches of the huge firn plateau at an altitude of more than 4,000 m (13,123 ft.). In the evening, we will get back to the Tana-Park hotel 3*.
August 24th
August 24th
On the Roads of Digoria
3.5 hours, 135 km (84 miles) by car.
We'll be driving through the ancient villages of Kamunta and Galiat on the mountainous road leading to the Khanaz abandoned castle. Then, we'll take a walk to the Digori-Izad cave sanctuary and drive to Vladikavkaz. We'll spend the night in the Imperial hotel 3*.
August 25th
August 25th
Vladikavkaz
We'll spend this day in the city, enjoying the architecture of the beginning of the 20th century and visiting one of the best winemakers in Russia.We will fly home in the evening.
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Mikhail Golubev
Mikhail Golubev, the leader of the Trekking the Caucasus project, guide
co-founder of Caucasus Explorer and Trekking the Caucasus project
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