Part Six. The Highland Caucasus

From The Foot of Elbrus Mountain to Bezengi,
August 11th - 18th
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8 days
2 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in a guest-house, 3 nights in tents.
34 km (21 miles) trekking
4 days trekking, horses carry the backpacks.
Price 1,200 USD
Guide and assistant, transportation, accommodation, meals (B, L, D), equipment, all entrance fees and border zone permits
August 11th
August 11th
Arrival
After your arrival to the airport of Mineralniye Vody we'll take you to Azau village placed at the foot of Elbrus. We'll spend the night in the "Azau Star" hotel 4*.
August 12th
August 12th
To the Sakashil
Trekking 12 km (7.5 miles), 1,500-meter (4,921 ft.) climb, horses will carry our backpacks
We'll go to the miner's ghost town of Tyrnyauz by car, then climb the Sakashil Pass.We'll spend the night in tents.
August 13th
August 13th
Night on the Saryn pass
Trekking 11 km (7 miles), 1,300-meter (4,265 ft.) climb, 500-meters (1,640 ft.) descent, horses will carry our backpacks
We'll climb to the Sakashil Pass (3,536 m), descend to the Kestanty Valley, climb to the Saryn Pass (3,386 m (11,109 ft.)). Views at sunset and dawn of the Bezengiyskaya Wall are definitely the advantage of spending the night on the pass. Night in tents.
August 14th
August 14th
Kestanty Mushroom Stones
6,5 km (4 miles) trekking, 500-meters (1.640 ft) climb, 500-meters (1.640 ft.) descent
One-time visit to the Kestanty-Tau Mountain to see the Mushroom Stones at an altitude of 3,800 m (12,467 ft.). Come back to our camp on Saryn pass. Night in tents
August 15th
August 15th
Eltyubyu
12 km (7.5 miles) trekking, 200-meters (656 ft) climb, 1,350-meters (4,430 ft.) descent, horses will carry our backpack, then driving in off-road vehicles for 18 km (11 miles), 1 hour
We'll descend to the Bashil camp. Then go to Eltyubyu by car, where we'll have a feast based on Karachai cuisine. Night in a guest-house.
August 16th
August 16th
Eltyubyu
12 km (7.5 miles) trekking, 200-meters (656 ft) climb, 1,350-meters (4,430 ft.) descent, horses will carry our backpack, then driving in off-road vehicles for 18 km (11 miles), 1 hour
We'll spend the day in Eltyubyu village. We'll do easy hikes to the medieval tower and crypts, have a culinary workshop. Paragliding is also possible. Night in a guest-house.
August 17th
August 17th
Off-road to Bezengi and visit Nalchik
85 km (53 miles), 3.5 hours by car
We'll drive to Nalchik via Bezengi village to visit few picturesque spots on the way.
Then we'll meet Felix Nakov, Kabardian Martial Arts Master, Ph.D. in History of Science, Director of the National Museum of Kabardino-Balkaria.
Night in "Nalchik" boutique hotel.
August 18th
August 18th
Departure
110 km (68 miles), 2 hours by car
Transfer to the airport of Mineralniye Vody or Nalchik.
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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
Dmitry Lemeshev