Part Nine. Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya by 4WD

From Vladikavkaz to Grozny, September 1-9
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9 days
5 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in a rural house, 1 night in tents.
20 km (12 miles) trekking
705km by car, two days trekking with light backpacks
Price 2,215 USD
Guide and assistant, transportation, accommodation, meals (B, L, D), equipment, all entrance fees and border zone permits
September 1st
September 1st
On the Tsey Ridge
We'll meet our guests at the Vladikavkaz airport and go straight to the mountains, to the Tsey Gorge. We'll drive in off-road vehicles to the TV tower located on the spur of the Tsey Ridge. You can see the glaciers, the neighboring valleys, and the highest mountains in North Ossetia from there. We'll spend some time walking on the ridge.We'll spend the night in the Vertikal 3* hotel.
September 2nd
September 2nd
Trekking to Khilak
Trekking with lightweight backpacks 10 km (6 miles), 1,100-meters (3,609 ft.) climb, 900-meters (2,953 ft.) descent.
We'll walk to the Rekom Sanctuary, one of the most important in the Ossetian religious tradition.We'll drive in off-road vehicles to the Zakka Valley, and then cross the ridge to get to the upper reaches of Fiagdon, to the Khilak mineral spring.We'll spend the night in tents in a beautiful mountain valley.
September 3rd
September 3rd
The Midagrabian Waterfalls and Dargavs
We'll drive from Khilak to the village of Khidikus where we'll have lunch at the Sun Valley restaurant.Then, we'll drive in off-road vehicles to the Midagrabian Waterfalls. At sunset, we will make it to the City of the Dead near the village of Dargavs. It is the largest medieval crypts complex in the Caucasus.In the evening, we will make it to Vladikavkaz.We'll spend the night in the Imperial 3* hotel.
September 4th
September 4th
A Day in Vladikavkaz
We will spend this day in the city, enjoying its pre-revolutionary architectural heritage and exploring the peculiarities of Ossetian culture. We will learn how to make Ossetian pies, dance Ossetian dances, and meet folk musicians.We'll spend the night in the Imperial 3* hotel.
September 5th
September 5th
Climbing the Stolovaya Mountain
We will leave Ossetia in the morning to climb the Stolovaya Mountain which has been considered sacred since ancient times. On the way, we will see the Ingush temple of Myat-Seli which was revered as a sanctuary of the sun god in the pre-Islamic period. At sunset, we will walk around the Erzi medieval tower architecture monument.We'll spend the night in an Ingush rural house.
September 6th
September 6th
The Towers and Mountains of Ingushetia
We'll get up early to take pictures of the dawn on the Tsorey-Loam Pass. We will also have breakfast there.Then, we'll drive in off-road vehicles to see the Vovnushki, Niy, and Pyaling which are amazing examples of Ingush tower architecture.In the evening, we will descend to the plains of Chechnya and visit the Dondi-Yurt private ethnographic museum located in Urus-Martan.We will finally reach Grozny on this day.We'll spend the night in the Central City hotel 3* or something similar.
September 7th.
September 7th.
Grozny
We will spend the entire day in Grozny exploring the peculiarities of the city and Chechen culture.We'll spend the night in the Central City hotel 3* or something similar.
September 8th
September 8th
The Mountains of Chechnya
In the morning, we will ride off-road vehicles to the Chechen mountains to see the waterfalls and towers of the Argun Gorge, as well as the restored defensive complex in Itum-Kale. We will make it to the village of Dai by evening.We'll spend the night in a rural house.
September 9th
September 9th
The Kezenoy-am Lake
We will drive in off-road vehicles to the Kezenoyam Lake which is the largest mountain lake in the Caucasus. We'll get there by lunchtime. There, we will go for a ride on fun boats and have lunch.Then, we will go down to the Grozny Airport to catch a night flight.
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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