Pyatigorsk, Russia

Active Caucasian Cocktail

Experience the North Caucasus with your heart


This trip is built for travellers who want to explore the North Caucasus area in a very active way. It combines excursions, day hikes in beautiful nature, immersion in a local culture and a big portion of adventure. You will enjoy breathtaking mountains, blue lakes, great waterfalls, tasty dinners with locals, campfire and a lot more.

Is this trip for me?

If you want to explore not only cultural centres of the North Caucasus but also to enjoy the wilderness of the Caucasus mountains, then this trip is for you! You should also be ready to walk 3-6 hours per day exploring lakes, waterfalls and ancient cathedrals. But this shouldn’t frighten you as all paths are safe and not difficult. No special physical requirements needed, only your desire to open up new wonderful places.


Age: 18+
Russian Visa
Equipment: trekking poles may be useful but not necessary

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Group size: 5-12 people

Dates:         12-16 July, 2021

Places left: 8

Price p.P.:   40’000 RUB

[approx. 460 EUR]

What does your tour coordinator say?

One part of this diverse itinerary are easy hikes. It’s worth it because all really beautiful places in the Caucasus are hidden from the human eye. The other part is relaxing one – after all these adventures, you will have some rest, walk through the mountain village and sit at a campfire under the starry sky with your team. Marvellous!


Full itinerary


 We meet you in Kislovodsk; Kislovodsk is an old Russian city famous for its mineral waters and clean air. Hotel check-in (centrally located). In the afternoon we go to explore the resort part of thecity, try out mineral water and walk in the one of the biggest parks in Europe. In the evening, we are glad to invite you for a tasty welcome dinner. Overnight in Kislovodsk.

  • Highlights: Kislovodsk resort city
  • Meals included: dinner
  • Overnight: hotel

On this day we start our adventure with a trip to Dzhili Su area – the most beautiful serpantine road in Russia. You will try out mineral water from wild natural springs, watch the most magnificent Elbrus volcano view (the highest mountain in Europe) and powerful waterfalls. Overnight in Kislovodsk, in the centre of the resort area. 

  • Highlights: Dzhili Su area, Karakaya Su and Sultan waterfalls, Shadzhatmaz observatory
  • Bus ride: 5 hours (there and back)
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch (picnic), dinner
  • Overnight: hotel

Early in the morning, we leave for Dombay resort village through picturesque Gum-Bashi path with mount Elbrus view-point. On our way there we will visit Shoaninsky temple – the oldest Orthodox temple in Russia (10 th century). Then we have a hike to beautiful Baduksky lakes, there are three of them, different shapes and sizes.
And only in the evening we finally arrive in Dombay and check in our cozy wooden house. 
Dinner – shashlik on bonpfire, we will cook it all together.
Overnight in Dombay.

  • Highlights: Gum-Bashi path, Baduksky lakes, Shoaninsky temple, Dombay village 
  • Bus ride: 3 hours
  • Hike: 4-5 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch (lunch box), dinner
  • Overnight: chalet

On this day we explore Dombay resort village. In the morning we have a short hike in a marvellous forest to to Chertova Melnitsa (Devil’s mill) waterfall through the beautiful forest (2-3 hours walking). After that we go up Mussa Achitara mountain in cable cars (gondola lifts) and have lunch at a cafe at the hight 2800 m above sea level with a great view. There you will have time to visit a small market and buy souvenirs. We will also see a famous UFO shaped hotel there. 
After that we will pack our bags and go to Teberda village. Tere we will catch ourselves trout at a local farm and ask the host to grill it, his trout is so delicious!
In the evening we arive in Pyatigorsk city and overnight there.

  • Highlights: Mussa Achitara mountain, Chertova Melnitsa waterfall, Teberda
  • Bus ride: 3 hours
  • Hike: 4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel

This day we spend in Pyatigorsk city. In the morning we start our hike up to Beshtau mountain (1400m high). From its top we will see all the beauty of the Caucasian Mineral Waters region. We will have small picnic there and then go back. We will have a lovely last dinner on a local market, there is a great cafe – World Cuisine. After dinner we will go for a nice walk in the resort area of the city and then go back to our hotel. Overnight in Pyatigorsk. The end of the tour.

  • Highlights: Pyatigorsk city, Beshtau mountain
  • Hike: 3-4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch (lunch box), dinner
  • Overnight: hotel

Tour impressions


  • Mind the difference in temperature when choosing clothes for the trip. In July it is hot in the cities. In the mountains it is also warm in the afternoon; while evenings and early mornings are cold.
  • You will need comfortable sport shoes for Dombay and Beshtau hikes.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and sunglases.


  • Accomodation: 1 night in chalet and 4 nights in hotels;
  • Transport: mini-bus with air conditioning;
  • Meals: dinner on day 1, three meals per day on days 2-5, hotel breakfast on day 6 also included;
  • All activities and entrance fees listed in the programme;
  • Guidance: all days in English.

Not included

Meals not mentioned above;
Travel insurance;
Personal expences;
Airport pick-up and drop-off;
Tips – optional.

Do you still have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us and also have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.