Pyatigorsk, Russia

Open up Karachay-Cherkessia


This trip is built for travellers who want to explore the North Caucasus area in a very active way. It combines excursions, 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, campfires, jeeping and horse riding.

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 3-5 hours per day exploring lakes, waterfalls and ancient cathedrals. But this shouldn’t frighten you as all paths are pretty easy and safe if you walk at a slow pace. No special physical requirements needed, only your sense of adventure and 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:         05.07. – 11.07.2020

Places left: 12

Price p.P.:   46’000 RUB

[approx. 670 EUR]
5% discount for the first 5 registrations (5 left)

What does your tour coordinator say?

One part of this diverse itinerary is 3-4 hours of easy hiking. It’s worth it because all really beautiful places in the Caucasus are hidden from the human eye. The second part is an adventurous one – trip by off-road car and horse riding. The third part is a relaxing one – after all these adventures, you will have some rest, walk around the village and sit at a campfire under the starry sky with your team. Marvellous!


Full itinerary


 We meet you in Pyatigorsk; hostel check-in (centrally located). After that you have free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening, we are glad to invite you for a tasty welcome dinner. Overnight in Pyatigorsk.

  • Meals included: dinner
  • Overnight: hostel

On this day we start our adventure with a trip to Dzhili-Su. You will watch the most magnificent Elbrus volcano view (the highest mountain in Europe) and powerful waterfalls. Overnight in Kislovodsk, hostel in the centre of the resort area. Kislovodsk is an old Russian city famous for its mineral waters and clean air.

  • Bus ride: 5 hours (there and back).
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hostel 

Early in the morning, we start for Dombay village through picturesque Gum-Bashi path with Elbrus view-point. In Dombay we go up Mussa Achitara mountain in cable cars (gondola lifts). Maximum hight – 3100 m. Slight hiking in Dombay to Chertova Melnitsa waterfall through the beautiful forest (2-3 hours walking). Dinner – shashlik by a bonpfire. Overnight in Dombay.

  • Bus ride: 2.5 hours.
  • Hike: 3 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse

On this day we have a hike to Baduk lakes high in the mountains (4-5 hours walking). They have an amazing colour of water. We have a picnic nearby one of the lakes and go back down. Then we drive you to Shoaninsky temple – the oldest Orthodox temple in Russia (10 th century). After arrival in Arkhyz village in the evening, we have a tasty dinner. Overnight in a chalet deep in the mountains, Arkhyz area.

  • Bus ride: 170 km, 3 hours.
  • Hike: 4-5 hours
  • Height: 2000 m
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse 

Today we do a horse-riding trip to Beliy (White) waterfall – the most powerful in the area (or off-road car – it depends on the weather). After we get back, you will have free time to explore Arkhyz area on your own, relax and enjoy the sun and fresh mountain air. Overnight at the same place in Arkhyz area.

  • Horse ride: 3-4 hours.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse 

This day, be ready for an adventurous trip by off-road car + short hiking to Sofia’s waterfall and Sofia’s glacier with the best viewpoints at the valley. The last dinner by a bonfire, we exchange our impressions and contact information because now we are one big family! Overnight in Arkhyz area.

  • Bus ride: 3 hours.
  • Hike: 3 hours
  • Height: about 2700 m
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse 

We leave Arkhys in the morning and drive you to Mineralnye Vody airport (or Kislovodsk/ Pyatigorsk if you want to stay in the area for a longer time)

  • Bus ride: about 3 hours.

Tour impressions


  • Overnight in a hotel instead of a hostel (days 1 and 2) – on request. But it’s better not to stray from the group.
  • During our stay in Arkhyz, there can be some difficulties with hot water for washing up. It happens not often, but it is possible.
  • Besides, you will have no Internet connection during your stay in Arkhyz (days 4-6) because our place of accommodation is deep in the mountains.
  • 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 Arkhyz hikes.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and sunglases .

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