Discover Central Caucasus

Trekking from Balkaria to Digoria along the Rocky ridge. You should join this part of the trip to see the beautiful mountains and fill their wildness. That rout have not become popular yet and you will be one of the few who took this trekking. It will be rather intense, so that your body will thank you for the joy of physical activity in the fresh air. Travel Ossetia. We will combine easy walks in the mountains with a dip in the traditional culture of the Ossetians: rural life, traditional feast, ancient shrines and ancestral towers. Last two days we will spend at the famous thermal springs above the Karmadon village.

Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia, April 30 - May 11, 2014

Guides: Mikhail Golubev and Herman Kaytukti

12 days 1400 USD

You can join one of the parts of the journey: April 30 - May 6, 600 USD, 6 May - 11 May, 950 USD

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Photo: Daniel Korzhonov

It will be a long trip to the mountains of Balkaria and North Ossetia. For your convenience, we have divided it into two parts and provided the opportunity to participate in one of the parts, and once in both. Each of the parts - the full journey with special concept.

Trekking from Balkaria to Digoria along the Rocky ridge

You should join this part of the trip to see the beautiful mountains and fill their wildness. That rout have not become popular yet and you will be one of the few who took this trekking. It will be rather intense, so that your body will thank you for the joy of physical activity in the fresh air.

Travel Ossetia

We will combine easy walks in the mountains with a dip in the traditional culture of the Ossetians: rural life, traditional feast, ancient shrines and ancestral towers. Last two days we will spend at the famous thermal springs above the Karmadon village.

ITINERARY:

April 30. Upper Balkaria

Meeting at the airport Mineral Waters. Transfer to the village Upper Balkaria (166 km., 3 hours). About 3 km. walk to the crash pad. Dinner and familiarity campfire. Overnight in tents.

May 1. Erkedygen mountain (3160 m)

We move camp to headwaters of Psygansu. 6 kilometers of trekking. 200 meters up and then 200 meters down.

Then the most active part of the group commit radial access to the top Erkedygen. We will see the best views on Mehtygen, as well as the majestic ice-drenched peaks Suganskogo ridge height of 4,500 meters and a large valley glacier Nahashbita.

Mekhtygen

May 2. In the valley of Haznidon river

Slight descent along the valley of Psygansu (about 4 km), and then 8 kilometers of arduous journey: first go up (900 meters) and then reset (900 meters). View from the pass will be awesome, because we will pass between two rocky giants Haznibashi (3103 m) and Sungultsubashi (3320 m).

Perhaps, this will be the hardest day of our journey.

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May 3. The upper Lahumedon

We cross the border between Balkaria and North Ossetia, passing over the ridge Kukcha. We will have 8 km. trekking, which will be almost entirely consist of lifting (1,080 meters).

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May 4. Top of the World

We still have the highest pass on our route (3208m). However climbs and descents will be already familiar to us: a climb of about 900 meters and 400 meters in relief.

Pass by mountain Borovtsek (3453 m), lookig like a huge cruiser and Uazahoh (3529 m) with a 100-meter-high rocky tower, which can be taken as one of the man-made Ossetian watchtowers.

Camping at the source of Kezadon river.

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May 5. Vladikavkaz

We reset the height of 1900 meters and finish our trekking at Zadalesk village. Here we go to the museum of Zadaleski Nana, the woman revered as a saint by Ossetians. In the XIV century she saved from Tamerlane children from 16 osseian genuses and thus save the nation.

Moving to Vladikavkaz (100 km., 2.5 hours). Check in at hotel Kadgaron (3 *).

Vladikavkaz

Photo: Timur Agirov

In the evening walk around the city and a visit the workshop for making Ossetian vintage musical instruments and rehearsals place of "Kona" ensemble.

May 6. Tsey

Some more sightseeing in the morning. Part of the group is going to the airport, and new members come from the airport.

Transfer to Tsey (85 km, 2 hours). Lunch in a traditional Ossetian style. Walk to the ancient sanctuary of Ossetians - Rekom.

In the evening we gather open air, make shish kebab and listern to Herman's stories about ossetian life.

Rekom

Photo: Timur Agirov

May 7. Dagom

Early in the morning we leave Tsey for Dagom village. Transfer a little more than 30 km.

Dagom is an ancient village, which had a central importance in the medieval judicial system of Ossetia. There was a kind of "supreme court", here reconciled blood feud.

There are a few more interesting villages: Tsamad, Donisar and Ursdon. The famous fortress Ualagkau is also nearby. We will walk around them through the day. Herman, our guide will tell a lot about medieval Ossetia, the traditional lifestyle and culture of the Ossetian people.

Ursdon

A scene from the documentary "Ursdon"

May 8. Fiagdon

Take our bags and go through North Arhonsky pass. See the medieval tower complexes and crypts on the way. The day will be very intense, but in the end of the day we will come to the hotel and steam tired muscles in the sauna.

Fiagdon

Photo: Timur Agirov

May 9. Midagrabinskie waterfalls Dargavs and thermal baths

In the morning we go by car to headwater of Midagrabindon, where famous waterfalls are placed. One of them, the Big Zeyglan, is more than 600 meters of height.

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Then we pass by the "Town of dead" in Dargavs. In the XVI century during the plague people made family crypts and came there to die.

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Then we get the Tmenikau village where road ends. Next we have to do 10 km trekking.

In the end of the day we relax on the famous hot springs.

May 10. Karmadon sources and Mount Kazbek

On this day, we enjoy the natural hot baths and if snow setting allows, we make radial access to the ridge overlooking the majestic Mount Kazbek (5033 m). Even if the snow is too much, we certainly will see one of the grandest icefalls of Caucasus - Miley!

Mailihoh

May 11. Home

Go down in Karmadon. Transfer to the airport.

Participation fee: 1400 USD

Participation in the first stage of 600 USD

Participate in the second stage: 950 USD

Minimum group size 5 people, maximum of 7 people.

The price includes:

  • Guide 24 hours a day
  • Food throughout the route

  • Accommodation (tents, hotels)

  • All transfers

  • Insurance

  • Passes to the frontier

  • Entrance fees to museums

The price does not include:

  • Flights

  • Personal spending

2014-02-13 16:55:19Z   Caucasus_explorer       2014-02-17 12:18:18Z   i-Kirby