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Classic Caucasus

Destination: Caucasus
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
10 Days
July - August
Highlights
  • Republic of Adygea and Krasnodar Krai in one tour
  • Mezmay - mountain village far away from civilization
  • All types of mountain landscapes: canyons, waterfalls, plateaus and alpine meadows
  • Overnight in the camping up 1000 metres
  • Russian black banya (sauna)
Tour Overview

If you like mountains, you should certainly visit the Caucasus. We propose you to go for the tour that unites visits of the Republic of Adygea and the Krasnodar Krai. A real immersion to the nature of the Western Caucasus!

After getting acquaintance with Krasnodar city – an unofficial capital of the Southern Russia, you will go to Mezmay village situated in the valley where three gorges meet. The village is surrounded by mountains. The population of the village is about 700 persons. It makes you feel like absolutely isolated from the world surrounded by majestic Caucasus Mountains. There will be the gorges and caves, waterfalls and beautiful rivers, mountains ranges and rocks, old-growth forest and alpine meadows. You will visit the symbolic places: Guamsky and Skalisty mountain range, Kurdzhips river and, of course, Lago-Naki plateau – the treasor of Adygea subscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The particular part of the tour is the overnight s in the camping on the alpine meadow. During the trekking you won’t bring heavy backpacks, the group is accompanied by the back-horses. After two days of the trekking, you will have a rest in the Russian black banya (sauna) with professional bath-house attendant.

Although there are a lot of visits, this tour is accessible for families. It’s a good variant for those who aren’t ready for long expeditions in the Caucasus and for those who would like to make a lot of good photos.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Mezmay - the lost world surrounded by mountains
    Krasnodar — Mezmay
  • Day 2
    Kurdzhips river and old-growth forest
    Mezmay
  • Day 3
    Skalisty range's caves
    Mezmay
  • Day 4
    Down the gorge to the waterfalls
    Mezmay
  • Day 5
    Rocks and precipices of the Guamsky mountain range
    Mezmay — Guamsky mountain range
  • Day 6
    Descent in the canyon
    Guamsky mountain range — Mezmay
  • Day 7
    Alpine meadows of Lago-Naki plateau
    Mezmay — Lago-Naki plateau
  • Day 8
    Lago-Naki - Adygea's treasure
    Lago-Naki plateau
  • Day 9
    Return to Mezmay
    Lago-Naki plateau — Mezmay
  • Day 10
    End of the programme
    Mezmay — Krasnodar
  • 11:10
    Arrival to the airport of Krasnodar
    *The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to the arrival time of the flight chosen by the group.
  • 11:30
    Meeting with your guide and departure to the Mezmay village
    From Krasnodar, the administrative center of Krasnodar Krai, we will go to Mezmay village situated on the borderland of the Caucasus Nature Reserve.
  • 13:00
    Lunch en route
  • 16:30
    Arrival and accommodation in the hotel
    After a brief rest, walking in the village. Mezmay is a little village situated in the valley surrounded by the mountains. Earlier, it was a village of wood-cutter. Now it's a place remote form civilization with the calm of the relict forest and purity of the mountain air.
  • 18:00
    Russian black banya (sauna)
    With an experienced bath-house attendant, you will go to the banya for the rest and restore after the flight and road to the village. The Black banya is an old tradition when the smoke escapes from the burning firewood inside the banya for killing germs and sterilizing the room.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Krasnodar — Mezmay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Mezmay
Twin room
Note

4 h transfer  (170km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Walking along the Kurdjips river canyon
    This day you will go for a walking along the Kurdjips river canyon known for its' picturesque gorges. You will see the old-growth forest of Buxus (boxwood) and rocks wreathed by lianas. Moreover, there are waterfalls and precipices.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the walking along the canyon
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Caucase Explorer
Route
Mezmay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Mezmay
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Excursion by 4x4
    This day you will go for an excursion by 4x4 in the surroundings of the village. We will stop in some viewing points from where you can observe the picturesque Skalisty range.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the excursion
    We will visit some wild caves. For visiting them you don't need special preparations, they are little enough, but there are a lot of stalactites and stalagmites.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Caucase Explorer
Route
Mezmay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Mezmay
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Waterfalls of the Mezmayka river
    We will go down to the gorge of the Mezmayka river to the waterfall Chinarev. Then we will go for a walk along the river-bed to the biggest waterfall Universitetsky (more then 60 metres). We will come back to the village by an old road.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Mezmay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Mezmay
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Trekking along the Guamsky mountain range
    Today you will go for a trekking by the beech and hornbeam forests of the Guamsky mountain range. You will climb the range from where there is a panoramic view on the canyon and the village. Moreover, you will pass the natural "hollow" in the almost vertical mountain falling in the canyon.
  • 13:00
    Picnic
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the trekking
  • 19:00
    Dinner near the campfire
  • Overnight in the grotto in the sleeping-bag
Photo of the day
Guamsky mountain range
Route
Mezmay — Guamsky mountain range
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Descent in the canyon to the bridge over the Kurdzhips river
    The descent is steep enough and it will take some hours. You will see the places very rarely visited by tourists.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 17:00
    Return to Mezmay
  • 18:00
    Russian black banya (sauna)
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight
Photo of the day
Route
Guamsky mountain range — Mezmay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Mezmay
Twin room
  • 07:00
    Early breakfast
  • 08:00
    Trekking accompanied by pack-horses
    Today is the most difficult part of the tour - you will climb the mountains to the altitude of 1000 m. The road passes by the fir forests. According to the level of training of the group, we will climb Mezmay mountain or Lago-Naki mountain range.
  • 13:00
    Picnic en route
  • 17:00
    Arrangement of the tent camping*
    *According to the place you reach, arrangement of the tent camp. If the place of the overnight is not appropriate for the camp, we will pass this night in one of the grottoes in sleeping-bags.
  • 19:00
    Dinner near the campfire
  • Overnight in the tents / in the sleeping-bags in the grotto
Photo of the day
Route
Mezmay — Lago-Naki plateau
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Camp breakfast
  • 11:00
    Rest in the alpine meadows of Lago-Naki plateau
    Today you can go for a trekking in the surroundings of the camp. The Lago-Naki plateau is a real tresure of the republic of Adygea known for its beautiful blossoming alpine meadows.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner near the campfire
  • Overnight in the tents / in the sleeping-bags in the grotto
Photo of the day
Route
Lago-Naki plateau
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Camp breakfast
  • 11:00
    Return to the village Mezmay
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 17:00
    Russian black banya (sauna)
  • 19:00
    Farewell dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Lago-Naki plateau — Mezmay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Mezmay
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Souvenirs and transefr to the Krasnodar airport
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Mezmay — Krasnodar
Detailed description
Departures
July, 13 2018
Start
-
July, 22 2018
End
Available: 4
Status
1,342 $
Basic price per person
August, 03 2018
Start
-
August, 12 2018
End
Available: 4
Status
1,342 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • Tent rental
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Horse and equipment rental
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Sleeping bag rental
  • Accident insurance
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The indicated price is for the group of 4 participants. If the number of participants is smaller, the price will be recalculated. This tour can be organised for individual departure for the convenient dates. The rent of the sleeping-bags is not included. The rental coats is 1 200 roubles / per pers. The bania is included for the days 1,6 and 9. Please, pay attention that if you travel with children, they sould be ready for trekking.

Reviews
No reviews anymore or no reviews at all for this destination. Below all reviews.
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4.33
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Alison
From 6 March 2018 to 12 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Points positifs : - très bonne ambiance de groupe - guide très sympa et très pro, connaît parfaitement le terrain - transports/transferts et nuitées très bien organisés - souvenirs inoubliables du Baïkal en hiver Points négatifs : - j'aurai aimé un plus petit groupe - pas assez d'infos sur la région, peuples, religions, culture, animaux... - programme non tenu : nous sommes allés au rocher
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BaikalNature's reply
Chère Alison, nous vous remercions de vos remarques constructives qui nous permettrons d'améliorer la qualité de nos prestations ! Premièrement, nous vous prions d'excuser le retard avec le départ pour l'île d'Olkhone. Un participant du groupe a perdu son bagage et il a été nécessaire de récupérer sa valise avant le trekking. C'est pour cela que le groupe est arrivé sur l'île plus tard et la visi
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4.67
4.67
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5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
YONGCHANG
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
VERY NICE~
4.00
4.00
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
4.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
3.00
Quality of meals
4.00
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5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jorg
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Very nice tour, however there is possibility to improve; making the groups not troo big (mine was 14 guests which is too much for in tent dining p ex), also the trek on the lake could have been longer for me - now there was a part of the lake trek done by 4x4. A small remark to the guide too; maybe better to inform the evening at dinner what timing/activity there will be the next day and what to wear.
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BaikalNature's reply
Thank you for your comment! We have already planned the improvements for our ice camp for making it me comfortable. As for the trekking distance, we just wanted to balance between very sportif tourists and those who have no any experience. Hoping to see among our future clients!
3.50
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3.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
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Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
2.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Sandeep
From 3 March 2018 to 10 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Better coordination between the Guide and Back Office suggested.
4.17
4.17
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
3.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jiranan
From 28 February 2018 to 5 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourBaikal trip
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Overall for the trip is great I really do enjoy it, however if we can add more attractions in to the trip that would more valuable for the trip. Also the bus on the way to transaiberia train is quite too small, I suggest for the one with bigger seat.
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