Horseback trip in Dagestan


May 26 - 30
June 25 - 29
July 28 - August 1
August 25 - 29
September 22 - 26,
October 13- 17, 2021
Dagestan, Russia

horseback trip dagestan sulak canyon mountains

тур в Дагестан экспедиция на Кавказ аварцы Сулакский Каньон Гуниб Хунзах Карадахская теснина Дербент
Another trip to our beloved Dagestan!
For those who love horses, nature, endless valleys and mountains!
And at the end of the equestrian route, we will visit the main attraction of this republic - the Sulak canyon - one of the deepest and most beautiful in the world!

Another trip to our beloved Dagestan!
For those who love horses, nature, endless valleys and mountains!
And at the end of the equestrian route, we will visit the main attraction of this republic - the Sulak canyon - one of the deepest and most beautiful in the world!


- May 26 - 30
- June 25 - 29
- July 28 - August 1
- August 25 - 29
- September 22 - 26,
- October 13 - 17, 2021

Duration: 5 days/ 4 night

Number of participants: 5 – 12

Cost per person:
- 49 900 rubles for 11 - 12 participants, or
- 52,500 rubles for 9-10 participants, or
- 54,500 rubles for 7 - 8 participants, or
- 58,500 rubles for 5 - 6 participants.

Everything is included except:
- flight to Makhachkala and back,
- medical insurance.
Estimated cost of the flight Moscow - Makhachkala - Moscow: from 6500 rubles (without luggage). Usually purchased independently.

Single supplement: on request


Day 1. Wednesday / Friday. Makhachkala - Karadakh gorge - Goor - Khuchada

* Recommended arrival to Makhachkala from Moscow by a / c Russia at 11:00 am or by a / c Pobeda at 10:00 am
Arrival in Makhachkala no later than 11:00 am, meeting with the guide.
We leave for the Karadakh Gorge.
The Gorge is a narrow, in some places up to two meters, gorge in a rock mass, almost half a kilometer long. The gorge is so narrow that even at noon it is twilight. The Avars call it that way: "bets-kvarili", which means "dark gorge". Imagine a mountain 400 - 450 meters high, cut like a sharp razor from top to bottom. - This is how the Karadakh gorge looks like. They say that even Emperor Alexander II himself was surprised here!
After lunch we head to Goor to watch the sunset. Goor is a village with traditional Avar architecture, where 3 defensive towers of 15-meter height have been preserved, for which Goor is called the "Land of Towers".
Departure to the recreation centre Olymp in the area of the mountain village of Khuchada, from where our horse journey will begin the next day.
Accommodation at the recreation centre Olymp.
Meals included: lunch, dinner.

Day 2. Thursday / Saturday. Khuchada. Horse trek

After breakfast on horseback, we move from the Olymp base to the observation deck called Alameda at an altitude of 1900 m through the outskirts of the village of Khuchada (travel time 1.5 hours).
On the lookout, we will have views of:
- Avar Koisu canyon with a depth of more than 2000 m, which is not inferior in beauty to the famous Sulak canyon
- mountains of with four thousands high, one of which is the famous mountain with glaciers - Addalo - shuhgelmeer (height 4151 m).
After that, we will continue our horseback ride through the pine forest for about 30 minutes to the recreation center, where a delicious lunch and barbecue will await us.
After lunch on horseback, we will go to the next observation deck called Bobishta, which is located at an altitude of 2350 m.
From there we will have a view of the Bogos ridge and with. Ratlub, located at the foot of Mount Addalo-Schuchgelmeer.
We will continue our way through the forest to the village of local residents called Chanikh at the foot of Mount Khabirokh, where our tent camp is located in a clearing with huge stones. Travel time will take 1 hour.
After the paddock, we will have free time before dinner to relax and walk around the farm.
Accommodation: tents in a tent camp.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3. Friday / Sunday. Khuchada. Horse trek

After breakfast, we continue on the road again and again to the mountains with mesmerizing views. Ahead of us is an altitude of 2660 m. The journey time is 1.5 - 2 hours.
We will reach our next camp, where lunch will be waiting for us.
After a little rest after lunch we will continue our way to a location called Kinidatl. From here we will see the alpine and most remote village of Dagbash from the regional center. Dagbash is located at an altitude of 2200 meters at the junction of the borders of the Tsumadinsky, Akhvakhsky and Tlyaratinsky districts. Stunning views!
Upon returning to our camp, dinner by the fire, entertainment and a deep sleep in the fresh air await us.
Accommodation: tents in a tent camp.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4. Saturday / Monday. Khuchada. Horse trek

After breakfast in nature, we continue our equestrian journey!
Today we are waiting for mountain rivers, a waterfall, beautiful views along the way.
We will go to the village of Tsegob, where a local resident will tell us the history of the village and arrange a short excursion.
Lunch with local people with their traditional hospitality and interesting stories!
We return to the Olympus base, where we will complete our equestrian expedition.
Accommodation at the recreation center Olymp.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 5. Sunday / Tuesday. Khuchad - Sulak canyon - Chirkei reservoir - Barkhan Sary-Kum - airport

After an early breakfast, we will go to the holy of holies of Dagestan tourism - Sulak canyon. Sulak canyon is one of the deepest in the world. Its length is 53 kilometers, and its depth reaches 1920 meters. It is 120 meters deeper than the famous Grand Canyon on the Colorado Plateau.
We will immediately descend (about 80 km, 2 hours on the way) to the Sulak River on the opposite bank and take a boat trip on the emerald water to enjoy the nature of these places: the surrounding mountains, contrasting with the emerald water.
Traditional lunch in an atmospheric peach garden near Kamal.

Further we will climb to Dubki (1 hour on the way), from where a dizzying view of the Sulak canyon opens. At the bottom of the canyon, the Sulak River, in fact, the deepest river in Dagestan, twists in a thin turquoise snake. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the canyon from two viewing platforms in Dubki at once. We will also tickle our nerves at the Troll's Tongue - perhaps the most extreme observation deck on the Sulak Canyon. From here a view of the dam of the Chirkei hydroelectric power station opens. Chirkeyskaya HPP is the most powerful hydroelectric power plant in the North Caucasus. It has the second highest dam in Russia and the highest arched dam in the country! The Chirkeyskaya HPP, along with the Miatlinskaya HPP, the Chiryurt HPPs and the small Bovtugayskaya HPP, is a part of the Sulak HPP Cascade, being its upper stage that regulates the entire cascade. The Chirkeyskaya HPP is located in the narrow gorge of the same name with a depth of more than 200 m. The width of the gorge in the upper part is 300 m, in the lower one - 12-15 m.
Transfer to the Sary-Kum dune (80 km, 1.5 hours on the way), which will appear before us in warm colors in the evening light. Sary-Kum, which, according to various sources, has a height of 244 to 262 meters, is one of the highest dunes in the world, competing with the Saharan and Namibian dunes, and the highest isolated sand massif in the world! Many secrets and legends are associated with this place, it has long attracted the attention of travelers and scientists. Local peoples named this mountain Sary-kum, which in translation from Turkic means "yellow sands". Sary-kum stretches for 3 kilometers at the very gates of mountainous Dagestan in the valley of the Shura-Ozen River, which divides the dune in half. How a dune appeared here, far from the Central Asian deserts, is a mystery. As well as the riddle of why the sand is not blown away by the wind. It was here that the film "White Sun of the Desert" was filmed.
In the evening, transfer to Makhachkala airport (50 km, about 1 hour on the way). Check-in and flight home.
* Recommended departure from Makhachkala to Moscow by a / c Russia at 18:50 or by a / c Pobeda at 18:30 in the morning, or another flight with departure no earlier than 18:30.

Accommodation: no
Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Cost includes:

• accommodation in groups at the Olimp recreation center
• three meals a day along the route
• tourist equipment (tents)
• personal riding horse for each participant
• drinking water throughout the entire route
• transport in accordance with the program: 8-seater minivan Hyundai Grand Starex, Land Cruiser SUVs with air conditioning and an experienced driver, and similar
• transfers to and from the airport
• all permits for visiting protected areas, all entrance fees
• all entertainment according to the program
• experienced local Russian-speaking guide and English-speaking team leader along the entire route
• local guides in historical places

To be addidionally (personally) paid:

• flight to Makhachkala and back
• medical insurance
• single occupancy

To take with:

• Sets of clothing suitable for weather conditions, including sets of light clothing (shorts, T-shirts) and warm clothes (fleece, trousers, windproof jacket), as well as long-sleeved shirts
• thermal underwear
• hats for different weather conditions: baseball cap / hat / panama from the sun and a mountain hat with a windstoper for climbing
• gloves
• buff
• bathing suits / swimming trunks
• raincoat
• trekking closed shoes for climbing and comfortable light shoes (sneakers) for walking
• Sleeping bag for comfort temperature 0 / + 5 degrees
• Personal hygiene products, towels, wet wipes
• Personal medicines
• Sun and wind protection (cream), sunglasses
• mosquito net (optional)
• repellents: sprays, creams
• large backpack for things,
• small backpack for radial exits (25 - 30 l)
• trekking poles
• Head Torch
• Photo and video equipment, spare batteries
• hermetic package (optional)
• thermos (optional)
      отзыв опубликован на сайте
      Это было удивительное путешествие!
      Удивительный и удивляющий Дагестан: невероятная красота природы разных климатических зон; рельефы, от которых сходит с ума мозг, не готовый к такой красоте; яркие, богатые культурные традиции; и конечно же люди! Искренние, живые, с потрясающим (реально невероятным) чувством юмора и очень, очень любящие землю, на которой они живут.
      Удивительно настоящая принимающая сторона - Махач и Асхаб: после общения с ними меняешь все шаблоны не только про дагестанцев, но и про мужчин вообще:)) С такими парнями можно идти куда угодно и с кем угодно!!! Их гостеприимство - это не просто ломящиеся столы (а такое было!!! До сих пор слышу вкус чуду!), это про настоящую любовь к своим гостям и желание сделать его максимально ярким и комфортным. Такие тёплые, такие классные!! Про юмор - вообще молчу! А ещё - это про искреннее желание показать все лучшее, что есть в Дагестане.
      И конечно, удивительный Mzungu и Алексей! Это про профессионализм, огонь к своему делу и исключительную порядочность! Всегда на связи, своевременное и предвосхищающее информирование. Это редкое, крайне редкое отношение! Спасибо Алексей! Только к таким людям «притягивается» лучшее, из чего складываются удивительно прекрасные путешествия!!
      Мария Пронская
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      Прошла почти неделя как я вернулась с экспедиции в Дагестан, а эмоции, впечатления, волнения живут. Сказать, что понравилось, означает не сказать ничего... Это тот случай, когда реальность многократно превосходит ожидания. Формат путешествия, организация, команда, местные, которые нас так радушно и тепло принимали, готовые предложить самое лучшее, что у них есть... все на уровне, выше которого даже желать невозможно, учитывая вообще все возможности этого края. Местным организаторам отдельное СПАСИБО! Алексей Кольбов, все было Супер, Спасибо за заботу о каждом! Дагестан- это место must visit. И пока его не заполонили туристы всех многочисленных национальностей), обязательно приезжайте! Надеюсь на Дагтрип следующего уровня в след году, как и было обещано;)
      Dmitriy Shin
      отзыв опубликован на Facebook
      Дагестан! Трип супер! Организация- как всегда, на высоте! Ребятам из Дагестана, огромный респект! Приняли на самом высшем уровне! Природа Дагестана - это отдельный разговор! Ничем не уступает Грузии и даже более разнообразна. Есть и горы,долины, зелёные луга и водопады и горные озера, есть море и пустыня! И все это у нас в России! Однозначно, must see!
      Денис Миронов
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      Крутейшие путешествия в самые красивые места планеты с отличной организацией и в отличной команде.
      Мзунгу - это почти семья ) - семья единомышленников и любителей приключений 👍
      Ainat Guberman
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      We just came back from Dagestan and Chechnya. The views were amazing, and the people were warm and welcoming.
      It was amazing to see how different Chechnya and Dagestan are, so don't miss the opportunity to see both of them! Organization was perfect. The car was a comfortable air-conditioned Toyota, and both guide and driver were locals who knew the area, the people and could tell us a lot about their life.
      Ботвинова Оксана
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      Период нашего путешествия в Дагестан выпал на карантин и мы уже не надеялись, что получиться осуществить задуманное.
      Спасибо Алексею и принимающей стороне, что нашли возможность перенести сроки и мы всё-таки сделали это :)!
      Отличная организация Алексея, теплый приём Махача и Асхаба, прекрасная команда участников, ну и конечно, потрясающая природа (невозможно поверить, что всё это так близко от нас) и достопримечательности Дагестана сделали это путешествие незабываемым! Это было очень круто!
      Ребята, всем огромное спасибо! Будем очень рады повторить путешествие в том же составе!
      А всю неделю после возвращения в голове крутится уже ставшая любимой песня "И по ночам мне снится, вся красота, что в Дагестане..." :).
      Republic of Dagestan, Russia

      Best season: May - October

      The two-kilometer Sulak canyon, one of the deepest and most beautiful in the world

      Karadakh gorge - a gorge of incredible beauty

      Overnight in tents alone with nature untouched by civilization

      Boat ride along the Sulak canyon

      Horseback riding in the mountains with stunning views of waterfalls, canyons and mountain rivers

      The old citadel city of Goor

      Dune Sary-Kum - one of the highest in the world
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