Like gems, lakes are scattered in mountain gorges and form a real necklace - “Blue Necklace of Arkhyz”. The Sofia lakes, Crater, Belorechenskoye, Seven-color lake - the most precious jewelry of this necklace! Along the route we will walk along the Sofia ridge and the Gabulu ridge, we will see 15 multi-colored lakes and waterfalls 70 meters high.
What to expect
For passage on the tourist routes of this region, citizens of foreign countries (Ukraine, Belarus) need a pass to the border zone , which is issued within 30 working days (43 calendar days). For citizens of the Russian Federation, a pass is not required; it is enough to have the original passport with you (a copy of the passport is not suitable).
Thread route: Nevinnomyssk - pos. Arkhyz - Glacier Farm - Sofia Waterfalls (light) • valley of the r. Ak-Airy - Irkiz Pass - Sophia Lakes • Kara-Jash Pass - Crater Lake - Upper Comma Lake - Lower Comma Lake • Psysh Valley - Belorechenskiy Waterfall • Dnevka • Gabulu Ridge - Belorechenskoye Lake • Ai Yulu Pass - Seven-Color Lake • Valley Bolshaya Dukka River • Village Arkhyz - Nevinnomyssk.
Dates of the trip for 2019 (9 days): July 27 - August 4 August 17-25
09:00 (Moscow time) - group gathering at the railway station of Nevinnomyssk (near the main entrance from the city). Transfer by minibus in the village. Arkhyz (about 3 hours). From here to the starting point of the route there is only 16 km along the mountain road. We do not waste time and energy on going on foot, we immediately get into the UAZ and drive to the mountains (about an hour's journey). The road leads to a large tourist clearing called the Ice Farm . After arrival, we set up a tent camp and go for a walk lightly!
Sofia waterfalls. The path to the waterfalls goes through a coniferous forest, small rivers and dense birch groves. The higher you climb, the more the landscape changes: the fir forests remain behind, stony areas appear, in some places the snowfields that have not yet melted can lie. With each step, we gradually climb higher and higher. And it is worth turning back - and right there the valley of Sofia will give us extraordinary views! One of the symbols of Arkhyz is the beautiful mountain Sofia . Its height is 3637 m. On its slope, nature has created the mighty Sophia glacier. Its sharp, icy peaks rest against the sky and from afar resemble huge fairy-tale creatures in snow caps, with a thick beard. In the warm season, the glacier melts, and magnificent Sofia waterfalls are formed. The height of the waterfalls - 70 meters !!! With an incredible noise, a huge mass of water falls down onto dark rocks and gives rise to the white, foaming Sofia river. The active part of the route: 5.5 km, elevation difference 2000-2300 m, the duration of the route 5-6 hours.
The valley of the Ak-Airy river - the Irkiz pass (2880 m, 1A) - Sofia lakes. Our route is good because there is no need to carry food for all the days of the trip! Today, we take with us food only for the next three days (weight about 3-3.5 kg). Products for the second part of the trip will be brought to us later =)).
The Sofia lakes are the trademark of Arkhyz! Early in the morning we will gather the camp and head to the valley of the Ak-Airy river. Next, we will walk higher and higher and higher! Fir forests gradually replaced by alpine meadows, after which there will appear whole glades of rhododendrons and juniper. Small waterfalls roll down from the walls of the gorge, and the cleanest river Ak-Airy runs nearby. Ahead is the ascent to the Irkiz pass (2880 m, 1A). The rise is not easy, but right after the pass a real country of lakes opens up. The spirit captures from the beauty seen! The Sofia lakes are bright, multi-colored, decorated with small snowfields and emerald ice in early summer. In one lake, the water has an unusually blue color, in the other - turquoise, and the third - a lake with water the color of steel. The active part of the route: 4 km, elevation difference 2000-2890-2820 m, route duration 5 hours.
The Kara-Jash Pass (2960 m, 1A) - the peak of Mingi-Kul-Bashi - the Upper and Lower Commas lakes. Today we have a very lake day again! Climbing up to the Kara-Jash Pass, we will see Lake Upper Comma. Often tourists call this lake "Fish Eye". The lake really looks like a gigantic fish , with a real eye. In clear weather, let's go even higher and climb to the top of Mingi-Kel-Bashi . From it opens INCREDIBLE PANORAMA on the lakes of the Sophia mountain range !!! In addition, we will admire Elbrus and the highest point of Arkhyz - Mount Pshish (3790 m). We descend down, in front of us is still Lake Lower Comma. From a height the lake looks like a huge, emerald drop! In August, you can always eat blueberries near the lake)) The active part of the route: 7.5 km, elevation difference 2820-2960-2580 m, the duration of the route is 6-7 hours.
Valley Psysh - souvenir market Taulu - Belorechenskiy waterfall. We descend from the Sophia Range, which we love so much. On the way visit the local souvenir market, drink a delicious lemonade and go on! Without a climb we approach the confluence of the rivers Psysh and Belaya. Here will be our next night. Who is already tired, can lazily relax in the camp. And who wants new beauty, go to Belorechenskiy waterfall! From the river White path quickly runs into the forest and beckons for it. And around the beauty: tall fir, path of soft needles and green moss. Having climbed a little up the path, we will reach the noisy Belorechenskiy waterfall. The active part of the route: 17.3 km, elevation difference 2580-1600-1670 m, the duration of the route is 6-7 hours.
Day Today we rest, play games and pick berries =)) In July, we will be delighted by strawberry fields, and in August blueberries, lingonberries and raspberries will ripen.
Ridge Gabulu - Lake Belorechensk. New mountain range, new views! Through the fir forest and alpine meadows we smoothly climb the ridge of Gabula. Along the way there are rhododendrons, juniper, and even higher begins the harsh realm of stones and rocks. This is where the dark blue Lake Belorechenskoye is located . From the lake opens a magnificent panorama of snow-capped mountains, shrouded in a light bluish haze. The beautiful mountain of Sofia, Chuchhur-Bashi, Tokmak, the Sophia Ridge familiar to us and the owner of these places is the spectacular Pshish mountain! The active part of the route: 7.4 km, elevation difference of 1650-2750 m, the duration of the route is 7-8 hours.
The Ai-Julia Pass (2874, 1A) - lakes under the pass - Seven Color Lake. In the morning we leave Lake Belorechensk. Along the scree, we head towards the Ai-Yul pass, the name of which is translated as “Polar bear”. Since Arkhyz is a real country of lakes, under the pass of Ay-Yul pass we will meet five more clean alpine lakes. They will again amaze us with their beauty, shape and amazing color of water! We descend even lower to the seven-color lake. This picturesque reservoir fully justifies its name. The depth to the center of the lake is constantly increasing and under the bright sunshine the color of the water shimmers in several shades: it becomes light emerald, blue, and dark purple. But this is not all paint! In the evening, the sunset sky turns pink and is reflected in the lake. Can you imagine what a beautiful place we will spend tonight? ;))) The active part of the route: 3.8 km, elevation difference 270-2874-2430 m, route duration 4-5 hours.
Valley of the river Big Ducca. On this day, there will not be any ascents, the route is just a descent. The trail will pass along the stone moraine, and then will run along the Bolshaya Dukka river. In July, rhododendrons are in full bloom here, and in August, berry lovers will be able to feast on blueberries and lingonberries! From the confluence of the Malaya and Bolshaya Dukka rivers to civilization, only 18 km remains. We do not spend time on walks on dull, dusty roads, so we sit in a mountain UAZ and drive to the village of Arkhyz. Here we are waiting for a hiking bank))) The active part of the route: 8.9 km, elevation difference 2430-1880 m, the duration of the route is 3-4 hours.
Arkhyz village Lagman, ayran, shorpa, hichin :))). You can’t leave Arkhyz without tasting local dishes! Today we will have time to visit the cafe and enjoy a pleasant walk around the souvenir market. Each of you will surely take part of his beauty from Arkhyz, and still take a couple of cans of blueberry jam, mountain tea and a stack of magnets;))).
17:00 - transfer by minibus to Nevinnomyssk. 20: 00-20: 30 - arrival at the railway station of Nevinnomyssk, departure home.
At the request of the group, on the way back you can visit the hot thermal springs. These are pools with medicinal mineral water, where you can swim.
Depending on the weather conditions, the physical condition of the participants and other factors, the route of the trip may be changed.
What is included in an offer
- Travel by minibus on the route
- Rides on mountain transport in the gorge
- Group registration in the MES
- Group equipment rental (fire equipment, boilers, gas burners, group first-aid kit)
- Accommodation on a paid tourist parking
- Services instructor guide
- Three meals a day
What is NOT included in an offer
- Transportation costs to the beginning of the route and back (Nevinnomyssk).
- Personal equipment (tent, backpack, sleeping bag, karemat). If necessary, our club will provide rental equipment.
- Thermal springs (optional)
- Insurance (optional)
What should a client bring
- Rain cape backpack
- Sleeping bag (comfort temperature 0 ...- 5С). Air temperature at night in a tent + 4 ... + 9C.
- Cap / panama
- Jacket. The air temperature is early in the morning and late in the evening + 6 ... + 10C.
- Lightweight long sleeve shirt. A shirt will protect your hands and neck from burning.
- Running pants
- Trekking shoes
- Walking shoes in the camp. In the morning and in the evening in the camp the grass is damp with dew. We recommend to have closed shoes, for example, galoshes.
- Flashlights (Gaiters, leggings, boot covers)
- Rainwear or rainwear
- Tracking sticks. Sticks significantly reduce the load on the knees. Physically strong and healthy tourists, we recommend to have a stick. Tourists who have problems with their knees, joints and obesity should have trekking poles. If necessary, the club provides trekking poles for rent.
- Passport / child's birth certificate. Be sure to have the original documents (not a copy). Documents must be tightly packed, for example, in a waterproof case.
- Camera, camcorder
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, razor, towel)
- Plastic bottle 0.5 liters (for drinking water on the route)
- Toilet paper
- Plate, mug, spoon. The plate and the cup should not be breakable (plastic or iron).
- Wet wipes
- Thread, needle
- Sunscreen, hygienic lipstick
- Individual first aid kit. Required: elastic bandage, patch.