Here, at the very foot of the Main Caucasus Range, there is a country of blue lakes - the magnificent village of Arkhyz. This is an edge where you can take photos of alpine flowers on the background of snow, fragile ice floes in crystal lakes and mighty mountain peaks, over which snow-white Caucasian clouds are slowly floating!
What to expect
Thread route: Mineral Waters — pos. Arkhyz, Taulu Glade • Forest Lake • Sofia Waterfalls • Orlyonok Lake Lakes • Sofia Lakes, Aymatly-Dzhagaly Kel • Malaya Dukka River Cascade Lakes • Belorechensky Waterfall — Mineral Waters.
Travel dates for 2019 (7 days): June 09-15 June 16-22 June 23-29 June 30 — July 06 July 07-13 July 14-20 July 21-27 July 28 — August 3 August 4-10 August 11-17 August 18-24 August 25-31 September 01-07
11: 00-11: 30 (Moscow time) — group gathering at the railway station of Mineralnye Vody (near the main entrance from the city) and at the airport of Mineralnye Vody (near the main entrance). Transfer by minibus in the village. Arkhyz, at Taulu glade (about 3-3.5 hours).
After arrival, we set up a campground. Around us are mountains, high, tall fir trees, a picturesque Sophia range, and the river Psysh runs nearby! During the whole period of rest, our camp will be located in one place. Parking is located at an altitude of 1600 m. The duration of the transition from the minibus to the parking lot: 1-2 minutes.
Forest Lake. We will begin our acquaintance with Arkhyz with an easy walk at the foot of the Sophia Range. A smooth path, without climbing, will lead us along the coniferous forest. Along the route we will go to the Sofia River, then to the Psysh River. At the end of the route a forest lake awaits us. It hid from prying eyes under the shade of trees, in a quiet, wooded corner. Near the lake there is an excellent wooden shop for a photo shoot! The water in the lake is flowing, very clean and clear. Take swimsuits, we will swim;)) The active part of the route: 8.2 km, elevation difference 1580-1610 m, the duration of the route is 4 hours.
Sofia waterfalls. Today, part of the way we have to overcome the mountain transport — UAZ! Let's go on the Sofia valley, along the river Sofia. The road leads to a large tourist clearing called the Ice Farm. Further route to the waterfalls to be done on foot! First, the path goes through a coniferous forest, through small streams 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. The path to the waterfalls is not difficult, it will be within the power of every person. There is a constant, but a small climb. 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. And here nature created the mighty Sophia glacier. Its sharp, icy peaks run into the sky, from afar they look like huge fairy-tale creatures in snow caps and 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.
Lake Beam Eaglet. The Arkhyz mountain ranges are famous for their colorful lakes. Today we will see several reservoirs located on the Sofia Ridge. On the fir forest, along the Eaglet River, the trail will take us to the Sophia Range. Having passed the forest, we will go out to our favorite zone of alpine meadows, on a huge flower glade! This place is beautiful in summer, flowers are always blooming here. Our pictures will decorate yellow diapery, violet phloxes, blue forget-me-nots, white crocuses. Rise above! From here we will see the village of Arkhyz and the nearest mountain ranges. Next we reach a huge, surprisingly flat plateau, above which towers the spectacular mountain Kara-Jash. A little more — and we have a goal, near the first lake! The lakes of the Eaglet Beam are interesting in that they are all in small, stone bowls. The first lake is hidden in the forest zone, surrounded by shady pines. It is very cozy, surrounded by granite stones. The water here is completely clear, like rhinestone! The second lake has an emerald blue color. In the lake we bathe, have a rest and go back. The active part of the route: 12.6 km, elevation difference of 1600-2380 m, the duration of the route is 6-7 hours.
Sofia lakes, Aymatly-Dzhagaly Kel. Our tourists are always waiting for this tour with special impatience! After all, the Sofia lakes are the visiting card of Arkhyz.
Our walk today is the highest and longest. Early in the morning we will leave the camp on mountain transport 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. Having chosen the most beautiful lake, we will stop near it to rest. Swim, have lunch and go on. We have another lake ahead — Aymatly-Dzhagaly-Kel. Such an unusual name of the lake together we will train to pronounce! :)) Aymatly-Dzhagaly-Kel is translated as “a lake with rugged banks”. The shores here are really bizarre, wavy and even in the height of summer on one side of the lake you can always see small snowfields. The active part of the route: 12.3 km, elevation difference 2000-2890-1890 m, the duration of the route is 8-9 hours.
Day After yesterday's long walk, we rest today! For those who want to actively spend time in our camp there is an opportunity to play volleyball. Near the camp there is a rental of ATVs, mountain bikes. Also available are our favorite activities: horseback riding and rafting on a mountain river.
The cost of entertainment in the mountains: — mountain bike rental (1 hour): 150 rubles. — horseback riding (1.5 hours): 500 rubles. per person — rafting (2-2.5 hours, 7 km rafting): 900-1000 rubles. per person — ATV ride (1 hour): 2500 rubles. from the quad on which 2 tourists sit.
Small Dukka lakes. Today we go to admire the three colorful alpine lakes! The path lies along the Malaya Dukka river, which makes many ornate twists and turns along the valley, showing tourists its playful disposition. In July, rhododendrons, pink mountaineers, purple bells, geraniums and baby-blue forget-me-nots bloom here. In August, berries appear along the route — ripe blueberries and lingonberries. After just a couple of hours, the first lake of dark green color will appear before us. The water in the lake is very clear and attracts swimming! Climbing a little up the stone moraine, there is another huge rock circus with a beautiful, emerald-blue lake! Almost all summer on the slopes of the circus lies snow, which sparkles in the sun and is reflected by snow-white icebergs in the calm surface of the lake. In this beautiful place we will make a rest and lunch. But that is not all! Ahead of us is a group of small lakes and one large, dark emerald lake. From above the lake looks like a giant green lizard! Near the lake we take pictures, relax and go back. The active part of the route: 11.8 km, elevation difference of 1920-2600 m, the duration of the route is 7-8 hours.
Waterfall on the White River. On this day we go for a walk in the gorge of the Belaya river. Excellent, smooth road will lead us to the picturesque valley of the river Psysh. On both sides of us are majestic mountain ranges: on the left is the Sophia Range, on the right, covered by the fir forest, the Gabula Range. In the distance there is the highest mountain of these places — Pshish (3790 m). On the way several times we will cross small rivers, until we reach the full-flowing Belaya River. Going to the river, the path will entice us to the waterfall! And around — beauty: high fir, the path of soft needles and green moss. Climbing up a little bit along the path we will reach the noisy Belorechenskoye waterfall. The active part of the route: 18.1 km, elevation difference 1600-1670 m, the duration of the route is 6-7 hours.
16:00 — transfer by minibus to Mineralnye Vody. 19: 00-19: 30 — arrival at the railway station and the airport of Mineralnye Vody, departure home.
At the request of the group, on the way back you can visit the hot thermal springs. These are mineral water pools 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
- Mountain Rides in the Three Gorges
- Accommodation on a paid tourist parking. In the parking lot equipped toilet, hot shower, bath, electricity constantly, it is possible to charge mobile phones and batteries.
- Services instructor guide
- Three meals a day
- Rental of group equipment (fire equipment, boilers, awning, gas burners, group first-aid kit)
What is NOT included in an offer
- Transportation costs to the beginning of the route and back (city Mineralnye Vody).
- Personal equipment (tent, backpack, sleeping bag, karemat). If necessary, our club will provide rental equipment.
- Insurance (optional)
- Thermal springs (optional)
- Additional fun in the mountains: — mountain bike rental (1 hour): 150 rubles. — horseback riding (1.5 hours): 500 rubles. per person — rafting (2-2.5 hours, 7 km rafting): 900-1000 rubles. per person — ATV ride (1 hour): 2500 rubles. from the quad on which 2 tourists sit.
What should a client bring
- Backpack / bag / suitcase for things
- 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 + 8… + 12C.
- Lightweight long sleeve shirt. A shirt will protect your hands and neck from burning.
- Running pants
- Trekking shoes / two pairs of sneakers
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
- Backpack for walking (volume 15-20 liters)
- Sunscreen, hygienic lipstick
- Protective cream against insect bites. In the evenings there may be mosquitoes.
- Individual first aid kit. Required: elastic bandage, patch.