Arkhyz is the land of mountain lakes, these are dense coniferous forests, bright alpine meadows! This is a noisy river and waterfalls. Arkhyz is the snow on the mountainside in the middle of summer. These are delicious blueberries, raspberries and real ice floes floating in sky-blue lakes! That is why Arkhyz is called the pearl of the Caucasus!
What to expect
Thread of the route: Mineralnye Vody — Alan settlement, face of Christ • Sofia waterfalls • lakes of Malaya Dukka river • Chigardala waterfall • Sofia lakes, Aymatly-Dzhagaly lake Water.
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). Directions to Mineralnye Vody. Transfer by minibus in the village. Arkhyz (about 3-3.5 hours).
Excursion to the Alan settlement, the face of Christ. Excursion to the Alan settlement is one of the easiest in the vicinity of Arkhyz. Here you can plunge into ancient history — see the ancient menhirs, Byzantine temples and try the water from the Holy Spring! Scientists suggest that here, in Arkhyz, was the capital and center of ancient Alanya. The area of the ancient settlement extends over four and a half kilometers! On the territory of the archaeological complex, many historical sights have been preserved: three monumental temples of Byzantine architecture of the X century, the Solar Calendar, the stern menigir warrior, the ruins of residential and industrial buildings of Alans. In 1999, in the same area, on the slope of the Matseshta ridge, an amazing cave art was discovered — the Face of Christ. It is located in a small sandstone grotto, the size of a rock drawing is 140 by 80 cm. From the rock on people wisely looks Jesus Christ, who looks exactly to the east. If we draw a conditional line, it will pass just through the Northern temple of the Lower Arkhyz settlement. To go up to the Face of Christ, we have to overcome 527 steps! Duration: 3 hours.
Check-in at the hotel around 16:00, a sightseeing tour of the village of Arkhyz.
Sofia waterfalls. Having left the boundaries of Arkhyz, we will have to overcome part of the further route in mountain transport — UAZ! Our path lies in the direction of the confluence of the rivers Psysh and Sofia, then — up the Sofia Valley. All the way to the mountain car on the road takes about an hour. Further route from the Glacier Farm to the waterfalls themselves 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 snowy fields that have not yet melted can appear. The path to the waterfalls is easy, it will be within the power of every person. There is a constant, but a small climb. With each step you quietly rise higher and higher. But it is worth turning back — and right there the valley of Sofia will give you 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 abut the sky and 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 of 2050-2300 m, the duration of the route 5-6 hours.
Small Dukka lakes. Today we go to admire the three colorful alpine lakes! Our path lies along the Malaya Dukka river, which makes many ornate twists and turns along the valley, showing tourists its playful disposition! Bright, pink mountaineers, purple bells, geraniums and baby-blue forget-me-nots bloom nearby. 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! At this time on the slopes of the circus there will still be snow, which sparkles in the sun and is reflected by snow-white icebergs in the calm surface of the lake… Climbing up the Angel Pass (2600 m, n / k), we will open another chain of small alpine lakes. There will be no more ascents on the route, just a descent ahead! On the way down, on the mountainside, we will definitely see an Olympic bear with a ball, created by nature itself. And then — another large, dark emerald lake, on top similar to a giant green lizard! We get down to the lake, have a rest and come back. The active part of the route: 11.3 km, elevation difference 1890-2550 m, the duration of the route is 8-9 hours.
Chigardala Falls The gorge of the Kyzgych River is rich in sights: here is the Sleeping Lake, the Mountain Ostanets and the Chigardala Falls. The path to the waterfall is on a flat forest road, without climbs =)). C two sides rise mountain ranges, covered with slender fir. And far away on the horizon white snow caps are seen on the peaks of the Main Caucasian Ridge. Part of the way we will go along the emerald Kyzgych river, sometimes going down very close to it. Just before the waterfall itself begins the ascent through the coniferous forest. The Chigardala Falls has several cascades staggered above each other. Along the river are scattered huge stones and fallen trees covered with moss. The main waterfall is hidden even higher! He falls light, snow-white stream from a stone ledge. At noon, the sun almost completely illuminates it, causing the waterfall to sparkle! Here you can easily practice taking photos with “silk water”. The active part of the route: 17.9 km, elevation difference 1465-1730 m, the duration of the route 7-7.5 hours.
Sofia lakes, Lake 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. To see these particular lakes, tourists come here hundreds of kilometers away!
Our walk today is the highest and longest. Early in the morning we will drive on the UAZ to the foot of the Sofia ridge, from where we will go to the valley of the Ak-Airy river. Today we will climb 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 indented shores”. 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: 13.2 km, elevation difference 2000-2880-1890 m, the route duration is 8-9 hours.
!!! We start the excursion to the Sophia Lakes from July 5-7 due to the fact that until this time the lakes are still under ice and have not thawed. In this case, tourists visit the lake Aymatly-Jagaly-Kel.
Rafting on the river Big Zelenchuk Today we have scheduled rafting — riding on the river! Accompanied by an instructor, we will walk seven kilometers along the Bolshoi Zelenchuk light emerald river. This is the main, largest river Arkhyz, its length is 158 kilometers. An experienced instructor will train and instruct on safety before rafting, then put on life jackets, helmets — and go! Bright sun, wind, splashes of water — all this is rafting! Special training and experience for the alloy are not required. The instructor will teach you to row, drive a raft, turn around. To learn how to skillfully and smoothly manage the raft, you have to become one team! A sea of pleasure and adrenaline will be provided to all)). Rafting clothing: swimsuit or shorts + T-shirt. On the rafting issue a wetsuit, special socks, shoes, a life jacket and a helmet. Wetsuit is worn on top of a swimsuit or shorts with a T-shirt. The active part of the route: the length of the route is 7 km, the duration is 1.5 hours (instruction + rafting). !!! Rafting on the Bolshaya Zelenchuk river is carried out from June until it allows you to make the water level in the river. Usually in the first half of October, the water in the river is not enough to carry out the rafting.
Horseback riding. Nature, forest, mountains, fresh Arkhyz air! Horse riding always gives unforgettable emotions to both children and adults. The instructor will teach us how to properly manage and stay in the saddle. Everyone will choose a horse for themselves — and go for a walk along the forest paths! On the way, we will definitely stop and arrange a photo session!
Barite waterfall Being in the village of Arkhyz, already from afar one can see the barite beam, which quickly rises along the Abishir-Akhub ridge. The beam is so called because in the last century barite was mined here — a heavy white mineral with a glass shine. The ascent to the Barite waterfall goes along the cleanest mountain river and alpine meadows. The trail rises higher and higher and gradually leads to the fir forest. Here begins the realm of soft, green mosses and lichens, mushrooms grow, and on the slopes of the forest ripe berries are hidden from tourists =). A small crossing over the river — and a waterfall opens right in front of you ! He slowly falls from a cliff and a light wind spreads water spray, which in the sun immediately turn into a multi-colored rainbow. Climbing a little higher, the trail leads to a viewing platform. In the summer, there are still snowfields here, and under their feet — lawns of flowering herbs — real, colorful alpine carpets! From here, as in the palm of your hand, you can see the village of Arkhyz, the green valley of the river Kizgych and the ridge Morkh-Syrt. The active part of the route: 5.8 km, elevation difference 1470-2030 m, the duration of the route 5-6 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.
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
- Accommodation in the village. Arkhyz in the hotel "Forget-Me". Double, triple rooms "Standard". Room amenities, tv. Hotel "Forget-Me-Not" was built in 2016. All rooms have modern furniture, high-quality sanitary ware. The hotel has a dryer for shoes, washing machine. On the ground floor there is a large kitchen where tourists can cook for themselves. The kitchen has a refrigerator, stove, kettle, microwave, multi-cooker. The kitchen as well as the cozy lounge are the places where we always gather as a group for evening games and get-togethers :)). In the courtyard of the hotel has its own parking for cars.
- Nutrition: Breakfast in a cafe (day 2-7), lunch — dry ration in the mountains during radial routes (day 2-7).
- Rental group equipment: boilers, gas burners (for making tea for lunch in the mountains), group first-aid kit.
- Ecological fees in Teberdinsky State Natural Biosphere Reserve.
- Driving on the route by mountain transport (UAZ).
- Horseback riding
- Services instructor guide
What is NOT included in an offer
- Transportation costs to the beginning of the route and back (city Mineralnye Vody).
- Meals: dinner. The cost of dinner in a cafe: 200-300 rubles. The hotel "Forget-Me-Not" has a kitchen where tourists can cook for themselves.
- Insurance (optional)
- Surcharge for single occupancy in a hotel room — 4500 rubles. for the entire period of rest.
What should a client bring
- 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 with thick soles
- Flip flops (for walking in hotel)
- 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 + Charger
- Plastic bottle 0.5 liters (for drinking water on the route)
- Toilet paper
- Mug, spoon, knife. For lunch in the mountains we make tea, tourists take mugs with them. You must have a non-beating mug (plastic or iron).
- Thread, needle
- Backpack for walking (volume 20-25 liters). The backpack contains the personal belongings of the tourist, as well as social products for lunch, which are issued by the instructor (products weigh 400-600 grams).
- Shoe dryers
- Sunscreen, hygienic lipstick
- Individual first aid kit. Required: elastic bandage, patch.
- Hat, gloves (for trips in September, October)
- Thermos (for trips in September, October)
- Flashlight (for trips in September, October)