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Excursions in Dombay

Excursions in Dombay

Have you seen the peak of Belalakai and the peak of Ine? If not, you should go here.

In the heart of the Caucasus, on the territory of Karachayevo-Cherkessia, it is a wonderful region - Teberda-Dombai. This tourist center is located at the foot of the Main Caucasian Ridge, mountains rise around 2500-4000 m high. Dombai is rightfully considered one of the brightest corners of the Western Caucasus! It is famous for its large-scale and panoramic views. In these places it is very easy to see snow and bright flowers in one frame.

In July, tourists come here to enjoy the ice floes in the emerald lakes, flowering alpine meadows and glaciers on the slopes of the mountains. And in August, you can enjoy ripe blueberries, lingonberries and raspberries here.

In Dombay, there are more than 150 alpine lakes, 109 glaciers, and local waterfalls reach a height of 25 to 70 meters.

During the week we will live in a hotel in the village. Dombai and daily take walks in the lakes, waterfalls and ancient temples of this region.

We recommend this route for tourists who are traveling for the first time to rest in these places. This tour contains gorges, which are the hallmark of Dombay!

Excursions in Dombay
Tour type:
Trekking and day walks
Number of participants:
From 4 to 12 people
7 days
370 USD
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Day 1

11: 00-11: 30 (Moscow time) - group gathering at the Mineralnye Vody railway station (near the main entrance from the city side) and at the Mineralnye Vody airport (near the main entrance). Transfer by minibus to the village. Dombay (travel time 4-4.5 hours). On the way - an excursion to the Shoanin temple and to the lake Kara-Kel. Clothing and shoes for the excursion on the first day: cap, T-shirt, trousers, sandals or light trekking shoes. With you in a backpack: raincoat, swimsuit, towel, camera, drinking water. There will be an opportunity to swim in the lake, water temperature + 15 ... + 18C.

Shoanin Temple. In the vicinity of the village of Costa Khetagurova, on the spur of Mount Shoana, is located Shoaninsky temple. It was built during the heyday of the Alanian state and dates from the 10th century. Along with the temples of the Lower Arkhyz fort, the Shoanin temple is one of the five most ancient temples in Russia. Byzantine architects engaged in the construction of Christian Alans. On the walls of the temples are the remains of ancient decorative painting. From the hill on which the temple is located, a magnificent view of the surroundings opens!

Lake Kara-Kel. On the outskirts of the city of Teberda is the warmest lake of the Teberda Nature Reserve - Kara Kel. In summer, the water temperature here reaches + 18 ... 20C. Translated from the local language, Kara-Kel means "black lake" - so it was called for the special, dark color of the water. The rocky peaks of Mount Kel-Bashi are reflected in the lake, and magnificent, high firs grow on the shore. The active part of the passage along the route: 1.6 km, sightseeing objects are located at an altitude of 1030 m (Shoanin Temple) and 1340 m (Kara-Kel).

15: 00-16: 00 - arrival in Dombay, checking into a hotel. Sightseeing tour of the village of Dombay.

Day 2

Gorge Dombay-Ulgen, Ptysh waterfalls. The first leg of the gorge is an unremarkable mountain road. We do not waste time walking on it, take an UAZ and go to the very heart of the mountains, the Dombay-Ulgen gorge! It is here that the highest point of the Western Caucasus - Mount Dombay-Ulgen (4047 m). If until this moment you saw alpine meadows only in pictures and on TV - get ready - today you will find yourself in a real alpine paradise !! First, we will walk past cozy birch groves, after which we will fall into the realm of huge flowers that bloom tremendously in July! It is worth freezing in place for just a minute - and you will already lose sight of your group - so tall grass and flowers are here. Climbing to the nearest hillock, involuntarily gasp! At this point, the gorge expands, as if it were opening its arms. Before us is a sea of ​​alpine meadows, mountain peaks, and at the end of the gorge the unsurpassed glacier Ptysh glistens in the sun. At first glance, it captivates tourists with its ideal, curved shape. But that's not all! Ahead we have waterfalls with colorful rainbows. It is immediately clear that Nature created this gorge with special love. Walking around these places is one of the most spectacular in Dombay! The active part of the passage along the route: 7.2 km, vertical drop 1950-2360 m, the duration of the route is 6-7 hours.

Day 3

Amanauz Gorge and Sufrudzhin Falls. At the very beginning of the route we will see small snowfields along the Amanauz River, which lie here almost all summer! After which our path will pass through a shady fir forest. Fir here, as it should be in the Caucasus, "above the sky", and in the distance, through the crowns of trees, the snow caps of the mountains are visible ... After half an hour walk, our eyes will open "Devil's Mill". At this point, the water runs along the canyon of the Amanauz River, does not fit into the channel provided to it, and circles with a quick foamy whirlpool, and then disappears in the depths under a snow grotto! After leaving the forest, we will go further along the gorge. Soon we will open small waterfalls flowing down the rocks. During the day, the rocks are heated by the hot summer sun and the water running along them becomes warm. In this place you can enjoy swimming! But the most important treasure of the Amanauz gorge is yet to come - a huge Sufrudzhin waterfall! Water escapes from the glacial grotto and a mountain stream rushes into the gorge with incredible noise, plunging from somewhere out of the heavens. And colorful rainbows sparkle around! The active part of the passage along the route: 5.8 km, elevation difference of 1600-2100 m, the duration of the route is 6-7 hours.

Day 4

Baduk lakes. Baduk River Gorge - like an illustration for a fairy tale! One can only dream of a walk in such a coniferous forest. The path runs past the high fir, spruce and thickets of fern. After 40 minutes, the trail leads to the confluence of two full-flowing rivers - Hadzhibey and Baduk. White, foaming water with noise runs down the gorge. In this place, on the big bridge over the river, excellent group photos are always obtained. Move on! The fir forest will be replaced by beautiful birches and soon the trail will lead us to the first lake. The highlight of Baduk Lakes is that they are all located in the forest zone. Deciduous trees grow at the very edge of the water and give a special picturesque lakes. Do you know what color of water is here? In sunny weather, Baduk Lakes shimmer with real, emerald color! The water here is incredibly clear, and beckons to swim. The active part of the passage along the route: 7.7 km, elevation 1400-1980 m, the duration of the route is 5-6 hours.

Day 5

Cableway to the horizon of the city of Mussa-Achitara. What a trip to Dombay can do without climbing the slope of Mount Mussa Achitara! The cable cars very quickly raise tourists up to a height of 3012 m! From here a beautiful panorama of the Main Caucasus Range opens, in clear weather you can see Elbrus and the three Dombay Gorges. At different levels of the mountain there are several panoramic platforms, as well as many cafes with national cuisine, where you can enjoy lunch in the fresh air. To the delight of tourists, many souvenirs are sold here, there is the opportunity to take pictures with a bear, a yak and even a camel! Duration of the tour: 5-6 hours.

Day 6

Alibek gorge, Alibek waterfall, Turye lake. All the most interesting is in the depths of the Alibek gorge! Therefore, we take mountain transport and drive on it the first 5 km of the road, which are unremarkable. Further, the path will lead us to the deer enclosure and lead to a huge flower meadow. In July, on the local alpine meadows, a real riot of colors: blue, purple, bright pink and yellow flowers will captivate you at first sight. And now add to this picture the snow-white Alibek glacier, which flaunts in the background. It immediately becomes clear why this gorge is so loved by tourists! The next interesting object on our way is Alibek waterfall. A huge, incredibly powerful stream of water falls from a height of 25 meters! Walking closer to the waterfall, we’ll take great pictures. Then we go to the observation deck, from where we will see the outlook of Mussa-Achitara, Mount Semenov-Bashi. Then we will go to the Alibek glacier, come close, and feel his icy breath! By dinner, we will arrive at the end point of our route - the emerald Turye Lake. In July, ice floes are still floating here and rhododendrons are blooming. In such a beautiful place we will have lunch and set off on the return trip. The active part of the passage along the route: 6.4 km, elevation 1850-2190 m, the duration of the route is 6-7 hours.

Day 7

Until 13:00 - free time. On this day, we recommend a walk in the souvenir market! Blueberry jam, mountain tea, magnets, luxury shawls, souvenir mugs! ... There is everything your heart desires here! Transfer by minibus to the city of Mineralnye Vody. On the way, an excursion to the Gonachkhir gorge, to Lake Tumanly-kel. An excellent, asphalt road leads to the lake. Tumany Kel or Trout Lake is located at an altitude of 1880 m. It is one of the warmest lakes of the Teberda Nature Reserve, the water temperature is +18 ... + 20C. The pond is large enough, its length is 275 m! The water in the lake, depending on the lighting, changes color from sky blue to emerald. To take beautiful pictures, we will slightly rise above the lake and in all its glory will see the snowy peaks of the Chotcha mountain range.

19: 00-19: 30 - arrival at the railway station and 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 hiking route may be changed.


Mineralnye Vody  - Shoanin temple - Kara-kel lake - Dombay-Ulgen gorge - Ptysh waterfalls - Amanauz gorge - Sufrudzha waterfall - Baduk lakes - cableway to the horizon Mussa-Achitara gorge - Alibek gorge - Alibek waterfall - Turie lake -  Mineralnye Vody  

Additional Information:

If you arrive the day before the start of the route or leave later, you can stay in Mineralnye Vody in the Teply Stan mini-hotel or the Gostiny Dvor hotel. There is also the opportunity to rent an apartment for a day, you will find many offers for renting apartments on the Avito resource.

General information on the route:

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Travel Area: RF, Karachay-Cherkessia, pos. Dombai
  • Types of Tourism: Hiking, Trekking, Mountain Hiking, Hiking
  • Format: Economy Tours, Sports Tours, Student Tours, Eco Tours, Climbing
  • Suitable for people: from 8 to 60 years old
  • Group size: 4 to 12 people
  • Experience Requirements: No Experience Required
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Included Options: Medical Support
  • Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Service in languages: Russian (English is agreed in advance)
  • Program start: Mineralnye Vody (railway station, airport) at 11: 00-11: 30 Moscow time
  • Program finish: Mineralnye Vody (train station, airport) at 19:30 Moscow time
  • Type of rest: hotel accommodation, light walks through the gorges.
  • Meals: two meals a day (breakfast in a cafe, lunch - packed lunch in the mountains).
  • The route passes at an altitude of 1,500–2350 m, we climb the cableway to a height of 3,012 m.
  • The length of the route: 38.6 km.
  • Mobile communication on the route: daily until 09:00 and after 18:00. During walks in the gorges, mobile communication is often absent.
  • Infrastructure. The village has small grocery stores, local residents sell homemade milk, cheese, ayran. There are a lot of cafes in the village, there is a pharmacy, a post office, Sberbank of Russia bank and an ATM. For payment in cafes and shops you should have cash; payment by bank cards is not developed.


To pass on tourist routes in this region, citizens of foreign countries (Ukraine, Belarus) need a pass to the border zone, which is issued within 30 business days (43 calendar days). After submitting an application for participation in the trip, we request a copy of the passport from each foreign tourist for a pass. For citizens of the Russian Federation, the issuance of a pass is not required, while traveling along the route, it is enough to have the original passport with you.

Equipment list

  • Cap / Panama
  • Jacket. Air temperature in the early morning and late evening + 8 ... + 12C.
  • Flisk
  • T-shirt
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirt. The shirt will protect your hands and neck from burning.
  • Running pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Trekking shoes / two pairs of thick-soled sneakers
  • Spanking (for walking in the hotel)
  • Swimsuit
  • Waterproof clothing or raincoat
  • Tracking sticks. Sticks significantly reduce the load on the knees. We recommend physically strong and healthy tourists to have sticks with them. Tourists who have problems with knees, joints and overweight should have tracking poles.
  • If necessary, the club provides trekking poles for hire.
  • Passport / birth certificate of a child. Be sure to have the original documents (not a copy).
  • Camera / Camcorder + Charger
  • Hairbrush
  • Sunglasses
  • 0.5 L plastic bottle (for drinking water on the route)
  • Toilet paper
  • Mug, spoon, knife. For lunch in the mountains we make tea, tourists take mugs with them. It is necessary to have a non-breaking mug (plastic or iron).
  • Thread, needle
  • Backpack for walks (volume 20-25 liters). The backpack contains personal items of a tourist, as well as public products for lunch, which are given by an instructor (the weight of the products is 400-600 grams).
  • Priest
  • Shoe dryers
  • Sunscreen, Hygiene Lipstick
  • Individual first aid kit. Mandatory: elastic bandage, patch.
  • Hat, gloves (for travel in September, October)
  • Thermos (for travel in September, October)
  • Flashlight (for travel in September, October)

The cost of a package of services - from 28400.00 Russian rubles * (USD / RRF rate = 77)

* Payment is made in Russian rubles !!!

The price includes:

  • Travel by minibus along the route
  • Access to the gorges by mountain transport (UAZ)
  • Registration of a pass to the border zone of Dombai
  • Environmental fees in the Teberda State Nature Biosphere Reserve
  • Entrance tickets for the cable car
  • Accommodation in the village Dombay in the hotel "Dombay Ice Cherry": double, triple rooms. Room amenities, TV, Wi-Fi.
  • Dombay Ice Cherry Hotel was built in 2015.
  • All rooms have modern furniture, quality plumbing. On the ground floor there is a cafe; here at any time you can get hot water for tea in a thermal sweat.
  • A cozy lounge with a fireplace and a gazebo with barbecue facilities in the courtyard are places where we always gather as a group for evening games and gatherings.
  • In the courtyard of the hotel has its own parking for cars.
  • Meals: breakfast in a cafe (day 2-7), lunch - lunch in the mountains during walks (day 2-6).
  • Rental of group equipment: boilers, gas burners (for making tea for lunch in the mountains), a first-aid kit.
  • Services of a guide-instructor

The price does not include:

  • Transportation costs to the beginning of the route and back (Mineralnye Vody).
  • Meals: dinner. The cost of dinner in a cafe: 250-350 rubles.
  • Supplement for single occupancy in a hotel room - 3600 rubles. for the entire period of rest.
  • Thermal springs (optional)
  • Insurance (optional)



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