West Caucasus: Teberda - Dombay
Hardly any other part of the Caucasus can boast so gracefully shaped granite pyramids and towers with small, lace-like glaciers having over green, lavishly wooded valleys, crystal clear streams and more than a hundred tarns, enlivening scree cirques with the reflected sky and snow. Thanks to the National Reserve status accorded in 1936. Nonetheless, the area is a fairly well developed recreation and mountain sports center, the second one in the Caucasus after Baksan Valley. That means metalled roads coming very close to the Main Range at two points, hut-refuges, mountaineering bases with Rescue Service and comfortable hotels.
The first terminal point is the Dombay Glade (1630 m), the junction of three valleys, wooded and beautiful. The Amanauz, Alibek and Dombay-Ulgen, are encircled tightly by Main Range and two northern branches, which leave a narrow gorge between their arms for Amanauz River to run north and meet Gonachkhir coming from the right to form the Teberda River.
The Dombai Clade can boast cable lifts, neither of much use to walkers as time savers for approaches. A cable-gondola connects the Center of Glade (on the Amanauz’ right bank) with the upper station at 2520 m on the spur of Mussa-Achitara Peak (3012 m). The second tourist center in the area is the small town of Teberda (1300 m) 23 km downstream. There is a nature museum and a sort of zoo, keeping some species of the rich local fauna. Owing to the curative properties of the local climate, the town, buried in the tall pine forest, is considered to be a health resort. And no wonder. It has richly ozoned air, only 16 days a year without sun and 90 with no cloud, the rest – sunny with some cloud, and neither severe frosts nor oppressive summer heat typical of the foot-hills to the north.
Program of 8–days tour. Summer 2020:
Day 1 Arrival to Mineralnye Vody airport. 4-hours bus transfer to Dombai Glade (1630 m above the sea). Accommodation in a hotel.
Day 2 Acclimatization walk to Amanauz Valley and return to Dombai. Different altitude – 300 m. Night in the hotel.
Day 3 Hiking to Albek Glacier and Turie Lake (about 2200 m). Night in the hotel.
Day 4 Alpine walk to the Ridge Mussa-Achitara (3012 m) by gondola’s and chair lifts and walk to Chuchhur Waterfall. Night in the hotel.
Day 5 13 km transfer to Baduk Valley. Hiking to Baduk Lakes and return to Dombai. Different altitude – 600 m. Night in the hotel.
Day 6 Alpine walk to "Semenova - Bashi" view point (2400 m) and return to Dombai. Night in the hotel.
Day 7 30-min transfer to the Gonachkhir Valley. Visit to "Trout’s Lake" and walking around. Transfer to Teberda village, visit to nature museum and sort of zoo. Return to Dombai. Night in the hotel.
Day 8 Transfer to the airport, flight home.
Period – June - September
Price per person for guided group of 8 pax:
from 985 EUR€ p/pax
The cost includes:
- lodging in valley hotels according to the program;
- full board during stay in Caucasus region;
- all transfers according to the program;
- 1 CET Neva mountain guide;
- tents, kitchen utensils, gas and stoves;
- porters to Barankosh and Dajangikosh for bringing food and group equipment;
- necessary permits and registration;
- administrative fees in Kabardino-Balkaria Republic.
The cost does not includes:
- internal regular flights to Min. Vody airport and back;
- luggage air transportation;
- unexpected premature evacuation;
- cost of visa;
- additional personal porters;
- rental of personal equipment;
- personal expenses;
- extra pay due to change of the appointed departure time.