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5 days in Dagestan
5 days in Dagestan

Caucasus sightseeing tour

New
5 days in Dagestan
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
7
Group size
to 16 person
Duration
5 days

Accommodation during the trip

4 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
7 August 2024
  • 7 August 2024
  • 10 August 2024
  • 14 August 2024
  • 17 August 2024
  • 21 August 2024
  • 24 August 2024
  • 4 September 2024
  • 7 September 2024
  • 11 September 2024
  • 14 September 2024
  • 18 September 2024
  • 21 September 2024
  • 25 September 2024
  • 2 October 2024
  • 5 October 2024
  • 9 October 2024
  • 16 October 2024
  • 23 October 2024
  • 26 October 2024
  • 30 October 2024
End date:
11 August 2024
459 EUR

The Republic of Dagestan is rich in unique places. It has the deepest canyon, the largest sand dune, and the oldest city in Russia. There is an underground waterfall, a narrow, labyrinth-like mountain gorge, and even its own Caucasian Trolltunga. In this program, you will see all the iconic locations of Dagestan without sacrificing comfort and time.

New
5 days in Dagestan
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 7
Group size
to 16 person
Duration
5 days

Accommodation during the trip

4 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
7 August 2024
  • 7 August 2024
  • 10 August 2024
  • 14 August 2024
  • 17 August 2024
  • 21 August 2024
  • 24 August 2024
  • 4 September 2024
  • 7 September 2024
  • 11 September 2024
  • 14 September 2024
  • 18 September 2024
  • 21 September 2024
  • 25 September 2024
  • 2 October 2024
  • 5 October 2024
  • 9 October 2024
  • 16 October 2024
  • 23 October 2024
  • 26 October 2024
  • 30 October 2024
End date:
11 August 2024
459 EUR

Experiences you'll have

This journey can be divided into 3 parts: visiting the foothills, mountains, and the Caspian Sea shore. You will enjoy the Sulak Canyon and Sarykum Barkhan in the first part. Explore mountain villages with centuries-old history and unusual waterfalls in the second. And in the third, you will see Russia's most ancient city and the Lun-class ekranoplan.

Daily transfers and hikes in the mountainous terrain await you. In the evenings you will rest in a modern hotel and guest house.

Other unique places you will visit:

  • ancient settlements of Gimry, Stary Goor, and Gamsutl preserving its own mystery
  • Saltinsky underground waterfall and Tobot waterfall falling from a 100 m height
  • Derbent and Juma Mosque: one of the oldest cities in Russia and the oldest mosque in the CIS
  • Chirkey Reservoir, the largest in the North Caucasus, where you will take a boat trip
  • the Stone Bowl: a system of stone halls with narrow passageways decorated with mosses and flowers
  • the Caucasian Trolltunga, a rock ledge overhanging the abyss where you can get great photos
  • the Karadakh Gorge, a long and narrow rock corridor where sunlight hardly gets through

The base rate is in RUB. The price in dollars (478 USD) depends on the exchange rate of the Central Bank of Russia minus 2% and is valid as of February 28, 2024.

Itinerary

The journey begins in Makhachkala, where you should get to on your own. We are ready to help with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment in the application.

 

This is a general plan of the tour, the route may vary depending on the weather conditions.

Day 1 The Sarykum dune and Sulak canyon

After meeting at Makhachkala airport you will go to the Sarykum Barchan. This is the largest dune in Europe and the third largest in the world: its height reaches 250 m. The dune is a part of the Dagestan Reserve and is considered a natural monument with unique flora and fauna. Here you can meet rare and endangered species of plants and birds listed in the IUCN Red List of Russia and Dagestan.

 

Then you will be taken to the Sulak Canyon, the largest in Russia and one of the deepest in the world. Its length is 53 km and its depth reaches 1920 m. You will stop at the viewpoint, enjoy the panorama, and drink tea.

 

Then you will move to Stary Zubutli village. Here you will take a boat trip along the mouth of Sulak River. 

 

In the evening you will arrive at Dubki village, where you will stay in a hotel, have dinner and rest.

Day 2 The Gimri Gorge and Mountain Dagestan plateaus 

After breakfast at the hotel, you will go to the mountainous part of Dagestan. Passing through the longest tunnel in Russia, you will get to the Gimrinsky Gorge. Visit Gimrinsky Tower, built in the 19th century to defend the nearby village. The guide will tell you what happened in these places during the Caucasian War. 

 

The next stop is the viewpoint of the Irganay reservoir, the second largest in Dagestan. Here you will have a picnic and admire the emerald water surface.

 

Then you will explore the Khunzakh plateau and Tobot waterfall, one of the largest and most powerful in this part of Dagestan. It falls into the gorge from 100 m height.


You will also visit the Matlas plateau. This is one of the most picturesque places in Dagestan, located at 1800 m altitude. Numerous canyons, waterfalls, and mountain lakes make the landscape especially beautiful.

 

Afterward, you will hike through the Kamennaya Chasha (Rus. for Stone Bowl) gorge. It is a stone hall system with narrow passages decorated with mosses and mountain flowers.


Lunch will take place on the shore of Mochoh Lake, located between two ridges. Then you will go to the tourist base in Chalda village. The day will be finished with a delicious dinner of Dagestani meals.


You will spend the night in a guest house in Chalda village.

Day 3 The Saltinsky waterfall and Gamsutl ghost aul

In the morning after breakfast, you will go to the Saltinsky waterfall. This is the only underground waterfall in Russia. It is formed by the Saltinka River, which falls through an almost perfectly round hole inside the gorge.

 

Then you will visit the Gamsutl ghost aul, called the Dagestani Machu Picchu. It is located on the mountain crest at 1500 m altitude above sea level. You will hike up to the aul on foot and walk along its ancient streets: look at the stone arches and inscriptions in Arabic carved on the stones. The guide will introduce you to the centuries-old settlement history, which the last inhabitant left in 2015.

 

Coming back down, you will have lunch in the guest house of Gunib village. Caucasian cuisine will be on the menu. Then you will be transferred to the guest house and have dinner.

Day 4 The Karadakh Gorge and Stary Goor aul

After breakfast at the hotel, you will go to the Karadakh Gorge, spread over more than half a kilometer. The depth of the gorge is about 170 m. In some parts, the high vaults are practically close together and huge stone boulders rise overhead.

 

Then you will move to Stary Goor aul, located on the edge of the abyss. A resident will give you a tour and introduce you to the history of the settlement. Everyone can take photos on the Dagestani Trolltunga, a rocky ledge above the 100-m abyss.

 

Afterward, you will move to Makhachkala, where you will check in at a hotel, have dinner and rest.

Day 5 Derbent

Today you will get acquainted with the sights of  Derbent, the oldest city in Russia.

 

First, you will take a look at the Lun-class ekranoplan, a unique military development of the USSR times, a hybrid of a sea vessel and an airplane. Now it is an exhibit of the open-air museum on the Caspian Sea shore.

 

Then you will be taken on a tour of the ancient fortress Naryn-Kala. This is the main attraction of Derbent, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortress walls offer a magnificent panorama of the ancient city and the coast of the Caspian Sea.

 

Coming from the fortress, you will visit Juma Mosque, the oldest mosque in Russia, built in the late XIV century.

 

You will have lunch at the guest house and then will be taken to the airport of Makhachkala.

New
5 days in Dagestan
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
7
Group size
to 16 person
Duration
5 days

Accommodation during the trip

4 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
7 August 2024
  • 7 August 2024
  • 10 August 2024
  • 14 August 2024
  • 17 August 2024
  • 21 August 2024
  • 24 August 2024
  • 4 September 2024
  • 7 September 2024
  • 11 September 2024
  • 14 September 2024
  • 18 September 2024
  • 21 September 2024
  • 25 September 2024
  • 2 October 2024
  • 5 October 2024
  • 9 October 2024
  • 16 October 2024
  • 23 October 2024
  • 26 October 2024
  • 30 October 2024
End date:
11 August 2024
459 EUR

Accommodation during the trip

The first night you will spend in the Khadum Hotel in Dubki village. You will stay in comfortable double rooms with double or twin beds and a private bathroom.

 

Two nights will be spent in the Safar Guest House in Chalda Aul on the bank of the river. You will stay in double rooms with double or twin beds and a private bathroom. There is a bar, a garden, and a terrace on the territory.

 

The last night you will spend in Makhachkala in the Shato Hotel. Accommodation in a standard double room with twin or double beds and a private bathroom awaits you. The room has AC, a fridge, a TV, a safe, a minibar, an iron, and a hairdryer. There is a restaurant in the hotel.

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What will the weather be like +

In the second half of April, the air temperature does not rise above +15 °C. In May the air warms up to +20...+24 °C. Summer in Dagestan is hot, the air temperature is +28...+30 °C.


In September the daytime temperature is about +24 °C. In October it is cooler, the thermometer does not rise above +16 °C.


In mountainous areas, it can be 3-5 °C cooler.

What to bring with me +
  • documents (passport and health insurance policy)
  • comfortable clothes
  • windbreaker 
  • small backpack for radial walks
  • comfortable shoes for long hikes
  • swimsuits/swimwear
  • repellents
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • personal first aid kit
Meals +

The tour price includes 3 meals a day with Caucasian cuisine. Additionally, you will need to pay for breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 5.

 

If you prefer vegetarian meals or have any other special food preferences, please let us know when making your request.

What transport is used on the route +

All transfers along the route will take place in air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter minibusses. On Day 1 you will take a speedboat ride on the Sulak River, and jeeps will take you to the village of Staroye Zubutli.

Who will be my guide +

You will have an experienced guide and driver with you throughout the journey.

Mobile connection +

There will be mobile communication in the vicinity of Derbent and Makhachkala. There is no signal in the mountains.

Booking

New

5 days in Dagestan

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 7
Group size
to 16 person
Duration
5 days

Accommodation during the trip

4 nights

Languages

EN
guide
459 EUR
What's included in the price:
  • double accommodation per the program 

  • 3 meals a day

  • transfer from the airport and back

  • transportation service per the program

  • guide service

  • all excursions per the program

  • entrance tickets to facilities and eco fees

Extra charge:
  • airfare to Makhachkala and back

  • single accommodation (+10,000 rub/pp)

  • additional charges in tourist complexes

  • visa

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • double accommodation per the program 

  • 3 meals a day

  • transfer from the airport and back

  • transportation service per the program

  • guide service

  • all excursions per the program

  • entrance tickets to facilities and eco fees

  • airfare to Makhachkala and back

  • single accommodation (+10,000 rub/pp)

  • additional charges in tourist complexes

  • visa

7 Aug 2024, Wed — 11 Aug 2024, Sun
459 EUR
10 Aug 2024, Sat — 14 Aug 2024, Wed
459 EUR
14 Aug 2024, Wed — 18 Aug 2024, Sun
459 EUR
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