Wild rivers, waterfalls and canyons, old caravan paths, heavy thicket of the national park, Alpine meadows and highland lakes, mountain peaks, covered with snow, glaciers, stunning views of the West Caucaus.
Outfit recommendations: sport suit, windproof jacket, sneakers or sport shoes with slip resistant soles (tracking shoes preferred), bathing suit, cap, sun glasses, sun protection creme, knapsack, photo or video camera.
Special requirements: no medical contraindications to walking tourism; age limits: children up to 8 y.o.
Program 1: Khmelevkie Lakes, Achishkho plateau
Departure from the hotel at 8.00. Transfer to Krasnaya Polyana (1,5 hours). Meeting with the guide, brief training. A trip by an offroad car up a mountain serpentine to the height of 1 800 m, passing by a highland shelter, to the first lake (40 50 minutes). Walking tour along Alpine meadows to the observatory point at the spurs of the Achishkho mountain, which is called ‘meteorological station’ (2 000 m), 5 km. Here you will see another two small lakes with crystal-clear water. Light snacks and hot tea will be prepared specially for you. A splendid view of the Main Caucausian Range and its spurs, Apline flowers and herbs, snow fields and waterfalls. There is a chance that you will meet wild animals on your way (wild boar, bear, tur). Coming down to tourist shelter Achishkho (3 km, 2 hrs). Coming down to Krasnaya Polyana by an offroad car (20 minutes). Visit to dolmens on the way. Transfer to Sochi.
Location: Krasnaya Polyana, the Achishkho range. Territory of the Sochi national park.
Duration: 10 hours.
Length: 11 km by an offroad car, 8 km by foot.
Activities: tracking along Alpine meadows.
Price includes: transport according to the programme (microbus, GAZ 66 or UAZ), services of a guide, national park entrance fee, raincoat, light snacks, insurance.
Program 2: Climbing the Black Piramida peak. The Aibga range 2450 m.
Departure from the hotel at 8.00. Transfer to Krasnaya Polyana (1,5 hours). Meeting with the guide in the agency. Brief training. Coming up to Apline meadows at the height of 2 228 above sea level (1 hour) by cable road. Walking tour along the Aibga range with climbing the Black Piramida peak (2-2,5 hours). Wonderful views of the peaks and spurs of the Main Caucausian Range, Caucausian national park territory, river valleys and sea coast. A stunning view of Krasnaya Polyana settlement. In good weather the sea can be seen. Light snacks, hot tea. Coming back to the cable road will take an hour and a half. Coming down by the cable road. Transfer to the hotel.
Location: Krasnaya Polyana, the Aibga range.
Duration: 8-10 hours.
Length: 6 km by foot.
Activities: tracking along range of mountain with climbing to the pick.
Price includes: transport according to the programme (microbus, GAZ 66 or UAZ), a way up by ropeway, services of a guide, national park entrance fee, raincoat, light snacks, insurance.
Program 3: «Aibga Range Valley of the Psou river Aibga settlement»
Departure from the hotel at 9.00. Tranfser to Krasnaya Polyna environs (1 hours). Visit to ski complex (30 minutes). After coming up by cable-road (1 hour) to the height of 2238 m above sea level a walking tour starts (15 km). You will never forget the view of the mountain area of Abkhazia the Arabica plateau and the Ahk-Ag peak, which crowns it. We traverse the slope of the range and come to the relict wood, then to Aibga settlement, near which a waterfall (40 m height) without a name is situated. Transfer to Sochi along the valley of the Psou river.
Location: Alpica Service Ski Complex, the Aibga range, the Psou gorge. Territory of the Sochi national park.
Duration: 7-9 hours.
Length: 15 km by foot.
Activities: tracking along Alpine meadows and river valleys.
Price includes: transport according to the programme (microbus), pass to border area, services of a guide, national park entrance fee, raincoat, light snacks
For additional fee: picnic from 20 Euro per person.
Program 4: «The Akhun mountain the Orlynye Rocks the Agur gorge»
Departure from the hotel at 10.00. Tranfser to the Akhun mountain (30 40 minutes). A guided tour to the tower, built in the form of watchtowers of the Circassians. The tower provides a stunning view of the Sochi resort, surrounding mountains and the Main Caucausian Range. Walking tour along a wood path to the Agura river. A walk along the Orlynye Rocks ridge to the place, at which Prometheus was chained to a rock, as legend has it (3 km, 1,5-2 hours). Light snack and rest. Coming down the gorge of the Agura river: stunning rocks with rare pine trees, waterfall cascades up to 30 m high, relict plants, mountain holes (1,5 2 hours). Transfer to the hotel.
Location: Sochi, the Akhun mountain, Agur gorge.
Duration: 4-6 hours.
Length: 6 km.
Activities: car guided tour, walking tour.
Price includes: transport (microbus), services of a guide, national park entrance fee, raincoat, light snacks.