Mountain Hiking & Baku City trip

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  • Tour Duration 9 days
  • Azerbaijan
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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During this hike you will visit four valleys of mountain rivers. Walk through the areas of the Ismaili Nature Reserve and Shahdag National Park. Climbing the peaks of several mountains, we will spend the night in the highest mountain village Khinalig, which is one of the highest mountain villages in Europe (2150). You will see glacial lakes in the mountains as well as waterfalls.

After this beautiful mountain route you will visit the largest city of the Caucasus, Baku with its narrow streets, modern pedestrian streets, interesting shopping malls, amazingly tasty cuisine, modern 16 km long boulevard, museums, restaurants, cafes, etc..

Locations you will visit

  • Baku
  • Chaygovshun Village
  • Ismayilli Nature Reserve
  • Goychay River head
  • Transition of the Main Caucasian Range (from South to North)
  • Valley of Blue Glacial Lakes
  • Garadagh Mountain
  • Valley of the Agchay River
  • Khaput Village
  • Agchay River
  • Gudalchay River
  • Khinalig Village
  • Gudalchay River
  • Salavat pass
  • Transition of the Main Caucasus Dividing Range (from North to South)
  • Mount Chanahyandyran
  • Mychig River
  • Mychig Waterfall
  • Demiraparanchay River
  • Gotur Mountain
  • Mountain glacial Lake Gotur
  • Demiranparanchay River
  • Laza Village

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in 4* hotel in Baku and comfortable guesthouse or tent during the mountain trip
  • Full board during the mountain tour - breakfast in Baku
  • Accompanying English speaking guide (instructor and assistant)
  • Rental of equipment made available by the programme
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Surcharge for special requests on meals and services
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time
  • Rental of personal equipment (sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)
  • Insurances
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Visas (if applicable) & any other administrative costs
  • Surcharge for public holidays
  • Fees for video and photo shooting

Your Itinerary – in Brief:

Day 1: Arrival in Baku – Chaygovshun village
Day 2: Chaygovshun village – Goychay river – Ismayilli reserve (17 km)
Day 3: Main Caucasian Range – Valley of the Blue Glacial Lakes – Garadagh Mountain – Valley of the Agchay River (14 km)
Day 4: Khaput village – Gudalchay River – Khinalig village (13 km)
Day 5: Gudalchay River – Salavatpas – Canakhyandyandyran mountain (14 km)
Day 6: Mychig River – Mychig Waterfall – Demiraparanchay River – Gotur Mountain (9 km)
Day 7: Laza village – Baku
Day 8: Baku
Day 9: Baku – Departure

Day 1Arrival in Baku - Chaygovshun village

Arrival in Baku. Meeting at the airport.

Timetable:
• Departure to the village Chaygovshun (200 km)
• Arrival, rest and acclimatization
• Light dinner

Overnight stay in the local guesthouse.

Day 2Chaygovshun village - Goychay river - Ismayilli reserve (17 km)

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

Timetable:
• The route starts at the village of Chaygovushan on the right bank of the Goychav
river along the picturesque valley that takes us to the nature reserve Ismavilli
brings
• On a part of the road we see the confluence of 3 rivers in the mountains and we
cross the Goychav river
Lunch and rest
• We take the path along the valley of the leftmost river of this trinity where it leads
us to an open plain between the edge of the forest and the bank of the river
• At this altitude of 1850 m the camp will be set up

Dinner and overnight stay in a tent.

Day 3Main Caucasian Range - Valley of the Blue Glacial Lakes - Garadagh Mountain - Valley of the Agchay River (14 km)

Breakfast at the tent camp.

Timetable:
• Along the southern slopes of the Main Caucasian Range we continue along the
alpine meadows and go to the north side
• During the climb we get a beautiful view of the southern lowlands of Azerbaijan
and the peaks of the Lesser Caucasus
• We descend to a plateau of alpine lakes called Gay Noor (blue lakes), 7 high
altitude lakes with crystal clear glacier waters
• Near the lakes we stop for lunch and some rest
• At dawn we start our tour and climb 3 km along the southern slope of Mount
Garadag (3649 m) and you will be amazed by the beautiful landscape
• After the summit of Garadagh, the path gradually descends, heading northwest
through the alpine meadows to the valley of the Agchay (White River)
• After a descent to a height of 2006 m we arrive at the bank of the Agchay river
and you see the summer pastures of the shepherds

Dinner and overnight stay in a tent on the banks of the river.

Day 4Khaput village - Gudalchay River - Khinalig village (13 km)

Breakfast at the tent camp.

Timetable:
• After lunch we go to the village of Khaput where we climb the pass that leads to
the valley of the Gudyalchay river
• At 3 km from the village we climb a pass with an altitude of 2590 m and you can
clearly see the village of Khinalig
• Here we make a stop for lunch and rest
• After a descent to the northwest we find ourselves on the banks of the river
Gudyalchay and cross the river after which we reach the village of Khinalig

Dinner and overnight stay with the hospitable villagers.

Info: Overnight stay at an altitude of 2100 m. The locals call themselves Ket, and the language is Kets. During the excavations artefacts were found that date from the 1st millennium BC. Around Khinalig there are many old cemeteries.

Day 5Gudalchay River - Salavatpas - Canakhyandyandyran mountain (14 km)

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

Timetable:
• Our tour starts at the old mill on the banks of the Gudalchay river (the springs,
which start with 4 different tributaries flowing out of the gorges, forming a single
river)
• After 3 km on the left bank we approach the shepherds’ summer pastures
(letovka – summering) after which we approach a waterfall (10-12 m)
• The gorge narrows to form a narrow canyon so that the path rises up the hill
• At the confluence of the Mukuzchay River with the Gudalchay River, the path
leads to the right bank, which can be crossed on foot or on horseback
• Then we go south, in the direction of the Salavat Pass to the upper reaches of the
Gudalchay River and we come to a place where there are several caves
• After the caves, after 3 km, the path ascends to the Salavat Pass, which is located
on the dividing line of the main Caucasus
• Here we take a break for lunch
• We continue along the main ridge in a northwesterly direction to the top of
Chanakhyandyran – 3272 m and cross the pass

Dinner and overnight stay in a tent.

Day 6Mychig River - Mychig Waterfall - Demiraparanchay River - Gotur Mountain (9 km)

Breakfast at the tent camp.

Timetable:
• We go southwest, on the left side of the Mychig river until the confluence of the
Demiraparanchay river. The name comes from the old mountain village Mychig,
which was abandoned more than 100 years ago by its inhabitants and of which
we will pass the ruins
• On the way we stop for rest and lunch
• The route goes along a winding road and offers beautiful views of the
Demiraparanchay Valley and the Main Caucasian Range
• After 3 km from the summit of Gotur (2800 m), we reach a large mountain lake
Gotur with crystal clear water
• Further down the trail, after 4 km (1600 m), we leave the road to the waterfall of
the Mychig river (40-50 m)

Dinner and overnight stay in a tent.

Day 7Laza village - Baku

Breakfast at the tent camp.

Timetable:
• In the morning we continue via winding paths to the village of Laza
• As the route progresses, we will see many shepherds summerings
• On the way to the village we see the second waterfall (10 m)
• Lunch in the village of Laza
• Return to Baku

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8Baku

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour Baku:
• Old town: “Icheri Sheher” (Maiden Tower IX-XIII, Shirvanshahs’ Palace ХV)
• The Museum of Miniatures Books
• Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum
• Little Venice and the Boulevard
• Heydar Aliyev Center
• Highland park
• Nizami Street (“Torgovaya”), the central pedestrian and shopping street

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9Baku - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time.

Departure. The local partner will take you to the airport.

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