From Dombai to Arkhyz
10 days in wonderful nature of the North Caucasus
About the tour
This trek links together two popular and neighbouring ski resorts in Karachai-Cherkessia: Dombay and Arkhyz. You'll be amazed by the fantastic views of the peaks and glaciers of Dombai, the fabulous Aksaut forest reserves, the bewitching symphony of air clouds of the Mysty-Bashi ridge, the emerald and sky-azure mountain lakes.

The route of the tour from Dombay to Arkhyz isn't considered as difficult but the overall 8 days in nature are demanding and require physical and emotional preparedness.
Day-to-day plan
Dates: July 29. - August 7.
Day 1 - 29.07
In the afternoon, the transfer takes you from Mineralnye Vody airport or railway station (also possible from Pyatigorsk) to Arkhyz village. You may share a car with some of the tour participants or it's an individual transfer if they come from other places. In Arkhyz you check in at a cozy hotel and have some free time to explore the village, buy some snacks for a hike, and enjoy your dinner in a cafe.

* This day is rather flexible and we can discuss the schedule as soon as you know your exact arrival information.
* Let us know if you need some items to rent.

Transfer: 3.5 - 4 hours by car
Meals included: none
Overnight: hotel in Arkhyz village (double or single occupancy)
Day 2 - 30.07
In the morning, off we go on our adventure! We meet the guide and the rest of the group and set off from Arkhyz. The hiking path to our destination starts right in the village and takes about 14 km. In the evening we reach the first camp where we set up the tents and have a hot dinner. It's located at the edge of Chabakly lake.

Distance: 14 km
Altitude change: from 1500m to 2500m.
Meals included: breakfast at the hotel, dinner in a camp
Overnight: tent
Day 3 - 31.07
Have you ever crossed a mountain pass? In this tour, you'll make even three and today it's your first one! After a quick breakfast and packing, we start the hike and within nearly 2 hours we reach the Lake pass (Озерный перевал) at the altitude of 2600m. Then the way always goes down to the valley of the river Marukha where we spend the upcoming night. If we are lucky we can find blueberries on the way along with mint, thyme and other herbs to brew delicious tea.

Distance: 13 km
Altitude change: from 2500m to 1800m
Meals included: breakfast and dinner in a camp
Overnight: tent
Day 4 - 01.08
After breakfast, we pack up the camp and start our way towards the second pass. Walking along the river Marukha we reach the border police office (a small hut) and show our permits and in the meantime have a break. The goal for today is to get as closer to the pass as possible so that on the following day it's easier to conquer it. The camp is planned at 2970m next to Khodiyka pass and with absolutely epic views!

Altitude change: from 1800m to 2970m
Meals included: breakfast and dinner in a camp
Overnight: tent
Day 5 - 02.08
Hiking in Aksaut valley to the camping point near a waterfall.

Distance: 7km hiking,
Altitude change: from 2970m to 1800m.
Meals included: breakfast and dinner in a camp
Overnight: tent
Day 6 - 03.08
Hiking for 12 km and overnight near the Alibek pass, at the shore of the Kty-Teberda river.

Distance: 12km
Altitude change: from 1800m to 2000m
Meals included: breakfast and dinner in a camp
Overnight: tent
Day 7 - 04.08
Hiking to a campsite in the middle of Alibek pass, at the shore of the Dzhalovchat river.

Distance: 7km
Altitude change: from 2000m to 2500m
Meals included: breakfast and dinner in a camp
Overnight: tent
Day 8 - 05.08
After conquering the Alibek pass you overnight at the Sulakhat campsite at the altitude of 2400m.

Distance: 5km
Altitude change: from 2500m to 3100+ (the highest point)
Meals included: breakfast and dinner in a camp
Overnight: tent
Day 9 - 06.08
Today's the last hiking day. We reach Dombay resort village so the hotel, hot shower and soft bed are waiting for you here.

Distance: 5km
Altitude change: from 2400m to 1600
Meals included: breakfast and dinner in a camp
Overnight: hotel in Dombay
Day 10 - 07.08
Transfer from Dombay village to the airport or railway station in Mineralnye Vody (for other options - contact us, please) at around 11:00 a.m.

Transfer: 3.5 - 4 hours by car
Meals included: breakfast at the hotel
Sounds awesome! Just afraid that I have almost no hiking experience. Will it be tough?
This trip is rather demanding. We recommend it for people who are experienced in multi-day trekking and sleeping in tents. However, the group will be led by a professional guide who will always help you.
What about shower and toilet on the way?
All campsites we will stay at aren't equipped with either of those. We keep ourselves clean by giving a quick rinse in rivers or boiling some water if needed. Please, find more explanation in this video
Packing list
This is a list we recommend using for packing. In case you are missing something or don't know what to take - let us know and we certainly find a solution!
Our team
Kseniia & Julia
Local travel experts
As organizers, we'll be in touch with you before, during, and after the trip to make it comfortable and smooth. Feel free to get in touch with us with all questions!
Alexander Pilyaev
Mountain guide
The North Caucasus is the most unique place in whole Russia, I believe. I love hiking and skiing there and it makes me happy to show it to travellers from all over the world.
What you get as a participant
We have included everything you need in this tour so that from arrival to return you have nothing to worry about.

The price is 46'000 RUB/person | 515 EUR | 580 USD
  • Transfer from Mineralnye Vody airport or Pyatigorsk to Arkhyz village and back from Dombay
  • Accommodation in a hostel in Arkhyz and Dombay before and after hike
  • Work of a certified guide
  • Meals: breakfasts and dinners during the trip (according to the day-to-day plan description)
  • General equipment and inventory (tent, cooking gear, gas)
  • First aid kit
  • Registration of border passes
  • National Park Fee
  • Phone consultations with an English-speaking specialist
Not included:
  • Flights from your city to Mineralnye Vody and back
  • Meals not listed in the description (snaks for all days)
  • Medical insurance
  • Rental of additional equipment
  • Personal expenses
Important: requests to join the tour can only be accepted until June 10. due to a long process of issuing border permits (45 days).
How to join?
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Have questions?
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