One day
Continuance
Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, Russia
Place
Bus tour, Excursion
Activities

Verkhnyaya Balkaria is an amazing place, nestled in the mountains and combining the true beauty of pristine nature, the grandeur of mountain peaks and the originality of ancient sights. Everyone should visit it at least once and see everything with their own eyes. Here everything around is saturated with uniqueness – air, mountains, ancient history. A small village high in the mountains with a special climate, local people, way of life and unhurried pace of life. Everything here is incredibly sincere and simple. The atmosphere is amazing, the air is fresh, the scenery is picturesque, the local food is delicious, and the peace and quiet is soothing. It is here that the true history of the entire Balkar people is hidden.

On the way to the famous village, we will visit a very popular tourist place – Blue Lake. The complex of blue lakes is a unique natural phenomenon of the republic, and of the whole country. Located in an incredibly picturesque place, among the greenery of forests and mountain peaks. Nature is calming and multifaceted.

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BLUE LAKES

Lower Blue Lake is the deepest karst lake in Russia and the second deepest in the world! There are no tributaries to the lake, but a stream flows out. The water in it is cold, about 9 degrees all year round and in all levels. Fish is not found in it due to the low salinity of the water. The water is blue and completely transparent, the smooth water surface reflects the sky and the surrounding landscape. Time seems to freeze here, and the feeling of reality just leaves. The lake is beautiful in any weather and season. Shrouded in secrets and legends. A special charm to this place is given by a pair of swans living here. Around the lake there is a colorful local market with many souvenirs and handicrafts. Many small cafes have also been organized, a diving center has been built.

After taking memorable photos and admiring the landscapes, we will go further to the Cherek gorge, along which we can take a fascinating walk and listen to the guide’s stories about the history of this place.

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Cherek Gorge


Our way will pass along the serpentine, up to the tunnel in the Cherek gorge. One of the most breathtaking stages of the tour is a walk along the old road, which is carved right into the sheer cliff. It is here that the power of nature and the power of the river are clearly felt. After the tunnel, the road to the Zylki fortress begins. A unique fortress leaning against a sheer cliff like some kind of bird’s nest. It is from here that the huge ancient defensive system begins, which was built back in the Middle Ages, the tower of the Balkarovs, Amir Khan, Kurnayat, and other amazing monuments of the past. We will plunge into the times of wars and battles, brave men and traitors, hear many stories and legends about the people of these places.

After a fascinating walk along the gorge, we will go to Upper Balkaria. A comfortable bus will take us to a mountain village, where we will have lunch, a walk to the Abayev Tower, incredibly beautiful photos and mysterious stories. Next, we are driving for the thermal hot springs in Aushiger, after bathing we will go home.

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Verkhnyaya Balkariya

A small mountain village is an amazing combination of the beauty of the nature of the region, the hospitality of the locals and the breath of antiquity. Everything here is imbued with originality and ancient. You will experience incredible sensations in the place where the rivers Cherek Balkarsky and Ishkirti merge. It’s just indescribable! The village with a completely undeveloped tourist infrastructure is very popular among tourists; there are several ancient sights of the republic here.

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Aushiger hot springs

A unique object, a gift from nature itself, is located on the outskirts of the village Augisher. More than 70 years ago, during geological exploration, thermal springs were discovered here. The locals have built bathing areas there. To date, a large modern complex for recreation and rest has been built there. Nitrogen-thermal low-mineralized hot water attracts tourists and local residents. It contains in its composition chlorine, sodium, potassium, bicarbonates. This resort has been popular for a very long time. Now there is a hotel, a recreation area, a healing lake, and open and closed baths. The springs are open to guests all year round.

We will spend about 40 minutes on the territory of the complex. For entrance to the springs, you will need to pay an additional 100 rubles per person.

Entrance to the springs is additionally paid: 100 rubles.

We will arrive back to Nalchik approximately at 18-00/19-00.
PRICE 900 rubles per person
DEPARTURE TIME 10:00 from city Nalchik
RETURN TIME 17:00-18:00
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Transport services all along the route Tour guide service
ADDITIONALLY PAID

Entrance to the Aushiger spring – 200 rubles (optional)
Lunch 500-600 rubles per person
BOOKING OF THE EXCURSION IS MADE AFTER FULL PAYMENT.
IF THE EXCURSION IS CANCELED BY YOU ONE DAY BEFORE DEPARTURE AND BECAUSE OF WEATHER THE MONEY IS NOT REFUNDED.

The program and time of the tour may change. Check with managers for details.

Booking

    The request is not a tour booking and does not impose any obligations on you. Our specialist will contact you and provide detailed information about the tour.

      The request is not a tour booking and does not impose any obligations on you. Our specialist will contact you and provide detailed information about the tour.