One day
Kabardino-Balkaria Republic

The first part of the trip is described hereJeep tour in Cherek-Balkaria canyon

Lake Giybashkel is located in the Cherek Gorge above 3000 meters above sea level. The road to it starts from the village of Upper Balkaria. Further — only on foot, about 6 km along the valley of the Chainashki River. The landscape is unusual, as if from The Lord of the Rings. There are also peacefully grazing horses, and wild yaks, and eagles soaring overhead.

We drive up to the upper kosh (farm yard) in the upper reaches of river Chainashki. Our walking path to the Giy-Bash-Kol Lake begins from the upper reaches of the Chainashki gorge, from the upper kosh, where the road ends, almost ending on the majestic mountain range of Kayashki-Su-Bashi, from which a picturesque waterfall falls right in front of us, and a glacier shines above. And here we are crossing the Chaynashki River and heading to the old and almost invisible geological road, which will lead us in a steep serpentine to the Turashashki gorge. New views, new experiences!

On the left rises the rocky peak of Suuk-Auz-Kaya, closer to us is the peak of Rechitebe, from which there is a mountain range with small peaks and passes, behind one of which our lake is located. The path through the gorge is not difficult, but the height is already felt, snow can fall on the path even in summer. An hour’s journey and we are approaching the pass take-off. This is a steep ascent of 150 meters, snowy until mid-July, later it is a scree path leading in a steep zigzag to the Turashashki pass. The trek to the pass offers an indescribable view of the Sugan mountain range, or, as it is also called, the Sugan Alps. But let’s look a little lower and in front of us is a turquoise expanse of water, quite close. We go down 50 meters — and we are on the shore of the lake!

Here we will make a basic rest with hot meals, photography, those who wish can go to the second lake, which is lower. After that we will go back.
In these places, in addition to beauty, you can meet herds of yaks, very unusual animals. Or to see how the Turashashki River originates, flowing out from under the stones, and then, instead of flowing in the depths of the gorge, it runs along its edge, over the discharge into the Chainashki gorge! Amazing place.

Tour program



Transfer on 4 wheel car from Nalchik at 7:00. Driving to the Cherek Gorge.

Blue lakes

Stop at the lake and near canyon Cherek.

Driving till village Verkhyana Balkaria


Start of the hike

The beginning of the hiking route to the lake Giybashkel. Route length 6 km.


The end point of the route is Giybashkel.

Return to Nalchik

PRICE 4’000 rubles per person
DURATION 10-12 hours
Transport services all along the way
Route guide accompany
Trekking poles
Professional guide (optional) Lunch and snacks
You must have: ✓ Passport, ✓ Snack, ✓ Sports shoes, ✓ Rain clothes
Important to know! If weather conditions are unfavorable for the tour, then changes to the planned route are possible, including the day and time of departure.


    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.

    List of personal trekking equipment

    Clothes and shoes
    Cap / panama hat
    Jacket (air temperature early in the morning and late in the evening +8…+12 С)
    Lightweight shirt with long sleeves (protects against burning of the arms and neck)
    Hiking pants
    Trekking shoes and/or thick-soled sneakers
    Flip flops
    Hat, gloves
    Waterproof clothing and/or raincoat
    Trekking poles (reduce stress on the knees). If you have problems with your knees, joints and excess weight, you MUST have trekking poles (you can rent for free from us)

    Equipment and personal items
    Passport / birth certificate of the child (original documents — not a copy!)
    Closed packaging for documents
    Plastic bottle 0.5 l (for drinking water on the route)
    Mug, spoon, knife (for lunch in the mountains ffor tea, a non-breakable mug)
    Backpack for walking (20-25 liters). In the backpack — personal belongings of the tourist and public products for lunch, which are issued by the instructor (400-600 gr)

    Safety & Personal Care
    Toilet paper
    Shoe dryers
    Sunscreen, hygienic lipstick
    Individual first aid kit. Mandatory: elastic bandage, plaster.
    Personal care products

      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.