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Acquaintance with mountain Dagestan and its ancient auls

Acquaintance with mountain Dagestan and its ancient auls
Starts from

Makhachkala

Duration

3 Days

Transportation

By Car

Length

464 km

Hotels

1

Guidance

Self-Guided

Categories

History and CultureSights in NatureActive Leisure
Makhachkala-Gimry-Karadakh-Gunib-Gamsutl-Salta-Silta-Kaspiysk
The mountainous Dagestan is amazing and unbelievable. The mountains here are sharp, heaving, they stick up into the sky like plates on the backs of dinosaurs: aggressive in appearance, but so photogenic, especially when their peaks are wrapped in soft clouds. And the villages lost between them are cozy and do not disturb the overall landscape.
In three days you will visit a huge number of incredible places, which will not leave anyone indifferent.
Itinerary features:
  • The route is very scenic, there will be many viewpoints;
  • In fall, winter and early spring it gets dark early (about 5:00 pm), it may make sense to leave early to take your time and have time for everything;
  • This route involves several cross-country walks, allow more time for them if you have children or elderly companions with you.

Recommendations:
  • It's not always easy to find a cafe for lunch along the way, so it's wise to take a snack with you during the day.
- Make sure your gas tank is not empty. Not all gas stations have gasoline, and not always the right kind, and there are very few in the mountains.
  • Weather in the mountains varies unpredictably, it is always better to have a raincoat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes, which is not very sorry to get dirty.
  • Communication in the mountains does not work, download the off-line map to your smartphone in advance, so it is always easy to navigate.
Ксения Чеснокова
Ксения Чеснокова
Traveller
  • Take bright clothes for beautiful photos and comfortable shoes for active walking.
  • Be sure to try traditional dishes of hinkal, chudu, kurze.
  • Take time to sit over Gamsutl village and watch eagles soaring in the sky.

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Welcome to mountainous Dagestan
Day 1198 km

Welcome to mountainous Dagestan

Today you have a long way to go, but as soon as the rocks thicken around you, fatigue will recede. A walk through the Karadakh gorge, a leisurely drive along the serpentine curves of the mountains, an ascent to the Gunib plateau. You hardly expected such landscapes, even if you have already seen photos of your friends returning from Dagestan.
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Dawn above the clouds, ghost aul and mountain terraces
Day 2102 km

Dawn above the clouds, ghost aul and mountain terraces

Today will be the most intense and impressive day of the route. It will start early in the morning with sunrise above the clouds. It will continue through a picturesque gorge past man-made Chokh terraces and lead to the top of the mountain to the ghost village Gamsutl, where, catching rising streams, huge eagles soar into the sky.
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Aivazovsky view, waterfall without water and Caspian Sea
Day 3164 km3 km

Aivazovsky view, waterfall without water and Caspian Sea

Today's sites are not the most famous, but for that reason they are no less pleasant to look at. Firstly, it is a view of Gunib plateau which was painted by Aivazovsky. There is a very beautiful view of the village from above, as if lying in a rocky bowl. Second is Salty Waterfall, which is not normally a waterfall. However, its gorge is so unusual that perhaps water will only make it difficult to move around. Thirdly, by the end of the day you will come back to the Caspian Sea and this time you will definitely not deny yourself the pleasure of walking on the sand.
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