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All of Dagestan in One Journey: Mountains and Sea, History and Gastronomy

All of Dagestan in One Journey: Mountains and Sea, History and Gastronomy
Starts from

Makhachkala

Duration

5 Days

Transportation

By Car

Length

653 km

Guidance

Self-Guided

Categories

History and CultureUnique LocationsActive Leisure
Makhachkala - Dubki - Gimry - Tsalkita - Hunzah - Khebda - Karadakh - Gunib - Gamsutl - Silta - Derbent - Kaspiysk
In this trip you will see the whole of Dagestan: from mountains to sea, from plateau to dens, from ancient auls to modern hotels, you will get acquainted with local cuisine and mountain hospitality.
Itinerary features:
  • Many picturesque locations and points for photo shoots;
  • Several hikes lasting from 2 to 4 hours;
  • There are mountain serpentines along the route.

Recommendations: - Make sure the gas tank is not empty: there are few gas stations in the mountainous area.
  • Good cafes are found in towns, so it is worth taking snacks and water with you.
  • Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so gather a diverse closet, and do not forget about comfortable shoes.
  • Communications in the mountains do not work, download an offline map beforehand, so you can always be easy to navigate.
  • In fall, winter, and early spring it gets dark early (around 5 p.m.), so it's best to leave early to make sure you have time for everything.

Please note, hotels must be booked independently and better in advance!
Ксения Чеснокова
Ксения Чеснокова
Traveller
  • Don't forget extra memory cards and a camera charger (you'll want to remember everything).
  • Book tables in cafes and meals in guest houses in advance (the route is tight, so you won't have to wait extra time).
  • You'll feel most confident in a four-wheel drive car.

Travel Itinerary

Sulak Canyon, Sand Barchan and Tobot Waterfalls: a very bright day
Day 1239 km

Sulak Canyon, Sand Barchan and Tobot Waterfalls: a very bright day

You will start your journey from the road to the Khunzakh plateau, to the picturesque waterfalls Tobot that tumble down to the depth of Tsolotka canyon. The road will not make you bored: today you will climb the biggest barkhan in Europe, drink coffee on the bank of a deep canyon, see the biggest hydroelectric power station in the North Caucasus (and believe me, it's just huge!). In general, the day will not seem boring for sure!
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Watchtowers and rocky plateaus
Day 299 km4 km

Watchtowers and rocky plateaus

Today there are several short walks through plateaus, caves and ancient auls, waterfalls (though depending on season they may dry up or get frozen), lunch on the lake and a lot of very picturesque roads.
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Abandoned Rock Aul, Karadakh Gorge and Chokh Terraces
Day 399 km

Abandoned Rock Aul, Karadakh Gorge and Chokh Terraces

Another day full of vivid pictures and visual images awaits you: a walk along Karadakh gorge, which is usually compared with Antelope canyon, ascent to ancient aul Gamsutl located on the mountain top, man-made terraces at the approaches to Chokh village and evening on Gunib plateau.
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An artist's view, a multi-storey ravine and ancient Derbent
Day 4189 km679 m

An artist's view, a multi-storey ravine and ancient Derbent

Today you will leave mountainous Dagestan for the sea. It doesn't mean that we haven't prepared any bright "chips" for you for today. It's too early to have a rest! You will start the day with the view beloved by Aivazovsky, walk along the canyon to Salta waterfall, get to the Caspian coast and finish the route in Derbent, one of the most ancient cities of the world.
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A day of sea, sun and relaxation
Day 528 km

A day of sea, sun and relaxation

Gentle sea, soft sand. All this awaits you, if the season allows. If not, a cozy hotel and a delicious breakfast, as well as the opportunity to have a great sleep under the noise of the waves. If you didn't manage to walk around Derbent the day before, you can instead of relaxing on the beach go to explore the streets of ancient Derbent.
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