Mountain lakes and waterfalls of Arkhyz. Backpacking Hiking Tour

One of the most spectacular, bright, and at the same time accessible routes for an unprepared tourist in the North Caucasus. You will spend a week in a fairyland surrounded by snowy peaks. Admire the Ak–Kaira waterfall and the beautiful Sofia Mountain, visit Lake Semitsvetnoye and the valley of the Dukka River.


US$ 398
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9 Days
8 Nights
  • Group departures
    • 19 – 27 Jul, 2025
  • Tent
    6 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
  • Basic
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Up to 17 people
Minimum age
14 years old
Group meet at
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Waterfalls of Arkhyz
We will see how the white streams of waterfalls fall noisily from the huge height at which the glacier of Mount Sofia is located
Unforgettable views
Let's admire the panorama of the main Caucasian ridge from a height of several thousand meters
The most beautiful lakes
Swim in the purest blue-green mountain lakes


  • Day 1 - Nevinnomyssk — Taulu Shelter

    Arrival in Nevinnomyssk.

    Departure to the village of Arkhyz, to the shelter "Taulu".


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  • Day 2 - Ice Farm – Sofia Waterfalls
  • Day 3 - Irkiz Pass — Ak-Kaira Waterfall — Sofia Lakes
  • Day 4 - Kara-Jash Pass
  • Day 5 - Half-day trip in the valley of the Psysh River
  • Day 6 - The valley of the Belaya River
  • Day 7 - Ai-Yulyu Pass — Semitsvetnoye Lake — Dukka River Valley
  • Day 8 - Arkhyz River Valley
  • Day 9 - Departure
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Tour organizer's comments

Age from 14 years old accompanied by adults or from 16 years old on their own.


  • Tent
    6 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
  • Basic

The tour includes accommodation in a tent, in a shelter (1 night) and at a campsite (1 night).

Tent 6 nights

The tour provides accommodation in 2, 3-bed tents.

Shelter 1 night
Camp site 1 night

Tour conditions

up to 17 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
9 days 8 nights
Group meets at

Included in price

  • all intra-route transport;
  • overnight at the campsite (according to the plan of the hike);
  • 3 meals a day on the active part of the route;
  • equipment rental (tents, campfire and gas equipment, insurance in the mountains);
  • instructor service on the route.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Nevinnomyssk and back;
  • meals not specified in the tour program;
  • additional excursions;
  • delivery of equipment and food to the gathering place of the group (for nonresident tourists);
  • rent of personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, trekking poles).

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • Passport;
  • Backpack of 80-90 liters (rental);
  • Waterproof backpack cover (rental);
  • Tourist mat (rental);
  • Sleeping bag in a compression bag (rental);
  • Trekking boots;
  • Shoe covers;
  • Replacement shoes (sneakers, sandals);
  • Waterproof jacket;
  • Running pants;
  • Fleece jacket (polara);
  • A warm vest or down jacket;
  • Fleece Hat;
  • Thermal underwear;
  • Fleece Gloves;
  • Light shorts or trousers;
  • A hat or a baseball cap;
  • 3 pairs of socks;
  • 2-3 sets of underwear;
  • Swimsuit/swimming trunks;
  • Personal hygiene items;
  • KLMN (mug, spoon, bowl, knife);
  • Sunglasses (protection factor 2-3);
  • Sunscreen (30-50 units);
  • Individual first aid kit;
  • Headlamp with a set of spare batteries;
  • Trekking poles(rental);
  • A 1-1.5l plastic water bottle.
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  • US$ 398
    19 – 27 Jul, 2025 9 days 8 nights
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