Trekking in North Ossetia. Digoria

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Digoria consists of snow–capped mountain peaks, fragrant alpine meadows, sapphire ribbons of cool rivers and a mirrored lake surface. 

The air here is healing, the panoramas are unique, and the people are hospitable. At the entrance to the gorge, travelers are met by the formidable defender of these places – the great Uastyrji, sitting on a steel steed. In summer, Digory meadows and forests give guests a pleasant surprise: they are full to the brim with berries – fragrant strawberries ripen in July, cranberries, raspberries and blueberries in August. 

Trekking to Ossetia is unthinkable without the noise of silver waterfalls – their discordant hubbub can be heard from afar, and the rainbow splashes of magical streams will restore cheerfulness and banish fatigue.

Location

Russia, Stavropol Territory, Mineralnye Vody
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Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 7 – 13 Jul
    • 21 – 27 Jul
    • 18 – 24 Aug
    • 8 – 14 Sep
    • 29 Sep – 5 Oct
or
Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 18 people
Minimum age
8 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Stavropol Territory, Mineralnye Vody
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Mount Kubus
We will see Bear Mountain, on the top of which grows a pine tree, according to legend, fulfilling the most cherished desires
Karaugom Glacier
One of the most famous in Digoria. Karaugom is huge and formidable, it will chill anyone who dares to approach it
Galdaridon Waterfall (Pearl Waterfall)
The pearl of the tour, a five-stage stream 35 meters high, located on the river of the same name
Monument to Uastyrdzhi
The most important saint of the Nart epic, the patron saint of brave warriors
Taimasi Waterfalls
The triad of mother-of-pearl ribbons of these famous streams is visible even from afar and amazes with its pristine splendor
Tanacete Glacier
We will get close to the ancient glacier and even have a tea party surrounded by breathtaking views!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Uastyrdzhi Monument – Akhsinta Canyon – Digor Gorge

    11:00-11:30 – gathering of the group at the railway station and at the airport in Mineralnye Vody (near the main entrance from the city).

    Transfer to Digor gorge (about 4 hours).

    The trip to Digoria starts from the city of Mineralnye Vody. 

    The path to the desired goal lies past the statue of St. George, dressed in iron armor and vigilantly watching the road. 

    This is Uastyrji, the most important saint of the Nart epic, the patron saint of brave warriors.

    The next point on the tour route is the Ahsinta Canyon. This picturesque gorge is considered the gateway to the mountain Digoria. 

    The local rocks captured the stormy and rebellious Urukh River, pinching it in a stone vise – an incredible and exciting sight! 

    Across the gorge, on an 80-meter elevation, there is a Devil's Bridge, under which river breakers roar. Patience – the Digory gorge is very close.

    Upon arrival, travelers will find comfortable rooms at the "Threshold of Heaven" campsite.

    Before continuing to explore Digoria's routes, you need to recuperate, take a refreshing shower and have a hearty dinner at a local cafe.

    Active part of the tour: 2 km on foot.

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  • Day 2 - Mount Kubus. Taimasi Waterfalls
  • Day 3 - Trekking to the Karaugom glacier
  • Day 4 - Galdaridon Waterfall (Pearl Waterfall)
  • Day 5 - Tana-tsete Glacier
  • Day 6 - Ancient villages of Digoria. Fregat Tower, fortress of the Sedanov brothers
  • Day 7 - Return to the city of Mineralnye Vody. Departure
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Tour organizer's comments

The route is trekking and provides for walking through mountainous (rugged) terrain. This type of outdoor activity involves daily climbing and dropping heights (ascents and descents).

The route passes through forest trails, dirt roads, alpine meadows, large and small stones. The routes will have an altitude difference of 300 to 600 m per day. For two days of the route, the altitude difference will be 100-200 m.

Climbing up 300-600 m is about like climbing 100-200 floors.

The route runs at an altitude of: 1740-2400 m .

Route length: 69.5 km.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour includes accommodation in the hotel complex "Threshold of Heaven". Double and triple rooms "Standard" in the II building, room amenities (shower, toilet), towels are provided. Wi-Fi in the building. The refrigerator is on the floor. There is no kettle.

The cost of the tour for 1 person with basic accommodation is 49,900 rubles/person.

The hotel has billiards, a swimming pool, a sauna, a sports complex (these services are available for an additional fee).

The surcharge for single occupancy in a hotel room is 10,000 rubles per room for the entire period of rest

Campsite "Threshold of the sky" 6 nights

The complex is located in the Digor gorge, in one of the most picturesque places of the Republic of North Ossetia — Alania, which is popularly called "Bayty Tsakht". 

Tourists also gave the plateau, flooded with sunlight and hidden from the outside world by steep mountains, its name — "Sunny Glade".

The "Threshold of Heaven" is a clean and quiet place. Here you will not be disturbed by the lights and music of discos, there are no random people here, and nature is not spoiled by vulgar crumpled plastic bottles.

It is good to relax with your family here when you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and breathe really clean air, the taste of which is forgotten in the city over time.

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Tour conditions

Group
up to 18 tourists
Minimum age
8 years old
Duration
7 days 6 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Stavropol Territory, Mineralnye Vody

Included in price

  • road crossings along the route;
  • moving along the route by mountain transport;
  • accommodation in the hotel complex "Threshold of Heaven";
  • three meals a day. Ready-made breakfasts (day 2-7) and dinners (day 1-6) they are served at the hotel according to a set menu (the menu is not individual!). Lunch (day 2-6) in the form of dry rations in the mountains (sausage, cheese, tea, cookies, chocolate, sweets);
  • group equipment rental: boilers, gas burners (for making tea for lunch in the mountains from June to August), a group first aid kit;
  • the services of an instructor-guide.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Mineralnye Vody and back;
  • lunch during the transfer on the 1st day;
  • if necessary, an additional fee for single accommodation in a hotel room is 10,000 rubles per room for the entire rest period;
  • insurance (optional).

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

The list of equipment for tours from April 20 to May 20 and from October 25 to November 15:

The air temperature during this period:

  • early morning and evening +1...+5C;
  • in the afternoon +7...+13C.

If the winter was snowy, in May we will still walk on snow in the gorges. At the end of October, the first snow may already fall in the gorges. In this case, you should have insulated trekking shoes.

Check with the instructor for up-to-date information about the weather in Digoria and the presence of snow in the gorges a week before the tour.

We draw your attention to the rules of choosing clothes for the trip: in the Caucasus, you can wear trousers and T-shirts. Shorts and T-shirts should not be taken for a trip to the Caucasus.

  • Hat, gloves
  • Jacket. The air temperature in the gorges in the early morning and evening is +1...+5C, in the afternoon +7...+13C.
  • Fleece. We recommend taking 2 fleeces: one for walking on the route (it gets a hiking smell quickly enough), the second clean and fresh fleece for walking in the hotel.
  • T-shirt
  • Thermal underwear
  • Buff. Protects the neck from burning, can be used as a headdress or scarf.
  • Warm running trousers
  • Lingerie
  • Socks
  • Trekking shoes up to the ankle and above
  • Flip-flops (for walking in a hotel)
  • Swimsuit
  • For girls on request: a dress for a photo shoot on the background of mountains
  • Waterproof clothing or raincoat from the middle of the thigh and below
  • Trekking poles. Sticks significantly reduce the load on the knees. Physically strong and healthy tourists are recommended to have sticks with them. Tourists who have problems with knees, joints and overweight must have trekking poles.
  • If necessary, the club provides trekking poles for rent.
  • Passport / birth certificate of the child.
  • To obtain a pass to the border zone, you must have with you a black and white copy of the second page of the passport and the registration page. There is no place to make a copy in Digoria. It is impossible to issue a pass without a photocopy of the passport, as a result, the tourist will not be able to visit the Karaugom gorge.
  • Camera/video camera and charger. In several gorges along the route that enter the border zone, it is forbidden to use a quadcopter for filming.
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, razor)
  • Hairbrush
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermos flask (volume 0.75-1 l)
  • Toilet paper (useful during the day, on the route)
  • Mug, spoon, plate. In the mountains, tourists drink tea from a mug that comes with a thermos or take a separate mug. The plate is useful to put chopped and small products (vegetables, cheese, olives, etc.) into it during lunch. The mug and plate should be non-breakable.
  • Wet wipes
  • Thread, needle
  • Backpack for walking (volume 25-35 liters). The backpack contains the tourist's personal belongings (fleece, raincoat, thermos, etc.), as well as public products for lunch, which are issued by the instructor (the weight of the products is 400-600 grams).
  • Podpopnik
  • Shoe Dryers
  • Sunscreen, hygienic lipstick
  • Headlamp (for trips in September, October). The daylight hours become shorter in autumn, so sometimes a flashlight can be useful on the route in the evening.
  • Cash
  • Individual first aid kit. Required: elastic bandage, Band-Aid.

The list of equipment for tours from May 21 to October 25:

  • Hat, gloves
  • Cap / panama hat
  • Jacket. The air temperature in the early morning and late evening is +8...+12C.
  • Fleece. We recommend taking 2 fleeces: one for walking on the route (it gets a hiking smell quickly enough), the second clean and fresh fleece for walking in the hotel.
  • T-shirt
  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt. The shirt will protect your arms and neck from burning.
  • Buff. Protects the neck from burning, can be used as a headdress.
  • Running trousers
  • Lingerie
  • Socks
  • Trekking shoes up to the ankle and above
  • Flip-flops (for walking in a hotel)
  • Swimsuit
  • For girls on request: a dress for a photo shoot on the background of mountains =))
  • Waterproof clothing or raincoat from the middle of the thigh and below
  • Trekking poles. Sticks significantly reduce the load on the knees. Physically strong and healthy tourists are recommended to have sticks with them. Tourists who have problems with knees, joints and overweight must have trekking poles.
  • If necessary, the club provides trekking poles for rent.
  • Passport / birth certificate of the child.
  • To get a pass to the border zone, you must have a copy of the second page of the passport and the registration page with you. There is no place to make a copy in Digoria. It is impossible to issue a pass without a photocopy of the passport, as a result, the tourist will not be able to visit the Karaugom gorge.
  • Camera/video camera and charger. In several gorges along the route that enter the border zone, it is forbidden to use a quadcopter for filming.
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, razor)
  • Hairbrush
  • Sunglasses
  • 0.5L plastic bottle (for drinking water on the route)
  • Toilet paper (useful during the day, on the route)
  • Mug, spoon, plate. During lunch in the mountains, the instructor makes tea, tourists take mugs with them. The plate is useful to put chopped and small products (vegetables, cheese, olives, etc.) into it during lunch. The mug and plate should be non-breakable.
  • Wet wipes
  • Thread, needle
  • Backpack for walking (volume 20-25 liters). The backpack contains the tourist's personal belongings (fleece, raincoat, water bottle, etc.), as well as public products for lunch, which are issued by the instructor (the weight of the products is 400-600 grams).
  • Podpopnik
  • Shoe Dryers
  • Sunscreen, hygienic lipstick
  • Cash
  • Individual first aid kit. Required: elastic bandage, Band-Aid.
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Dates and Prices

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    7 – 13 Jul 7 days 6 nights
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    21 – 27 Jul 7 days 6 nights
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