Waters of Eden – Cherek and Chegem Valleys
Available June 15 through September 15 = 6 nights/6 days
$1,240/person for 3-6 passengers
$1,115/person for 7-14 passengers
$990/person for 15+ passengers
Activity Level Moderate
Recommended by the Lonely Planet
This area of Russia is considered a paradise on earth. This Adventure offers a chance to explore the beautiful mountain scenery and river valleys while hiking and camping. We offer three routes found below – “The Complete Tour” for the opitmal experience needed to explore the beautiful Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria; “The Cherek and Chegem” and “The Tizil Valley” routes which both offer variations of the complete tour.
Each day and activity is handpicked based on our close partnerships with our local friends to maximize your adventure. Your immersion in culture and the natural beauty of the Caucasus will leave you with truly unforgettable memories. The locals you meet and the friends or family you travel with will naturally create unique experiences for each group. We’re absolutely delighted to put together such tours and to also partake in these adventures with each group. Welcome to Eco-Tourism in the Caucasus!
* Except for travel days, meals and unlimited water are included in the expense of this tour package.
** Tips are expected for guides and translators (represents additional expense to tourists – approximately $10/day.)
*** Tips for drivers and servers are appropriate according to the quality of service provided.
Including, but not limited to, recommended flight schedules, airport information, step-by-step visa application guide, seasonal advice, and local expertise
All Tour Transportation
Registration in Russia
Cultural Exchange Talent Costs (when applicable)
Gondola fee (when applicable)
Gift bags (including snacks and gifts)
RU Visa & Processing $430/tourist (3-year, multi-entry)
Travel Insurance $30/tourist ($3/day)
Not Included Total $2,060
15+ Pax. Tour Cost $990
Estimated Total Cost $3,050
Evening arrival (fly into MinVody airport, transfer to Upper Balkaria accommodations)
Moscow is the gateway city for passengers entering Russia. From any of Moscow’s airports you can find connections to your destination airport – Mineral Waters (MRV). You will transfer from MRV to Upper Balkaria and accommodate at Hotel Tay El.
Brunch, visit ancient ruins, memorial, cultural exch.1 (Upper Balkaria accommodations)
After sleeping off your jet lag and enjoying a first-rate brunch, you’ll casually spend your first day climbing in the ruins of the old village and learning about the locals’ history. In the evening you’ll actually get to meet some of the villages “white beards.”
Tunnel walk, Blue Lake, swim in hot springs (Hot Springs accommodations)
On your way out of Upper Balkaria, walk the scenic “old road” (1 km) alongside the Cherek Canyon, shop alongside Blue Lake pathways, and take a dip in the local hot springs at Aushiger. Dinner and accommodations are right there at the hot springs.
See Nalchik’s Green Market and central park, cultural exch.2 (Nalchik accommodations)
Sight-see Nalchik’s Green Market and the city’s huge central park. Don’t skip Sesruko’s monument (accessible by chair lift) or the goat market’s hand-made wool products. In the evening enjoy cultural music played by a talented group of locals.
Chegem waterfalls, paragliding, cultural exch.3 (Paradrome accommodations)
Sight-see upper and lower Chegem waterfalls and ancient mausoleums on the way to your cultural exchange with fellow adventures at the paradrome. For an additional 3,000 Rubles (approx. $50) soar above the eagles for 25 minutes under a parachute.
Belem pass, explore Kundolen Village, cultural exch.4 (Kundolen accommodations)
Experience the incredible scenery from the pass between the Chegem and Boksan valleys on your way to explore the village of Kundolen. After you’ve met your local hosts for the night, you’ll enjoy dinner, singing and dancing with your new friends.
Gondola up Mt. Elbrus, see Pyatagorsk, evening departure (fly out of MinVody airport)
After a hearty breakfast, excursion to Mt. Elbrus (Europe’s highest peak) and ride the gondola up to over 10,000 ft. above sea level. After viewing the region from on high, you will transfer back to Mineral Waters (MRV) airport for an evening departure.