Waters of Eden - Kymgyr-Chad Lakes

Waters of Eden - Kymgyr-Chad Lakes


Available July 1 through August 31 = 6 days/6 nights

From $1090

Pricing Structure

  • $1,365/person for 3-6 passengers
  • $1,230/person for 7-14 passengers (10% off)
  • $1,090/person for 15+ passengers (20% off)

Holiday Type



Tour Itinerary

  • Arrival Day: Airport pick-up, Registration
  • Day 1: Brunch, Prepare backpacks for trek, Museum tour, Karachay cultural exchange
  • Day 2: Trek from Greek Khasaut to Krasnyy Karachay, Krasnyy Karachay campsite
  • Day 3: Trek from Krasnyy Karachay to Lower Kymgyr-Chad Lakes, Kymgyr-Chad Lakes campsite
  • Day 4: Round-trip trek from Lower Kymgyr-Chad Lakes to Upper Kymgyr-Chad Lakes, Kymgyr-Chad Lakes campsite
  • Day 5: Trek from Kymgyr-Chad Lakes to Krasnyy Karachay, Arkhyz stay
  • Day 6: Karachayevsk Karachay cultural exchange, Kislovodsk souvenir shopping, Airport transfer


EE recognizes that all trekking adventures are not and should not be equal. This unique, partially assisted trek is designed for those who want to have all of the fun and yet suffer no crisis of conscience about allowing off-road vehicles to do their share of the work. Yes, you’ll have your share of trails to backpack, but the SUVs keep the equation balanced to make sure this trek remains up to your ethical standard.

Nature has its own standard – a standard of beauty – and the forested mountains of Karachay-Cherkessia are never accused of not carrying their weight. Flowered pastures, green slopes and crestlines that go on forever pave the way to the Kymgyr-Chad Lakes, a fitting destination for this hike through beauty untamed. Along with at least one of EE’s local guides, enjoy this step back in time with your friends and remember the pure joy of the outdoors.

After the trek you’ll overnight at Arkhyz Resort to recharge your battery. Then, on the way out of town the next day, you’ll stop off at a Karachay home in order to taste their local hospitality and feel their respect for you – their guest. You can expect the culinary landscape to rival that of the nature you’ve just traversed.

Included in this tour

  • Planning consultation including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Recommended flight schedules
    • Airport information
    • Step-by-step visa application guide
    • Seasonal advice
    • Local expertise
  • Airport transfer within the North Caucasus
  • Transport to all included tour locations
  • Registration in Russia
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Three meals daily (excepting travel days to/from tour)
  • Unlimited clean water
  • An EE selected and approved guide/translator
  • Cultural exchange/local talent cost (when applicable)

Not included in this tour

  • Airfare (approx. $1500)
  • Travel insurance (approx. $3/day per person, including travel days)
  • Visa to Russia (approx. $425/person, 3-year, multi-entry for US citizens)
  • Meals on travel days to/from tour
  • Tips for guides/translators (approx. $10/day for the group)
  • Tips for drivers/servers (according to service provided)