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Mosque in Shushi Nagorno Karabakh

Caucasian Conflicts Expedition

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Next Expeditions: 2th-15th October


2 autonomies, 2 countries, 14 days… It’s time to step up your game and take on the ultimate adventure.

Abkhazia – Georgia – Armenia – Nagorno Karabakh

In order to help the region we will be visiting, 5% from the cost of the tour will be donated to HALO Trust, the only agency clearing minefields and cluster munition strikes in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Do you dare to travel where few go?

Sign with us and have a unique, rarely-experienced adventure!

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All about the Caucasian Conflicts Expedition.

Next Expeditions: 2th-15th October


2 autonomies, 2 countries, 14 days… It’s time to step up your game and take on the ultimate adventure.

Abkhazia – Georgia – Armenia – Nagorno Karabakh

In order to help the region we will be visiting, 5% from the cost of the tour will be donated to HALO Trust, the only agency clearing minefields and cluster munition strikes in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Do you dare to travel where few go?

Sign with us and have a unique, rarely-experienced adventure!

 


After years of traveling and scouting the wonders of the Caucasus, we’ve decided to launch the first border crossing Caucasus journey and combine all the best from this amazing place.

For 18 days we will cross regions, autonomies and countries mixing cultures with adventures. From jeep riding through hiking all the way to visit minefields. Snowy peaks, ancient cultures, amazing food and wild, pure nature.

Adventure at its best.

 

Why travel the Caucasus you ask?

Well! Amazing views, great hospitality, lots of history, archaeology, and just good old wild nature. Oh, and less than 18 days is not nearly enough to experience all that this range has to offer. That’s how the cross Caucasus adventure came to be. We’ve collected the best this range of mountains has to offer and melted it into one crazy, unforgettable package.

 

This expedition is a combination of Backpacking Expedition to Georgia and Abkhazia and jeep expedition to Nagorno Karabakh including Armenia.

Two amazing packages that leave mark on every traveler, together they complete the full frame of Caucasus’ conflicts. To give you the possibility to customise your experience, by deciding if to join the whole part or just one of them.

 

Abkhazia has been one of the most beloved touristic regions of the Russian Empire first, and later of the Soviet Union, a small stripe of land between the Black Sea coast and the Caucasus Mountains. Abkhazia now is still officially part of Georgia but it is recognised as independent states from Russia and a couple of other countries.

 

So are you in?

The Highlights of the Trip:

→ Visit North and South of Nagorno-Karabakh.

→ Visit North and South of Armenia.

→ Jeep Rides.

→ Visit Abkhazia

→ Crossing border tour that you never expected

→ Swimming in the Hot Springs of Karabakh.

→ Visit to Stepanakert; the capital.

→ Trekking the 3rd higest summit.

→ Visits to churches, monasteries, and mosques.

→ Traditional cooking workshops.

→ Caving in prehistoric cave.

→ Bazaar in Caucasus, lots of tasty food.

→ Sevan lake; the highest lake in the world.

→ Meet locals and experience Armenian and Karabakh culture.

→ Camping in most beautiful areas in Nagorno-Karabakh.

→ Tending to farm animals.

Important Notes:

→ The Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh is safe and the population is friendly.

→ This adventure is subject to the elements of weather, and political developments in the region. It might require route and location changes on the spot.

→ The adventure includes additional locations that are not disclosed currently and will be revealed on location.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

→ 4×4 car rental.
→ Fuel.
→ Stay in local houses.
→ Three meals a day.
→ International guide.
→ Entrance fees according to the itinerary.
→ Pub crawl in the center of Yerevan on the first night.

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

→ Flight tickets
→ Alcohol
→ Souvenirs
→ Gratuities
→ Anything that is not written or agreed upon in advance

  1. Day 1 Into Abkhazia

    From Georgia to Abkhazia, Sohum
    Crossing the border to Abkhazia, this day will be one of the most complicated of the expedition. We will cross the unofficial border between the Republic of Georgia to the Autonomy of Abkhazia.
    This border operation can change daily and might be closed due to the political situation.
    Crossing the border is an adventure itself, once we will be in Abkhazia we will travel to Sohum the capital where we will spend the night.

  2. Day 2 Exploring Abkhazia

    Traveling in Abkhazia exploring its culture, religions and the amazing nature.

  3. Day 3 Exploring Sukhum

    We will travel around the city, explore the main market, enjoy the gardens and visit the old government building.
    This day we will also meet a local journalist to their side and we will finish in a dinner with a local friend.

  4. Day 4 From Abkhazia to Georgia

    This day we will travel back from Abkhazia to Georgia, will cross the border and get to Zugdidi region. where we will travel a bit.

    We will finish the day with night train to Tbilisi

  5. Day 5 Tbilisi

    This day we will explore Tbilisi including the abandoned KGB tunnels that are hidden under the city’s most busy area.

  6. Day 6 From Georgia to Armenia

    We will meet in the morning in Yerevan; the capital of Armenia. We’ll get to know one another, finalize our visas to Nagorno-Karabakh, socialize with the locals and have a taste of Armenian nightlife.

  7. Day 7 Crosing to Nagorno Karabakh

    We will receive our Soviet jeeps and cross the Armenian highway that leads to Iran overlooking Ararat Mountain where Noah’s Ark landed, passing near the Nakhichevan border.

    We will spend the night in a village in Kashatagh region enjoying the company of the locals.

  8. Day 8 The Wildest of NK

    We will start the day with local home made breakfast and leave for a day in the wilderness. Visit an ancient church and reach the farthest and wildest villages in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Then we will drive to Hadrut and enjoy the beauty this town has to offer. We will drive to an ancient village and sleep in traditional houses built thousands of years ago.
    At night we will visit our friends and sleep in their house at one of the most beautiful villages.

  9. Day 9 A day with locals

    Village life

    At this day we will get up early and help the local with farming, and leave for a walk around the village.
    After that we will eat breakfast and work together with the local to learn more about their culture.
    We will get the jeep to the mountains and explore the surrounding of the village.

  10. Day 10 Demining day

    After breakfast, we will drive to Azokh cave, then continue to our meeting point with halo trust team, from there we will drive to the minefield where we will learn about their important work and about the biggest challenge of every post war zone.

  11. Day 11 Martakerk and Askeran Region

    Soviet cinema

    We will drive to the ancient ruins of Tigranakert then to the thirteenth century Gandzasar Monastery. the city of Martakert and the Greek village of Nagorno Karabakh.  At this day we will see the airport, the Wall of License Plates which were abandoned by Azeris during the war and visit abandoned bombed soviet cinema.
    At the evening we will eat dinner with an Armenian refugee family that build their house at the ruins of Azeri home.

  12. Day 12 Hiking and Museums

    Mosque in Shushi Nagorno Karabakh

    At this day we will rest a bit and travel around the capital of NK, we will drive to the town of Shushi, visit bombed Mosque and the Museums in the city.
    After that we will have a short hike across Honut Canyon.
    We will finish the day exploring NK’s nightlife.

  13. Day 13 Leaving Nagorno Karabakh

    We will drive to the Hot Springs of Pokr Jekmadjur in the Shahumian region of Nagorno Karabakh passing via the bombed tunnel. On the way we’ll pass the memorial of tanks and the sandstone memorials of the Armenian fighters who lost their lives during the two wars, Dadi Vank and the highest inhabited village in Karabakh.
    Then we will say goodbye to Karabakh, and drive to Sevan lake; the highest lake in the world. We will finish the day in Yerevan.
    We ill end the tour with great evening, exploring night life of yerevan.

  14. Day 14 Yerevan

    At this day we will enjoy relaxing morning in Yerevan and have a short tour around the city and after that we will finish the tour.

With an eye on Russia and Azerbaijan to the North, deep roots with Armenia to the West, and a strategic alliance with neighboring Iran from the South, Nagorno-Karabakh remains to this day a frozen conflict zone recognized by very few nations.

This landlocked region is home 140.000 people: mostly Christian with a minority of Kurds. It is defiant and uncompromising with its independence and unique character.

As its name suggests, which is a mixture of Russian, Turkish and Persian words literally translated to mean “Mountainous Black Garden”, the landscape is wild, pristine, and varied, characterized by evergreen forests, Alpine peaks, flat valleys, and the most amazing canyons and rivers.

Recognized by few, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is one of the least travelled regions in the world, and it is one of the most beautiful and interesting.

The Armenian Dram

Visitors to Nagorno-Karabakh can obtain a visa once arriving in the capital, Stepanakert. Wild-Trails coordinates all of the logistics. Travellers should be aware that Azerbaijan denies entry to anyone who has travelled to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia Time Zone
UTC+04:00

On this tour of Nagorno-Karabakh you will not lack for delicious, fresh, and unique cuisine.

Like Armenian food, the food in Nagorno-Karabakh contains lots of vegetables, herbs, cheese, and meat.

There are also specialty dishes that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, like Jengalov Hats.  This dish is made from dough stuffed with a blend of 15 different wild herbs that grow only in mountains with an altitude of more than 2000m.

There is also the Ghapama; a pumpkin stuffed with bulgur, fruits, and delicious wild honey. Another amazing dish is made from Aveluk, also known as Moutain Sorrel, a plan that grows in Alpine areas and is eaten with Yoghurt and the local lavash bread.

Because of the different altitudes at which we will travel, it is a mixture of hot and cold weather with possible rain. Make sure to layer up.

This trip mixes all the best accommodation experiences, with camping in wild locations as well as sleeping in local houses with families.

20% camping

20% hostels

60% local houses

This adventure is led by our expert Survival and Tour Guide in the Caucasus, Gilad Sade.

Gilad built this amazing trail after many journeys and in-depth research in the Caucasus region. He successfully established relations with the residents and local officials of Nagorno Karabakh, and secured permits to visit locations that are not open for the public.

Gilad speaks Hebrew and English, and knows some Armenian.

He has several certificates in Survival Training and First Aid and has participated in several rescue mission in the Caucasus and in the Middle East.

The language of this adventure is English.

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