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Kardyvach: king of the mountain lakes — camping trip for 3 days / 2 nights

In this program, you can use additional services – getting the group to the camp on via horses and the arrival of equipment on horses. For more details, contact us by tel.: +7 938 467 8 467 or e-mail: booking@yeti.guide

The Kardyvach lake — the second largest lake after Bolshoye Imeritinskoye (198000 m2) in the Caucasian nature reserve and is considered one of the most picturesque. They say that the famous Norwegian Explorer Thor Heyerdahl called Kardyvach “the king of mountain lakes”. The picturesque surroundings of Kardyvach have attracted the attention of researchers of different directions: glaciologists, limnologists, geologists and others. The result is a good knowledge of the area and its popularity among tourists and scientists.The lake lies at an altitude of 1837 feet above sea level on the border of the forest and subalpine zone, which gives it a special beauty: Alpine maples, and birch along the banks are interspersed with fir trees reflected in still water, and behind them, crowding the snowy mountains. The area of water surface of the lake – 133, 000m2, and a maximum depth of 17 m In Alpine cirques in the vicinity Kardyvach, there are several beautiful lakes, which you can make day trips to.

We are trying hard to make your stay in the mountains private as possible, so the organization of the camp is avoiding accumulation of tourists. We do not overnight-stay in public tents and sleeping bags.

Description of the route to Kardyvach lake

The first day

Early transfer by SUV from the collection site groups to cordon the Caucasus nature reserve on Engelmanova field. Moving on a dirt road through the forest takes about two hours. On the way to be checking documents at the border post at the confluence of rivers Mzymta and Psluh.
The pedestrian part of the route starts from the cordon of the reserve on Engelmanova clearing. From the cordon to lake prompt easy path goes over the river Mzymta.
In places where the trail is crossed by rivers and streams, and built with pedestrian bridges. A large part of the trail goes through a mixed beech-fir forest, gradually gaining altitude. From time to time the forest opens showing the types of rocks and Agepsta with Turskiye mountains on the right and on the grassy slopes of the ridge Aishkha left. Four to five kilometers from the lake the trail enters subalpine meadows, with views of the peaks of Kardyvach’s mountain site. There is another border post and we will double check the documents.Here changing the nature of the forests: the change of bukama and fir come mountain maples, birch, mountain ash, wild rose.

Length of the trail is about 18 km that you can walk on average 5-7 hours (depending on physical training conditions). Upon arrival at the Kardyvach lake shore Gostepriimniye fields, nestled between Lagerniy and Sineozernaya, there will be a tent and camp overnight. The Kardyvach lake – running, and most of the runoff comes from the melting snows; in this regard, the water temperature usually does not exceed 12°.
The lake is surrounded by high mountain ranges. From the North to the lake fit the steep slopes of the mountain Loub (2970), in the North-East rises the sheer wall of the granite ridge Candishe with four rocky peaks: the North (2957 m), the Second North (3093 m), the Main (3139 m) and Southeast (3091 m). To the East rises a chain of unnamed peaks over 2800 m, which closes the Hub prompt peak (2960 m).

The length of the road part of the route – 25 km altitude is 700 m.
The length of the walking path – 18 km altitude – 600 m.

The second day

From the base camp at the Kardyvach lake, you can take a few day trips around the area: for example, the prompt lake superior or lake Blue-eyed.

Trekking on lake Upper Kardyvach

The trail starts from the camp and first leads to the opposite shore of the lake, where the most beautiful view, “calling card” Kardyvach: the steep walls of the mountains Agepsta (3256 m) with glistening glaciers, and peaks near Tur’ya of the mountains reflected in the mirrored surface.
After enjoying the view, we move further down the path along the river Mzymta Top, flowing through narrow, curved arc of a gorge with steep walls between the arrays Laub and Candish. On the way meets a small shallow lake – Medium prompt, formed by avalanches blocked the river. Two kilometres after this the path passes several waterfall ledges of the river and leads to lake superior prompt. The journey time is about 2-3 hours.
Lake Upper Kardyvach located at an altitude of 2472 m at the foot of mount Laub, leaving the lake shining rocks, which in ancient times polished glacier. These smooth rocks are called “mutton foreheads”. Lake most of the year is under snow, entirely free from ice until the end of the summer. But even then, his emerald-blue water floating fragments of ice still not melted. The depth of the lake reaches the V of 6 m and an area of 20500 m2. The lake was formed about 200 years ago when the glaciers melted, filling the circus Upper Mzymta.
After rest and lunch you will return to camp the same way.

The length of the walking path is 10 km away. Set/reset height – 600 m.

Trekking to the lake Sineokoye

The path to the lake Sineokoye rises from the shores of the lake Kardyvach first by a dense fir-tree forest, then goes through a birch elfin among the thickets of rhododendron and displays of the Alpine meadows. After that, the experienced Explorer will find the way among smooth rocks — “the mutton foreheads”. Still have a bit to gain altitude, and here before the eyes of a lake. The journey time is about 2-3 hours.
The lake is oblong Blue-eyed rock valley at the height of 2,457 m, shaped like a figure eight. The lake area is about 8000 m2, maximum depth 5 m.
Lake Sineokoye was discovered and first described by Yu. K. Efremov, a famous researcher of the surroundings of Krasnaya Polyana. He also called it Sineokoye: the shape of the pond reminded him of the two blue eyes.
On the lake we’ll have a rest and dinner, after which some groups can stay and walk around the shores of the lake, and those who are not too tired to climb a mountain pass prompt (2744 m) and see the glacier Kardyvach, and lake Inpsi in the distance and the tops of Imeretinskoye mountain site.
Return to the camp going on the same path. Along the way there are wonderful views of the Kardyvach lake and the valley of the river Mzymta, illuminated by the setting light.

The length of the walking path is 6 km away. Set/reset height – 600 m.

Other existing trails in the lake district prompt:

The trail to Utayenniye lakes

Hidden lake received its name from Explorer and ethnographer Yu. K. Efremov in the 1930-ies of the last century. They lie in the “hidden” circus between arrays Candishe and Caraguata. Passing along the valley floor of the Upper Mzymta, it is almost impossible to imagine the existence not only lakes, but also accommodate their extensive punishment. Circus Hidden lakes is notable for the fact that it is in the valley R. leads Tsahvoa three pass (black river, Smidovich and Nine), all three are TRANS-Caucasus pass, i.e., pass through the Main Dividing range of the Caucasus.
The trail starts along the river Mzymta to the Upper lake Middle prompt. From there turns right and begins a steep climb up the hill. It should be noted that a clear trail here, because Hidden lake is seldom visited. The distance is small, but because of the steepness of the slope of the climb is slow. To reach the Hidden lakes takes about 2-3 hours.
The biggest lake has an area of 9350 square meters, is situated at an altitude of 2,522 metres Into the mirrored surface is very beautifully reflected by the double-headed mountain massif Loub which looks impregnable from here a vertical wall. Just below there is another smaller lake. The depth of the lakes are small (1 — 2.5 m) sloping shore and grassy.

Length of the trail in both directions is 7 km away. Set/reset height – 700 m.

The third day

Cost

The “All-inclusive” package

For those who do not have their equipment who do not want to carry extra weight, or spending time on the charges. We all prepare yourself, gather your backpack. All you need is a plane ticket or a train and clothing for Hiking/camping. Although boots and chaps you can borrow on special terms for clients “Yeti Guide Bureau” in the rental

15000 per person in a group of 5 people
For groups of less than five people the price specify
by phone +7 (928) 2452-540.

The price includes:
— professional tour guide
— food,
gas, burner, utensils for cooking for a group
— a backpack
— a place in the tent, sleeping bag with liner, pad, trekking poles,
— a set of marching ware,
— headlamp,
— transfer

Not included:
– admission to the reserve is 300 RUB/person/day

Package “With your own”

For those who have all the necessary trekking/camping. If something is missing, it is missing gear you can take on special terms for clients “Yeti Guide Bureau” to hire. Catering we undertake.

11500 per person in a group of 5 people

For groups of less than five people the price specify
by phone +7 (928) 2452-540.

The price includes:
— professional tour guide
— food, gas, burner, utensils for cooking for a group
— transfer

Not included:
— admission to the reserve is 300 RUB/person/day

Comments on the cost and terms of the reservation.

Cost* of getting on horses from Engelmanova meadow to the lake. Prompt

Number of tourists12345678
The cost per person74006100590058005700560055005400

*  – In addition to the cost of the basic program.

Indicate the value of getting one way.
Horse tour guide is charged extra based on the cost of 4700 rubles,
divided by number of customers

Cost* getting equipment on horses from Engelmanova meadow to the lake. Prompt.

Number of tourists12345678
The cost per person74003700320031003000290028002500

*  – In addition to the cost of the basic program.

Include the cost of getting equipment to one end

Level of difficulty: Easy route, the passage of which does not require special physical and technical training, if you can during the day to overcome with a backpack a distance of 18 km and a Short steep climbs and descents requiring care and accuracy for their safe passage. With him you can take children from the age of 12.

The most favourable season: from July to October.

Additional options: tasting of narzans, forest baths.

Recommended days: every Friday.

As for visiting Lake prompt and the upper reaches of the Mzymta river required a border pass, forming groups until 3 days before the hike, that is on Tuesday

Don’t forget to bring your passport / birth certificate for the child.

When booking please indicate if you have food allergies and about certain restrictions in food.

For a successful and comfortable trips to these places need comfortable trekking shoes and clothing.

The participation of foreign citizens in the campaign is possible during the booking no later than 35 days prior to the date of withdrawal.

The camp and access from the lake to the prompt border of the Caucasian reserve on Engelmanova clearing. The road back is overcome faster: the path from the lake to the reserve takes approximately 4 hours as need not to climb and go down. Jeep service.

The length of the walking route 18 km. Total vent height is 600 m.
The length of the road part of the route – 25 km altitude is 700 m.
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Comment on the cost of the program:
Please note that the cost of participation in the program for a group of less than 5 people depends on the actual number of participants. While booking a program, the participation fee is paid basing on the team composition at the time of booking. If the number of participants increases to 5 or more by the beginning of the program, the difference in price is returned to you.
Please, call in order to specify the cost of the program for a group of less than 5 people by phone +7 (928) 2452-540, or by e-mail: booking@yeti.guide

Program Booking Terms and Conditions:
– When booking no later than 7 days before the start of the program, 50% of the cost of the program will be charged. Payment
the remaining 50% is made no later than 3 days before the start of the program.

– If you book the program later than 7 days before it starts, 100% of the cost of the program is paid.

Cancellation policy of the program:
– If you cancel your reservation no later than 7 days before the start of the program, 30% of the total cost of the program will be charged.
– If you cancel your reservation no later than 3 days before the start of the program, 50% of the total cost of the program will be charged..
– If you cancel your reservation later than 3 days before the start of the program, 100% of the total cost of the program is held..
– Refund of all previously paid amounts for the program is possible only if you cancel the program due to the closure of access to
the route of the fgbu “Caucasian state natural biosphere reserve named after H. G. Shaposhnikov”

– Weather conditions in case the access to the route or to the program area is opened by the administration of the Caucasian state natural biosphere reserve named after H. G. Shaposhnikov, are not objective reasons for the cancellation, termination, program transfer.


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