Follow Alex on a psychological hike in the Caucasus, spending over two weeks on a transformative journey to develop both your mind and body. By trekking ¨The Way of the Heroes,¨ you will find new ways to understand yourself through a gorgeous mountain tour.
¨The Way of the Heroes¨ is a deep adventure that is more than just a hike through the mountains. Taking place in the southwest of Russia, we will focus on self-knowledge and development over the course of 15 days, assisted by the aesthetic beauty and natural powers of this incredible region.
There are deep-rooted psychological aspects to this trip, and you will discovering new ways of personal thinking. The way of the hero is to meet with ourselves by realizing what we truly need to accomplish to be at peace. This idea is compounded by both physical and mental elements, and ours will be an all-encompassing adventure.
Developed by American researcher Joseph Campbell, this concept is based on the changing phases of a person´s life and their place in its sequence. Our goal is to live out this cycle over the course of our trip.
This trek will include psychological work, in both personal and group settings. You will get back to the basics of nature, focus on breathing and body work, and dissect your inner workings and thoughts to reach new areas of understanding about who you are.
In essence, you will wander to find yourself. Through nature and its revitalizing energy, you will be able to interact with yourself in fresh and newly gratifying ways. We will leave the distractions of everyday life and the constant communication for the invigorating peace of the great outdoors.
From the moment you arrive in Mineralnye Vody, the journey begins, and that busy first day carries over into the beautiful process of two weeks being with yourself in an absolutely stunning landscape. The northern Elbrus area of the western Caucasus is uniquely magnificent, and you couldn´t ask for a better place to discover yourself.
This program is for anyone with a desire to learn more about psychology and themselves, and for anyone with a passion for the mountains. A general physical fitness is definitely an asset for this sustained trip. I will be guiding you accompanied by two psychologists.
Book NOW and join me on this life-changing hike through the Caucasus for two weeks in one of the world´s most beautiful mountain ranges!
You will arrive at the airport in Mineralnye Vody to begin your journey. We will meet and board a bus that will take us up into the mountains. We will stop at a market in Pyatigorsk (or Kislovodsk) to purchase and gather any last products and items we should need.
We follow a road to Gili-Su, which will take a good amount of the day. Once we arrive, we take our packs and head up to Emanuel Glade to set up camp. We will reach 2,500 meters in altitude.
These days will consist of getting acclimated to our new environment. We will climb to the ice fields on the north side of Mt. Elbrus, visit an ancient cemetary, and gain invaluable skills as hikers for the rest of our trip.
We travel west to the plateau of Irakhiksirt for our first night above 3,000 meters. Covering roughly six hours of hiking and gaining 700 meters in altitude, we will arrive at camp early and spend the evening resting for the following days.
We wake up early to cross the Kichkinekol River, before heading up to 3,700 meters at the pass. Our descent will cover about six kilometers and we will drop 1,000 meters. We will set up camp for the following day at Gyly-Su, which will be a day of rest.
We will visit a rural shop in Khurzuk before making our way to the housing accommodation at Uzunkol Alplager. This will include both hiking and renting a bus or truck.
Our days here will involve getting accustomed to the region, swimming in the mountain rivers and waterfalls, and exploring the Myrda Valley. There will be various altitude changes, so the goal is also to acquaint yourself with the air and become familiar with the landscape.
You will climb to Trezubets and set up camp, preparing for the next day.
Our destination today is the peak of the Myrda Circle. We will leave early, and reach the top by 12:00pm. After radio contact is made, we will descend down to Uzunkol for the evening, and the following day will be a day of rest.
We will say goodbye to our alpine camp and return to Mineralnye Vody to head home.
We will be camping throughout the region, and we will also have accommodation at the Uzunkol Alplager.
Recommended gear and equipment includes but is not limited to: - Tent, foam mat, and sleeping bag - Personal clothes, hiking boots, thermal clothes , weather / sun protection, swimwear, light shoes, outer jackets and pants, hat(s) - Backpack, a rain cover for the backpack, document protector(s) - Passport, money, pone, medical insurance - Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, soap, personal wipes, etc.) Registration AFTER June, 30, 2018, is based upon a separate agreement.
We will meet at 12:00pm at the airport in Mineralnye Vody.
I fell in love with the mountains in the summer of 2010, in the Sayram-su canyon in the northern Tian Shan range. A month later, back in St. Petersburg, I enrolled in an alpine club and, since then, the mountains have been a constant source of interest for me.
From early on, I realized that the mountains had a very special effect on me and decided to try to convey this knowledge to others. A mountain experience has many points in common with a psychotherapy session so the idea of combining a simple mountain trek with a full-fledged psychological training seemed so natural and obvious to me that I still wonder why nobody had thought of this.
Mountains to me are not just a hobby but a way of getting to know yourself, to feel actually alive. Mountaineering helped me part with what I didn't like about my life, rebuild it and become more honest with myself.
Nov 19, 2021
I had a very good experience booking the hike through Explore-Share. Communication with the team was prompt and clear and the booking process was seamless. The trip itself was also just perfect. Uroš was a fantastic guide, highly skilled and talented. The hike felt safe at all times, even on more exposed routes, thanks to him. He was always up to date on the weather forecast and planned the days around it, checked the conditions on the route ahead of me, if needed, discussed and adapted the routes to my level and always made sure I was safe and comfortable. I highly recommend him, as well as Explore-Share.
Oct 25, 2021
Explore Share is a really usefull website that has a great overview of reviewed guides for a (in our case) hiking/climbing trip. During the booking I got assigned an assistent for Explore Share that helped solve questions that I might have. Great customer service, and I will come back again.
Oct 17, 2021
Explore-share was easy to use and the staff and guide w ere very responsive. The trip descriptions were accurate and the pricing reasonable. I would definitely recommend the site for people looking to do guided hiking.
Oct 13, 2021
Excellent!! Great guide and service. I had a very good experience. Id do it again.
Sep 14, 2021
Guide was very experienced and very patient with us. We learned a lot and he tried to fit in all the knowledge he could in one day, super awesome. A little tough going back and forth to get the trip set up hard to tell if the site is sketchy until you see reviews but all worked out. Ended up with an awesome day with an awesome guide. Overall pretty satisfied and thankful!
Sep 14, 2021
The whole experience was great! The customer service of explore-share was really good. I always got an answer very quick. I would absolutely recommend to use explore-share if you are looking for a great guide in a foreign country. 5 stars!
Sep 10, 2021
What a trip, fantastic guide who picked me up and dropped me off. Would use again.
Aug 25, 2021
It's the 2nd time we have been booking with Explore-Share. The booking was super easy and both Explore-Share and the guide were fast in their responses. We did rafting as a family with 3 kids for the first time in Slovenia. The guide (José) was super nice. He was doing everything he could to make everyone at ease with rafting (he gave clear explanations), have a great team spirit (we were joined by 2 other girls) and have a good time. We had lots of fun and the nature there is so beautiful. Thank you Explore-share and Soca splash for the great afternoon! I would recommend this activity to anyone without a doubt. My kids immediately told me they want to do rafting again soon !"
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Aug 2, 2021
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Jul 5, 2021
I am very pleased to have booked with this group. All of my mails have been answered in no-time, I felt really safe on the rock and the atmosfere of the whole group helped a lot not to mind about stressing. Will be back for more!
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- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
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This is the price in rubles to join our group tour.
The price includes the guiding fee, transportation from Mineralnye Vody to the trek and back, sports medical insurance, accommodation in the Uzunkol Alplager, psychological support, and three personal meetings.
The price does NOT include the flights to and from the program, meals, personal expenses, personal food and drink(s).
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