Trekking through the remote villages in the Caucasus Mountains of Azerbaijan, 9 days

Join a unique 9-day trek through the remote rural villages of northern Azerbaijan, in the the green Caucasus Mountains of the Quba district, along a guide from the Travel Azerland LTD team.

Caucasus
9 days
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Intermediate
Occasional
Private

Highlights

  • Discover the land of the Qriz people and its remote villages

  • Go on an adrenaline-filled adventure and reach the mountain village of Qriz

  • Enjoy the hospitality of local families along the way

Description

We invite you to join us on a unique 9-day trek through remote villages in the stunning green Caucasus Mountains, along Azerbaijan’s northern border. Come spend a wonderful time and discover unique people, places and ancient traditions in our beautiful country, staying at local guest houses along the way.

We will be hiking for about 46 kilometers during these days.  We will take you up a stony trail, towards the land of the Qriz people, one of  the many ethnic groups in the Quba district, in northeastern Azerbaijan, with their roots in Caucasian Albania. Quba is home to 28 different ethnic groups, living in isolated villages in this remote region.

From the city of Quba, our trekking route will take us then to the remote villages of Jek, Elik, Bostankesh, Khinaliq, Qalakhudat and then Qriz, also called Griz. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

The Qriz villages retain an off-the world sense of isolation, with a simple, agricultural, way of life. Because of it is rare landscape and the unique lifestyle of its people, Khinalig, one of the most famous mountain villages in Azerbaijan, is often compared to an open-air museum.

Although the Qriz are spread throughout various villages in Quba and Khachmaz, their headquarters is still the mountain-plateau village of Qriz, a truly unique place, difficult to reach! Getting there is a challenging and adrenaline-filled adventure, requiring fearless local drivers and strong Russian UAZ jeeps for a trhilling trip to the summit.

The village of Qriz, with a population of about 240 people , is made of stone houses and grassy plateaus. Its inhabitants survive on agriculture and cattle raising, so you will see flocks of sheeps and roaming cows all around. Qriz boasts a peaceful rural charm, making for an authentic off-the-beaten-path experience.

So, if you want to discover remote rural villages with this unique 9-day trek, just contact us and book your place! We will be happy on this once-in-a-lifetime trip in Azerbaijan.

We offer many other hiking tours in Azerbaijan, of different duration and level of difficulty. Check them out!


Itinerary

Day 1: Baku

Meeting in the airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Baku

Day 2: Baku - Quba - Jek village

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the Northern region of Azerbaijan, to Quba city (3 hrs trip by bus). On arrival to Quba, we will enjoy an excursion, including a visit to the Regional Museum, Old Hamam and a carpet factory. Transfer to the village of Jek. Overnight in Jek (local house/or tent).

Day 2: Start of Trekking route: Jek - Elik - Bostankesh

Breakfast in the village at a local family. After breakfast short briefing (15 minutes) on safety along the route. We start hiking to the east from Jek to Elik village (Distance 3 kms, Altitude 1800 meters). On arrival to Elik, meeting with local family and introduction to local traditions. Time for relaxing and photos. The route continues to Bostankesh village (Distance 9 km, Altitude 2300 meters). On arrival Dinner with a local family. Overnight in the local family house/or tent.

Day 3: Bostankesh – Khinaliq

Breakfast in the village at a local family’s home. We continue with the trek. Distance 9 km (ascending 2 km); altitude: 2500 meters. When we reach Khinaliq village we will have  an excursion around. Khinaliq (Xinaliq, Khinalyg) is one of the most famous mountain villages of Azerbaijan. It has a population of about 2000 people. The historical and ethnic values represent 220 families. The few villagers of Khinaliq constitute a unique, separate ethnographic group. A mountainous (2500 m above sea level) settlement, because of it is rare landscape and the unique lifestyle of its people, Khinalig is compared to an open-air museum. Khinaliq was known as the most isolated village in Azerbaijan with a population of 2000 people which speaks their own distinct language (Ketsh). We will have a dinner and overnight in a local family house.

Day 5: Khinalig - Qalakhudat

Breakfast in the village with a local family. Qalakhudat village is located at 10 km distance from Khinaliq, at an altitude of 3400 meters. After walking 4 km, we will ascend 6 km to reach Qalakhudat. Then we will explore the village and will be introduced to local traditions. Dinner and overnight at the house of a local family.

Day 6: Qalakhudat - Griz

Breakfast with local family. Griz village is located at 12 km distance from Qalakhudat, at an altitude of 2700 meters (5 km ascent and 7 km will be descending on the route). Dinner and accommodation at a local family house.

Day 7: Griz or Qriz village - Susai village

Breakfast at local family house. Drive(1 hour) to Griz village and Darkness valley on small cars (Niva/UAZ or other soviet car). Then we will continue the trekking road to Susai village (6 km descending only). Along the road we will enjoy beautiful views. Accommodation in Susai village.

Day 8: Susai - Baku

Breakfast in Susai village. Transfer to Baku (3 hours). On arrival, free time in Baku. Evening walking around Fountain Square and boat trip (public boat).

Day 9: Departure

Details

Accommodation

6 nights accomodation in village's guest houses, 2 nights accomidation in a 3-star hotel (single/double/triple rooms) in the center of Baku city.

Meeting point

We will meet in Baku's city center, in front of the Icheri Shekher metro station.


Photos


Equipment you will need to bring

Poles

Goggles

Sunglasses

Backpack

Water bottle


About the guide

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My name is Elvin Sadikhov, I am a member of the Azerbaijan Mountanairing Association and the Azerbaijan National Mountain Guide Association. I have a diploma and a certificate as an alpine guide and I am an author of the standard on marking trails in Azerbaijan. I research, make projects and mark trails. From time to time, I try to develop this section in our country.
Since 2010 I guide trekking and hiking tours to the Magnificient Caucasus Mountains, as well as cultural tours in all regions of Azerbaijan.

I will be your host and guide in my country with great pleasure, which is located in South Caucasus on the crossroad of Europe and Asia and filled with snowy mountains, alpine meadows and unique forests.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1341 each

Group of 2

EUR 1238 each

Group of 3

EUR 1186 each

Group of 4

EUR 1135 each

Group of 5

EUR 1135 each

Group of 6

EUR 1135 each

Group of 7

EUR 1135 each

Group of 8

EUR 1135 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Personal Insurance

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

Sim card number is also included in the price.


For booking assistance

Our experienced outdoor adventure team is ready to help you boost your experience and will assist you throughout the whole process, from the moment you choose a program until you return from your trip