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Ancestors Call

North Caucasus, Elbrus Region, Russia. Horse riding tour "The Ancestors Call"

3 day horse riding tour - ascent of the Kanzhol Plateau in the Elbrus region

Program category: Horse riding tours
Difficulty: advanced (BASIC RIDING
Duration: 3 days
Season: June - September
Program price: 310 Euro

Horse route in the eastern part of the Elbrus region, ascent to the Kanzhol plateau - Call of the Ancestors - 3 days.

Horse riding ascent to the high-altitude plateau Kanzhol with an altitude of almost 3000 meters in the eastern Elbrus region takes us to those times when the hordes of Crimean Tatars devastated the territories in the north and east of Elbrus, forcing Kabarda people to pay tribute to the Crimean Khan. The name Kanzhol (K'an Zhol) - Khan's Road - goes back to the era of brave horsemen and heroes of the highlanders, with sabers in their hands, who defended their families from enemies. Now, for more than three centuries blood has not been shed on the sharp rocks of Kanzhol, but one of the variants of the name of this mountain does not allow forgetting the battles of the past – the local people call the Kanzhol Plateau as "The Road of Blood".

Horse riding tours in Elbrus region

In the area of Mount Kanzhol at the beginning of the 18th century, a major battle between the Kabardians and the Crimean Tatar army took place, which partly influenced to the policy of the Russian Empire in the Caucasus and help to exit of the Kabarda and the southern regions of Russia from the influence of the Crimean Tatars.

Horse riding tours in Elbrus region

Many historical events crossed at the foot of the slopes of the highest mountain of the Caucasus - Elbrus, with its white dome hovering in the blue of the Caucasian sky above the green carpet of the northern plateaus. Today we have the opportunity to touch the living history of the Elbrus region, repeat the path of the ancient warriors - in the saddle, just like hundreds of years ago, pass the Khan's road along the broken line of the Kanzhol massif. On horseback, we will ascend the Kanzhol plateau from the northern side, cross its upper part, and after spending the night with stunning views of the entire Caucasus, descend through the Western Kanzhol to the Tyzyl River valley above the ruins of the former village Solnechny and finish the circular route at its starting point, at the foot of Bukabashi mountain.

Horse riding tours in Elbrus region

The historical value adds a certain charm and attractiveness to our route, but still, the main feature of this route is its aesthetic side. The route passes through very hard-to-reach, but fantastically beautiful and untouched by the influence of civilization corners of the Elbrus region - far from the roads and settlements, far from noisy tourist routes.

Horse riding tours in Elbrus region

This variant of the horse trip is a continuation of the Scythian Trail route. An additional day of the journey will allow us to ascent on the horse back the heights of the Kanzhol plateau, where the final overnight stay on the route is planned. The bivouac at the top gives to us the opportunity to admire one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the Elbrus region - at dawn and at sunset incredible landscapes of the entire Caucasian ridge from Mount Elbrus to Mount Kazbek await us, and the night will pass under a shining dome of a sky full of stars - this can only be seen in the mountains...

The 3-day horse riding tour "The Ancestors Call" is available for participants with basic riding skills and familiar with the basic rules of the outdoor tourist activities. The route passes in the remote mountainous regions of the Elbrus region, far from the objects of tourist infrastructure - overnight stays on the route are organized in the tents, cooking is done on an open fire.

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The First Rule, by which we are guided in the development of our mountain programs - is safety. Professional Guides lead the group, the highest quality certificated equipment and the most modern navigation equipment are used. This guarantees the highest possible level of your safety in the mountains, which is the most important side of our work.

Program Schedule

The AlexClimb Caucasus horse riding tour schedule:

Horse riding tour in the Elbrus region: "Ancestor's Call"
Horse riding, basic level

Day 1 - Meeting in Nalchik, transfer (4x4) to the starting point of the route with a stop for lunch on the Bylym lake view point, setting up a camp, dinner and overnight in the tents
Day 2 - Horseback riding downhill to the valley of the Tyzyl River, with a stop for lunch and an excursion to the places of ancient Scythian camps, setting up a camp on the banks of the Tyzyl River near the former village of Solnechny, overnight in the tents.
Day 3 - Horse ascent to the top of the Kanzhol plateau, crossing to the southwestern part of the plateau, setting up a camp, dinner, overnight in the tents.
Day 4 - Descent from the Kanzhol plateau, return to the starting point of the route in a wide circle around the southern slopes of the plateau. Transfer to the Elbrus village and hotel accommodation in the double rooms. Dinner
Day 5 - Transfer to Nalchik

Prices and conditions

The price of the horse riding program "Caucasus. The Ancestors call 2021":

280 Euro* - standart group 4-6 participants
360 Euro* - mini-group 2-3 participants
540 Euro* - private program for 1 participants
* Price per person

You have to be ready for:

  • Camping life in the field conditions;
  • Cooking your meals by yourself;
  • Horse back riding for 4-5 hours dayly;
  • Air temperature can be down to 0°C on the altitude higher than 2000 m;
  • Average temperature on the route is comfortable: +12 - +18°C;

Conditions: basic outdoor and horse riding skills.
The price includes: guide services, rent of the communal equipment (tents, cooking gear), hotel accommodation, transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end (Nalchik), using the
communal basic medical kitfood for outdoor part of the program.
The price does not include: Russian visa charges*, International and domestic flight expenses to and from the point of the beginning of the program (Nalchik), extra food and drinks, using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 6
Guides: 2

*AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can provide Russian Visa support for you. More information on request.

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Caucasus. Horse riding tour The Skythian Path" can be read in the Offer section

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AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

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Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

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The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.