Ab EUR 1'280
This unique adventure with Wild-Trails will take you on the most exciting tour of Nagorno-Karabakh and will show you the hidden beauty of the Lesser Caucasus. In order to help the region we will be visiting, all proceeds from this tour will be donated to HALO Trust, the only agency clearing minefields and cluster munition strikes in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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What does an adventure with Wild-Trails look like?
This adventure is AUTHENTIC and LOCALLY FLAVORED. Forget about being a tourist - roll up your sleeves becase we’re getting our hands dirty.
As we drive soviet 4×4 cars and hike the 3rd highest mountain in Nagorno-Karabakh, we will come in close contact with locals. We will lodge in their wood & stone homes, some of which are more than a 100 years old, and listen to their stories about the Soviet Union & the Karabakh war.
We will learn about the Loutraki farm style, tend to animals with the farmers, and cook with the locals.
We will taste the best food this region has to offer, straight from the ovens of old women and from the local bazaars and markets.
We will traverse thick forests where guerilla combats took place, drive through the rugged roads opened by military tanks, pass military zones and reach villages, old heritage sites, and old churches and monasteries with special permits.
We will set up camp, swim, cook, dance and laugh like there is no tomorrow.
Don't know much about Nagorno-Karabakh?
Don't worry, our Q&A section tells it all.
Q & A
Where is Nagorno-Karabakh?
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.
What about the population?
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.
How about the landscape?
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.
What is the currency in Nagorno-Karabakh?
The Armenian Dram
Are there any geopolitical logistics to travelling to Nagorno-Karabakh?
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.
What is the time zone?
Armenia Time Zone
What will we eat?
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.
What is the weather like in Nagorno-Karabakh?
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.
Where will we stay?
This trip mixes all the best accommodation experiences, with camping in wild locations as well as sleeping in local houses with families.
60% local houses
Who will guide this adventure?
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.
What is the language of the adventure?
The language of this adventure is English.
Day 1: Yerevan
-> We will start our tour in Yerevan; the capital of Armenia.
-> We gather at the hostel where we will spend the night, then go out for a short tour in the city of Yerevan and have our welcoming drinks like locals.
Day 2: North of Armenia & Karvachar NK
-> We begin in the morning by receiving the jeeps that we will use during the Pack Trip and hit the road.
-> We pass by Sevanavank and travel along Sevan lake located 2000m above sea level making it the world’s highest, then we cross the borders to Nagorno- Karabakh.
-> We travel along impressive canyons divided by a bombed Soviet tunnel and swim in the “Jacuzzi” or “the hot springs” of Nagorno-Karabakh, a stark contrast with the cold weather outside. We conclude the day with a traditional meal and lodging in rural houses.
Day 3: North of Karabakh
-> In the morning, we get on the road to Dadivank. From there, we travel to the impressive mountain range where we can find a unique fortress on top.
In the range, we travel challenging terrains in roads that few travelled.
-> We park the jeeps in the heart of the forest and climb on foot to the top of the mountain to see the view from the fortress and have our lunch like the mountain shepherds.
-> We return to the vehicles and travel through the unique paths of the villages to the monastery of Gengeser. We spend the night in the field and enjoy field cooking.
In the morning, awaits us a special surprise!
Day 4: North of Karabakh
-> After enjoying the morning view from the top of the mountain, we have breakfast, then leave for an off-road adventure towards Agdam.
-> We stop to visit with family of our friends for a light meal then we continue towards the capital of Karabakh; Stepanakert.
-> We visit the local market, eat traditional food, and enjoy free time to freshen up in the city.
-> After freshening up, we travel to the plane trees characterized by huge trunks that can fit a tent.
-> We will start a Bonfire camp, cook our food and drink from the springs.
Day 5: South of Karabakh
-> We start the morning with a small meal then we head to the third highest summit in Nagorno-Karabakh.
-> We bring along our local guide and start a spectacular off-road adventure. We visit a unique village that specializes in making Vodka.
-> We go up to the starting point of the trek and go for a three hour circular walk, we stop at the summit and visit a special church built on top of the mountain.
If the weather allows, we visit a village after passing an old guerrilla road opened by tanks or what we like to call a “hardcore off-road” walk in a curvy path in the thick forest.
-> We call it a day with a traditional meal and spend the night with a local drinking party at a unique local house.
Day 6: South of Karabakh
-> In this morning, a surprise awaits us. After an early rise, we go with the villagers to care for the animals and tour the rural villages.
-> We learn how they establish an autarky system, take the animals to the pasture then go back for a traditional cooking workshop.
In the workshop, we prepare unmatched traditional food called Shingalovhach and experience the taste of unique food like Popok jam.
-> We continue the day in the Cave area known for its prehistoric artifacts that are important to all of Central Asia.
-> After the cave, we travel for a special dinner with a refugee family who escaped Baku during the war and we will hear the story about the dissolution of the Soviet Union and war.
-> Once dinner is over, we travel to the wild canyon for a bonfire and enjoyable camping.
Day 7: South of Armenia
-> In this day, an amazing trip awaits us. We leave the area early, we stop for breakfast in a beautiful observation point. We cross the border and leave Nagorno- Karabakh.
-> We leave South of Armenia, stop by an amazing, pagan observatory then we continue in Yerevan; capital of Armenia with the surprise to conclude the tour.
Day 8: Return to Yerevan
-> After our return, we go out for a walk in Yerevan for as long and far as possible. From there we go to the airport and travel home.
The Highlights of the Trip:
-> Visit North and South ofNagorno-Karabakh.
-> Visit North and South of Armenia.
-> Jeep Rides.
-> 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.
Payment for this trip is non refundable after booking is complete.
In case of cancellation of booking, the whole amount will be charged.
The Price Includes:
-> 4×4 car rental.
-> Stay in local houses.
-> Three meals a day.
-> Local and international guide.
-> Day 1 & Day 7 stay in the best hostel in Yerevan.
-> Entrance fees according to the itinerary.
-> Pub crawl in the center of Yerevan on the first night.
The Price does not Include:
-> Flight tickets
-> Anything that is not written or agreed upon in advance
-> The Republic of Nagorno-Karabkah 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.