This unique ethnic adventure with Wild-Trails will take you to the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and will show you the hidden beauty of the Lesser Caucasus.
How does an adventure with Wild-Trails look like?
Exactly like NATIVES
This adventure is AUTHENTIC, ETHNIC, and LOCALLY FLAVORED. So forget about being a tourist, roll up your sleeves cuz we’re getting your 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 stone & wooden houses that are more than a 100 years old and listen to their stories under the Soviet Union & during the Karabakh war.
We will learn about the Loutraki farm style, tend for animals with the farmers, and cook with the natives.
We will taste the best food this region has to offer straight from the ovens of the old women and from the local bazaars and markets.
We will traverse thick forests where many guerilla combats took place, drive through the rugged roads opened by military tanks, pass military zones and reach villages, old heritage sites, old churches and monasteries with special permits.
We will set up camp, swim, cook, dance and laugh like there is no tomorrow.
So how much you think you know about Nagorno-Karabakh?
Well, have no worries because our Q & A section tells it all.
Q & A
Where is Nagorno-Karabakh?
With an eye on Russia and Azerbaijan in the North, deep roots with Armenia in the West, and a strategic alliance with neighboring Iran from the South, Nagorno-Karabakh remains to this day a frozen conflict zone.
What about the population?
This landlocked region of 140.000 people mostly Christian and a minority of Kurds 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 versatile, characterized by evergreen forests, Alpine peaks, flat valleys, and the most amazing canyons and rivers.
Recognized by few, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is home to some of the least travelled places yet the most amazing on Earth.
What is the currency in Nagorno-Karabakh?
The Armenian Dram
What is the time zone?
Armenia Time Zone
What will we eat?
As for the food, we assure you that you will have the most savoring experiences in your life.
Like Armenian food, the food in Nagorno-Karabakh contains lots of vegetables, cheese, and meat.
There are also specialty dishes that you cannot find anywhere else in the world like the Shingalovhach. This dish is made from dough stuffed fully with 15 different types of wild herbs that grow only in mountains with an altitude of more than 2000m.
There is also the Rapama; a local pumpkin stuffed with bulgur, fruits and lots of wild honey. Another amazing dish is made from the Avaluk; a vegetable that grows in Alpine areas and is eaten together with Yoghurt and the local bread Lavash.
How is the weather like in Nagorno-Karabakh?
A mixture of hot and cold weather with possible rain. We will travel different altitudes so layer up.
Where will we stay?
This trip mixes the best accommodation experience with amazing camping on 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 countries Gilad Sade.
Mr. Sade built this amazing trail after many journeys and an in depth research in the Caucasus region. He successfully established relations with the natives and local officials and secured permits to visit locations that are not open for the public.
Mr. Sade commands Hebrew and English in addition to knowledge in the Caucasus languages including Armenian.
He also has several certificates in Survival Training and First Aid and has participated in several rescue mission in the Caucasus and 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 organize at the hostel where we will spend the night then we 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 Back
-> 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 the South of Karabakh
-> Visit North and South of Armenia
-> Jeep Rides
-> Swimming in the Hot Springs of Karabakh
-> Visit to Stepanakert; the capital.
-> Trekking the highest 3rd summit.
-> Visits to churches, monasteries, and mosques.
-> Traditional cooking workshops.
-> Caving in prehistoric cave.
-> Bazaar in Caucasus. “Tasty food”
-> Sevan lake; the highest in the world
-> Meet locals and Armenian culture “Natives”
-> Camping in most beautiful areas in Nagorno-Karabakh
-> Tending for 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.
-> First night Pub Crawling in the center of Yerevan.
The Price does not Include:
-> Flight tickets
-> Anything that is not written or agreed upon against Wild-Trails.
-> The Republic is safe and the population is friendly.
-> This adventures is subject to the elements of weather, and political developments in the region and might require route and location changes on the spot.
-> The adventure includes further locations that are not disclosed currently and will be revealed on location.