Adventure Tour to Nagorno-Karabakh
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. Do you dare to travel where few go? Sign with us and have a unique, rarely experienced adventure! 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. So are you in? 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 UTC+04:00 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. 20% camping 20% hostels 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. Join us now, and discover the unexplored beauty of Nagorno Karabakh!