About the Region
Karachay-Cherkessia is one of the most multinational republics in the North Caucasus. Turkic Karachays live side by side with Abazins- the Abkhazians that have inhabited the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus since the 16th century. The lowland is home to Adygs (Circassians), Cossacks, Nogais, and Ossetians.
In the high season tens of thousands of tourists gravitate towards Dombay, Teberda, and Arkhyz, highland resorts famed since the Soviet times. However, we love and appreciate Karachay-Cherkessia primarily for its intact valleys and mountains a few kilometers away from the developed resorts. Organized tour groups seldom show up there, and you can easily feel far away from the civilization.
Total immersion
This option is for you if you’re up to a more meaningful and possibly life-changing experience rather than a ride across the republic as a tourist.
useful information
There are no airports in Karachay-Cherkessia. Most tourists come via MineralnyeVody where dozens of planes land every day. It’s less than one hour ride from the airport of MineralnyeVody to the border with Karachay-Cherkessia.

There are no trains bound for the republic either. The closest station to Karachay-Cherkessia is Nevinnomysskaya in Stavropol Krai, and it takes thirty minutes to the Nogai villages of the republic and two hours and a half to the highland resorts of Teberda and Arkhyz.
Karachay-Cherkessia is part of Russia, so in most cases a Russian visa will be enough. If you’re going trekking in the territories adjoining the state border, you will need a permit to the border area. If you’ve bought our tour, obtaining a permit is our concern.

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