Level : Medium
Kingdom of Alania. North Ossetia
Vladikavkaz – Koban – Karmadon – Dargavs – Zaygalan waterfall – Lats – Arkhon mountain pass – Ursdon – Zgid – Galiat - Vladikavkaz
One thousand years ago a large part of North Caucasus was included in the Kingdom of Alania. This was a powerful mediaeval kingdom that controlled parts of the Silk Road. After the crushing defeat that the Alans suffered from the horde led by Timur (Tamerlane), their towns fell to decay and many places were abandoned.
North Ossetia is a successor to the Kingdom of Alania. During our trip to the republic we shall see not only the most beautiful mountain ranges and passes, but also ruins of ancient towns and watch towers, centuries-old necropoleis which guard the bones of the ancestors of today’s Ossetians. We shall enter Christian temples and visit one of the oldest temples in the Caucasus. We shall find out who is Uastyrdzhi and why his image can be found in almost every home in Ossetiya.
Price per person: 18 500 RUR
Minors (under 18 years of age) get a 15% discount only if they take the trip with a parent.
Group consists of 6-12 people
Lenth: 70 km
Initial meeting place: city of Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia
Duration: 6 days
We shall ride to Koban, which features the center of an eponymous ancient archaeological culture.
Following the Genaldon gorge, we shall reach the Karmadon hot springs.
Trekking to Dargavs, the City of the Dead. We shall visit here the ancient funerary crypts.
First we shall come to the Midagrabin waterfalls. Zeygalan is the highest cascade waterfall in Europe.
We shall head towards the Arkhon mountain pass.
On the way we shall stop in villages Tsmiti and Lats where ancient ancestral towers still remain intact. Here was the home of the oldest resident of Ossetia—his name was Giso Marzaganov.
We shall go to Ursdon visiting an Alanian fortress erected way back, around 1000 A.D.
We shall pay a visit to the shrine of Uastyrdzhi.
We shall get to Zgid, the highest mountain village in Ossetia, from where we can admire the mountain range panorama of the Greater Caucasus.
We shall reach Galiat.
Visiting Galiat, one of the largest cities of the Alanian Kingdom which was destroyed by the hordes of Timur (Tamerlane).
Return to Vladikavkaz.
* Trek program can be changed due the weather conditions, physical conditions of participants, other reasons