Flying Style: Cross Country, Soaring
Terrain: Flatlands, Mountains
We will have a great diversity on our tour, from big to small mountains, flatlands and coastal sites! Conditions will differ according to the spot where we are. Takeoffs are mostly wide and easy. Thermals are mostly gentle from +2 to +4 on flatlands getting stronger untill +6 in the mountains. Due to the remote areas we might be reaching, it is highly recommended to carry a SPOT device if you plane to fly XC.
Typical Pickup: Mineralnyje Wody, Stavropol, Rússia
Flight search assistance
Suitable for: Solo traveler, Group
Ambience: Wilderness, Relaxed
Experience Type: Collective
The Caucasus is a mountainous area nestled between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, consisting of southern Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. This transitional region has a foothold in both Eastern Europe and Western Asia, but is generally viewed as part of modern Europe. Covered in some of the world's most stunning alpine landscapes, Caucasus is home to Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain peak in Europe. In many ways, Caucasus is comparable to the Balkans: it is a patchwork of ethno-linguistic groups, sits at the intersection of Christian and Muslim cultures, and has suffered ethnic instability for most the 1990s and early 2000s. At present, these lingering geopolitical issues are strategic and long-term in nature, so they do not ordinarily affect the day-to-day safety of visitors, which can vary from country to country. We will have the privilege to travel around and see it from above.
We start our tour with arrival in the airport of Mineralnye Vody on the south of the European part of Russia, around 2 hours flight by plane from Moscow. We will stay in the city of Pyatigorsk which is a historical and resort town in the region of Caucasian mineral waters, surrounded by 5 small, but nice mountains chains. After flying it will be possible to spend some good time in the famous healing mineral springs. We will fly from the mountain Yutsa, the cradle of Russian paragliding . We will also visit and fly mount Mashuk, from where we can fly in flatlands to different directions. Usually 60-80km cross-country flights are easy.
Next we'll travel to the gorge of Chegem in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic. These are completely different high mountain flights with access to the beautiful and long Skalisty (Rocky) ridge. From there we'll visit the highest peak in Europe: the Elbrus! If we're lucky with the weather, you may fly in the morning from the slope of this giant.
Next, we visit the Baksan gorge, one of the most beautiful in the North Caucasus, there will also be an opportunity for those wishing to make hike&fly and (optionally)to spend one night in the shore of wild mountain lake. In those places we will also visit the famous Blue lakes, the real depth of which no one never knows. Further our path lies in the Republic of Dagestan.
There are nice soaring spots on the shore of the Caspian sea and mountain flights to several unexplored areas depending on the weather and the level of pilots in groups. As a side option and for entertainment, we will have a visit to the ancient city of Derbent and the factory of sparkling wines. The tour ends with returning to Mineralnye Vody.
This tour is tailored for a group and the indicated price applies for a minimum of 3 pilots. Individual tour has a different price (1-2 pilots: 1000€ pp).
programme for week
Programme for 1 week: I will meet you in airport and we go to Pyatigorsk city. Next day we fly in famous in Russia flying site Yutsa. It is 300m hill near Pyatigorsk. We will fly is scenery flatland. The next day we will drive to the picturesque Baksan gorge with the deepest Blue Lakes and the most beautiful views. We will reach the highest summit of Europe Elbrus. The next day we will try to fly there (conditions there are not always suitable) and continue along the pass to the Chegem Gorge. There we will fly in another famous flying site at the foot of the Great Rock Ridge. Also there we will visit the ancient dead village and waterfalls. Than we return to Pyatigorsk and fly on sunset there. Next day I'll take you to airport. Programme for 2 weeks: First week -same programme Second week: we go to Republic Chechnya to fly over lake Kezenoy Am. From there we cross the mountains to a Dagestan Republic and fly in at least 3 flying sites: seaside and in the mountains.
Itineraries are not binding and the actual itinerary can be adjusted by the host because of unforeseen circumstances or other reasons!
We will stay in local comfortable hotels en-route. The standard package consists of a shared double room. If you travel alone or prefer to change for a more private accommodation, we can arrange providing you give us this information in advance.
This is included in the standard package