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.
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).
Your Host: marina
marina is your host for this experience and will provide you with all the information needed.