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Mountain camp in the Tsey gorge. Russia

Mountain camp in the Tsey gorge

Meet Tsey. Tsei Gorge - one of the most fabulous places in Ossetia! Tsei - these are alpine meadows, snowy mountain peaks, noisy waterfalls and picturesque glaciers! That is why the entire Tsey Gorge is a state reserve. The rivers here bear funny names Ceydon and Skazdon, and on the way to the gorge tourists are met by the patrons of these places - Uastirdzhi and Afsati. Patrons are very unusual, you will remember them!

During the trip, we, as always, will climb the most beautiful observation decks, see a rock monastery, walk along the Skazka and Tsey glaciers, take a cable car ride, and also visit the Recom sanctuary, which gives locals a rich harvest and a good hunt.

Tour type:
Hiking and trekking
Tsey gorge
Number of participants:
From 4 to 12 people
Maximum height:
2870 m
June - August
Start of the program:
Finish program:
7 days
285 USD
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Day 1

12:00 - group gathering at the railway station of Vladikavkaz (near the main entrance from the city side). 12:30 - group gathering at the airport of Beslan (near the main entrance). Transfer by minibus to the resort Tsey (2.5 hours). About an hour's drive - and we are already in the mountains! The Alagir Gorge opens its hospitable embrace and immediately picturesque rocks rise around us, at the foot of which the emerald Ardon River runs. Today on our way there will be two unusual Ossetian monuments at once! First we will make a stop near the patron saint of men, warriors and travelers. Locals call it in their own way - Uastirdzhi. We, tourists, hardly pronounce such words and call this patron Saint George. Believe us, you have not seen such monuments yet! At a height of 22 meters, the spectacular rider on a steel horse seems to pierce through the rock and fly out onto the road. The weight of the sculpture is 28 tons !! This is the highest equestrian monument in the world! Further on our way is the Tsei Gorge, at the entrance to which the patron saint of Afsati lives. It symbolizes protection for all living in this beautiful corner of the Caucasus. Soon we will arrive at the Tsey alpine camp, on whose territory we will set up our camp. Walking from transport to the camp site takes 5 minutes. Throughout the rest of the time, our campground stands in one place. Today we have time to walk around the territory of the alpine camp and take a short walk around the surrounding area. The parking lot is located at an altitude of 1970 m.

Day 2

There are 29 glaciers in the Tsey Gorge. We will see two of the most famous: Tsei Glacier and Skazka Glacier. In these places these are the largest and most affordable glaciers! The glacier with the terrific name "Fairy Tale" smoothly descends from the Skazsky Pass. It is majestically spread out in the valley for as much as 3 kilometers. In the hot rays of the Caucasian sun, the glacier shimmers with blue and emerald colors. He lures all tourists closer and shows off in front of them with his amazing grotto! From the grotto flows the Skazdon River, the length of which is 2.5 km. Get used to the local, unusual names. Skazdon flows into Ceydon and both these fabulous rivers quickly rush down into the valley. We will climb the cable car to the glacier, and then go back down on foot. The active part of the passage along the route: 5.1 km, vertical drop 2400-2840-1970 m, the duration of the route is 5 hours.

Day 3

We go along the forest path to Recom - one of the three main Ossetian sanctuaries. Recom is an ancient Ossetian deity who was asked to send a rich harvest, successful haymaking and hunting. Every year, in the middle of summer, weekly celebrations were held here in honor of God. The sanctuary is a wooden hut built from thick pines and decorated with ornaments. The structure is folded in the old fashion, without nails! Then we go to the Shagatsikondon waterfall. Not everyone can pronounce this name and not the first time. Our instructors also trained a lot to boldly pronounce the name of the waterfall! A convenient ecotropic leads to the picturesque canyon, where the waterfall is located. It has several steps and playfully jumps from a ledge to a ledge. In this place we will have a rest, have lunch and go on the return trip. The active part of the passage along the route: 7.1 km, elevation 1970-1740-1840-1970 m, the duration of the route is 5 hours.

Day 4

Tsei Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in North Ossetia. It feeds on the snows of the Adai Khokh Mountain. The length of the glacier reaches 8 kilometers, the average thickness of the ice is 80 meters! The path to the Tseiskiy glacier goes through the coniferous forest, along high, sophisticated mountains. We are accompanied by the Ceydon River along the entire route. In the river you can often see fallen trees, which look very harmonious here and give special beauty to this gorge. At the end of the path we will approach the spectacular, emerald grotto of a glacier from which the Ceydon River flows. The active part of the passage along the route: 9.5 km, elevation 1970-2230 m, the duration of the route is 6-7 hours.

Day 5

For several days, we are already used to walking through forests, waterfalls and admiring glaciers. Today let's go, look down on all our routes! You are waiting for the Sadon Pass and the peak of the Tourist. This is the highest point of the route! From the bird's-eye view, we will discover the whole Tseiskoye Gorge, the peaks of the Main Caucasus Range and the proud handsome Kazbek. Kazbek (5033 m) is one of the highest points in Georgia, the top of which is decorated with glaciers and sparkling snow! The active part of the passage along the route: 22.5 km, vertical drop 1970-1710-2877-1710-1970 m, the duration of the route is 8-9 hours.

Day 6

Dargavs, rock fortress Dzivgis, Alansky Holy Assumption Monastery, Kadargavan Canyon, Karmadon Gorge. Today is an easy, sightseeing day! We travel a lot by bus and walk just a little bit. The program today is very extensive: we will visit the Alansky Monastery and the Dzivgis Fortress, built right in the rock. We will take a walk along the picturesque Kadargavan Canyon, see an unusual monument to Lenin and drive into the Karmadon Gorge, where the Kolka Glacier descended in 2002. One of the most unusual places along the route is Dargavs, the visiting card of Ossetia. Dargavs is a necropolis, which has about 90 crypts built in the form of pyramids. The active part of the passage along the route: 3 km, the duration of the route is 6-7 hours.

Day 7

We say goodbye to the mountains and leave the Tsei Gorge, which we love, and visit the thermal springs of Biragzange along the way. These sources have a very classic discovery story! In the mid-1990s, they searched for oil and valuable hydrocarbons. However, instead of oil, a fountain of hot, mineral water hit the well. The water temperature here is more than 40 degrees! Since then, people come here to swim in the healing water, relax and strengthen their health.

Transfer by minibus to Vladikavkaz.
15: 00-15: 30 - arrival at the airport of Beslan.
16:00 - arrival at the railway station in Vladikavkaz.

Attention! Depending on the weather conditions, the physical condition of the participants and other factors, the route of the trip can be changed.

Vladikavkaz - Alagir Gorge - Uastirdzhi Monument - Afsati Monument - Tsei Gorge - cableway, Skazka Glacier - Recom sanctuary - Shagatsikondon waterfall - Tsei Glacier - Tourist Peak (Sadonvcek) - Dargavs - Dzivgis male fortress - Alansky Holy Dormition Monastery - Kadargavan Canyon - Karmadon Gorge - Thermal springs Biragzange - Vladikavkaz

The cost of a package of services - from 21800.00 Russian rubles * (USD / RRF rate = 77)

* Payment is made in Russian rubles !!!

The price includes:

  • Motor transportation on the route by minibus.
  • Registration of a pass to the border zone.
  • Environmental fees in the North Ossetian state reserve.
  • Accommodation at a paid tourist parking. In the parking lot there is an equipped toilet, hot shower =)), laundry, dryer for clothes and shoes. There is electricity, you can charge mobile phones and batteries.
  • Tickets for the cable car.
  • Tickets for thermal springs.
  • Rental of group equipment (bonfire equipment, boilers, gas burners, tent, first-aid kit).
  • Three meals a day.
  • Services of an instructor-guide.

The price does not include:

  • Transportation costs to the beginning of the route and back (Vladikavkaz).
  • Personal equipment (tent, backpack, sleeping bag, karemat).
  • Insurance (optional)



  • To pass on the tourist routes of this region, all tourists need a pass to the border zone.
  • For Russian citizens, a pass is issued within 15 business days (22 calendar days).
  • For citizens of foreign countries (Ukraine, Belarus), a pass is issued within 30 business days (43 calendar days). After submitting an application for participation in the trip, we ask each tourist for a copy of the passport to apply for a pass.
  • If you arrive the day before the start of the route or leave later, you can stay in Vladikavkaz in the Kameliya guest house or rent an apartment for a day, you will find many offers for renting apartments on the Avito resource.
  • For lovers of a more comfortable stay there is a tour with a similar program and hotel accommodation

General information on the route:

  • Type of rest: accommodation in tents, walks along the gorges light.
  • Accommodation: tents.
  • Meals: During the trip, three meals a day are organized. Every day, attendants are appointed, who prepare breakfast and dinner at the stake, lunch - packed lunch in the afternoon.
  • The route runs at an altitude of 1970-2870 m.
  • Length of route: 47.2 km.
  • Age restriction: from 6 to 60 years.
  • Route difficulty level: easy
  • Mobile communication on the route: daily until 09:00 and after 18:00. During walks in the gorges, mobile communications are often absent.
  • Infrastructure. In the Tseysky gorge there are small shops, cafes. There are no pharmacies or ATMs. For payment in cafes and shops you should have cash; payment by bank cards is not developed.
  • The receiving party has the right to change the route according to weather conditions and the condition of the group
  • The price does not include: additional excursions, transfers outside the program, environmental fees, etc.
  • It is possible to provide additional services by prior arrangement: transfer: airport - hotel; rental of personal equipment; hotel reservation; recreation at sea

Camp schedule

  • Camping with tents is our favorite vacation! This is a wonderful time that we spend in the mountains, walking along the lakes and waterfalls.
  • In order to be in time everything planned on the route, there must be order in the campaign!
  • At each parking lot, the instructor shows where to draw water for drinking, cooking and where to collect firewood. Also symbolically designated place under the code name "Bush". When we sleep high in the mountains and there are no trees around, the word “bushes” is replaced by the code word “pebbles”.
  • Every day in our camp are appointed two attendants who are responsible for cooking. Breakfast and dinner are prepared in a camp on a fire or burner, for lunch we have a lunch ration.
  • The main task of those on duty in the morning is to cook breakfast deliciously and on time! Didn’t it possible to cook breakfast on time the first time? The leader can give you an extra watch! Joke
  • In the morning and in the evening, the instructor gives the attendants a set of products and tells what dish to cook. If you don’t know how to cook, the instructor will certainly help! After eating, you must transfer clean pots and public cooking spoons to the next person on duty.
  • In some tours, it is possible to attract a cook. And then no duty

The daily routine in the camp.

  • 07:30 - duty officers awake the camp!
  • 08:00 - breakfast
  • 09:00 - exit to the route
  • 13: 00-14: 00 - lunch in the mountains
  • 17:00 - return after radial to the camp or the installation of a new camp
  • 18: 30-19: 00 - dinner

Stars in the sky came out - hang up, good night!
Adhering to this simple daily routine, we manage to watch mountain beauties, sing songs near the fire and play games in the camp.
Let rest always be to you in joy!

Equipment list

  • Tent
  • Backpack / bag / suitcase for things
  • Sleeping bag (comfort temperature 0 ...- 5C). The air temperature at night in the tent is + 4 ... + 9C.
  • Karemat
  • Priest
  • A cap
  • Cap / Panama
  • Jacket. Air temperature in the early morning and late evening + 8 ... + 12C.
  • Flisk
  • T-shirt
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirt. The shirt will protect your hands and neck from burning.
  • Running pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Trekking shoes / two pairs of sneakers
  • Shoes for walking in the camp. In the morning and in the evening the camp is wet from dew. We recommend having closed shoes, for example, galoshes
  • Swimsuit
  • Waterproof clothing or raincoat
  • Tracking sticks. Sticks significantly reduce the load on the knees. We recommend physically strong and healthy tourists to have sticks with them. Tourists who have problems with knees, joints and overweight should have tracking poles.
  • Passport / birth certificate of a child. Be sure to have the original documents (not a copy).
  • Camera, camcorder
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, razor, towel)
  • Hairbrush
  • Sunglasses
  • 0.5 L plastic bottle (for drinking water on the route)
  • Toilet paper
  • Plate, mug, spoon.
  • The plate and the mug must be non-breakable (plastic or iron).
  • Flashlight
  • Wet wipes
  • Thread, needle
  • A backpack for walks (volume 20-25 liters). The backpack contains personal items of a tourist, as well as general
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