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Trekking to the Kardyvach lake. Russia

Trekking to the Kardyvach lake

Kardyvach is and will always remain for many an unfulfilled dream, fairy tale, symphony and mystery. Quench your thirst for beauty - visit Lake Kardyvach.


  • The tour is available for individual orders, open from 06/01 to 10/30/2021
  • The route runs in the border zone - recruitment closes 40 days before the start of the program
Tour type:
Hiking and trekking
From the South
Number of participants:
From 4 to 12 people
Maximum height:
1838 m
June - October
Start of the program:
Krasnaya Polyana (Sochi)
Finish program:
Krasnaya Polyana (Sochi)
5 days
250 USD
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Day 1

Arrival in the village of Krasnaya Polyana. Group gathering: station square, Rosa Khutor railway station. Acquaintance with the guide. Getting food, group equipment. Transfer Rosa Khutor - Engelmanova Polyana (1100 m). Acclimatization. Learning to set up camp. Cooking on tourist stoves

Day 2

We rise along the valley of the Mzymta river (17 km). All higher, higher. Landscapes are changing. Mountains grow and there! Before us is the pearl of Krasnaya Polyana - Lake Kardyvach (1838 m). The goal and dream of many tourists. We set up a camp near the frontier post .. We admire nature. By the lake. The most brave swim in the pond. Water temperature is not higher than +18 degrees. An evening of scary stories.

Day 3

Late rise. Breakfast is prepared by the attendants. Walk to the lake Upper Kardyvach or Sineokoe. Stunning panoramas of mountains and lakes. We take pictures and admire nature. Return to the camp. Dinner. Evening gatherings and delicious herbal tea.

Day 4

Return to the Engelman glade. We swim in Mzymt. We fight off mountain trout. We relax, take pictures. We drink the healing Tsar's narzan.

Day 5

Descent to the village of Krasnaya Polyana.

Krasnaya Polyana - Esto-Sadok settlement - Engelmanovy Polyany - Lake Kardyvach - Lake Superior Kardyvach - Engelmanovye Polyany - Krasnaya Polyana

The cost of a package of services - from 19200.00 Russian rubles * (USD / RRF rate = 77)

* Payment is made in Russian rubles !!!

* For a group of 4 people or more

The cost of a package of services - from 57600.00 Russian rubles **

** With a group of 1-3 people


  • meeting at the station
  • transfer Krasnaya Polyana - Engelmanova Polyana off-road transport
  • Stay in the reserve, national park and border zone.
  • rental of group equipment (burners, gas, cooking boilers, tents, first-aid kit)
  • instructor work
  • food supply for the route
  • insurance

Not included:

  • additional excursions
  • transfers outside the program


Brief information on the area

Kardyvach is one of the most beautiful and second largest lake in the Krasnodar Territory. The lake is located at the foot of the southern slope of the Main Caucasian Range at an altitude of 1838 meters above sea level, 44 kilometers from the village of Krasnaya Polyana in the territory of the Adler district of Sochi and the Caucasian State Natural Biosphere Reserve. The lake is located in a mountain basin surrounded by mountains: from the west, Loyub peak (2970 m), from the north and east by the Kardyvach mountain junction (Tsyndyshha peaks (3139.5 m),

Kardyvach main (3140.5 m) and Kardyvach nodal), from the southeast by the Kutekheku ridge. The lake was formed as a result of the movement of ancient glaciers, which, moving from two sides, formed the final moraine, which closed the basin in which the lake is located. In the past, the lake was much longer, but the intensive work of streams carrying products of mountain destruction into it contributed to its shallowing and decrease in size. From the north, Upper Mzymta flows into Kardyvach, which originates from Lake Upper Kardyvach from a height of 2472 meters, where snow has been lying all summer. In the southwestern part of the lake, the Mzymta River originates - the longest river of the Russian Federation that flows into the Black Sea. There are no fish in the lake, since the Emerald Waterfall is located downstream, which the mountain trout that lives in the river are not able to overcome.

And the most interesting is that Kardyvachy is three. There is also Middle and Upper Kardyvach. When snow has melted on the lower Kardyvach and mountain flowers are blooming, on the upper Kardyvach everything is chained with snow and ice, and if there is an open area of ​​water, then small icebergs are sure to float in it.
According to many, the most beautiful of the whole trinity is Upper Kardyvach. If you still decide to come to Lake Kardyvach, do not deny yourself the pleasure and be sure to visit Upper Kardyvach. You will love its turquoise, snow caps and peak of the peak Loyub, guarding the mirror surface.

Requirements for Tour Participants

  • To participate in the tour requires an average physical form, the absence of medical contraindications for mountain hiking
  • Group size from 4 to 12 people
  • Minimum age of participants is 8 years
  • Only adults are allowed on the route

Additional Information

  • 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 (railway station) - hotel; rental of personal equipment; hotel reservation; recreation organization on the Black Sea

What is included in group public equipment
Tents, main ropes, communications, gas cylinders or gasoline, burners, a first-aid kit, cooking utensils, etc.

Take with you:

  • warm jacket;
  • ski cap;
  • fleece gloves;
  • shoe covers on legs;
  • waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers;
  • tracksuit;
  • sleeping bag;
  • polyurethane foam mat;
  • trekking shoes;
  • interchangeable shoes for ford and camp (sneakers);
  • backpack 80-100l; a seater;
  • trekking poles;
  • rain cape on yourself and on a backpack;
  • sun protection: panama, cream, glasses;
  • work gloves;
  • mug, spoon, bowl, knife (KLMN);
  • thermos and flask for water with a total volume of 2 l .;
  • headlamp (spare batteries);
  • individual first-aid kit
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