Mountain Trail Keepers

What you need to become a guide

Hello. I am Vladimir Danilov, I work as a mountain guide in Arkhyz. Here, on my website, I have collected descriptions of almost all tourist routes in the vicinity of Arkhyz. Many of them are available for independent visits. However, there are those where it is better to go with a guide. Here are some reasons:

  • the guide will suggest the optimal excursion schedule based on the traffic of the route, weather and landscape features;
  • the guide will choose the best route and method of movement based on the possibilities of tourists and attractions that can be seen in addition to the main purpose of the walk;
  • the guide will ensure the safety of movement on unmarked trails and indicate the correct direction of movement at forks and in places where there is no trail;
  • the guide will add important details to the walk that will make your trip much more enjoyable.

In short and simpler, Arkhyz are large and wild mountains, where there are no marked trails with signs. For safety reasons, some routes are best visited with an experienced guide who will not let you get lost or get stuck in the mountains until nightfall.

Cost of services

The indicated cost includes:

  • accompaniment of a guide on the walking route;
  • drop-off at UAZ where necessary;

Additional costs:

  • entrance tickets to the reserve on some routes;
  • meals on the route (possibly on your own);
  • rental of hiking equipment (trekking poles, tents, sleeping bags, etc .; if necessary).

RouteCost for a group up to 8 peopleMinimum age of the participantOne-day routesSofiyskie waterfalls and per. Sofia saddle 8,500 rubles 6 yearsDukkinsky lakes 8,500 rubles8 years Seven-colored lake 8,500 rubles8 yearsSophia lakes 10,000 rubles8 years Lake of Love * 5,000 rubles8 years Chigordaly waterfall * 5,000 rubles8 years Multi-day routes1 hiking day for a group of up to 5 people, 5,000 rubles + expenses ** for a group of 8 years + 6-9 people 7,000 ** 8 years 1 hiking day for a group of 10 people 9000 rubles + expenses ** 8 years

* The entrance ticket to the reserve is additionally paid - 100-200 rubles/person. ** transfer to the route by off-road vehicle, meals, equipment rental (if necessary), entrance tickets to the reserve.

Services of a mountain guide (guide) in Arkhyz

At first glance, a guide and a guide are exactly the same concepts. But the origin of these words is different, as are the professional duties of people working in similar directions. The guide (fr. Guide - a guide, leader) directly conducts excursions for the guests of the city and shows the beautiful local sights. The tour guides (lat. Excursio - trip), in turn, deal with absolutely all the problems that people may have in the process of making a tourist trip to the city.

Differences in the work of a guide and a tour guide

Responsibilities of the guide Responsibilities of the guide Carrying out walks or bus excursions to beautiful places and popular tourist sites according to the excursion plan Readiness to change the route prepared in advance and tell about the sights of another area Professional acquaintance of tourists with all visited sites Providing tourists with a comfortable environment during the walk: search for resting places, resting places, etc. Responsibility for the safety of people during the excursion

Guides' specializations also differ in the context of the excursion location:

  • city guides;
  • mountain guides;
  • field guides;
  • guides in museums and other historic buildings ...


When choosing the profession of a tourist guide, the first and main step will be the choice of a field of work, because a person physically simply cannot conduct an excursion in the morning in the museum, at lunchtime in the castle, and in the evening in the field.

Specifics in the work of a guide or tourist guide

A person who will lead people and acquaint them with the historical and cultural features of a particular area must not only have excellent knowledge of history, but also have some kind of charisma so that people want to follow him.

The social significance of the profession of a tour guide in society

Note! This work is suitable, first of all, for active, sociable and open people who are constantly striving for communication and learning new things. A real guide should be an interesting conversationalist, as well as have a set of moral qualities, among which stress resistance, good nature and tolerance occupy an important place.


Services of a mountain guide (guide) in Arkhyz. Day trips and multi-day guided hikes in the mountains. Tours and hikes to lakes and waterfalls

Mountain guides are people thanks to whom we not only get to the peaks of our dreams, but also come back from them alive

Mountain guides are people thanks to whom we not only rise to the peaks of our dreams, but also return from them alive

Photo: exumguides1931 @ flickr. om

The magic of the mountains can be countered with grief in half if you are dealing with photographs or film. However, if you find yourself at the foot of the ridge, it will not take half an hour before you find yourself on the nearest accessible hill. The mountains have always acted on people like a magnet - recalling the children's skills of conquering fences and trees, we obey the instinct of pioneers and strive by all means to reach the point where the path ends and the height begins.

Shadows on the roof of the world

Himalayan porters, invisible people, without whom a good part of historical ascents would not have taken place.

On ascents of up to 2000 meters, tourists are often not faced with dangers incompatible with life, but the higher the road leads and the further you get from civilization, the more likely it is that you will need the help of professionals to continue your journey. And such people exist: for two and a half centuries, mountain guides have taken people to a place where the world can be viewed from a bird's eye view. It is worth making a reservation right away that we are not talking about amateurs, but about professionals who have all the necessary competencies and certificates; although the first in the ranks of mountain guides are enough, especially in the vastness of the former Soviet republics and in the great Himalayas. Take, for example, the Sherpas, without which not a single serious ascent in Nepal can do. Strictly speaking, almost any local inhabitant of the mountain range is a guide almost from birth: the life of the highlanders is closely connected with the surrounding landscape, and they absorb knowledge of avalanches, weather conditions and local routes from early childhood. However, it is quite possible to become a non-professional guide, even without living in the mountains: it is enough to have relatives-climbers, an impressive experience of climbing in groups and "solo", or just good physical health and a strong craving for the mountains.

Alexey Zavodsky

29 years old, mountain photographer, guide to the Himalayas and the Caucasus

“It's not about the certificate, but about what a person really knows and can do. It is difficult for me to take such courses due to the fact that they are tied to a certain time and place. It's easier to talk to real climbers in big mountains and get practical knowledge. "

After walking the same route a couple of times, you will inevitably learn its specifics, get to know the locals, get used to the altitude and be able to lead groups. But if we are talking about high-altitude expeditions in places where avalanches come down or there is a danger of getting into bad weather, you most likely want to entrust your life to a professional whose knowledge about the nature of mountains is confirmed by exams and certificates, and not to an amateur.

The Village continues to figure out how the personal budgets of people of different professions are arranged. In the new issue - a guide. The average price of a two-hour walking tour of Moscow is 400–500 rubles, but sometimes agencies conduct them free of charge, for example, on holidays or on weekdays during business hours. Such excursions are mostly designed for those who constantly live in Moscow and are interested in its architecture and history. For tourists from other cities and countries, the format of excursions by bus or car is provided. The price for them depends on the class of the vehicle and the objects that you plan to visit. For example, for an individual three-hour excursion in a Mercedes-Benz E-Class with stops on Red Square, near the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and on the Arbat, a tourist is offered to pay 12 thousand rubles. If he only speaks Hebrew or Chinese, the price will increase by another 5 thousand. The girl, who conducts excursions around Moscow in Russian and English, told how her earnings are formed, who is more willing to tip and how to save money.



How to become a guide

I did my first excursion when I was 17 years old. Then I was still studying at the college at RosNOU as a specialist in tourist services. We had a British program: we studied 10 disciplines in English, then wrote coursework on them, which were sent to the UK for verification, and as a result we were given certificates. The college and the university had many partnership programs, students and teachers often came to us for exchange. Once a group of Italians was visiting Moscow, and among the students they began to look for volunteers ready to show the city. I agreed and since then realized that this is what I would like to do. In college, and then at the institute, they noticed this and began to attract me more often to conduct excursions. And everyone who came to us liked the way I work, they asked me to go with them.

I went to the institute to study tourism, but there they trained people who would rather pick up tours in agencies, rather than conduct excursions. We did not have any special lessons in history, we had to get all the knowledge ourselves. At the age of 20, I went to specialized courses for guides, but they did not give me the opportunity to get a license. You can enter more serious courses after the third year of the university, and I just switched to it. In our group there were a mechanic, a journalist, a director, a dancer, a chemist, a power plant worker. But mostly people after 30 and even older go to such courses, they have already sat in offices, and they want something different - dynamic and light, without a strict schedule and deadlines. These courses had an important plus - they immediately sent you to work there. I went to a couple of classes and was asked to give a tour for a Russian group.

After the fourth year, I went to licensed courses. They give the right to work in the Kremlin, and this is the most popular object, almost no tour can do without it. After you receive a license, you get into the databases of organizers of excursions around Moscow, after which they just call you and offer to work. The guides are usually chosen at random, but they can call again the one who really liked. Before agreeing, you need to find out what the program is, what payment, where are the tourists from, how many there are. If something does not suit you, you can refuse.

Now I'm 23 years old, I lead a variety of excursions: walking and bus, group and individual, for Russians and foreigners. Of the foreign languages, I still speak only English, but now I am also learning German, although Italian and Chinese are considered more promising for work. To guide excursions, you need to understand what tourists need. Some want to have fun, while others want knowledge. You can try to joke, see the reaction and catch the mood of the group. But in general, how the excursion went, good or bad, becomes clear only after its end. It happens that people sit with a displeased look, and then you get a bunch of thanks and a big tip.

Features of work

Sightseeing tours are considered the easiest: you just go and talk about everything you see. It’s generally easier to work on buses: you don’t have to go anywhere, you just sit and talk, sometimes you get off at stops, you have shown and told everything - and further along the route. But when you find yourself in a traffic jam and the air conditioner does not work, the excursion becomes more difficult. I can easily stand two-hour walking tours, but if it's four or five hours, then in the summer we often try to relax in the shade, and in the winter we go somewhere to warm up.

A must-see program for foreign tourists in Moscow is the Kremlin, the Armory, a sightseeing tour, circus and ballet. And outside Moscow, they visit Sergiev Posad, Vladimir and Suzdal. Everyone else wants to see our metro, for the Chinese it is generally in first place. It happens that tourists ask to go to the Vodka Museum or Bunker-42. We show Moscow City only from afar. There is an observation deck, but we usually come to Vorobyovy Gory or to the Central Children's Store on Lubyanka. Also, tourists are very fond of cruises on the Moscow River. They can still go to Arbat, but Zamoskvorechye is not popular.

Going on vacation to an unfamiliar country, each of us wants to get as much positive emotions from the trip as possible. Therefore, many people prefer to entrust their acquaintance with the sights to a professional guide who will not only tell you about the history and culture of the Aborigines, but also show the most significant places, help in difficult situations and give some valuable advice on how to behave and what to avoid.

Going on vacation to an unfamiliar country, each of us wants to get as much positive emotions and impressions from the trip as possible. Therefore, before the trip, someone carefully studies all available information about the selected country and plans excursion routes on their own, while someone prefers to entrust their acquaintance with the sights to a professional guide who will not only tell about the history and culture of the Aborigines, but also show the most significant places. will help in difficult situations and give some valuable advice on how to behave and what to avoid.

As you probably already understood, this article will focus on the profession of a guide, whose representatives can be safely called "guardian angels" of unlucky tourists who manage to "get lost in three pines" and get into the most ridiculous situations "out of the blue".

Who is a guide?

A guide is a specialist who accompanies a tourist (or a group of tourists) on excursions, hikes, car tours, etc., and introduces him to local attractions, culture and traditions. Quite often, the responsibility for organizing leisure activities is also assigned to the guide.

The name of the profession comes from the French guide (leader, conductor), which almost completely reflects the essence of the guide's work. It is not known for certain when the first guides appeared, but there is an assumption that the need for them arose simultaneously with the ability to travel long distances. It is known that the services of the crowned specials who made foreign trips were always provided with those from the receiving party, who not only introduced high-ranking guests to local attractions, but also provided them with any assistance they could.

Over time and as a result of the development of tourism, there was a need for professional guides, as a result of which this profession appeared. Today, the profession of a guide includes several narrow specializations, among which a guide-translator, a guide-guide and a naturalist guide are in special demand.

The duties of a modern guide include: meeting tourists upon arrival, organizing excursion tours, accompanying during excursions or walks, getting to know the peculiarities of local culture and customs, ensuring the safety of tourists, etc. That is, for a tourist group, the guide becomes a real leader, on whom the overall impression of the trip and the place of rest largely depends.

What personal qualities should a guide have?

It's not hard to guess that since the work of a guide involves communicating with a large number of people, a representative of this profession must be not just sociable, but a very interesting interlocutor, capable of captivating listeners with his stories and delivering valuable information to them. In addition, the guide must have such personal qualities as:

  • artism ;
  • responsibility ;
  • punctuality ;
  • poise ;
  • good memory;
  • erudition;
  • kindness;
  • tact;
  • patience;
  • resourcefulness;
  • intelligible and competent speech.

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