Tourism is the best vacation, but vacation is better than tourism

TOP-10 places for active recreation in the Caucasus

What is tracking? Trekking is a walking trip, during which tourists go light (well, or carry a very small backpack with them) and admire the beauty of the surrounding nature. Of course, a camera is an obligatory tracking attribute. This word is becoming fashionable lately, although its meaning is similar to what we mean by hiking and mountain trekking.

Tracking is very popular in the West, and in Russia it is gaining more and more popularity. For trekking, in contrast to traditional hiking, it is not physical fitness that is important first of all, but a good, positive mood. The main task of trekking is to unite with nature and immerse yourself in its natural beauty and silence.

To help you navigate the world of trekking, we have compiled a selection of the 5 best trekking sites in the world.

Inca City Machu Picchu

City in the Sky - Machu Picchu in Peru is undoubtedly one of the best trekking spots. The stunning mountain scenery of the Andes, coupled with the majestic views of the ruins of the Aztecs, will give you an unforgettable South American trekking experience. By the way, several hiking mountain tourist destinations are offered here.

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain peak in Africa, and climbing is a challenge. This potentially active stratovolcano rises 5895 meters above sea level. Climbing up, you will overcome as many as 5 climatic zones. At the foot of the mountain you will find agricultural land, a little higher there will be forest, alpine meadows, deserts, and snow fields. In addition to this variety, there is a wilderness charm with monkeys, buffaloes, and leopards in the lower rainforest zone.

Toubkal, Morocco

Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and ideal for mountain trekking. These places are deservedly popular with European tourists. Almost all airlines fly here to North Africa on low cost flights. The view from the top of the High Atlas to the foothills and the Sahara Desert is truly breathtaking.

Torres del Paine, Chile

The magnificent views of Chile's Torres del Paine National Park can already be seen in many photographs and postcards. But to see this beauty with your own eyes is worth a lot. Trekking in the Chilean mountains will reveal incredible views of glacial landscapes, blue lakes and granite rocks.

Annapurna District, Nepal

Top 5 Mountain Trekking Sites

Only the lazy has not tried at least once to speculate on the eternal theme - "work-rest". Chastooshkas and sayings, proverbs and aphorisms, scientific quotes and catchphrases. What has not accumulated in the arsenal of mankind, constantly either working or having a rest after work (or before work). Moreover, there is still no consensus on the importance of these two processes. Hence the expressions “tourism is the best rest ...”, “it’s how you need to work in order to rest like that” or “rest is a change of occupation”, which contain elements of paradox. By the way, the latter, in my opinion the most obvious, was born not by folk wisdom, but by the author's. Belongs to Academician I.P. Pavlov, although there are references to Confucius, and to the English writer and poet Keith Ginburt.

In a word, work and rest are one of the normal states of a person. But "stupid doing nothing", born of the no less absurd state of "self-isolation" - is unnatural. From such protracted "non-working days" days and months, the hope for a quick victory of common sense saves. What's next?

There are many places in Russia where I have never been

Tourism was among the most affected by the pandemic. And in many countries. Russia is no exception. But the hope that the tourist season can still be revived, at least partially. At the same time, the emphasis is shifting towards domestic tourism. I have to, hoping for understanding from the author, change the word in the song.

Unfortunately, it's hard to say that many places that are interesting for tourism and recreation are "promoted". At best, they are known in their own, and in some neighboring areas. I'm not talking about Kamchatka, Baikal, or Gorny Altai. Unusual, far and expensive. Hardly anyone will be interested in my assessments of the rest in the Crimea and Sochi.

I suggest some more accessible places. I've never been to them, but I've heard a lot about them.

Chelyabinsk region. Lake Turgoyak. It is called “Ural Baikal”. The same clear water, beautiful shores, legends and tales born in these places, and even, like Angara - the daughter of Lake Baikal, the Istok river is the only one flowing out of the lake. Turgoyak is included in the list of the most valuable water bodies in the world. A large number of high-level hotels and boarding houses have been built on the shores. The 34-meter depth and the purest water are the expanse for lovers of diving and spearfishing.

Tver and Novgorod regions. Lake Seliger. Local residents also call it Ostashkovsky. The name is associated with the ancient city of Ostashkov located on the southern shore of the lake. Seliger is a complex consisting of several lakes of glacial origin, connected by short and narrow channels. The complex water system, which is called the "blue necklace" of Central Russia, is surrounded by picturesque shores, where a well-organized tourist infrastructure operates.

Valdai National Park. Novgorod region. Valdai is a pristine lake with many islands, it is flooded meadows surrounded by birch groves and pine forests, this is the territory of a national park with 70 lakes and 20 rivers rich in many species of fish and a habitat for a large number of animals and birds. Valday is a small quiet town and ancient Orthodox monasteries, recreation centers and guest houses located in the most picturesque places.

Kungur Ice Cave. Perm Territory. The cave, as one of the most popular tourist sites in the Urals, is a whole complex of natural wonders. In addition to the cave itself, the length of which is 5.00 meters, it includes 58 grottoes and 70 lakes and the above-cave section of the Ice Mountain. All this splendor is united under the general name "Historical and Natural Complex", which provides tourists with the opportunity to walk along two dozen routes.

Better to see once ...

Top 5 Mountain Trekking Sites What is Trekking? Trekking is a walking trip, during which tourists go light (well, or carry a very small backpack with them), and admire


The Caucasus is a real tourist Eldorado. Here, as in Greece, there is everything! And even more. Mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, waterfalls - this is a far from complete list of Caucasian assets. Tourists have chosen this region more than 100 years ago, and the number of people wishing to visit the blessed places is growing from year to year.

Trekking, mountaineering, alpine skiing, thermal springs, mineral water - all this can be obtained at the same time in a relatively compact area. The climate here is so varied that palm trees grow against the backdrop of snow-capped mountain peaks. A variety of cultures and national cuisine reigns in these parts. The Caucasus should be visited at least once in a lifetime. Better yet, do it once a year!

The Caucasus is a mountainous country in Eurasia. A significant part of it is located on the territory of Russia. Geographically, the South and North Caucasus are distinguished. The Ciscaucasia is adjacent to the north. The Black Sea coast stretches from the south. The core of the mountain system is the Main Caucasian ridge. The mountains are 1,100 kilometers long and up to 180 kilometers wide. The highest point is Elbrus (5642 meters). In terms of the number of glaciers, this Russian region is not inferior to the Alps.

There are many tourist routes in the Caucasus. As a rule, they include the most interesting places. So, where is it worth going to the Caucasus and what can you see? We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the ten most popular hiking destinations.


Elbrus is the pride of Russia. It is not only the tallest mountain in the country. There are no mountains above it in Europe! For this reason, the tourist trail does not overgrow here. The mountain occupies an honorable place in the world ranking "Seven Summits". Every self-respecting climber wants to put a tick: “I was on Elbrus”.

The stratovolcano was formed millions of years ago. The last eruption took place about 5 thousand years ago. From a distance, Elbrus resembles a two-humped camel, because it has two peaks - Eastern (5621 meters) and Western (5642 meters). They were first conquered, respectively, in 1829 and 1874.

Elbrus is good because it has all the necessary infrastructure for climbing. Since the southern slope is simpler, peaks are most often stormed along it. There is a lift that takes tourists to the Gara-Bashi station. It is located at an altitude of 3847 meters.

There are three shelters on the slope - Barrels (3720 meters), LeapRus (3912 meters) and Shelter 11 (4055 meters). Here they stop for acclimatization and rest. On snow groomers, those who wish are lifted up to a height of 5100 meters, where there is a place called "Oblique shelf".

The starting points for hiking Elbrus are Mineralnye Vody and Nalchik. These cities have an airport and a railway. Buses run from here to the village of Terskol and the Azau glade. They travel by their own car through Rostov-on-Don or Krasnodar.

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