Dombay tour is not only for those who want to see the beauty of the local mountains, living in cozy rooms at a camp site in the mountains. And also for those who want to try their hand at two small hikes, which, although not difficult, will require effort, courage and good physical shape. There will be hiking ascents to heights of more than 3000 meters, trekking to incredibly beautiful lakes, walks to the passes and peaks!
How to get there
You need to be in Nevinnomyssk (station Nevinnomysskaya) at the railway station on the first day of the hike no later than 7:00 am. Meeting the group at the railway station at 07:00.
from St. Petersburg train No. 049. from Moscow trains No. 049, 004.
You can fly by plane to Mineralnye Vody or Stavropol, then by bus or train to Nevinnomyssk (1.5 - 2.5 hours on the way). You need to arrive in the evening of the previous day and spend the night in Nevinnomyssk.
Any trains departing after 17:00 on the final day of the trip to St. Petersburg by train # 049. to Moscow by train # 049, 003, 033.
BY PLANE: Plan the return flight after 20:00 on the final day of the hike.
Before purchasing train/plane tickets, be sure to check the information with the coordinator!
Where to stay in Nevinnomyssk: Hotel "Grand Hotel" or in a hotel near the station.
The resort village of Dombay, famous since Soviet times, is located in Karachay-Cherkessia on the territory of the Teberda Nature Reserve. The Dombai ski slopes descend from the Mussa-Achitara mountain, in 2020 and 2021 routes of varying difficulty and length were opened, which allows both beginners and extreme sportsmen to ski.
The weather in Dombai is quite stable in winter. As a rule, it is very snowy and sunny here, and the average air temperature is -5 degrees. Thaws are not uncommon at the resort: on such days in the village the temperature warms up to +15 degrees, which is real spring for central Russia. However, this does not interfere with skiing - on the slopes in the mountains it is not so warm, so you can safely roll out the slopes.
The skiing season in Dombai lasts from December to April. Of course, its duration may vary depending on weather conditions. The most avid skiers and snowboarders often begin to master the tracks before the official start of the season: in October-November, you can already test the slopes on the upper lines of the cable car.
Snow in the mountain valleys falls in October, but the cover becomes stable and reliable in November-December. On high-altitude trails, snow lasts until mid-May.
Be sure not to be caught off guard by accidents. When choosing an active holiday, take out insurance. You can handle any mountain!
There are 12 ski slopes in the resort - 5 main ones with a length of more than 20 km and with a maximum elevation difference of 1400 meters. These areas are located on the southwestern slope of Mount Mussa-Achitara and are suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
Children and beginners with an instructor are happy to ride on the Dombayskaya glade in the "Frog". An amateur blue-green trail with a low degree of difficulty runs on a wide plateau at an altitude of 2500-3000 meters. And under it is a steep narrow blue-red track for experienced skiers. Thrill-seekers are attracted by the lower wooded part of the slope, marked "black", and a dozen routes for off-piste skiing, not cleared by snow groomers. To the delight of freeriders, on the northern slope of Mount Mussa-Achitara, fresh powder lays all winter.
There are many cable cars leading to the Dombai ski slopes, which are distributed in four complexes: old, new, pendulum, Yugoslavian. Some have more transfers, others less. The higher you climb the mountains, the more expensive the ticket.
Ski passes on the new complex of cable cars For 1 day: 1800 rubles. regular, 1150 rub. concessional For 2 days: 2950 rub. regular, 1800 rub. discount For 7 days: 9050 rub. regular, 5450 rub. preferential For 12 days (maximum amount): 15350 rub. regular, 9250 rub. preferential 1 Rise on the old line of chairlifts From 150 rubles. Key pass to the Yugoslavian cable car 500 rubles per 1 day Ascent on the pendulum cable car for skiers and snowboarders200 rub.
There are more than enough ski resorts in Russia. Each of them has certain advantages and disadvantages. Today I want to introduce you to one of the most prestigious and popular resorts - "Dombay", and tell you where it is located.
The Dombai Ski Complex is located in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains, on the territory of the Teberda Nature Reserve. This is not only the most prestigious, but also one of the oldest resorts, whose history began in the post-war years.
The tourist complex has a well-developed infrastructure. Each tourist is given a unique opportunity to do what they love:
Note, these are only winter pastime options. And there are also summer, spring and autumn. Every vacationer will find something to their liking at the resort. If you wish, you can stay in a sanatorium located on the territory of the complex and significantly improve your health. Although the air here is so clean that, as they say, "you can eat it with a spoon."
On the territory of Dombai, there are many hotels, hotels that provide an opportunity for both budget accommodation and quite expensive recreation. Many of them have ski storage, swimming pools, saunas, and so on. But more on that below.
Hotel in Dombai
If you have just decided to learn how to ski or snowboard, then opt for Dombai. All conditions are created here for the start in this exciting sport. Special tracks have been equipped, and instructors with extensive experience will be happy to help in this matter.
The resort village of Dombay is located at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level. Dombai glade, as this place is also called, is surrounded by mountain ranges. This is the Main Caucasian ridge in the south and three gorges converging here: in the east - the Dombai-Ulgen gorge, in the north - the Amanauz gorge and the Alibek gorge on the west side. And accordingly three rivers merge together - Alibek, Dombai-Ulgen and Amanauz.
We will be accommodated in the guest house. We live in rooms with conveniences, cook in a shared kitchen. We walk in the mountains, play, compose and listen to fairy tales all together in the evenings.
Arrival, excursions, acquaintance.
We meet early in the morning at the train station. ... railway station in the town of Mineralnye Vody. We are already waiting for the ordered transport, which will take us to our guest house in Dombayskaya glade. The road is asphalt and takes only about four hours. But in the middle of the way we will stop and stretch our legs, going up to the Shoan and Sentin Alan temples of the 10th century (which are part of the Nizhne-Arkhyz historical and architectural archaeological complex). Here are our first breathtaking mountain panoramas! We will also stop for lunch in the dining room on the way.
We are settling in. Maybe someone still has the strength to walk around the Dombay village?
Dinner and acquaintance are still waiting for us today.
Amanauz gorge (Devil's mill, Sufraja waterfalls) On foot - 7 km, ascent/drop 550 m
Exercise, breakfast and start our first mountain hike.
Amanauz translates to "evil mouth". Why is that? We will find out by walking along this gloomy gorge surrounded by steep mountains, looking at the water of the Devil's Mill, seething in a narrow canyon.
Ahead are the peaks of Sufruju and Amanauz-Bashi, crowned with glaciers. It is from there that the impressive Sufrudzhi waterfalls fall, which we will also reach.
You will spend 8 exciting days in a modern resort in the most comfortable corner of the North Caucasus. Moderate heights, clear weather, high-quality tracks and service will bring carefree and joyful rest to your vacation. Due to the high humidity and the absence of strong hair dryers, even a significant frost at -15 ° C does not cause discomfort.
But usually the minimum temperature does not fall below the optimum for skiing -5-7 ° C.
Dombay is characterized by a well-thought-out layout with a convenient location of key infrastructure facilities. The lower lift stations are located in the center of the village. To climb the slopes, you do not need to go anywhere, but rather slowly walk along the cozy streets for 5-10 minutes.
Upon arrival at the resort we check into the hotel, have dinner, get to know each other better. Further - free time to relax and explore the resort.
Every day after breakfast we will go to the ski slopes, learn or hone the skills of snowboarding or skiing, at lunchtime we will gather together in a cafe with a cinema and combine business with pleasure)
In the evening, after dinner, a night stroll through the village with its sparkling souvenir shops, riding on cheesecakes and snowmobiles. Those who wish can visit billiards, cafes, bowling, sauna, swimming pool or just stay in the room and relax)
We meet you at the airport or railway station. We sit down in comfortable transport and through Nevinnomyssk, Karachaevsk, Teberda we go to Dombay. A significant part of the 2-hour trip will take place along the A-155 "Military-Sukhum road" highway among the picturesque foothills and snow-covered ridges. Upon arrival at the resort, we check into the hotel, have dinner, and get to know each other better. Further - free time to relax and explore the resort.