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The Village of Xinaliq and Great Caucasus mountains


Xinaliq is a historic Caucasian village high in the Great Caucasus mountains.  It is a village with an ethnically distinct people with their own unique language, habits, and culture.  The village is called the land where hena (the plant) grows because at sunrise and sunset the surrounding mountains turn the color of hena. 

There there are lots of possible trips around Xinaliq, but we recommend to have a 4 days tour. This trip start from Guba.  Transportation from Baku can also be arranged.  Other popular starting points are from the resorts Suvar in Laza or from Long Forest outside Gusar. Additional trips can be organized based on your needs.

Day 1:  Arrival to Baku. Depending on the time of arrival Baku city tour could be organised. Accommodation in the hotel. Free time. 

Day 2: Breakfast. Trip to Gobustan. Then transfer to Guba (2-3 hour drive from Baku). Free time. Sightseeings. Dinner.

After breakfast, travel to Ateshgah (eternal flame) by horse or foot (your choice).  Have tea and a small lunch by the ancient holy site which is beautifully situated higher up the mountains with fantastic views.  After lunch, climb up to Baltiqaya.  This steep mountain pass at 3,200 meters (approx 10,000 feet) gives you stunning views of the Great Caucasus mountains including Bazarduzu and Shahdag (the two highest mountains in Azerbaijan).  Have a short rest at the top of the mountain and have a snack of locally made cheese, fruits, and bread.  Descend towards Laza (1,500 meters) where you can stay in the comfortable cabins at Suvar or stay in a home in the village.  It is also possible to camp in the mountains above Laza.

Day 3:  Leave Guba at 9 am and travel by jeep to Xinaliq.  Enjoy the spectacular trip up through the mountains and across rivers.  The highlights include the "Tolkeinchasm" and "Cloudcatcher Canyon".  Have a tasty picnic lunch alongside "Qudyal cay" river.  Arrive in Xinaliq and then spend the afternoon exploring the village and museums.  Accomodation can be arranged in either private houses with some of the villagers or in the Xinaliq guest house. Enjoy traditional Xinaliqi food for dinner. Return to Baku. Accommodatin in the hotel.Alternatively you can stay overnight in private ouse in Xinaliq, spend the night at Long Forest Resort or in Guba Hotel.

Day 4:  Return to Baku..Transfer to airport. 


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You can combine this tour with other tours in Azerbaijan. We will be happy to arrange a personally tailored tour for you and your friends, just contact us and let us know about your requirements. 

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