A trip to the deepest lake in the North Caucasus – Lake Kezenoy-Am, which translates as ‘blue lake’. The lake is located high in the mountains (1,869 metres above sea level) on the southern slope of the Andiyskiy Ridge, which means that on the journey there you will be treated to amazing views of valleys, hills and then snow topped mountains.
The water of the lake is famous for its beautiful colour and purity. In summer it can get warm enough to swim in, while in winter its surface freezes over to up to 80cm thick. The air temperature around the lake can vary significantly, even within a single day. In summer it can get as hot as 25 degrees, sometimes even 30 degrees. At night though the temperature drops, sometimes as low as zero. The area is protected from the wind by the mountains and it rarely rains here. The lake’s surroundings consist of meadows and steppe among the mountains. It is especially beautiful in spring when the meadows break out in flowers.
Grozny → Lake Kezenoy-Am → Grozny
Total distance of the tour: 230km - 230km
• 09:00 •
Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. Transfer to the Shira Yurt Ethnographic Museum.
• 11:30 •
Guided tour of the museum - the Shura Yurt is a copy of an aul (a Chechen village). The museum has 17 houses each of which represents a different region of Chechnya and contains traditional Chechen belongings and tools. In front of the entrance stands a 25 metre stone watchtower. Shura Yurt also has a mosque, a blacksmiths, a workshop and an infirmary.
Duration: 30 minutes
Transfer to Lake Kezenoy-Am - on the way to the lake you will pass through beautiful parts of Chechnya via a serpentine road through the valley up to the mountains. The way takes about 2:30 hours.
Upon arrival at the lake you will have lunch consisting of a national Chechen dish.
After lunch you will have free time at the lake. In the summer you can hire a boat or try out the zip wire, but all year round you can walk up the hill to enjoy views of the lake and the neighbouring mountain range.
Excursion to the village of Khoy – today only ruins of this village remain, but at its height this settlement was a significant centre located among alpine meadows and the mountains. The houses here were built using stones without any mortar, which required each stone to be specially prepared. The view of the mountains behind the buildings is also especially wonderful. In February 1944 the inhabitants of this settlement were deported and resettled in Siberia and Central Asia. After the deportation, Khoi was abandoned and fell into disrepair. There is also a ruined watchtower here which used to warn the inhabitants of approaching enemies. The settlement was once an important stop on the Silk Routes.
At the end of the excursion, you will return to Grozny. On the way back you will make a quick stop in Argun at the Mother’s Heart Mosque – a beautiful and unusual mosque whose facade predominantly consists of glass.
- The tour is available daily.
- The tour is available in Other languages upon request.
• CANCELLATION POLICY •
DATE OF CANCELLATION
(with respect to the date of the departure)
(with respect to the total price of the tour)
|FROM 60 TO 45 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||10%|
|FROM 44 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||30%|
|FROM 14 TO 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||50%|
|LESS THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||100%|
• COST OF THE TOUR •
|PRICE PER GROUP||1-2 PAX||3-4 PAX||5-6 PAX||7-8 PAX|
- Transportation on a private car to/from Lake Kezenoy-Am.
- Professional guide
- Entrance tickets to the museum
- Gratuities (optional)