The landscapes are very different from the southern Georgian slopes. These are rather large opened spaces with mountains that rise very gradually towards the highest peaks of the Caucasus Mountains (Dikh Tau and Elbrus 5600m). We sometimes find ourselves at 3000m with the feeling of being only at 1500m. The immensity of open landscapes gives another dimension.
The first 3-4 days (depending on which route we will take) we move forwards until reaching the alpin pasture of the Kabardins herd composed of 150 horses enjoying the campsite every day in a new and incredible scenery. Once in the middle of the alpine pasture we set up the camp for the next days. We explore each day a new route into some canyons, waterfalls, caves and plenty of hidden spots. During the evening we enjoy the fresh Kabardin cuisine and the amazing sceneries that the location is offering over the Elbrouz Mount, only few minutes ride from the camp. We overnight in tent in the middle of 150 Kabardin horses living free in the mountains.
Finally this trip offers a big cultural and historical interest: the combinaison of two countries located of both side of the Great Caucasus Chain, the passage through the Darial gorge (the only natural passage in the Caucasian barrier dating back to the Roman times), the different types of architecture and the change of the atmosphere from Nalchik to Vladikavkaz (which was called once Ordjonikidze, a Georgian name), and from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi come complete the horse expedition with some historical and cultural aspects. We finally drive through the Kazbek Mount area, the Ananuri fortress till Tbilisi, the very alive capital of Georgia.
Horses: Kabardin. They are quite tall, stocky, agile and very enduring horses. Many years ago they have been sorted out and trained for military purpose. Nowadays the selection is going on and you will ride the best of them.
The Cherkess saddlers are wellknown in Russia. They are few skilled craftsmen and you will be able to visit one of the workshop and see how they manufacture the saddles.