By some definitions Xınalıq (2335m) is Europe’s highest village. Its upper half retains many ancient stone houses that form distinctively austere stepped terraces up a steep highland ridge. And the whole scene is often magically wrapped in spooky clouds that part sporadically to reveal 360-degree views of the surrounding Caucasus. Apart from examining the one-room museum and gazing at the hypnotic views, the main attraction is meeting and staying with Xınalıq’s hardy shepherd folk who have their own language (Ketsh) and still live much of their lives on horseback. Bring warm clothes – nights can be icy cold. What You Can Expect Khinalug Tour program: Pickup from hotel Stop-point at “Beshbarmag Dag” area: Atop a super-steep grassy ridge, Beshbarmag Dag is a distinctive split crag whose mystical crown of phallic rocks attracts (mostly female) pilgrims. The road to Guba region: On the road we will see more cities like Khizi, Siyazan, Shabran while going to Guba.
The most beautiful and interesting village of Azerbaijan, located on the Lesser Caucasus mountains. Amid sheepy Caucasian foothills and dramatic canyons lie Azerbaijan’s grandest mountain panoramas and its most fascinating villages. The fabled ancient village of Xınalıq is an unforgettable rustic getaway but the beautiful route from Quba is an attraction in itself. The road starts out through woodlands past a string of barbecue cafes, then navigates several canyons before emerging above the tree line into an almost deserted upland valley. Visit to Khinalug Museum* To be hosted in a local house in Khinalug Village, Lunch* Free Time Back to Baku, drop-off to hotel Included: Pickup from hotel, transportation, tour guide, drop-off to hotel or to city center.