Bazarduzu Blitz

Summit Azerbaijan's Highest Peak!
4 days / 3 nights :: For Private Groups

Mt. Bazarduzu is the highest peak in Azerbaijan at 4,466 meters, and an inspiring trek with views from the top into both Azerbaijan & Russia/Dagestan. Come get away to the Caucasus wilderness and blitz your way to the top of Mt. Bazarduzu!


Whether you fly in to Azerbaijan’s capital Baku this morning or arrived yesterday, you’ll meet your guide at a pre-arranged point in Baku, then take off for the scenic, 3-hour drive to Quba. Your guide will complete final shopping for supplies in Quba and you’ll proceed on the 2-hour drive to Khinalig village, where you will check in to your guesthouse and eat lunch. After lunch you’ll take a 6 km acclimatization hike to Mount Kharibulbul (2783 meters) and return to the guest house for the night, sleeping at 2150 meters altitude (7050 feet).  The village of Khinalig is renowned for its hospitality towards guests and you’ll enjoy some authentic mountain cuisine today.


After breakfast at the guesthouse you’ll depart for Bazarduzu Mountain base camp in 4×4 vehicles. It’s a 2-hour drive through Shahdag National Park, where you’ll stop along the way at Shahyaylag to take in amazing panoramic views of Azerbaijan’s 4,000 meter peaks. The drive continues to Bazarduzu’s lower base camp at 2,900 meters, where you’ll take your pack and continue on foot for 2 hours to the second base  camp at 3,250 meters. Horse porters are included to carry the majority of your gear to upper base camp.  Upon arrival at base camp, you’ll set up your tents, have lunch, and set off on a 2-hr acclimatization hike to 3,400 meters. You’ll want to retire early and get a good night’s sleep before summit day tomorrow!


Its Summit Day! You have a 6 to 7 hour climb ahead of you, so you will wake up at 4:00 am for the beginning of the ascent to Bazarduzu summit. After reaching the summit and taking in the views (and lots of pictures!) of the neighboring region of Dagestan (Russia), you’ll start the 3 to 4 hour descent to base camp. Once at base camp, you’ll pack your tents and gear, hike to the car and return to Khinalig village for a tasty dinner and well-deserved night’s sleep in a guest house.


Pack your bags and say goodbye for now to the Caucasus Mountains, a place we hope you will come back to for another adventure very soon. After breakfast we’ll transfer you back to Baku, where you’ll either fly out of the airport back home, or spend another night before flying home tomorrow. We hope to see you again soon!

  • One summit attempt
  • All transportation: Baku to Khinalig & back; 4×4 vehicles to/from first base camp
  • Meals in Khinalig Guest house: 2 breakfasts (Days 2 & 4) & 2 dinners (Days 1 & 3)
  • Lodging – 2 nights in Khinalig guest home (Days 1 & 3)
  • Lodging – 1 night in tent (Day 2, two people per tent)
  • Group expedition equipment (ropes, first aid kit, communications, etc.)
  • Cooking Equipment: 1 gas burner & 1 gas cylinder per tent
  • Professional & experienced English-speaking mountain guides, 1:7 guide-to-client ratio
  • Horse Porters for Personal Gear on Day 2 & 3 ascent/descent between lower & upper Bazarduzu base camps: 15 kg (33 lbs)/person
  • Obtaining permits to Shahdag National Park & Border Zone w/ Russia
  • Extensive pre-trip planning, customization, & customer service
  • International airfare
  • Tourist visa on a per-country basis (e-visa required for most Western countries, less than $30)
  • Rental of personal trekking gear (see required gear list)
  • Additional services requested at hotels (spa/banya, etc.)
  • Meals on Bazarduzu: Must provide one’s own Freeze-Dried Food (Breakfast on Day 3, Lunches on Days 2 & 3, Dinner on Day 2)
  • Meals while traveling to/from Khinalig: Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch on Days 1 & 4
  • Any change to the program that requires extra expense (any departure from the itinerary will be booked by you at your own expense)
  • Additional beverages at meals (non-alcoholic and alcoholic)
  • Personal Insurance (not required)
  • Tips for guides, drivers & meals

Items marked “Rental” are available for rent at Mount Bazarduzu:

Climbing Gear:

  • Climbing Backpack (40-80 liters) – Rental
  • Summit Day Pack (10-30 liters) – Rental
  • Head lamp (with extra batteries) – Rental
  • Crampons – Rental
  • Trekking poles – Rental
  • 2/3-person Tent – INCLUDED
  • Sleeping bag (-10 deg C) – Rental
  • Sleeping pad – Rental
  • Cooking Pot (for boiling water & cooking freeze-dried food) – Rental

Upper Body:

  • Hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or equivalent) – Rental
  • Light/Mid-weight insulated “puffy” jacket
  • Fleece hoodie/pullover – Rental
  • Synthetic base layer
  • Synthetic t-shirts

Lower Body:

  • Synthetic trekking pants – Rental
  • Synthetic/wool thermal long underwear
  • Synthetic/wool underwear
  • Gaiters (required) – Rental 

Hands and Feet:

  • Synthetic/wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots/shoes (Goretex or equivalent) – Rental
  • Heavyweight gloves
  • Mid/lightweight gloves – Rental
  • Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals)


  • Balaclava/buff
  • Beanie – Rental
  • Helmet – Rental
  • Category 4 Glacier Sunglasses (100% UV protection) – Rental


  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Prescription meds (inhaler, EpiPen, etc.)
  • Personal toiletries & sunscreen
  • Battery pack & cords for device charging
  • Insulated water bottle/thermos – Rental
  • Gas Cooker (for boiling water & cooking freeze-dried food) – INCLUDED
  • Mess Tin/Cutlery – plate/bowl, fork/spoon
  • Gas Canister(s) – INCLUDED
  • Freeze-dried food

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What you’ll experience on the “Bazarduzu Blitz” Expedition

Bazarduzu Blitz Pricing

Tour Level 2 People 3-4 People 5-6 People

*As a US based company, all prices are in US Dollars, per person. We accept payment in US dollars at the exchange rate in affect at the time of payment. Refer to our Payment Options document for further details on various methods of payment.

*Economic Pricing includes: 3-star guest home in Khinalig Days 1, 3, and tents on Bazarduzu Day 2.

*For requesting single rooms & tents, a single supplement fee will be applied.

*Contact us for larger group pricing.

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