Khinalug

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Khinalug is a village in Northeastern Azerbaijan.

Get in[edit]

All inclusive trips can be arranged. These can include transportation, nightly accommodation, meals, and hiking guides. The road has recently (in the past two years) been paved due to a visit from Azerbaijan's President. Now a car can make the trip to Khinalig. Before paving an SUV was essential (but still recommended).

Taxi[edit]

Prices will be negotiable, but expect to pay around 40AZN from Quba.

  • Baku Taxi Services, (). Roundtrip Baku to Khinalug (Xinaliq). 130 AZN (156USD) for a driver from Baku to Khinaliq and back to Baku. Leave day 1, arrive and sleep in Khinaliq or village of your request. Return day 2 around mid day. Many opportunities to stop and take pictures. All additional gas burning excursions from route can be negotiated. Contact a few days in advance to schedule service. English is spoken here.  edit

Bus[edit]

Mushruka are available. Ask at the bus station as the Tourist Office in Quba will tell you there are no buses available.

Get around[edit]

Walk. There won't be many other options. It should not be a problem for a reasonably fit person though you might find yourself winded from the steep hills and high altitude. Khinalug is a very small settlement.

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Scenery[edit]

Surrounded by mountains and green valleys (summer only), Khinalug offers fabulous natural scenery.

Architecture[edit]

The houses in Khinalug are a visual example of the distinctive village. One persons roof is another's front door terrace.

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Get Outdoors[edit]

Khinalug boasts of some of the best hiking and camping in Azerbaijan. The surroundings of the village are wide open and include nearby caves with a waterfall. The water is actually filtering through the cliff rocks. More extensive hikes can be done by using a guide book or hiring a local guide. Horses can also be rented to carry gear and/or people.

Note: Keep in mind that hiking is not considered a recreational activity for most Azerbaijani people, but Khinalugian people are more appreciative of the benefits of eco-tourism.

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  • Shepherd's cap: Made from wool, these caps will keep your head toasty in the coldest conditions. The caps are very distinctive to this area. The caps come in several colors; from white to dark wool.

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  • Mutton: Khinalug is a vegetarian's nightmare. The high altitude won't allow many vegetables to grow.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is an official guest house but a number of local families offer home-stay arrangements from 5AZN.

Contact[edit]

www.xinaliq.az is official Xinaliq website with all touristic information and guide.

Get out[edit]

Quba

Shahdag (King Mountain): Azerbaijan's highest mountain

Baltagaya: Cliff mountain pass at 3,200 meters. From here, great views of vallies on Khinalug and Laza sides. Also a vantage point for Shahdag.

Qizil Gaya

Ateshgah: A sacred, natural, eternal flame

Cloudcatcher Canyon: Scenic landscape between Guba and Khinalig



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