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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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • 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.

  • Zaur Lalayev (+994 518309720 mobile, ) runs a cozy guest house from his family home. 15 AZN per person would be appropriate, but Zaur likes his guests to only pay what they can. His family will offer you warm home cooked meals and hot tea. Zaur's late father Badal was featured in Mark Elliot's guide book. Zaur now took over and runs hiking and horse excursions adventures.

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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