This post has been written by Anush, a travel and adventure lover who is always in search of new destinations and impressions. Whenever she travels, she goes in search of extreme adventure and adrenaline pumping activities. She is particularly well versed in the Caucasus region.
If you are an extreme action lover and crave bright impressions, the South Caucasus is waiting for you. Rich nature, favorable climate and great mountains of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan enable to have unforgettable holidays full of extreme emotions. Pack your things cause we are going on a crazy holiday!
If you prefer a quiet cultural holiday to an active one, then the Caucasus is no less great destination for you! This region is famous for its ancient history, distinctive culture and delicious cuisine. Some good options for a cultural holiday in the Caucasus can be found here.
Yell Extreme Park, Armenia
The name of the park already screams for adrenaline. Yell Extreme Park is located in one of the most beautiful corners of Armenia, Yenoqavan village. The small settlement is hidden in the deep woods and surrounded by mountain ranges. Nature already makes you feel so different.
The most popular activity in the Yell Extreme Park is the Zipline. It has 5 lines of different lengths; 135, 268, 200, 375 and 750 meters. The height of the flight is 300 meters. The flight will take about an hour and a half including the instructions and the walk from one line to another. Besides the zipline flight, there are off-road tours, horseback riding tours in the woods and paintball fights.
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Wild safari, Tsaghkadzor, Armenia
Wild safari is the new word in the world of extreme tourism. However, it has already managed to gain popularity not only among the locals but also extreme lovers around the world. The tour offers crazy rides on modern quadricycles in the wild nature of Tsaghkadzor, the most popular resort in Armenia. Moreover, you will have a chance to make traditional Armenian khorovats (BBQ) in the woods. The mountainous terrains and off-road tracks are waiting to be conquered.
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Paragliding, Lake Sevan, Armenia
Lake Sevan is extremely beautiful especially when you see the whole panorama. While you can stand on the bank of the lake and enjoy the cool breeze of the water, the bravest ones are flying high in the sky admiring the beauty of the lake and the Geghama mountain range.
Paragliding in Lake Sevan is an extreme way to get a high dose of adrenalin and see the amazing nature of Armenia. The weather conditions are mostly appropriate for summer flights over the lake. You will be provided with all the equipment and instructions by professionals and your flight will be shot by GoPro.
Rafting, Rioni River, Georgia
Georgia is famous for its rivers and lakes. Most rivers are perfect for extreme sports like rafting, kayaking, and tubing. If you dream of tasting your skills and getting the level of your adrenaline to the limit, rafting on the river Rioni is a thing to choose.
Rioni is considered one of the largest rivers in Georgia and the South Caucasus. The length of the river is 327 km and it is the most popular one for extreme water sports. Rafting on the river requires professional skills. Still, there are areas of the river with calm waters suitable for beginners and fans. The upper section of the river has the 6th level of complexity for the most experienced enthusiasts.
Drag Racing, Georgia
Drag racing is the new yet top popular ways of extreme sports in Georgia. The International Motopark Rustavi is the craziest place with the racers competing from all over the world. The motopark is located 20 km from the capital and has 4,1 km long racing track.
To take part in the race you need to take an extreme driving course and get the license, or take part in the amateur competition and get the license based on the results. In the International Motopark, you can take part in a “Formula Alfa” race, drive legendary vintage cars, take part in a race on your car or motorbike and much more.
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Jeep tour across Georgia
The best way to explore all the picturesque places in Georgia is traveling by car. Well, most of the mountainous tracks are off-road and here we have the best combination; you can explore the country and get adrenaline dosage on the off-road tracks. There are so many choices of trails of different lengths and complexity but what you can be sure of, is that you will be deeply impressed by the views of gorges, rivers, forests, lakes, and waterfalls. Spend at least five days on traveling across the country and trying your SUV on off-roads of Georgia.
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Paragliding, the Shahdag National park, Azerbaijan
To enjoy the beauty of nature go high to the mountains or even higher, fly above the mountains to admire the landscapes of Azerbaijan. The best way to get a high dose of adrenalin is to go for paragliding in the mountains. A popular destination for paragliding is Shahdag National park with the starting point of 2500 meters. The flight takes about 20 minutes with the most breathtaking views of the mountain ranges, gorge, and forests. The professional team of the national park will provide all the equipment as well as shoot your flight on GoPro.
Jeep tours, Tenghi ridge, Azerbaijan
Mountainous country is all about narrow passes through the gorges and mountain trails taking higher and higher. This is why jeep tours are gaining so much popularity in Azerbaijan. There are several destinations for extreme jeep tours but the most popular one passes through Quba region. The total length of the road is about 400km with 100 km offroad. The tour takes you to the ruins of Chirag Gala (1232 meters above sea level). On the height of the 1357 meters, you will admire the beauty of Nohurlar lakes. The road continues across Tenghi ridge and the Afurdja Falls. This is the most beautiful and the highest waterfall on the territory of Azerbaijan (70 m). The most impressive part of the tour is Tangya Alty canyon.
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Kitesurfing, Shuraabad, Azerbaijan
Watersports are the most best types of summer extreme activities in Azerbaijan. The Caspian Sea offers great opportunities to have fun; SUB surfing, kayaking, jet ski, and aqua bike driving, diving and much more. One of the new ways of extreme sports is kitesurfing in the village of Shuraabad, Khizi region. Blue Planet Kayt beach is the first kitesurfing center that offers classes of kitesurfing for the beginners and provides all the accessories for professionals. The weather of the lagoon is just perfect for extreme activities; it is about 8km2 shallow with maximum chest-deep water. The wind is strong enough for riding.