Admire the views from the peak of Beshbarmaq Mountain on this full-day tour. Depart from your Baku hotel with your guide and head north to the mountain. Travel partly by 4x4 and partly on foot to the top of the mountain, where you can pause to take pictures. Enjoy a lunch break midday.
Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your Baku hotel
Ascend the mountain with a guide
Admire the views from the peak
Mystique Beshbarmaq mountain.
The dull scenery north of Baku gets an unexpectedly abrupt and dramatic boost with the looming silhouette of 520m Beshbarmaq Dash (Five Finger Mountain). This mystical peak brandishes a rocky fistful of phallic crags atop a super-steep grassy ridge top. It’s well worth climbing to the summit, not just for the fabulous Caspian views, but also to observe first hand Azerbaijan’s unique take on ‘Islam’. Crowds of locals come here seeking good fortune, a child, or the answer to their problems using a mixture of prayer, sacrifice, chanting and very animist kissing of rocks. Everything comes in threes: take three small stones to the top, sip thrice from a cup of holy water, kiss the sacred rock three times then in-cant your wish…guess how many times. To assist, assorted white-capped holy men lurk in rocky nooks, their pitches marked by a samovar, a few blankets and some photogenically fluttering votive ribbons. Meanwhile a few old crones, snotty children and various hangerson try to cadge money.
Visible for miles, Besh Barmaq is a natural fortress. For centuries it guarded the narrowest strip of coastal plain and a wall between the crag and the sea funnelled all commerce through a controllable gateway near which was a great caravanserai.
10:00-11:30 Pick up in the hotel and transfer to Beshbarmaq
11:30-12:00 – ascent by 4x4 car to the the foothill of Beshbarmaq (depends on a weather)
12:00-13:30 – ascent to the BeshBarmaq. Photoset
13:30-15:00 –transfer to Baku
INCLUDED: Private transfer, private guide, bottled water