northern route

from the lowest points to the highest peaks

This route leads from Azerbaijan’s buzzing capital along the Caspian Sea coast and into the heart of the Caucasus Mountains. Expect outdoor adventures such as hiking, kitesurfing and paragliding, culinary surprises and some of the best scenery anywhere in the Caucasus.

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Visit some of Azerbaijan’s most picturesque places

Travelling from Baku to the northern regions of Azerbaijan, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy kicking back and relaxing in some of the most picturesque parts of Azerbaijan. Stretching from the lowest lying national capital in the world to the highest peak in the country, this unique route has something to be admired by everyone. You can take a tour to the Chirag-gala fortress and be hosted by the local people of Khinalig village, whose population is a completely unique ethnic group. And if you’re a fan of active tourism, enjoy kitesurfing during summer in Shuraabad or visit the state-of-the-art ski resort near the Shahdag National Park.

Climate

Climate

Rising from sea level to over 4,000-metre-high mountain peaks, the landscape of this route is extremely diverse. Expect hot summers and mild winters in low-lying semi-arid areas and cooler summers and cold snowy winters in the mountains. 

Natural resources

Natural resources

Much of this route is mountainous with large areas covered by forest, above which lie mountain meadows used by shepherds as summer pastures. There are several mineral springs as well as vast oil and gas resources and salt lakes around Baku.

Accessibility

Accessibility

The Baku-Rostov railway line runs through this route with stations in Shabran, Khachmaz, Khudat and Yalama. There's a highway from Baku to the Russian Border and daily buses from Baku's International Bus Station to each town and city. Taxis and shared cars are available.

Economy

Economy

The main industries and activities in this route include: production of canned fruits and vegetables, carpet weaving (especially in Guba and Gusar), wheat growing and dairy products, and oil and gas extraction in low-lying areas closer to Baku. 

where to goin the northern route

Baku
Baku

Baku

Walk around this UNESCO-protected site surrounded by 12th-century walls and discover the many cool things this marvellous old town has to offer. More

Khizi
Khizi

Khizi

Khizi region’s has unusually enticing landscapes, calm seas and marvelous mountains are waiting to be explored just a short distance from this capital city. More

Guba
Guba

Guba

Discover Guba, a great place to experience the Caucasus Mountains and its timeless villages full of history. Explore its culture and traditions. More

Gusar
Gusar

Gusar

Azerbaijan’s ‘northern gates’ promise breathtaking Caucasus Mountains scenery home to some of the country’s highest peaks, a classy ski resort, traditional rustic villages and tasty Lezgi cuisine. More

what to doin the northern route

Visit Baku's Carpet Museum
Visit Baku's Carpet Museum
Fun and learn

Visit Baku's Carpet Museum

Situated on Baku's Seaside Boulevard, the Carpet Museum is home to the largest collection of... More

Hiking in the Candy Cane mountains
Hiking in the Candy Cane mountains
Family holidays

Hiking in the Candy Cane mountains

Walk along a rocky, fun and colorful road and understand why Mark Elliot decided to... More

Hiking Guba’s mountain villages
Hiking Guba’s mountain villages
National parks

Hiking Guba’s mountain villages

Discover an outstanding place, surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas, unique flora and fauna and some... More

Need a great gift? Buy some ‘jorab’ socks
Need a great gift? Buy some ‘jorab’ socks
Local designers

Need a great gift? Buy some ‘jorab’ socks

Visit the bazaar in Gusar to buy a symbolic product of the Lezgi people –... More

Explore Baku's Old City
Explore Baku's Old City
Carpet

Explore Baku's Old City

Walk around this UNESCO-protected site surrounded by 12th-century walls and discover all the amazing things... More

Stroll through Baku’s oil-boom architecture
Stroll through Baku’s oil-boom architecture
German heritage

Stroll through Baku’s oil-boom architecture

Discover old Baku’s oil industry architecture, its details, buildings and the secrets behind them. Does... More

Stroll along Caspian seaside  boulevard
Stroll along Caspian seaside boulevard
Family holidays

Stroll along Caspian seaside boulevard

There is no better way to feel freedom and wellness than by strolling along the... More

Shopping: boutiques & bazaars in Baku
Shopping: boutiques & bazaars in Baku
Bazaar experience

Shopping: boutiques & bazaars in Baku

Baku has the perfect combination of international shops, fashion boutiques and traditional stores and bazaars.... More

Play golf in Baku
Play golf in Baku
Golf

Play golf in Baku

What more can a golf lover ask for than a challenging course and stunning scenery?... More

Dining in Baku
Dining in Baku
Traditional Food

Dining in Baku

Baku offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars, from the traditional options to the... More

Learn the legacy of ancient fire worshippers
Learn the legacy of ancient fire worshippers
Cultural activities

Learn the legacy of ancient fire worshippers

Discover the incredible story of Azerbaijan’s ancient fire worshippers. Visit the Ateshgah Fire Temple and... More

Enjoy the Caspian sea & beaches
Enjoy the Caspian sea & beaches
Beach activities

Enjoy the Caspian sea & beaches

From water sports to romantic afternoons and lively evening parties, the sandy Caspian beaches around... More

Discover Gobustan's ancient rock art
Discover Gobustan's ancient rock art
Arts, culture and heritage

Discover Gobustan's ancient rock art

Uncover an astonishing collection of over 6,000 ancient petroglyphs charting ways of life dating back... More

Explore Baku's mud volcanoes
Explore Baku's mud volcanoes
National parks

Explore Baku's mud volcanoes

Discover why the landscape around Baku is fulfilled by mud volcanoes, how are they formed... More

Discover the mysteries of Beshbarmag Mountain
Discover the mysteries of Beshbarmag Mountain
Bird watching

Discover the mysteries of Beshbarmag Mountain

Hike a mountain shrouded in mystery where the locals come to pray for strength and... More

Witness life in the remote mountain village of Khinalig
Witness life in the remote mountain village of Khinalig
Hiking

Witness life in the remote mountain village of Khinalig

Discover one of Azerbaijan’s top ethno-tourism spots and enjoy an intriguing local culture while experiencing... More

Visit the first Museum of Mountain Jews
Visit the first Museum of Mountain Jews
Jewish heritage

Visit the first Museum of Mountain Jews

Red Settlement is a truly unique place to visit. Characterized by its red-tiled roofs, this... More

Take carpet weaving masterclasses in Guba
Take carpet weaving masterclasses in Guba
Crafts making

Take carpet weaving masterclasses in Guba

Carpets in Guba are traditionally woven in winter and considered some of the finest in... More

Take a masterclass of Guba cuisine
Take a masterclass of Guba cuisine
Food, drinks and nightlife

Take a masterclass of Guba cuisine

Learn how to cook the most delicious and traditional Guba sweets like pakhlava or bukma,... More

Play golf in the beautiful countryside of Guba
Play golf in the beautiful countryside of Guba
Golf

Play golf in the beautiful countryside of Guba

If you are a golf and nature fan, you should visit Guba’s National Golf Club... More

Enjoy winter and summer adventures at Shahdag
Enjoy winter and summer adventures at Shahdag
Adventure & sports

Enjoy winter and summer adventures at Shahdag

This is the perfect place to enjoy at any time of the year. Come in... More

Sample Lezgi cuisine
Sample Lezgi cuisine
Culinary master classes

Sample Lezgi cuisine

A perfect place to enjoy at any time of the year; winter is for those... More

Stroll through time in central Gusar
Stroll through time in central Gusar

Stroll through time in central Gusar

Discover a peaceful old city highlighted by a few colourful old cottages reminiscent of a... More

Uncover Jewish traces in Baku
Uncover Jewish traces in Baku
Jewish heritage

Uncover Jewish traces in Baku

Since the early 1800s, Baku has been home to a vibrant community of Ashkenazi Jews.... More

Relax at Baku’s traditional hammams
Relax at Baku’s traditional hammams
Wellness

Relax at Baku’s traditional hammams

Discover centuries-old hammams like Agha Mikayil, Akhund and Tezebay to rejunevate in the traditional way:... More

Horse riding in Baku
Horse riding in Baku
Adventure & sports

Horse riding in Baku

Horse riding and polo are truly royal experiences Baku can offer. Spend an active and... More

Gutab-making masterclasses
Gutab-making masterclasses
Food, drinks and nightlife

Gutab-making masterclasses

If you're in Baku and keen to uncover local culinary secrets then don't miss the... More

From Village to City market
From Village to City market
Bazaar experience

From Village to City market

Baku's Kendden Shehere (From Village to City) market is a great place to visit to sample the best... More

Visit Yashil Bazaar for a world of aromas
Visit Yashil Bazaar for a world of aromas
Bazaar experience

Visit Yashil Bazaar for a world of aromas

Baku's Yashil Bazaar is one of the largest food bazaars in the Caucasus. Enter it... More

Take a wine bar crawl
Take a wine bar crawl
Wine Degustation

Take a wine bar crawl

Baku's growing number of wine bars are a great place to soak up the local... More

Tours of the Marandi winery
Tours of the Marandi winery
Wineries

Tours of the Marandi winery

Visiting the Marandi Winery is a great half-day adventure from Baku and a unique opportunity... More

Browse the home of Azerbaijani fine arts
Browse the home of Azerbaijani fine arts
Art and Culture Museums

Browse the home of Azerbaijani fine arts

Discover an oil-boom mansion packed with a wealth of art spanning multiple centuries and geographic... More

Admire the curves and collections of the Heydar Aliyev Centre
Admire the curves and collections of the Heydar Aliyev Centre
Art and Culture Museums

Admire the curves and collections of the Heydar Aliyev Centre

Explore the wide range of art collections and exhibitions of the Heydar Aliyev Centre, then... More

Snap a photo of the Flame Towers
Snap a photo of the Flame Towers
Arts, culture and heritage

Snap a photo of the Flame Towers

The trio of skyscrapers named the Flame Towers are one of the top architectural wonders... More

Shop and socialise in the Port Baku area
Shop and socialise in the Port Baku area
Arts, culture and heritage

Shop and socialise in the Port Baku area

If you love going out to eat or shop and are looking for an upmarket... More

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