Mystique Beshbarmaq

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. 

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$161

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Duration

7 hours

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  • What's included :
    • National Park fees
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Besh Barmag Mountain
    What's excluded :
    • No additional fees or payments
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Besh Barmag Mountain, Siyazan Azerbaijan

    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.

    Tour program

    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

    13:30-14:00 – descent from Beshbarmaq

    14:00-15:30 –transfer to Baku

    INCLUDED: transfer, guide, bottled water

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Infant meals not included
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

6

Organised by Travel2Baku

Activity ID: V-45739P3

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