Welcome to Xınalıq
In future, foreign visitors to Xınalıq might be charged AZN4 ‘entry charge’ to the controversial Şahdağ National Park.
Hiking to Laza (full day) or to ateşgah, a small ever-burning natural fire-vent (two hours), is currently forbidden. For a short, legal hike try following the village water pipe part-way up the northern slopes of Qizilqaya. For a multiday walk head east to Alpan (two or three days) via Qalay Xudat, Qriz, Susay and Long Forest (http://longforest.az/eng). Four daily buses link Alpan to Quba.
Charming Xeyraddin Gabbarov usually works in Quba but comes from Xınalıq, speaks fluent English and for a relatively modest profit can organise tailor-made visits.