You don't need a border permit to follow this roughly 15km trail to Lake Turie, passing Alibek Glacier and the dramatic Alibek Falls, but hiring a guide to lead the way is a good idea.

Find the start by following the dirt road behind Snezhinka hotel for 6km up Alibek Valley to a mountaineers’ hostel, passing a climbers’ cemetery after 2km. From the hostel the trail ascends about two hours to the lake.