Chegem waterfalls

Chegem waterfalls are one of the visit cards of tourist-recreational complex of Kabardino-Balkaria. They are located in the gorge near the village Hushtosyrt of Chegem canyon at 54 km from city Nalchik.

Chegem Waterfalls – Su-Auzu (translated from Balkar “water from the throat”) – a rare beauty pageant. On the right bank of the cliffs descend to the river Chegem noisy streams of water. Some of them were thrown out of the jets of small (finger thick) round holes in the rock and, describing an arc in the air, fall down. Others poured from a height of 30-50 meters in wide ribbon and before it reaches the river, breaks on ledges of cliffs, forming numerous water sparks. Illuminated by sun (by 10-11 o’clock of the day), waterfalls form a colorful rainbow.
In winter Chegem waterfalls hit by cold and wild beauty and, perhaps, even more beautiful than in summer. Ice pillars and columns of frozen jets and streams of water, like giant twisted candles, or stalactites, hang down to the river. Some of them, like a chandelier with crystal fringe hanging over Chegem. With their flowing water which turns into a mist before touches the coastal cliffs.

Rock walls of the gorge are a cut rock strata making up the ridge. Bottom of the gorge is located at 1000-1200 meters above sea level, and the height of the ridge more than 3,000 meters.

Chegem waterfalls is a place visited by tourists from all over Russia, and in particular the place of leisure trips from Caucasian Mineral Waters. Popular excursion place with many cafes around and shops of folk handmade things.

Chegem gorge is the ancient first settled valley in the whole Caucasus where saved historical monuments, old towers, former villages, mausoleum burials.

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