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 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 rainbows.
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 3000 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.
Departure from Nalchik at 09:00 from city center.
Chegem canyon and waterfalls is a visit card of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic. The waterfalls, comfortably located in the gorge of the Chegem river, attract many tourists and amaze everyone with their power and beauty. This is an incredibly amazing and rarest spectacle in its beauty.
The first stop of our tour is at Big Chegem waterfalls. Directly from the steep rocks, a raging and noisy stream breaks down jets of water at high speed, forming a cascade. Some shoot out of cracks in the rock, arching in the air, falling down. Others flow in a wide stream from large holes in the rock. Falling from a great height, they break into many tiny splashes, and the sun’s rays form small rainbows in them. In winter, the waterfall freezes and is simply an incredible sight! These are ice pillars, of enormous height, resembling giant candles! Some of them hang over the river with an openwork ice fringe. It’s just amazing! Some kind of natural monument right.
Chegem waterfalls are beautiful all year round. They always have their own, unique beauty and zest. The gorge has a special microclimate, due to the increased humidity from the waterfalls. Outlandish plants grow on the slopes of the mountains, and the singing of birds only complements the previously unseen mountain landscape.
Paragliding place Chegem
The Chegem glade is rich in magnificent mountain peaks and platforms for paragliding. Like it was made for it! Even nature and aerological factors favor flying. Everyone can fly here, from beginners to real professionals. Instructors will select the appropriate option for everyone.
The cost of enjoying the beauty of mountains, rivers, gorges from a bird’s eye view is 4’000 rubles. This fee is paid separately on the spot.
A very beautiful and ancient mountainous El-Tyubu village, with its famous 10-17th century necropolis, attracts many tourists.
Today’s village was built on the site of ancient buildings, the collapsed foundations of which have been preserved to this day. Everything here is imbued with the spirit of antiquity. Some stone houses are several hundred years old. In the very center of the village there is an old tower, built in the 17-18 centuries for the princes Barkarukov by invited masters.
El-Tyubu — «the city of the dead» — is a real monument of history and culture. The «houses of the dead» or «keshene» dated to the 10-12th centuries, Muslim mausoleums of the 17-18th centuries are preserved here. Medieval «keshens» are considered «Christian», although in fact they combined many different cultural and religious trends.
After sightseeing the village, we return back to Nalchik.
|PRICE||1’000 rubles per person|
|DEPARTURE TIME||09:00 from city Nalchik|
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|BOOKING OF THE EXCURSION IS MADE AFTER FULL PAYMENT.
IF THE EXCURSION IS CANCELED BY YOU ONE DAY BEFORE DEPARTURE AND BECAUSE OF WEATHER THE MONEY IS NOT REFUNDED.
The program and time of the tour may change. Check with managers for details.