Full day
Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
4×4 tour, Off road

The Chegem Gorge is one of the most popular among tourists and beautiful places in Kabardino-Balkaria. The gorge attracts with its waterfalls, beautiful and narrow gorges, in some places where the mountains are so close together that it can be difficult for two cars to pass. The gorge is located 40 minutes drive from the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria — the city of Nalchik.

In the Chegem Gorge, you can have a good rest and recharge with a lot of positive emotions, see unique landscapes, and enjoy the atmosphere of an off-road route. Here you can see and feel the traditions of the locals, admire the untouched nature, and paragliding.

Tour Program:


Chegem waterfalls

First stop — Chegem waterfalls. The largest of them is the «Maiden’s Spit». According to legend, girl with luxurious, long hair lived in the village. Robbers attacked them, but the girl did not surrender, but jumped off the cliff, catching her hair on the stones. This is how the waterfall was formed. The second waterfall looks like a gutter, through which streams of water flow without ceasing. The third waterfall is «weeping». Thin streams of water pour out through cracks in the rocks, resembling tears.

The panorama is breathtaking and excites the imagination. There is a lot of vegetation around, birds sing, insects chirp, and all this is combined with the incessant sound of water.


El Tu-Bue Village

Then we go to the village of El Tu-Byu, where we will walk around the city of the Dead.

The village is very interesting, once the national poet of the republic Kaysin Kuliev lived here. A monument was erected to him in the center of the village. The village itself is like an open-air museum, where you can see the watchtowers of the ancient highlanders.

The «city of the dead» is bordered by a small stone wall. It has preserved 8 ground keshene (mausoleums). Half of which have a triangular roof, and the other half with a domed roof. Here, fenced with low stone fences, there are family graves. But they don’t have any markings. Being here, willy-nilly, you feel awe. Some of the crypts were destroyed and looted. You can look inside through the windows. Whether there were burials there and where they then disappeared remains a mystery. After all, the windows are very small and it is not easy to pull something big out of there.


Aktoprak Pass

The next stage of our trip is crossing the Aktoprak Pass. There we will stop at the observation deck and take memorable photos. The Aktoprak pass is called the Road of Beauty. Along the way, there are plenty of places to stop and admire the surroundings.

Lake Gizhgit

Finally, we stop at Gizhgit Lake, where tea on the fire and a snack are waiting for us.

Lake Gizhgit is the most beautiful and dangerous lake in Russia. Turquoise pond, green hills around, meadows with bright, colorful flowers. Fabulous place. Fishing and swimming in the lake is not recommended, as factory waste has been poured into it for many years, and it is saturated with harmful elements. But how beautiful it is!

An iron bridge rises above the lake, which attracts curious tourists, extreme sportsmen and climbers.

Shilajit grows near the lake. This folk remedy is known for its medicinal properties.

Return back to Nalchik

PRICE (for a car) 12’000 rubles per car
DEPARTURE TIME 09:00 any day by booking
DURATION 7-8 hours
Transport services all along the route
table, chairs, gas stove, kettle;
Guide (optional) Lunch
You must have: ✓ Passport, ✓ Snack, ✓ Sports shoes, ✓ Rain clothes
Important to know! If weather conditions are unfavorable for the tour, then changes to the planned route are possible, including the day and time of departure.


    The request is not a tour booking and does not impose any obligations on you. Our specialist will contact you and provide detailed information about the tour.

      The request is not a tour booking and does not impose any obligations on you. Our specialist will contact you and provide detailed information about the tour.