6 Exciting places in Karachay-Cherkessia that are worth visiting (PHOTOS)

6 Exciting places in Karachay-Cherkessia that are worth visiting (PHOTOS)

Karachay-Cherkessia is a small Caucasian republic that attracts more and more tourist attention due to the development of resort areas and a wide variety of natural, historical and architectural attractions.

Cities of Karachay-Cherkessia, interesting for tourists

There are only 4 cities in this small Caucasian republic. Each of them and its surroundings have attractions that can attract travelers.

  • Cherkessk. This city is the capital of the republic and the main economic and cultural center of the region, located on the right bank of the Kuban River. The foundation of the settlement dates back to 1825 on the Kuban border line. Initially, the village, and then the city was called Batalpashinsky, having received more than one name, since 1939 the city began to be called Cherkessk. It contains many religious and architectural objects and memorial steles and memorials.
  • Karachaevsk. This city is an important republican center and a large industrial area. Karachaevsk is located in the valleys of the three rivers Kuban, Mary and Teberda among the picturesque peaks of the mountains. This city arose relatively recently, in 1926. In Karachaevsk, there are a number of monuments dedicated to events significant for this region, religious buildings of such religions as Christianity, Islam and Protestantism. Also, surrounded by the city, medieval settlements were discovered, which testify to the active life in these places for many centuries.
  • Teberda. The city is located in the valley of the river of the same name on the territory of the Teberda nature reserve and has the status of a resort. Initially, a small settlement of the Karachai people was founded in 1868 and in 1971 received the status of a city. Thanks to the unique climatic conditions, sanatoriums began to open here, the first of which were anti-tuberculosis medical institutions. Teberda is a significant center for climatic, balneological treatment and hiking in the region.
  • Ust-Dzheguta. The city stretches on the right bank of the Kuban River and practically borders on Cherkessk. Its foundation is attributed to settlers from among the Cossacks in 1861. Since 1975, this village has the status of a city. In Ust-Dzhegut there is a large memorial of Glory, as well as a number of religious sites.

On the territory of the republic there are such attractive ski clusters and tourist zones as Dombay and Arkhyz.

Natural attractions of Karachay-Cherkessia

This small Caucasian republic is deservedly considered one of the most natural places in Russia.

Tourist leisure is presented here:

  • walking routes;
  • horseback riding;
  • jeeping;
  • rafting ;
  • rafting on catamarans and kayaks;
  • rock climbing;
  • ski slopes in winter.

The mountains of Karachay-Cherkessia are picturesque green slopes with snowy tops. The landscape is mainly characterized by a combination of mountains and foothills, but there are also flat areas.

The most significant mountain peaks are the following:

Mountain tourism in the kcr

Karachay-Cherkessia, sandwiched between Krasnodar Territory, Stavropol Territory, Kabardino-Balkaria and Georgia, is a republic in the north of the Caucasus Mountains, which is a real paradise for mountain lovers both in winter and in summer.

Together with local guide Artem Babaritsky, we will take you on a virtual journey through the region's best gems and best kept secrets that will make you start packing your bags!

Bermamyt Plateau

Mount Bermamyt is located at an altitude of 2592 meters above sea level, and because of the unusual relief of the Bermamyt plateau is sometimes called the "outpost of Mars in the North Caucasus." Although it is only 30 kilometers from Kislovodsk (a popular resort town in the Stavropol Territory), it is quite difficult to reach it if you do not have an 4WD vehicle, so it is still not very touristy (yet). And it's a very bumpy ride!

On a clear day, beautiful views open up the incredible snow-capped ridges of the Greater Caucasus and Elbrus. But even on a cloudy day, you will have a good view. Experienced hikers who have seen sunset on all continents say that the one you can see on some nights in Bermamite is undoubtedly one of the best. It will take some time before you can lift your jaw off the ground!


Arkhyz is a real playground for adventure lovers all year round. In summer, this village in the valley of the Bolshoy Zelenchuk River (located at an altitude of 1450 meters) is especially pleasing to the eye, as everything is buried in greenery and there are many blue lakes and fast rivers to explore. This is a great place for rafting down this magnificent mountain river.

This is also a place to improve your health. The fresh mountain air attracts people with respiratory problems to help them relieve their condition at least for a short time.

There are many historical and architectural monuments in the vicinity of Arkhyz for those who are especially interested in early Christianity in the Caucasus. Zelenchuk Churches is an archaeological reserve stretching for 4 kilometers around the ruins of the Nizhnearkhyz settlement, supposedly the medieval capital of Alania, a Christian state destroyed by the hordes of Menge Khan in the 13th century. The most notable feature of this place is a group of three early medieval churches.

Another tourist attraction in the valley is the Mandillion rock painting of Christ, which seems to date from the 10th century, but was only recently discovered. This icon is quite hidden on the slope of the Maceshtinsky ridge; There are various legends about its origin.

The surrounding mountains are over 3000 meters above sea level, so in winter it attracts mountain sports enthusiasts. Arkhyz is one of the newest ski resorts in the Russian Federation. Its infrastructure is still under development (but already very impressive), and experts predict a great future for the resort. Prices for winter vacations in Arkhyz are strikingly different from prices at famous European resorts. In addition, the quality of the tracks and climatic conditions are in no way inferior to their expensive counterparts.

Sofia waterfalls and Sofia lakes

A walk on Mount Sofia includes lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and flower meadows. This is a very popular entertainment among vacationers due to its availability. To get to the waterfalls, you will need to rent a jeep in Arkhyz or Taulu Valley. Get ready for a really bumpy ride, especially since the locals love to drive fast!

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