Apollo's story: how mountain tourism was born in South Ossetia

Apollo's story: how mountain tourism was born in South Ossetia

You can talk about Digoria indefinitely, but this is exactly the case when seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times. Incredibly beautiful mountains, history closely intertwined with modernity, legendary Caucasian hospitality)). The peculiarity of this route is that we will not live in tents or in a recreation center, but in a family guest house in the mountain village of Fasnal. We will definitely see how real Ossetian pies are baked and try their hot - right from the oven. The most famous natural attractions of the region are concentrated in the Digor Gorge, within the boundaries of the Alanya National Park, but there is something to see outside of it. We will drive to the Galdoridon (Pearl) waterfall, see the medieval village of Galiat, which once stood on the famous silk road, the majestic Abisalovs tower and the amazing Fregat castle.

  • Accommodation in a family guest house in the mountain village of Fasnal. The house is small, so everything will be at our disposal. Amenities include a hot shower, toilet, wi-fi, washing machine. Accommodation in rooms for 2 to 5 people (the organizers cannot guarantee accommodation in a separate room, distribution by rooms is made at the time of arrival, priority is given to participants with children under 3 years old);
  • We go light without heavy backpacks - with only the necessary things for the day, a snack, water;
  • The route is built in such a way that the complexity of radial exits increases gradually from the first to the last day. However, every day we will go to the mountains for at least six kilometers with a climb from 400 to 700 meters, so calculate your strength;
  • We walk mainly along roads and mountain trails, with a minimum of difficult sections;
  • The route involves the participation of children from about 7 years old who already walk well on their own, as well as the participation of children who do not walk on their own (0-3 years old)
  • If you plan to take a child UNDER 3 years old , then expect that in radial exits you will have to carry it on yourself. Think about what you will wear your baby on the route (tourist backpack/ergonomic backpack/..)

Daily program


The road to the place. Digorskoe gorge. Check-in. Acquaintance

In the morning we meet at the Vladikavkaz railway station, on the way we call into the airport to pick up the participants arriving by plane, get acquainted and set off. The mountains, which at the beginning of the path are barely visible on the horizon, are getting closer with each passing hour. When the road finally dives into the Digorskoye gorge, the spectacle of sheer rocky walls squeezing from both sides is breathtaking, and the tunnel pierced in the thickness of the rock looks like a gateway to a lost world that lives out of time according to its special laws. We will stop at the Devil's Bridge on the Urukh River and at the observation deck near the sanctuary, which, according to local customs, is only allowed to men. Further, the road whimsically winds, repeating the bends of the river rushing along the bottom of the gorge, and we admire the fantastic views opening in all directions. The end point of today's journey is a guest house in the mountain village of Fasnal, where we are to spend the next week.

The rest of the day we settle down in a new place, get to know and admire the surroundings. From the terrace of the guest house you can observe how the color of the mountains surrounding the valley changes whimsically in the sunset light - especially beautiful photographs are obtained here in the evening. And with the onset of darkness, if it is clear, it is imperative to climb a little higher up the slope to see how bright the stars are.


By bus + walking to Galdoridon Falls (8 km)

After breakfast we get on the bus and go to the "Komy-Art" alpine camp, from where we will go to the radial to the Galdoridon (Pearl) waterfall. The Galdoridon waterfall itself is not very high in height, but very picturesque - the streams of water here overcome several ledges, forming cascades. In addition, there are several smaller waterfalls in the vicinity. From the waterfall we will climb a little higher and there we will have lunch, admiring the surroundings, after which we will go back.


Uzunak Shrine. Fasnal sights (6 km)

Digoria immersion in a fairy tale: description

Alexandra Alborova, Alexandra Tskhovrebova

On March 1, 1972, there was real changeable March weather in Tskhinvali - it started to snow, then the sun peeped out. This day became special for South Ossetia thanks to a group of students of the South Ossetian Pedagogical Institute (now YUOGU), who gathered to announce the creation of the Apollo club.

How it all began

However, this story began 15 years earlier, when Tamara Nikolaevna Shavlokhova, after graduating from the history faculty of Moscow State University, returned to her native Tskhinvali and began her teaching career in the third city school with the firm conviction that, if desired, it is possible to live interestingly everywhere. She tried to convey this conviction to her students.

Tamara Nikolaevna believed that art - especially music - has a beneficial effect on people. She adheres to this opinion to this day, and it was this confidence that motivated her to arouse interest in art among her students. With the same Tamara Nikolaevna came to teach at the Pedagogical Institute.

The fourth year of the Faculty of History and Philology, of which she became the curator, was very active and enthusiastic. Gena Khairulin, Nelly Kornienko, Marina Asanidze, Roza Gabaraeva, Valera Doguzov, Rafik Dzhanashvili - it was with them that poetry evenings, excursions and not only South Ossetia began with them.

At one of the classes, Tamara Nikolaevna introduced her students to the works of the Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca - they liked him so much that it was decided to arrange a faculty evening dedicated to him.

"An excellent editing was prepared by the evening. After all, Lorca was not only a poet, he also painted and wrote music. We selected and prepared songs written by him, printed photographs, reproductions. One of the poet's poems was read by the students from the example of the Tsvetaev sisters in two voices. The evening turned out to be very interesting, and preparation for it became an unforgettable time, because when you work on something with such dedication, it brings you very close, "she recalls.

The success of this evening pushed Tamara Nikolaevna to the idea of ​​going beyond one course and creating a student all-institute club of lovers of beauty.

"I talked to the fourth and fifth years - my idea was supported. I set the date of the constituent meeting and prepared for it a fifth-year student Alla Ikoeva - she was supposed to familiarize the audience with the basic principles of the future club. there were universal human values ​​- the desire to do good, the ability to hear, see, be a patriot and a well-educated person, "says Shavlokhova.

A competition was announced for the name of the club, there were many ideas, but the majority of votes decided - "Apollo".

"Then many wondered why not Friendship of Peoples, why not Atsamaz, and so on - why Apollo? But it was the Greek patron god of the arts, so why not?" - explained Tamara Nikolaevna.

It was decided to announce the creation of the club on the first day of spring. On March 1, 1972, at the first meeting of Apollo, it was decided that meetings would be held weekly. Monday was chosen as the day of meetings - this tradition is observed even now, 47 years later.

North Ossetia - would you like to go there? Digoria dive into a fairy tale: a detailed description of the route, a trekking plan and other useful information.

Ideas for trips around the country - in the project "RBC Style" "100 Travels in Russia".

Ossetia is not the most spoiled Russian region with the attention of tourists. Travelers are here either passing through (they used to stop here on their way to Georgia), or on business trips.


Vladikavkaz is perhaps the most beautiful city in the Russian Caucasus. There is a story at every step, but he does not get bogged down in it. The locals are proud of their past, but they gladly joke about stereotypes about Caucasians. The main star of the local stand-up Timur Karginov has long been a star on federal TV and YouTube.

During his student years, Karginov, like most Vladikavkaz youth, spent a lot of time on Prospekt Mira, the main walking artery of the city. The avenue begins at the Agricultural University and ends after a kilometer with Freedom Square. A separate entertainment on the avenue is the tram, one of the oldest in Russia (it was launched in 1904). Alas, right now you can't ride it: the street is under reconstruction.

There are old houses on both sides of the avenue. Most of them were built in the late 19th - early 20th centuries and, surprisingly, have been well preserved. Oganov's trading house (now an art museum) deserves special mention, where an attentive tourist can easily find a dozen Masonic symbols, the Paris hotel building on the corner of Gorky and the Grand cinema at the very beginning of the street.

You can get into history at the Imperial Hotel, which has been operating since 1886. Inside, the interiors are in the style of "Soviet chic", in some places renovation and sane breakfasts for 2-3 thousand rubles. per day.

From Prospect Mira it is worth turning to Khetagurov Park, which is now also undergoing partial reconstruction. The oldest park in the North Caucasus is a favorite place of the townspeople for terrenkur. As you walk, look out for the wooden pavilions and the swan lake. The park is adjacent to the Terek. On the other side of the river are the Vladikavkaz Hotel and the Mukhtarov Mosque, built at the beginning of the 20th century. If you go along the Terek in the opposite direction from the mosque, you can find several pleasant cafes on the banks of the river and go out to the North Ossetian Academic Theater. There is also the Fidjynta cafe (178 Kosta ave.), Where exemplary Ossetian pies are prepared.

Another address of the mandatory program is the Central Market. People come here for natural souvenirs - cheeses, mountain honey and delicious fruits and vegetables.


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