Driving the wild road to Mount Kapaz
Mount Kapaz is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.893m (9,491ft) above the sea level, located in the region of Ganja-Gazakh, in Azerbaijan.
Set high in the Mrav range, within the Goygol National Park, the road to the summit, also known as Mount Kepez, is totally unpaved. It is extreme. The site is reached only by four-wheel drive in good weather (the best time to visit is between mid July and the end of August). An experienced driver and guide are necessary to reach the site, and explain the most interesting designs.
Tucked away in the western part of the country, the road to the summit is brutally steep, hitting an 18% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting on the challenging R19 road, near Ömər Aşırımı, the ascent is 1.6 km (1 mile) long via 8 sharp hairpin turns. Over this distance the elevation gain is 260 meters. The average gradient is 16.25%. The road is dangerous due the extreme weather: blizzard, strong winds, fog, low visibility, black ice on some road sections and danger of avalanches.