Mamisoni Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.836m (9,304ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Georgia and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.
The winding mountain road to the summit, also called Mamison Pass, is gravel, tightly hairpinned, bumped, with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. Dangerous dropoffs, fog, avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road.
Located within the Racha-Lechkhum-Kvemo Svaneti Planned National Park, the route has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The pass is traversed by the North Ossetian Military Road, a highway that links Kutaisi (Georgia) with Alagir (North Ossetia, Russian Federation). It was constructed between 1854 and 1889, by Imperial Russian authorities in the Caucasus.
Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. The pass links the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (Russia) and the region of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti (Georgia). It can often be treacherous, with ice and snow accumulating even in the summer, so exercise caution as you make your way. The pass, the highest point drivable by 4x4 cars in Georgia, is open only some months due to heavy snowfalls, and it’s located in the central Greater Caucasus crest, and the place where the geographical border between Europe and Asia lies. Near the summit, at an elevation of 2.847m (9,340ft) above the sea level, there’s a meteo station.
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