Travel through the challenging Roki Tunnel
Roki Tunnel (Roksky Tunnel) is an international high mountain tunnel at an elevation of 2,130m (6,988ft) above the sea level, located on the border of North Ossetia–Alania Republic of Russia and Georgia.
Set high in the Caucasus Mountains, a mountain system in Eurasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the Caucasus region, the tunnel is traversed by the paved Transcaucasian Highway. Completed by the Soviet authorities in 1984, the tunnel is 3,730 metres (12,240 ft) long. It bypassed the infamous Roki Pass (Rokskiy Pereval), at about 3,000 meters altitude, which can only be used in summer.
The road is 58.0 km (36.03 miles) long running from Gori (North Ossetia–Alania Republic of Russia) and Java (in the region of Shida Kartli of Georgia). In the winter months the road is often closed due to the danger of avalanches. The tunnel (also called Roksky Tunnel) is the only road joining North Ossetia–Alania in the Russian Federation into South Ossetia, a breakaway republic of Georgia.