Chegetjara Pass

Chegetjara Pass is a thrilling (scary) off road experience

Chegetjara Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.123 m (10,246ft) above the sea level, located in Chereksky District of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic in Russia. The road to the summit is brutal, with 30% gradients.

Set high in the Caucasus Range, the road to the summit, also known as Pereval Shkol'nyy, is totally unpaved. 4x4 vehicles with high clearance only.  Built in the middle of the 20th century as a cattle trail leading to a mine, the road is now abandoned. It’s only used by extreme car enthusiasts, and even local herdsmen, who find it easier to traverse the pass in a GAZ-66 than to do a 60 km detour on asphalt.

This road is only passable from the beginning of June to the beginning of October. It’s 30km long, running from the Balkan villages of Upper Balkaria to Beznegi. It’s said to be the most difficult road in the North Caucasus. The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 30% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. High risk of avalanches blocking the narrow road.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez


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