Sukhumi Military Road is the path leading from Northern Caucasus of Russia to the Black Sea coast, via the Klukhorskii (Klukhori) Pass, at an elevation of 2.781m (9,124ft) above the sea level. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.
The Military-Sukhum road, historically known as the Misimiyanskaya Road, or the Ancient Abkhaz Way, passes through the mountain resort of Teberda and the Dombai fields, which are outstanding for their beauty. The road provides motor vehicle transportation (with a break between Teberda and Azhar). The Sukhumi Military Road is very picturesque, and tourism has developed along. It ends on the right shore of Machara (Madzhara) River in the Gulrypsh District on the outskirts of Sukhum. The road has a length of 337 km. This historical road through the Greater Caucasus links the city of Cherkessk (Karachai-Cherkess Autonomous Oblast) with the city of Sukhumi (in Abkhazia, a region in W Georgia).
The main track of the road follows the ancient Darin Path from Alans to Byzantines. In the soviet times, this was an important and popular traveling object. The modern road was built in the second half of the 19th century, during the Russo-Turkish War and the campaign to conquer the mountain tribes of the Caucasus. The Transcaucasian part of the road is within Abkhazia, in so-called Kodori Gorge.
It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice. This road, which crosses the Caucasus Mountains at the Klukhor Pass, had connected the North Caucasus and Asia Minor for five thousand years. During the "great migration period" (4th-7th centuries) this was one of the key routes from the Byzantine Empire to Central Asia bypassing the Caspian Sea. During the Soviet Era, the popular All-Union Tourist Route #43 passed along Sukhum Road. To drive this trail, you must have supreme confidence in your vehicle and your driving skills.
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