Driving the Wild Sukhumi Military Road to Klukhori Pass
Sukhumi Military Road is the name of a path leading from Northern Caucasus of Russia to the Black Sea coast, via the Klukhorskii (Klukhori) Pass, topping out at 2.851m (9,353ft) above the sea level, near the stunning Klukhor lake. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.
This historical road through the Greater Caucasus is known as SH10. It is 337km (209 miles) long connecting the city of Cherkessk (Karachai-Cherkess Autonomous Oblast) with the city of Sukhumi (Abkhazian ASSR), with a break between Teberda and Azhar. It follows the ancient Darin Path from Alans to Byzantines. During the Soviet Era, the popular All-Union Tourist Route #43 passed along Sukhum Road and 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 road is non-maintained anymore. It 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. 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 Sukhumi Military Road is very picturesque, and tourism has developed along it.
Pic: Евгений Перцев