Cherek gorge

An epic enthralling road through Cherek Gorge

Cherek Gorge is a very scenic canyon carved by the Cherek Balkarskiy river, located in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, of Russia.

Set on the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, the road through the gorges is totally paved. It’s called P291. It’s 20.4km long, running north-south from Babugent to Verkhnyaya Balkariya. It’s a narrow dangerous road on the steep slope of rocks.

The drive offers stunning views of Goluboye Ozero, a small lake. Cherek Gorge is a place where you lose track of time and know the multi-dimensionality of the real world. Under the cliff of the right slope of the valley in the dense thickets of green nestled Blue Lake. It is a miracle of nature and a dazzling pearl of Cherek Gorge. It will not leave anyone indifferent. Unprecedented spectacle which is open to your eyes is so suddenly impressive that the traveler, especially first-timers for a moment become numb, admiring by the picture. Bottomless, piercing blue resembles a piece of the sky fell to the earth.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Владимир Ганзиков