T0117 (also known as 'Bakhchysarai Highway') is a spectacular asphalted road located in central Crimea, between the cities of Yalta and Bakhchysarai with a total length of 77 km.
The road starts in Yalta, a a resort city on the north coast of the Black Sea and ends in Bakhchysarai, a city in central Crimea. The road includes a full collection of spectacular hairpins (more than 50) along with its amazing views across the beautiful scenery.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable. The road is often covered by snow and ice during the harsh winter months, which will cause obvious problems for those who are either not prepared for a cold night on the side of the road or fail to adapt to the road conditions and accidently make their own route down the valley floor, via a vertical plunge to an almost certain death.
The Bakhchysarai Highway has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. The expected drive time to drive the road is 1,30 hours but this time can drastically increase if the road or weather conditions turn unfavourable. The highest point of the road reaches an elevation of 1,234m above the sea level where weather conditions are far more unpredictable and the temperature much, much colder.
Pic: Антонина Жмуденко