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Water route along the Ah-Tsu gorge

Водный маршрут по ущелью Ах-Цу

A fascinating water excursion route along the Mzymta River on catamarans and rafts passes through the Adler forestry of the Sochi National Park. The length of the route is 10 km. The route begins in the Akh-Tsu gorge, one of the deepest and most picturesque gorges in the North Caucasus. Mzymta cuts through the Ah-Tsu ridge, forming a gorge, 800 m deep, 5 m wide along the bottom and 3 km long. While sailing along the gorge, you can see many endemic, relict, rare and endangered animals and plants. The bottom of the gorge is cluttered with giant limestone blocks that have collapsed from above, along which, with white foam, water slopes and waterfalls fall down. In the walls of the gorge, overhanging the road, karst cavities gape. Thickets of flowering bushes of jasmine, cherry laurel, and Pontic rhododendron adorn the gorge and fill the cool humid air with aroma. Black Sea salmon and trout spawn in the river. The Ah-Tsu gorge is closed by a picturesque tunnel carved into the rock. The Akh-Tsu gorge has been established as a state natural monument.

In the southwestern part of Lake Kardyvach, a quiet stream Mzymta begins its run. Here she is small and weak. Gradually the river gets fat. The largest tributaries are Azmych, Buynaya, Sumasshedshaya, Tikhaya, Aishkho, Narzannaya, Pslukh, Achipse, Melnichny stream, Beshenka, Monashka, Chvizhepse, Kepsha. All of them are characterized by a significant drop in the channel and a violent current, as evidenced by the names of some of them.

Mzymta is a typical mountain river. Despite its short length, it begins at an altitude of 1850 meters above sea level. Its length is about 90 km. The basin area is 885 square kilometers. The current speed reaches three meters per second. Mzymta flows between steep high banks, the slopes of which are overgrown with dense forest. The bottom of the river is strewn with stones. The current is full of all sorts of surprises - rapids, whirlpools, pitfalls. The river is often blocked by huge boulders. She beats against them with force, rages and rushes on to the Black Sea. Its shores are picturesque and varied. In winter, its banks are covered with snow, in summer morning fogs smoke over it.

Водный маршрут по ущелью Ах-Цу

Water route along the Ah-Tsu gorge

Kazachiy Brod village, Adler district, Sochi, Krasnodar region

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