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11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus – Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu


11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

1. A non-standard trip to a beautiful place.

Surely everyone who traveled around the Caucasus or simply planned a similar trip heard about the famous healing narzan springs of Jily-Su. They are located in the territory of Kabardino-Balkaria at the foot of Elbrus on the north side. Many different healing mineral springs, unique in their chemical composition and therapeutic effect on the body, strike from under the ground. Now an excellent asphalt road leads to them and anyone can get on any car. But in this story we will talk about a completely different place.

I will talk about completely different sources, which are also located at the foot of Elbrus, but on the western side they are no longer in Kabardino-Balkaria, but in Karachay-Cherkessia.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

2. We drive from Kislovodsk and our path runs through the Gum-Bashi pass, it is from here that the view of Elbrus opens, which we used to see in the photographs. But today we will approach him from a completely different perspective and see him from a non-standard angle.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

3. Next, our path runs through Karachaevsk along the valley along the Kuban River through Uchkulan to Khurzuk. And here we drive into a beautiful gorge, those mountains that we used to see from afar are now nearby, they surround us. In such weather, the gorge is unrealistically beautiful. And on the left, on a mountain peak, at a great height, a watchtower rises. Walking up to it is very steep. Its height relative to the level of the road is about 350 meters. This I learn in an attempt to reach it by a copter.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

4. But at the same time, it is not possible to fly up to its level, since at that time I had a restriction on the climb of 300 meters. As a result, I go up to the maximum height and take a couple of interesting photos. The bright sun makes it difficult to take pictures of the landscape located behind the tower, but that is where Elbrus is located, that is where our path lies. But from the tower a breathtaking view of the valley opens, along the bottom of which we pass.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

5. And then in Khurzuk we leave to the left and drive along the gorge along the Ullu-Khurzuk river. This is where our adventures begin.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

6. We have to cross the river 11 times through 11 bridges, of varying degrees of destruction, and in some places even wade. Most of the bridges are really dilapidated, it’s a little scary to ride on them, there is a risk of failure. Some of the bridges are periodically demolished during the spring-summer floods and after that they have to be rebuilt again or for some time to completely do without them. In the film, I shot the status of all bridges for that period. So if someone goes to the sources, then the video will be extremely useful to him.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

7. But if now, during our trip in November, the water level in the river is extremely small and it is easier to wade suspicious bridges, in spring and summer it is hardly possible to do this on an unprepared SUV, the risk of drowning a car is very high. It turns out that the road to Jily-Suu in the season is very difficult and, accordingly, few people know about it. The vast majority of travelers Jila-Su is firmly associated only with Kabardino-Balkaria, and when you tell them about the existence of another source in Karachay-Cherkessia, you see genuine surprise in response.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

8. But now at the junction of autumn and winter, in the gorge, you can admire the unusual ice sculptures that form a running river.

9. There are many of them, they are everywhere, and they involuntarily attract their eyes, looking at them you understand that nature is capable of many miracles. In winter, the sun hardly penetrates the gorge and ice sculptures remain there in their original form.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

9. There are many of them, they are everywhere, and they involuntarily attract their eyes, looking at them you understand that nature is capable of many miracles. In winter, the sun hardly penetrates the gorge and ice sculptures remain there in their original form.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

10. Some bridges are very fresh, apparently this is one of those that demolished last year, the bridge is restored and looks quite reliable, but it is not known what will happen this year, how rough or vice versa the river will be calm, if the word can be calmly applied to characteristics of a mountain river.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

11. During the trip, we met here only one oncoming lane, and it’s good that the traffic is so weak, because it’s very difficult to stretch out on a narrow road.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

12. But now we finally cross the 11th bridge and leave the gorge to the left. From the cold shade, we immediately fall onto the hot sunny slopes.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

13. Ahead peaks are visible mountain peaks, our path lies exactly there.

14. But the higher we go, the less vegetation becomes and the dense coniferous forests gradually disappear.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

14. But the higher we go, the less vegetation becomes and the dense coniferous forests gradually disappear.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

15. Their place is replaced by undersized bushes, but they too gradually disappear. But in front there is an unusual view of Elbrus from the end. It is here that mineral springs are located. The elevation of the valley is about 2500 meters above sea level.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

16. Well, what kind of pokatushka can do without sweets? Whether it is barbecue, or, as now, dumplings! )))

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

17. Further, already in the mood, you can just frolic in the snow.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

18. And you can try to conquer the surrounding slopes by car. True, the slopes turned out to be steep and rocky, but of course I also made attempts to conquer in the film.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

19. At the bottom of the valley, a river still flows. From the bowels of the earth beats several narzan sources, as well as in Kabardian Jily-Su, unique in composition.

11 bridges and fords on the way to the goal. Healing springs near Elbrus - Karachaevskoye Dzhily-Suu

20. But unlike the Kabardian place, the narzan bath is covered here. The temperature of the narzan in the pool is +18 degrees. It is good that it is closed and there is no wind inside, otherwise, at a temperature of air around zero, it would be difficult to stay in it for a long time. But we withstand the set 15 minutes and only then go home.

Today the trip was a success. Great weather, beautiful nature and sincere company made our day!

Watch the film about our journey below:

You can also familiarize yourself with the report on Kabardian Jily-Su: – It is worth a visit here – The tract of Jily-Su and Sultan waterfall

And of course I recommend watching the movie of the same name

Have a great trip this year!

P.S. Special thanks for the reposts and views on YouTube, they motivate me to new trips, stories and films. Anyone interested in learning about all the events online, and not waiting for reports for several months, go to Instagram – andreykasper_blog



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