Valley of seven lakes in Abkhazia
Valley of Seven lakes in Abkhazia is a beautiful plateau at an altitude of over 2000 meters, which is several beautiful mountain lakes. In fact, there are more than seven, and depending on the time of year comes to 14. Lake formed by melt water from mountain snowcaps and rain. Arriving in the valley on a mountain trail through Alpine meadows and still pristine nature, you will see spectacular views of lakes, mountains and the ridge of the Caucasus mountains. The view here is wonderful and definitely worth it to get here. The whole valley stretched for 3 kilometers, and to see all the lakes have to go through it all as part of the lakes hidden behind the hill. Usually, however, tourist groups are limited to inspecting only the first part. The water in the lakes cold to swim, only the most "hardy".
The height at which the valley is around 2,200 metres and a ridge extending from one side along it – 2400 meters. Along with the lake Mzy, Valley of seven lakes – another great high-mountain natural attraction of Abkhazia, which can be visited by any tourist without special training and equipment is required only in good physical shape, because walking to rise up. Although this is not necessary since the locals at the end of the road offer a ride to the lakes on horseback. Just do not think that the hike to the lakes is an easy walk, as did Hiking in the mountains along the mountain paths, which takes almost the whole day. Should dress warmly, because even in summer it's cold in here. Mandatory good Hiking shoes, hat, water bottle. It will not hurt to bring a raincoat.
🕐 Time of work: round the clock, to visit the best route in the daytime, in the morning or early in the morning, from may to October. Keep in mind that the route is quite lengthy, and it is better not to go in the second half of the day, otherwise you can not manage to get back before dark
💵 Entrance fee / tickets cost: road and trail run through the Ritsa national Park, at the entrance in which you need to pay conservation fee: adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. Payment is made at the entrance to the Park at the checkpoint. Tour price is from 1800 rubles/person. it Also offers tours for a full day cost from 2000 rubles.
🚶 How to reach: the valley of seven lakes is at a distance of 75 kilometers from Gagra, 68 kilometers of which passes through satisfactory asphalt road and the remaining seven will have to walk (valley of seven lakes on the map). You can get here by private transport or tour (from 2000 rubles per person gathering of the full group). UAZ you got almost to the pass Pyv, whence on foot to the valley about four miles away, but there you go have a walk.
If you get on your transport, you should go on the road to lake Ritsa, and after 11 more kilometres on asphalt to the soil road which is only 200 meters to the tourist center "of Aadhar". Then, depending on the terrain of your car it will either have to leave it on the ground, or you can drive further up to the pass Pyv. You can also leave the car under supervision in the camp of "Aadhar", stayed the night, to the morning will go. The Hiking route is not complicated, takes about 2-4 hours one way, but you have to go up and down. It is also proposed to follow the route on horseback for an additional fee of $ 1000.