Lake MSY in Abkhazia

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Mountain lake Mzy (Msym) – one of the great natural attractions of Abkhazia, located deep in the mountains, but available to visit not only the travelers with great experience of trekking and equipment, but also ordinary tourists as a day hike. Of course, interesting not only the lake but the route to it, and its surroundings. It is believed to be one of the most picturesque lakes of Abkhazia, and indeed around the lake offers stunning views of the mountains (it is as if in the pit, surrounded by mountains), the route passes through the forest and green Alpine meadows.

Вид на озеро Мзы, Абхазия Lake view

The lake is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. Its size is small, only 100 to 45 meters, but the depth of as much as 40 meters (according to other sources 16 meters). It is formed from the waters of the melting glaciers, so the size and temperature depends on the time of year, but usually the water here is rarely above 4 degrees Celsius, so swimming in it is capable of only the most desperate tourists. Also depending on the time of year around the lake continue snow clearing, you can see them even in June. Even in summer it is cool here, so you should bring warm clothes and raincoats.

🕐 Time of work: round the clock

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: lake is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, access to which surcharge (environmental 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. Day trip to lake of Gagra costs 2,000 rubles.

🚶 How to get there: the lake is one of the most accessible mountain lakes situated at an altitude of 2000 meters in 80 kilometers from Gagra (lake Si on the map), and very close to the border with Russia. Road and trail access is via the Ritsa national Park. You can get here by private transport or tour (from 2000 rubles from Gagra), but this route is not very popular, so this group tour will have to search, or use the suggestions of local private tour guides, who with pleasure will take you and accompany you to the lake.

Go directly to the lake will not work, but on foot it will have to walk only about 7 kilometers (usually not more than 2 hours one way) on a simple route that does not require special training. For this purpose, the car should drive in the direction of the lake Ritsa, and continue on to the village of Aadhar. The road after the lake Ritsa is getting worse, but you can drive on any machine. One should go all the way, to the broken river bridge, then a simple car to drive and transport will have to leave. In an SUV you can cross the river Ford, but still does not go far. Here you can meet locals who will offer to rent horses for trips to the lake (1000 rubles), and to assure that too far to walk, but that's not entirely true, the walk is not difficult, the road is well trodden by tourists.

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Panorama of lake Si

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Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Alexander the Warrior July 29, 2019
Hello! Who like to arrive with a link to the border with Abkhazia and after. It is more profitable to take? And is it possible at Adler airport to purchase a SIM card for use in Abkhazia? Thanks in advance) ...
admin 30 July, 2019

No matter any of the two operators take, there is no difference. About airport can't tell always by car went. Only one note: immediately after crossing the border of the Russian SIM cards do not use, communications from America will cost, damn it. ...
Lelik.o77 4 August, 2019
Now stationed in Abkhazia under the New Athos, the village of Primorsko. Came here ( on their own, without a vehicle)to receive medical treatment. Crossed the border in 20 minutes, without personal inspection. 10 minutes of hydrogen sulfide, the source of healing mud. Highly recommend for joints and blood purification. What about respect, do not worry, here all have wifi. The SIM card put in airplane mode using 5 km after the border. The money is not removed... spoke calmly by telephone immediately after crossing the border( like a house). A lot of minibuses, the fare is cheap. Before Athos was 200 RUB., 1 hour 20 mins with a breeze. All Abkhazians are very friendly, always ready to help and give. If you do not stay in a hotel, very cheap. The private sector 350-500 RUB 2-bed room per day. You can negotiate with food. The food they serve is phenomenal! All a good journey. ...
aaaaal 6 August, 2019
Was in Abkhazia last year. Experience the best! the food is delicious, the people are friendly (contrary to rumors). And the sea...it's just a thrill. clean, unlike the dirty Anapa. Going to visit the country again this year. Many do not have time to look...
Mitya August 31, 2019
And I on the contrary came in. Last year went 40 thousand left there 3 weeks. I liked everything. It is clear that the service is not developed yet, but I try and it is captivating. ...
Chester September 8, 2019
Last year there 8 times dangled from Adler. To rent a house there was. Pros - sea, nature, sparsely populated, the nostalgia for the Soviet Union, the sights. Minus all the abandoned, bus, driving on the road dangerous, there are few shops, pretty boring. There was a bad incident in Sukhumi with local security forces in plain clothes, passed the house of Moscow, and I caught up with the car, it stopped me abses - took me for zakladka drugs:(, found a common language, even before the station was taken, on the transfer in Psou on this day, our border guards at the exit for no reason at all asked where I'm from (town of Abkhazia).
In my opinion the best location in Pitsunda, where Sands (fishery) and in Athens, they say there are still musra, but haven't been there yet. There are many stray dogs (lying crushed on the road and walk along the beaches), cows walk on the track, a lot of wine and chacha. Syringes on beaches. Turkish radio stations are audible. Breathe irregularly to Turkey. Echoes of war, all monuments and obelisks. Exotic still the same. But, in my opinion there mentally and spiritual people. And more freedom - there are no such restrictions in Russia, border crosses, as if a stone from his shoulders. Will go there again. For extreme relaxation. ...
Romantik November 20, 2019
Was in Abkhazia more than once. Although it was a long time ago. Me and the family arranged everything: sea, nature, air, attitude. I want to go back. ...
nausla 20 November, 2019
And judging by the old town square on your avatar, more like Prague.)) ...
Skyler 21 November, 2019

That's a hundred percent agree, I was there last time three years ago and apparently nothing has changed in that time. And greatly surprised the locals - had rented a house from private owners, so all the toilets and kitchen on the street, absolutely no comforts of home, but all in the hand of smartphones and all chatyatsya somewhere :lol: :lol: so amused by this fact :lol: ...
Swallow December 9, 2019
All I was thinking about Abkhazia, but after listening to friends - so you shouldn't go at all. As they say there are no special conditions, infrastructure, nothing. I do not know. At least in principle, we have in Sochi is not perfect everywhere, but it is still heart isn't in it yet. ...