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Achipsinskiye waterfalls. Through the pole of humidity – ridge Achishkho

Ridge Achishkho is located on the main Water separating Ridge 10 kilometers away. To the North-west of Krasnaya Polyana and separates with itself rivers Chvizhepse and Achipse, these are major inflows of the river Mzymta. Achishkho ridge is famous for its unique microclimate. For a long time on the western shoulder meteostation Achishkho was based there. There is the most humid area of Russia, the yearly amount of rainfalls there is more than 3000mm, and the thickness of the snow cover in reaching 10km. The amount of sunny days doesn’t go over 60-70 days a year.
Achipshinskiye waterfalls are also known in the local society named Waterfall Bratya) (waterfall Brothers), who are located in the sources of river Achipse on the array of mountain Achishkho, boarding with Krasnaya Polyana to the North-West. The best time to visit “Achipsinskiy waterfall is summer and the first half of autumn, when snows go off from the alpine zone, showing the full beauty of the waterfalls.
Trekking to Achipsinskiye waterfalls takes one day. Walking part of the route in options “light” and “super-light” do not require any technical difficulties and is available for everyone, it does not have any hard-get-through paths, wades and other obstacles. Classic option requires 1000m elevation, strength and stamina. Touristic clothes and trekking boots will provide a successful trip.

Description of routes to “Achipsinskiye” waterfalls

Depending on the route you chose (“Classic”, “Light” and “Super-light”) program begins from the early local transfer from the group meeting point to the beginning of the route from Krasnaya Polyana or transfer on the SUV from the meeting point to the Eco center of Sochi national park on Khmelevskogo lakes. Drive through the mountain road, with the length of approximately 9 km takes about an hour.

Walking part of the classic route begins from Orekhoviye gardens, located on the top of Krasnaya Polyana on the 800 meters above the sea level. You will go through dolmans (science suggests that those facilities are cultural and burial, they are classified as megaliths), and then begin the ascent on the valley of Beshenka lake. On the way you will be able to swim in the mountain’s lake. But you better do it on the way back. Path goes up though the Achishkho shelter and through the Sosnovaya rock Kruglaya glade lying on the beechen woods, this beautiful way will be on for 5 km. Approximately in 3 hours of ascent you will approach the Achishkho ridge and then Zerkalnoye lake, located 1855 meters above the sea level. The gradient from the beginning of the route until the lake Zerkalnoye will be around 1000 meters.

If you have chosen options “Light” and “Super-light”, walking part of the route will begin from Khmelevskiye lakes, located 1750 meters above the sea level on the territory of Sochi national park. An easy walk-through path lies from there to Acipsinskiye waterfalls. The transition is not difficult, there are no hard-get-through spots, fords and other obstacles. Paths begins from Eco center of Sochi National Park and goes around the lake Bolshoe Khmelevskoe, on the way the option of visiting the observation deck, Khmelevsky views, is available, great perspective on massifs “Fisht”, Pshekha-Su, Oshten, Chugush, Assara, Pseashkha, Agepsta and Aibga. From there through 30-minute easy trekking with a smooth ascent through the beech forest and subalpine glade we are approaching the lake Tumannoye.

Lake Zerkalnoye, in contrast to Khmelevskogo lake, is not overgrown, and during the good weather, like in a mirror, mountains Chugush reflect. The area of Zerkalnoye is not big, just 1135m2, the deepest point is not huge either, only 3 m. The lake lies in the basin and has an oval form. This lake is classified as a tectonically occurred. It doesn’t have any streams coming in or out. For almost 9 months a year “Zerkalnoye” is covered by ice and snow.

Path goes around the lake from its right and enters Krivolesye. In 900 m it crosses small passage Ostriy and descents to the valley of the lake Achipse. Walking on the lake on its rocks we are approaching the camping site located 1750 meters above the sea level.

Beautiful view on the middle Bratya waterfall, which was formed opens from those meadows from falling waters of the lake “Achipse and its streams, opens from those meadows. Bratya and other waterfalls on the lake Achipse were formed the same way but the water was flowing from ancient glaciers Kars, there are four of them on the top of Achipse. The main waterfall is presented by two falling streams of water (name Bratya, which means “Brothers” in Russian was given because of those streams). The one on the right side is the main cradle of Achipse lake, left stream is the inflow of the lake Achipse, which flows from the bottom of the mountain Loshadinaya Golova. Both waterfalls are merging at the bottom of the rocks, forming the letter “V”. Height of the waterfalls is 40 metres.

Cost

Classic: full walking route with local transfer to the beginning of the route in Krasnaya Polyana
2750 per person in a group with at least 5 members

Light: ascent by SUVs to Khmelevskogo lakes to the beginning of the path, return to Krasnaya Polyana by walk
3250 per person in a group with at least 5 members

Super-light: ascent to Khmelevskogo lakes and return to Krasnaya Polyana by SUVs
4200 per person in a group with at least 5 members

For groups with less that 5 members in it please contact and confirm by the number +7 (928) 2452-540

Cost includes:
– service of a professional guide
– pick nick in the mountains
– SUVs or local transfer depending on a chosen program.

Cost does not include:
– pass to the reserve 300 rubles per person/per day
– pass to the national park 150 rubles per person

Additional equipment, which doesn’t go with the cost of a program (for example, trekking poles, boots and bags), Yeti Guide Bureau clients can purchase or rent on special offer from our partners.

Comment on the cost of the program.

Level of difficulty: In “Light” and “Super-Light” versions the route is not difficult, passing of which don’t require any special physical or technical preparation. Short steep lifts and descents, which require focus and attention for their safe complete. You can bring children over 12 years old with you. For successful complete of “Classic” route physical preparation is required for the ascent over 1000 meters and for a walk over 18 km. during a day.

The best season: summer and half of autumn.

For successful and comfortable trip, special equipment
is needed

During booking of a program, please inform us if you have any allergies or any other issues with food.

Atsanguars – are in the area of waterfalls, those are ancient rock buildings. No one how they were made even today.

Length of the path from lakes Khmelnitskogo to Achipsinskiye waterfalls is around 6 km (approximately 2-3 hours of walking), and from orekhoviye gardens in Krasnaya Polyana it is 9 km. (5-6 hours of working depending on the physical shape of group members).

Return from the waterfalls to the Eco center on the lake Khmelnitsogo according to the “Super-light” program goes the same way. From the lake Zerkalnoye group returns by the same route from Krasnaya Polyana In the “light” and “Classic” program.

Classic route: length of the walking part is 18 km. Height ascent/descent 1100/1100 m.
Light route: length of the walking part is 15 km. Height ascent/descent 300/1100 m.
Length of the route taken by car is 9 km. Height ascent is 1000 m.
Super-light route: length of the walking part is 12 km. Hight ascent/descent is 300/300 m.
Length of the route taken by car the way there and the way back is 18 km. Height ascent/descent is 1000/1000 m.
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Comment on the cost of the program:
Please note that the cost of participation in the program for a group of less than 5 people depends on the actual number of participants. While booking a program, the participation fee is paid basing on the team composition at the time of booking. If the number of participants increases to 5 or more by the beginning of the program, the difference in price is returned to you.
Please, call in order to specify the cost of the program for a group of less than 5 people by phone +7 (928) 2452-540, or by e-mail: booking@yeti.guide

Program Booking Terms and Conditions:
– When booking no later than 7 days before the start of the program, 50% of the cost of the program will be charged. Payment
the remaining 50% is made no later than 3 days before the start of the program.

– If you book the program later than 7 days before it starts, 100% of the cost of the program is paid.

Cancellation policy of the program:
– If you cancel your reservation no later than 7 days before the start of the program, 30% of the total cost of the program will be charged.
– If you cancel your reservation no later than 3 days before the start of the program, 50% of the total cost of the program will be charged..
– If you cancel your reservation later than 3 days before the start of the program, 100% of the total cost of the program is held..
– Refund of all previously paid amounts for the program is possible only if you cancel the program due to the closure of access to
the route of the fgbu “Caucasian state natural biosphere reserve named after H. G. Shaposhnikov”

– Weather conditions in case the access to the route or to the program area is opened by the administration of the Caucasian state natural biosphere reserve named after H. G. Shaposhnikov, are not objective reasons for the cancellation, termination, program transfer.


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