Mountain Trekking Kids

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Yavorovaya glade is a wasteland, which ends in asphalt. People often come here who want to take a little walk along the mountain trails and enjoy the surrounding views of the mountains. Some leave the car here for several days and go with longer backpacks. A brook flows on the right edge of the meadow, and the path to the Armenian shelter leaves to the right of the meadow. About a kilometer along the trail, and exit to the river Armyanka, on the other side is the Armenian shelter (1600 m above sea level). The shelter is a conditional name, it consists of: a bonfire, 5-6 relatively flat places for tents and an information board “The reserve border.” We put up a tent, dined, went down the paths leaving the shelter to the radial. To the left of the campfire, down along the river, there is a trail to the Guzeripl pass (soon it is gaining height again). To the right, there is a path to the Instructor’s Pass pass and further to the Lagonaki plateau. We admired the beautiful views. From afar we saw two wild boars walking into the forest from the stream. You need to walk for fires 100-150 meters from the camp, no closer.

July 27. In the morning the temperature is +16, sunny and hot during the day. At 9.15 we went on the trail towards the Guzeripl pass (1975 m). The main problem during the movement of a five-year-old tourist was the high vegetation (as an adult). Nettle and various prickly plants are often found in this grass. They rose above 1700 meters – they began to walk a little faster, the high vegetation receded. The sun is baking mercilessly. From a distance they saw a herd of Caucasian chamois.

We climbed the pass at 12.45. Before the Guzeripl pass, the trail often crosses streams, and there are no problems with water. After the pass, there are streams for about another kilometer, then there is no water to the Fisht shelter. The Mutny Teplyak river marked on the map is completely covered with mudflow. We had lunch in a shady pine grove between the Guzeripl and Armyanskiy passes, cooked on a gas burner. We went to the Armenian pass (1833 m) at about 16.00. The descent from the pass is relatively steep. Fisht shelter (1600 m) left at 18.00. For those who have tickets to the reserve, parking at the shelter is free, if there are no tickets, 100 rubles per day for the tent. You can cook at the common hearth (you need to bring firewood) or on a gas burner. There are toilets and trash containers. For an additional fee – showers and a bathhouse. According to descriptions, there is a shop at the shelter, but apparently it was already too late, and it was closed. The water in the Belaya River is very cold.

July 28. +15 in the morning, sunny and hot in the afternoon, cloudy in the evening. At 9.30 we left the shelter. We crossed the bridge over the Belaya River and along the path along the river we went to the Fisht-Oshtenov Pass (2205 m). After 1, 5 kilometers the path crosses the White ford, you can cross the large stones. This is the last place on the way to Lake Psenoda where you can get plenty of drinks and replenish the water supply. Climbing the Fisht-Oshtenov Pass in “adult” groups takes an average of 3 hours , our kindergarten group conquered the pass in 4, 5 hours. On the pass and slopes there are many small karst dips, into which all the water goes from melting snowfields and glaciers.

We rested, had a bite and went down to Lake Psenoda (1930 m). The path goes to the right edge of the valley, diverges several times and converges, bypassing snowfields and talus. There is a fork in front of the lake (when it is already visible): the main path goes slightly up on the crest of the ridge and further to the headwaters of the Tsitsa River, a path to the lake goes left down. Camping is prohibited on the lake, you can put up tents before reaching the lake by the stream. The reason for the ban is understandable – the low level of culture of our tourists. In almost all parking lots, we had to collect and dispose of garbage left by previous groups. Lake Psenoda is unique, it is replenished with water from three streams, and water from it goes underground through the karst hole at the bottom of the lake. It is better to take water for cooking from streams, t. to. the water from the lake is less tasty. Cooked on gas.

July 29. +12 in the morning, it’s hot in the afternoon and in the evening, partly cloudy.

Released at 9.40. The trail to the Maikop pass begins at the southwestern tip of Lake Psenoda. The path is packed and marked with metal posts. At first, the trail rises 100 meters to the pass between the peak of 2106 and Mount Psheho-Su, then gradually descends to the Maykop pass. About 4 km from the lake to the pass, they came to the pass at 11 o’clock. The descent from the pass is very steep, the serpentine path descends along a slope with a steepness of about 30 degrees. The height difference on the slope is 300 meters. Small scree underfoot does not allow to relax. With children we walked in pairs and very carefully. The planned group, which approached the pass at the same time as us, on the descent overtook us for half an hour. It took us almost two hours to go downhill. Below is a road and a camp site. We collected water at the camp site for preparing lunch. We are going along the road south towards the Vodopadisty stream. After 2 kilometers the road ends, then you need to follow the left path, which goes along the slope without losing height. We pass the spring and stream, rest, then we have nowhere to get to the waterfall. We approach the long scree – the main path goes up to bypass the scree, but you can go across the scree, focusing on tours of stones. We decide to go on horseback, it will be more difficult to go along the scree with children. We climb about 100 meters in height, here we are covered with clouds, and for some time we walk in the fog. Descent to the Waterfall on a good path through the forest. There is an excellent view of the rocky wall between the mountains of Psheho-Su and Fisht and the waterfalls flowing down it, lit by the setting sun. On the way we collect some firewood for the fire. We approach the stream: on the other side of the camp site, on our shore, several places for the camp are slightly upstream. There is a parking lot overlooking the waterfalls, but the mood spoils the surrounding garbage, a dump is set up in the bonfire. We raked all the garbage to the side, and after preparing dinner we burned it and burned cans for a long time. Children got tired and fell asleep quickly in a day.

July 30. In the morning it’s clear +15, it’s sunny in the afternoon, hot and windy, in the evening it was clear. They had breakfast, gathered their backpacks, left them in the nearest bushes, and walked lightly closer to the waterfalls – beautiful! I recorded a short video on the camera:

Neither photo nor video can convey the grandeur of this place! All this is worth seeing with your own eyes. (The boys are not up to the beauties – they arranged a conditional battle between themselves on alpenstock :-))

From the creek the trail goes steeply upward, climbing 200 meters. Further to the Cherkessky pass more or less on the same level. In the middle of the path between Vodopadisty and the pass there is a good stream, we stopped at it for lunch. There will be no further good source of water. A view of the elite ski resort “Lunnaya Polyana” opens 200 meters from the stream. There is no road here, transportation support for the construction and maintenance of the base is carried out by helicopters. Near the Lunnaya Polyana the path is hidden by construction work, and it is not easy to find a way out, but workers willingly show the continuation of the path.

After 1, 5 kilometers we go to the Dzhigursan pass. From the pass we go along the right path around the peak of 1950 and after 500 meters we go down to the Cherkessky pass (1836 m). From the pass there is a wide, well-packed path of the 30th all-Union tourist route “Through the mountains to the sea.”

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