Chateau Erken, Kabardino-Balkaria

Chateau Erken is a winery situated in Urvanskiy district of Kabardino-Balkaria; the winery is becoming more and more of an attraction for tourists due to it’s beautiful surroundings and picturesque castle.

Bezengi valley/ glacier, Kabardino-Balkaria

Bezengi area represents the highest region of the Caucasus.

Outside Elbrus mountain (which is the single highest peak at 5,642 meters – 18,510 feet), Bezengi has six of the highest mountains with heights raging from 4.300 meters (14.000 feet) to 5.300 meters (17.300 feet).

Bezengi 6 highest peaks of Caucasus mountains (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE)

Bezengi 6 of the highest peaks in the Caucasus mountains

Bezengi Cherek (Khulam Cherek) rises from the 13-kilometre Bezengi glacier.

Bezengi region is found in the Cherekskiy district of Kabardino-Balkaria state in North Caucasus.

The following pictures are from Bezengi valley

Kezenoy-Am lake, Chechnya

Kezenoy-Am lake is a glaciar lake in the south of Chechnya, near the border with Dagestan – a 3 hour drive from Chechen capital Grozny. It’s the biggest lake of North Caucasus.

Kezenoy-Am lake rises 1869 meters above sea level. Water temperature measures a constant 18 degrees Celsius in summer.

Arkhyz, Karachai-Cherkessia (Western Caucasus mountains)

Arkhyz is a settlement situated in Karachai-Cherkessia, 70 km inland from the Black Sea in North Caucasus.

In Arkhyz valley one can find the ancient Christian churches built a millennium ago by the Alan empire (see here Lower-Arkhyz churches, and Shoana temple in neighboring valley).

Arkhyz was an important part of the Great Silk Road. During the trek it is possible to see some other remains of the Silk Road.

The Great Caucasus mountains here rise more than 3.000 meters above the sea.

Gergeti Trinity church (Tsminda Sameba), Georgia

Gergeti Trinity church (Tsminda Sameba) is situated on mount Kazbegi (at 2100 meters altitude), in northern Georgia.

The church is a christian-orthodox establishment built in the 14th century.

Fiagdon river, Central Caucasus mountains (North Ossetia)