More than 100 kilometers of hiking trails are being prepared for the summer season in the mountains of Sochi.
The new routes will appear at the Rosa Khutor resort.
Last year, 80 kilometers of trails were available at Rosa Khutor, the creation of 11 more routes of different difficulty was underway. In the upcoming summer season, which is scheduled for May 1, the resort, together with the Sochi National Park, will open two more routes - "Shepherd's Trails to the Greek Bridge" and "Nahazo". Thus, more than 100 kilometers of hiking trails and 13 routes in the mountains will be available for hiking.
«We are creating an extensive network of hiking trails that will allow tourists to make an exciting and safe trip to the mountains to explore the unique beauty of the Western Caucasus. I would very much like to revive the once very popular tourist attraction in our country, but in a new, more comfortable mode. It is important for us to develop a culture of summer recreation in the mountains, to show that it is much more interesting to spend time here than on the beach,” said Olga Padeyskaya, head of the Rosa Khutor active recreation and tourism department.
The walking and educational route "Shepherd's paths to the Greek Bridge" starts from the Rosa Khutor Valley, ascends by cable cars to Rosa Peak, the route lies along the shepherd's paths of the southern Aibgi ridge, descends into the valley of the Mzymta River, to the village of Krasnaya Polyana. Its length is 22 kilometers, which takes about 10-12 hours during daylight hours. The route passes through humid subtropical, deciduous, mixed and coniferous forests.
Following the paths the tourists may access subalpine, and then alpine meadows, extending to eternal snow. They will pass along several bodies of water, including the Goluboy stream as well as the peaks of the Aibga ridge, about 2500 meters high. In addition to forest diversity tourists can observe such shrubs as mountain ash, bird cherry, blueberry, rhododendron.
The Nahazo route runs from the upper station of the Caucasian Express cable car (Rose Peak, 2320 meters above sea level) along the Yavor ski trail to the lower station of the Crocus lift and then traverses the Aibga ridge. The length of this route is about 8 kilometers (6 hours). On the way, tourists also have wonderful mountain panoramas.