Attractions of the Lagonaki plateau with descriptions and photos

The Lagonaki plateau is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful places on the western spur of the Caucasus Mountains. It is located on the one hand in the Republic of Adygea, on the other – on the territory of the Krasnodar Territory and is rightfully considered the standard of natural beauty. The sights of Lagonaki are associated with stunning landscapes, caves, relict forests, karst sinkholes, alpine meadows, which have now become the object of close attention of tourists from Russia who decided to see beautiful and interesting places created by nature.

The plateau is located on a hill, about 1.9 km above sea level, covers an area of 800 square kilometers. On both sides it is washed by the Belaya and Pshekha rivers. Due to the geographical location of the plateau in several climatic zones, both deciduous forests and alpine meadows grow on it. And the nearby sea influences the climate of this area and in winter the plateau is covered with snow, which pleases lovers of alpine skiing. We already know where Lagonaki is. Now we invite you to find out where to visit Lagonaki and what to see from its beautiful places first of all for tourists who decide to have an independent trip here by car or have planned a route with a guide.

Museum of the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve
Museum entrance

With him we propose to start your acquaintance with Adygea. The creation of the reserve began in the fifties of the last century. It includes natural areas and a museum, which displays exhibits of flora and stuffed animals: bears, wolves, wild boars, birds. There are also many paintings with the most beautiful local landscapes and sights of Lagonaki with photos and descriptions.

  • address: Adygea, pos. Guzeripl, st. Zarechnaya, 5
  • working hours: daily from 9 to 17 hours.
  • ticket price for adults – 300 rubles, for children from 7 to 14 years old – 150 rubles.
  • official website: http://kgpbz.ru

Guzeripl dolmen

Stone buildings

This is a structure in the form of a stone table, the most famous, largest and most preserved structure not only in Adygea, but also in the world. It is located on the territory of the biosphere reserve and is its attraction. It is still unknown how they were built. Legend has it that they were built by giants. There is an assumption that they were built for some kind of rituals, another opinion is that these are burial places. Today this place is considered a place of power, where one is charged with natural energy.

  • address: Adygea, pos. Guzeripl, st. Zarechnaya, 5
  • working hours: daily from 9 to 17 hours.
  • ticket price for adults – 300 rubles, for children from 7 to 14 years old – 150 rubles.
  • official website: http://kgpbz.ru

Church of St. Dmitry Thessaloniki

Church of St. Dmitry Thessaloniki

This is a modern, amazingly beautiful object of wooden architecture, erected in 2004 on the site of a hundred-year-old prayer house. According to legend, Dmitry, having become a Roman proconsul, was to exterminate Christians by order of the emperor. However, he disobeyed the emperor, for which he was executed. Local residents revere the saint for his miraculous deeds.

  • address: Adygea, Kamennomostsky settlement
  • phone: +7 877 255-57-82

Stone sea

Stone Sea, in the photo you can hardly see a plateau of stones, but there are areas completely covered with boulders

A very unusual mountain range in Adygea. Located on the eastern edge of the Lagonaki plateau. One hundred million years ago, it was an ancient sea with reef limestones. The sea dried up, and the limestone, under the influence of wind and sun rays, began to take on the appearance of a labyrinth with many funnels, furrows and faults. And the natural rock garden fascinates with its diversity. The solidified powerful boulders resemble the landscape of another planet. The height of the ridge is 1750 m above sea level. In its southern part there are amazing alpine meadows, in the north – relict forests. You can climb the ridge along horse trails, paved hiking trails, and even in an off-road vehicle.

  • address: Adygea, pos. Guzeripl
  • entrance tickets to the reserve 300 rubles. for adults and 150 rubles. for children from 7 to 14 years old

Holy spring of Panteleimon the Healer

Healing spring where tourists come with cans

Behind the gates of the monastery, on the top of the mountain, there is a holy spring that heals from many diseases. The water in the spring is spring, therefore it is very cold +4 o C. Those who decided to plunge into it say that they felt a sense of peace and tranquility. It is not recommended to dip in cold water for people with kidney disease or colds. Here you can collect healing water for free.

  • address: Adygea, Maykop district, pos. victory, st. Rodnikovaya, 5
  • phone: 8-928-268-26-60

Mount Monk

View from the highest point of the mountain

In the north of the village of Khamyshki, Maikop district, there is a beautiful mountain named after a lonely monk. The face of an old hermit is allegedly carved on its rock. In his youth, he fell in love with a girl, breaking his vow. Devoted to the faith, the monk went to live in the mountains and there he allegedly carved his face in the rock as a sign of his fall. Many are inclined to believe that nature has worked so hard, but the locals support the legend as a symbol of the purity of faith and relationships. The height of the mountain is more than 1000 m, it is not easy to get along it, but at the top there is an excellent observation deck.

We recommend climbing from 6 in the morning, this is the time for the easiest ascent. We always take water and a windbreaker with us, the winds blowing at the top, depending on the season, are quite piercing. The ascent time for an unprepared tourist is about 3 hours.

  • address: Adygea, Maykop district, pos. Hamyshki

Great Azish cave

Azish cave

All Lagonaki caves are unique and inimitable. One of them, the Azish Karst Cave, is one of the most amazing and beautiful caves in all of Europe. The length of the hiking trail in the grotto is about 700 meters, despite the fact that there is a part of the unexplored space. The cave is located at an altitude of 1.58 km above sea level. Going deeper into the dungeon, each passed step becomes more interesting. There are several halls, the height of the largest of them reaches 18 m. Fancy stalactites and stalagmites forming figures, underground rivers, healing air will leave you a lot of fantastic impressions.

Advice: you need to take warm clothes, because the temperature here is only +6 о С and very high humidity.

  • address: Adygea, pos. Kamennomostsky, 5 lane, 7
  • working hours: daily from 8.30 am to 7 pm.
  • phone: +7 918 088-34-98
  • tickets: for adults – 400 rubles, for children from 7 to 14 years old – 200 rubles, up to 7 years old – free.

Also, the most interesting places in Adygea are the Cave of Desires and Dusty . In fact, there are about 10 grottoes on the territory, but not all are prepared for visiting.

Belaya River Gorge

A favorite place for tourists for rafting down the river. The length of the gorge is up to 400 m, the depth is 20 m. The current is very fast and noisy. This gorge is always beautiful, so there are many tourists all year round. Look at the photos of Lagonaki in summer and winter, and you will be convinced of the beauty of these places. It has its own attraction, which was formed by nature itself – a stone bridge.

  • address: Adygea, pos. Kamenomostsky

Mount “Trident”

Mountain at sunset

This is one of the most visited places by tourists. The rock has three peaks. The most persistent tourists who have reached the top will have a breathtaking panorama of the surroundings: the Lagonaki plateau, the Azish-Tau ridge, the famous granite gorge.

Tip : If you decide to climb to the top in winter, wear professional spiked shoes, otherwise you have a lot of chances to slide down. Plan your climb so as not to be on top at night, the way back in the dusk is even more difficult.

  • address: Adygea, pos. Hamyshki
  • phone: +7 918 374-30-20

Large and small observation decks in Guzeripl

Small plateau with a camp of tourists

They open an amazing view of the Belaya River, the village of Guzeripl . A small platform is located on the Black Mountain, which offers a view of the eastern part of Guzeripl and the Belaya River. The big one is slightly higher. You will walk along rocks resembling a rooster’s comb and come out to a flat top of the cliff, from where you can see the view of the southern part of the village. And, if you have the strength and skill to walk in the opposite direction to Mount Kazachya, then the whole village of Guzerpil will open up to you, as in the palm of your hand.

  • address: Adygea, pos. Guzeripl

Savran ropeway to Lagonaki

View of the cable car from the end point on the mountain

Wrapped in a warm blanket, with a cup of hot tea from a thermos, you sit in an armchair and set off on an unforgettable journey along the Utes cable car. From a bird’s eye view, you will see all the beauty of these places, take a photo of the Lagonaki plateau. When you climb to the top, we advise you to visit the observation deck, the famous Adyghe caves. Well, a must-see site of an ancient man with unique stone houses.

  • address: Adygea, pos. Dakhovskaya
  • working hours: daily from 9 am to 6 pm
  • tickets: adult – 600 rubles, children – 300 rubles.
  • phone: +7 928 669-65-29

Mount Fisht

Mount Fisht in October

What to see on the Lagonaki plateau is the famous Mount Fisht, which is translated from the Adyghe language as “white head”. It is located on the territory of a biosphere reserve and is the highest point of the Lagonaki plateau. It is majestic and striking in its unique nature. There are Pshekhsky waterfall, Small and Big glaciers, Lunnaya Polyana. This is a unique natural monument, completely unknown and unexplored.

Advice. If you are going to the mountain in the summer, do not wear shorts! Tall, sharp grass can cause cuts.

  • address: Adygea, pos. Guzeripl
  • ticket – 300 rubles. for entering the reserve

What to see on Lagonaki from the sights on your own?

A trip to Lagonaki by car will be an exciting journey for you. Experienced travelers in their reviews advise to do just that: independently visit the sights of the plateau, except for routes where an instructor or guide is needed. If you have a map of attractions with routes, your car trip will be good. Moreover, the construction of a new highway began last year. The road will connect tourist routes and excursion objects popular in Adygea. Traveling by car, you yourself will choose what to see in Lagonaki. There are car parks near all the sights.

The main route passes through the village of Kamennomostsky :

  • There is a natural attraction here – the valley of the ammonites , along the river bed. On the huge boulders, you will see the prints of fossilized molluscs.
Valley with unique stones
  • In the Belovodye Museum , created by an enthusiastic local resident, you will see unique exhibits – the Prometheus stone chain, the plaster print of the Bigfoot, a variety of ammonites, the house itself looks fabulous.
Private museum with amazing excavation sites
  • The geological monument ” Stone Pillars ” is a stone block that has broken away from a rock. Extreme Park ” Mishoko ” – a place of entertainment for tourists of all ages with extreme attractions and sightseeing tours, we recommend to go here with the whole family (there is a descent on a cable car, a rope park and other entertainments).
Extreme park for family
  • Rufabgo Falls is the site of 10 water streams that have even been named. The mesmerizing sight of falling water will provide you with a lot of positive emotions.
Rufabgo Falls

Lagonaki map with attractions

 

How to get to Lagonaki?

The easiest way to get to your destination is from Krasnodar.

  • Inexpensive plane tickets to Krasnodar can be bought using the calendar:

Next, we need to take the Krasnodar-Maykop regular bus from the bus station, about 8 trips are performed every 2 hours per day. The ticket price is 230 rubles, all the nuances can be found at the box office by phone: 262-51-44, travel time is about 3 hours.

From the Maikop bus station we change to a minibus to Kamennomostskiy (we go to Dakhovskaya station), go about 30 minutes.

It remains to cover the distance of 34 km to the destination. Without wasting time we catch a private trader and offer 700 rubles, taxi drivers will take about 1000 rubles.

How to get to Adygea by car?

Now we will consider the route of the trip on our own by car, which will help you navigate much faster.

 

Where to stay in Lagonaki?

Now we will give advice on finding housing. There are plenty of hotels and recreation centers in Lagonaki, but there are also excellent places where you can sleep well from the road. It is with this slope that we recommend staying at the ” Blagodat ” tourist center , located in the middle of a forest with clean air and cozy rooms.

The popular recreation center ” Lago-Naki ” is in the first place in the rating of absolutely every traveler, we advise you to book places here in advance, there are too many who wish and there are not always free areas for recreation.

Mini-hotel ” Vershina ” will be one of those places where coziness is combined with good service and beautiful surroundings, you need to pay tribute to the guys who monitor the territory, everything is done very nicely. The prices are slightly higher, but the rooms are also comfortable.

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