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Caving / Spelunking in Most Azishskaya Cave,‎ Maykop, Republic of Adygeya Russia

Cave length:
2264 ft/690 m
Depth:
121.4 ft/37 m
Area size:
20451 ft²/1900 m²
Maykop is a city situated on the right bank of Belaya River, which is a tributary of the Kuban. It is the capital city of the Republic of Adygeya in Russia.

Most Azishskaya Cave is a quite popular cave, situated at an altitude of 1600 m/5249 ft in the southern part of the range Azish Tau at the Lagonack Highlands. The cave was first explored in 1910 by five local residents. From the descent spot towards the east, there is a gallery of carbon blacks 20 yd/18.3 m long, 1 yd/0.9 m high and 5 yd/4.6 m wide.

You can see thousands of icicles everywhere, stalactites and stalagmites of 0.5 to 2 yd/0.4 to 1.8 m and a mass of stalagmite forms looking like thumbs. The deep gallery includes marvelous towering columns of a fantastic height and a diameter of 5 to 12 in/12.7 to 30.5 cm. Just before reaching the end of the corridor to the left, there is a spacious entrance into a big room, where the walls and floor are covered with thousands of stalactites and at elevations several stalagmites resemble statues of Catholic saints.

After passing the Grand hall and the columns, you go down to 8 yd/7.3 m deep. This was one of the first descriptions ever given for the Most Azishskaya Cave. The way to the depth of the cave is still opened to explore with ropes, but for those who are not such adventurous types, there is a convenient metal ladder. The cave consists of large halls and the lower floor, at the bottom of which flows the river.

The cave is full of sinter, columns, large up to several meters of stalactites and stalagmites and sinter cor. Unfortunately, many of the stalagmites have been raised once near the entrance, were pulled out to the surface and transferred to Sochi, where they were installed on the Spa Avenue. Their original appearance and attractiveness outdoors is forever lost. A sever damage in the easily accessible part destroyed over 4000 stalactites and changed the cave forever. However, the cave is still gorgeous with moves and spacious halls, decorated with massive wandering formations.

The cave continues for many meters, giving amazing views and images of different rooms and halls with many interesting formations, placed at different elevations, requiring different level of experience. The cave is now equipped with footpaths, railings and stairs and electric lighting installation, which allows you to see the fantastic decoration of an underground wonder.

If you plan to visit the cave, it is suggested to wear warm clothes, as the air temperature ranges from 0.6°C/33°F in winter to 5.9°C/42.6°F in summer with humidity close to 98%. Visiting this cave is one of the things that you won’t be sorry for!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Moscow
918.1 miles/1.474 km, 16 hours 39 minutes
Head northeast toward пл. Революции. Restricted usage road. Turn right onto пл. Революции. Restricted usage road. Take the 1st left to stay on пл. Революции. Restricted usage road. Continue onto пл. Театральная. Restricted usage road. Turn right onto Театральный пр-д. Slight right onto пл. Лубянская. Continue onto пл. Новая. Continue onto пл. Старая. Turn right onto ул. Варварка. Continue onto ул. Большой Москворецкий мост. Continue onto ул. Большая Ордынка. Continue onto ул. Люсиновская. Continue onto ул. Большая Тульская. Continue onto М2/М4. Continue to follow М4. Turn right onto пр. Пролетарский/М4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Кавказский б-р/М4. Turn left onto ул. Бакинская/М4. Continue to follow М4. Partial toll road. Continue onto автодорога Дон/М4. Partial toll road. Take the ramp onto автодорога Дон/М4. Slight left onto the ramp to автодорога Дон/E38/А144/Е115/М4. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for РОСТОВ and merge onto автодорога Дон/E38/А144/Е115/М4. Continue to follow М4. Go through 1 roundabout. Take the ramp onto М4. Go through 1 roundabout. Slight right onto Дон/М4. Take the exit. Continue straight. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit. Turn right toward Р253. Turn right at Р253. Turn left onto Р253. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Р251. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Р253. Slight right toward Р254. Turn left onto Р254. Turn left to stay on Р254. Turn right to stay on Р254. Turn right.
BY CAR FROM Sochi
202.3 miles/323 km, 5 hours 52 minutes
Head southeast toward ул. Островского. Turn left onto ул. Островского. Turn right onto ул. Московская. Turn left onto ул. Горького. Turn right onto ул. Конституции. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit. Continue straight onto ул. Донская. Turn right onto ул. Виноградная/М27. Turn right to stay on ул. Виноградная/М27. Continue to follow М27. Slight right toward ул. Б. Хмельницкого/Р254. Slight right onto ул. Б. Хмельницкого/Р254. Continue to follow Р254. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Р254. Go through 1 roundabout. Turn right onto ул. Партизанская/Р254. Continue to follow Р254. Turn right onto ул. Ворошилова/Р254. Continue to follow Р254. Turn left to stay on Р254. Turn right to stay on Р254. Turn right. Destination will be on the left.
BY AIR
Sochi International Airport,
219.1 miles/351 km
BY TRAIN

Russian Railways serve almost the entire Russia. It is suggested to check the website to find which station is close to you and abort in Maykop Station.

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