Krasnaya Polyana Travel Guide
Hanging high over the valley of Krasnaya...
Hanging high over the valley of Krasnaya...
Mzymta waters entering the canyon
Always nice forms of the Russian...
Surviving on rocky ground, yet fragile...
Lovely to just lay down enjoy the view...
Walk around the summit and enjoy the view
When the fourth cablelift has brought you near to the top of Mount Achun, you can walk around over the rim or towards the top of this mountain that reaches around 2.400 meters. The views are spectacular and see towards the heart of the Caucasus (no, Mount Elbrus can not be...
the winding road to Krasnaya Polyana
An adventure on itself is the winding road that leads to Krasnaya Polyana from the Black Sea coast at Sochi-Adler. Along the way, the road passes through a narrow canyon and the narrow road gives spectacular views into the white rocked bed of the river Mzymta that presses...
Take the four cablelifts to the top of Mount Achun
A definate MUST in Krasnaya Polyana is to go up by cablelift to enjoy the magnificent view onto the surrounding snowcapped mountains, into Georgia (Abkhazia) and in the valley below where the colourful houses of Kranaya Polyana attract the eye. Up here the temperatures are...
Restaurant / Sushi bar: Mmm... that's tasty!
I seriously didn't expect the food to be all that good. After all, I thought, it's a mountain and it must be pretty hard to deliver food there, but I was mistaken. They managed to bring all the necessary food and it turned out to be delicious.Basically, you can order...
Bus or car, will drive you this far
Krasnaya Polyana can only be reached by road. Therefore from Sochi Adler one can either take public transport or let a car drive through the mountains.
Written Sep 14, 2005
Dress up as a Caucasian goatherder
On parking places along the road to Krasnaya Polyana one can find several entertainment. One can be found in my "Warning & Dangers"tips, but another unhurtful form is a dress up party to be photographed as a Caucasian goatherder. These mountainpeople are surrounded with stories and were the first inhabitants in the rough terrain plus still live here in remote valleys and high plains. Price is only a hundred roubles and will give you a original souvenir to take home.
Written Sep 14, 2005
Exploitation of (inappropriate) wildlife
On the road to Krasnaya Polyana (and throughout the whole touristic area along the Black Sea) one finds people that for money will allow you to be photographed with certain animals. Along the sea this can be parrots, falcons and donkeys, which still can be seen as a somewhat dubious kind of honest earning money. However, along the road to Krasnaya Polyana we met people that did exploit a black bear in the same way. Chained (and obviously drugged) one could sit alongside it for a picture. The small bear wasn't even a local sort (according to the appearance it was a Ringbear) so didn't even fit in the Caucasus environment. With some doubts we eventually still choose to be photographed with a Caucasian vulture.
Updated Sep 14, 2005
Look at me...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you don't have any special gear, you'll be able to rent everything from skiboots to wollen jackets.
Don't go for expensive clothes, take the most comfortable things you got. No high heels. ;)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You'll need some, if you're an avid beginner. I didn't take anything, but my friends fetched ointments for bruises and strains
Photo Equipment: Take the biggest memory card you have! Or better even two. You'll be taking pics of just about everything in your sight.
Written Apr 3, 2005
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Narzan and other spa-sources
Around Krasnaya POlyana are several spots where mineral water is available. Not only for "industrial" use to sell in masses and towards Moskwa, but also to fill up your own bottles with the healthy cool spa-water. Most known in the vicinity of Krasnaya Polyana is the source...
Mountain flora, always a so different beauty
Mountain or alpine flora always has found an admirer in me. I like the fine, yet so strong plants that survive this changing climate throughout the yearly seasons.
Orthodox churches in the mountains
Krasnaya Polyana has a few churches atht - for foreign visitors - are always nice to see and visit. When entering the village one passes the first and others are in the centre and along the winding road to the mountain place. These last are in remote area's, ment as chapels...
Not a big fan of snow? Try to avoid travelling to Krasnaya Polyana then, because besides snow there are only a few things to have fun with, e.g. bowling, cable television, but they will bore the hell out of you.But if you love snow, try to lie in it for some minutes and...
Rafting on the river Mzymta
Another possibility of a extreme sport is rafting on the river Mzymta that comes from Krasnaya Polyana, where the "mailinki (small) Mzymta" meets the "bolshaya (big) Mzymta". The river is known to be very changing. One moment it's a peaceful mountain creek and suddenly...
Parapenting in beautiful surroundings
If you like to fly, here's an option that will not cost you a fortune. In the European alpes, as well as - no doubt - in various other places in the expensive "Western" world, prices to go parapenting exceed to hundreds of euro's. Here one can enjoy flying down the mountain...
The dream of winter olympics
Though wintersport facilities in Krasnaya Polyana are only in a early developing fase, the start looks quite promissing. As first real wintersport holiday resort of Russia. Hotels and other facility were there because of the mountainous and natural environment, that already...
Liking animals as much as I do, you won't miss a single dog on your way. Btw, I saw a family who brought their dog, dressed in some special clothes, to the second level. Wonder if they wanted to teach her snowboarding, too.
It's certainly necessary to visit the third level of the mountain hoist, which is one of the tops. The trip is long, though, it took us about 40 minutes to go up and then about 50 to reach the parking again. At first, it's all cool. You just sit there, admiring the view to...
Tired of skiing? Do sightseeing!
When such beauty is around, you can hardly breath at all!
On the day of our arrival, we hired this cute guy Alex to be our instructor and so he's teaching us everything, how to stay right, how to look to the left and to the right before you start moving, how to fall, how to...
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