Guam Gorge in the Krasnodar Territory - my review and info

I admit I'm not a fan of history, and they neverwas What at school lessons, that on organized excursions, all the information flew from me almost immediately. That is why, having traveled with groups of places of interest, I once became interested in independent travels, when I could create my own program and lay as much time on it as I needed, while excluding what I was potentially not interested in (museums, cathedrals, historical monuments) . And once I began to notice, when I get to certain places, it becomes terribly interesting to me how it happened and why. As a result, when I come home, I sit and read that very story on different sites. :) So it was, for example, with Berlin wall, about which we knew only what she was.

The director told us correctly Tanais Museum - travel greatly broadens the mind,after which a person begins to change, whether he wants to or not. But I am already beginning to move away from the topic. I just wanted to say that the Guam Valley made me interested in the history of narrow-gauge roads in this region. That's how it is.

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Guam Gorge

Guam Gorge, or sometimes calledGuamka by the same name of the village, from where all the tourists begin, is located in the Apsheron district of the Krasnodar Territory. Its length is about 3 km, but the narrow valley continues further, to the village of Mezmay, where the narrow-gauge railway goes from the village of Guamka.

Much has already been written about the Guam Gorge. Indeed, it is striking in its beauty from the first time, like a cover girl. When we found ourselves there, I could only regret that we didn’t take our backpacks and the rest of the equipment with us - so we wanted to reach the end and spend the night somewhere along the way in the tent. Although, because of the great depth (300m) there is very little sunshine, and the weather plays roulette — either rain, or sun.

Modern and expensive hotel in Guamka

Modern and expensive hotel in Guamka

The gates are closed during the day while the locomotive walks

The gates are closed during the day while the locomotive walks

Locomotive for transporting tourists to the cafe

Locomotive for transporting tourists to the cafe

Best of all, of course, be here at the beginning.summer, and not at the end of it, then you can see the full-flowing Kurdzhips and high-grade waterfalls. In September, it remains only to be amazed at the bends of the stone bed of the river, which has been machined for thousands of years, and to the winding path along the rails with rocks hanging overhead.

No less interesting are the winter photos of the Guam Gorge, when large icicles hang from all sides.

Guam Gorge

Guam Gorge

Kurdzhips River

Kurdzhips River

Kurdzhips River

Kurdzhips River

Narrow Gauge Road

Narrow Gauge Road

Sign on the rock

Sign on the rock

Narrow gauge bends

Narrow gauge bends

Landscapes of the Guam Gorge

Landscapes of the Guam Gorge

Fishermen. Trout is found here

Fishermen. Trout is found here

Shelf for narrow gauge railway

Shelf for narrow gauge railway

Rocks overhang

Rocks overhang

Around the vertical rocks

Around the vertical rocks

Mini waterfalls Guamki

Mini waterfalls Guamki

Full-time Kurdzhips

Full-time Kurdzhips

Beauties of the Guam Gorge

Beauties of the Guam Gorge

Toilet on the cliff

Toilet on the cliff

Guam gorge in some places strongly narrowed

Guam gorge in some places strongly narrowed

Guam gorge in some places strongly narrowed

Guam gorge in some places strongly narrowed

Guam gorge in some places strongly narrowed

Guam gorge in some places strongly narrowed

Photo of the Guam Gorge

Photo of the Guam Gorge

Ribbons for memory

Ribbons for memory

Bridge over the stream Dry Beam, blown up by partisans in the Second World War

Bridge over the stream Dry Beam, blown up by partisans in the Second World War

Memorial plaque (even a sculptor signed)

Memorial plaque (even a sculptor signed)

Through the bridge is visible river

Through the bridge is visible river

Mostly cliffs are surrounded on both sides.

Mostly cliffs are surrounded on both sides.

Remnants of communication

Remnants of communication

Rails and sleepers all in moss

Rails and sleepers all in moss

The setting sun illuminates the rocks.

The setting sun illuminates the rocks.

About narrow gauge railway in Guamka

Regular traffic was stopped in 2002year after a big flood. After that, the narrow gauge railway was restored for several years, and it seemed to have been restored by 2008, but the trains did not run to Mezmay.

At the moment, narrow-gauge railwayGuamka-Mezmay is designed to carry tourists, and only to the cafe, which is located in the middle of the Guam Gorge. Thus, the train can travel about 1.7 km. And then on foot or on a motorized rail car. Moreover, the trolley will carry no more than two kilometers, since in 2011 the mudflow came down and it was impossible to drive, besides, there and the rails began to disassemble.

What me personally so interested narrow-gaugeRailway? Imagine a narrow gorge, almost vertical walls, and then a road goes along one of the walls in a niche. I looked at the opposite shore and thought, but the place where my foot is now coming was once the same, just as unapproachable as the opposite. How much human resources needed to be spent to cut such a shelf in the rock? Already sitting at home, I tried to find information about it, but most sites only write about the beauty of these places and legends. And just literally on a couple of sites, I read that prison labor was used (or maybe ordinary people) who simply blew the way ahead of themselves. They were hanging on the ropes, because there was nowhere to stand, during the explosions they hid in the recesses, because you would not get far, otherwise you will have little time for the working day. And all in order to carry the forest from the side of Mezmay.

The locomotive fell in Kurjips in 2002 during a flood

The locomotive fell in Kurjips in 2002 during a flood

Trolley ride tourists

Trolley ride tourists

Selle blocked the way

Selle blocked the way

How many grandiose things were done in the Soviet era! Recently, we were on the ruins of a dam, due to which was to be formed Podolsk Sea, he is still a project in scope. Someday I would like to see the remnants of the railway Igarka-Salekhard, fascinating and causing many strange feelings.

Getting there

We traveled to Guam Valley by car, butYou can get on the bus from Krasnodar. First you need to buy a ticket to Apsheronsk (180 rubles). Bus timetables: 9.27, 10.59, 12.51, 14.10, 16.52, but it may change. Travel time is about 2.5 hours. It is best to go on the morning buses to catch back.

In Apsheronsk at the bus station we sit on the bus, which comes from the second site, it costs 60 rubles. On weekdays: 6.00, 8.00, 12.00, 15.00. Sundays: 8.00 and 14.00.

The bus comes to the village of Guamka. To the train to go about 5-10 minutes.

Price and Schedule

One-way ticket costs 250 rubles to a cafe and another 100 rubles to the bridge. All back as well.

Trains run every half hour from 9 am to 18PM, except Mondays and Tuesdays. Accordingly, if you want to walk only on foot, you need to choose the time from 18 pm to 9 am, or focus on the beginning of the week.

On the map

Guam Gorge

Guam Gorge
A very beautiful place.
Read about Guamka

A very beautiful place. Read about Guamka

P.S. The more I travel around the planet, the more I am convinced that natural beauty cannot be compared with anything man-made. And how many more such amazing places!

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