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The Kabardino-Balkar Republic

Blue Lakes

Голубые озера
Павел Пелевин
Голубые озера
Павел Пелевин
Голубые озера
Павел Пелевин

Blue Lakes — a group of five lakes, located at the foothills of the Skalistiy Ridge, before the grand gorge, just an hour's drive from Nalchik. They are divided into the Lower Blue Lake and Upper Blue Lakes.

The Lower Blue Lake is considered unique: with a relatively small area (only 2.4 hectares), it has a depth of at least 279 meters, recorded by a recent expedition of scientists from Perm State University. The lake may be even deeper: no one has been able to reach its bottom to date. Locals believe it to be bottomless, thus giving rise to numerous legends.

In winter and summer, the temperature of the water on the surface of this lake is a constant plus 9.3 degrees. No stream or river flows into the lake, yet about 70 million liters flow out of it daily. The water is blue due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide.

There is the Lower Blue Lake Research Center nearby, from wh ere scuba diving sessions can be organized.

Right behind the Blue Lake, there is a gorge. The road runs high above the river, along a narrow ledge, carved into the cliff. Cliffs rise up above the road. Tunnels, more than 800 meters long, cut through the rocks.

The Secret Lake is situaated near the Lower Blue Lake, so called because it is hard to find.

The Upper Blue Lakes are 17 meters deep and they are interconnected. There are many camping sites here. The Upper Lake is popular with fishermen.

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Address: Kabardino-Balkar Republic, Cherekskiy District


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