A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge for the flowering of rhododendrons

On Sunday, June 11, I went along the next Vladikavkaz route with the club “Your Height” to the flowering of rhododendrons in the Tsmiakom Gorge, in the area of ​​the Zaramagsky reservoir.

Our route ran from the village of Tsmi to the village of Toborza and further, to the ridge, from where a beautiful view of the surroundings opens – the Zaramag reservoir and the gorges of the same name, for example, Mamison, Narskaya hollow, as well as mountains – AdaiKhokh, Tepli and others.

The trip started at 8 am , which could not but rejoice me, because in life I used to wake up much later. There were 28 people plus 2 guides (Kazbek and Emma), and two gazelles.

If a place on the minibus is important for you, then I advise you to arrive 20 minutes earlier than the departure time, then the probability of sitting where you want , will be much higher.

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

stop at the shops along the way

The road with one stop at the shops took about 2 hours and 20 minutes. The gazelles brought us to the shore of the Zamarak reservoir and dropped us off under the bridge, 

A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendrons in bloom

we disembarked from the Gazelle

where we received a short briefing, got acquainted with the guides, and went. 

A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge to see rhododendrons bloom

beginning of our route

Literally from the first minutes of the hike, a picturesque landscape appeared to my eyes – bald green mountains , occasionally overgrown with trees and a noisy mountain river, refreshing our route on this hot day. 

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

mountain river on our way

Trip to gorge Tsmiakom for flowering rhododendrons

old abandoned towers

Along the way, we came across old abandoned towers, while part of the group went up to take morning pictures. However, there are a lot of nettles here. 🙂

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendrons in bloom

Walk near the towers

A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge to see rhododendrons in bloom

tower

Our tour group stretched for about half a kilometer. At the beginning of the group was Kazbek, and behind her was Emma. At first, I trailed behind, having met Emma and Madina, thinking that I would not rush and just take a measured walk in a pleasant company. But then it dawned on me that if I was trailing behind, then there would be people in all my photos, because our group is large, and it is unlikely that I will be able to capture landscapes without their participation, so I decided to take a place at the beginning of the group next to guide Kazbek. 

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

rest by the river

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for the flowering of rhododendrons

a clear mountain river stretches along the entire path

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

the group stretched for half a kilometer

As a result, the rest of the route I went first, which by the way was very convenient: firstly, I could take photos of natural landscapes without people, and secondly, I had more time to rest .  

Be careful, in this area there is a cow parsnip, from contact with which you can get severe burns, especially in sunny weather.

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

I met a dangerous hogweed along the way

Trip to gorge Tsmiakom for flowering rhododendrons

the first part of the journey there were such bare landscapes

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendrons in bloom

anthill

After about 1.5 hours of travel, we finally reached a glade with rhododendrons. Such a sight is remembered for a long time – to say that I have never seen so many rhododendrons in one place would be a lie, because I have never seen them in nature before.

A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron blossoms

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rhododendrons

A trip to the Tsmiakom gorge for the flowering of rhododendrons

photo shoot with rhododendrons

After taking pictures and having a rest, we continued our route further. Our path lay higher and higher – to the ridge. 

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendrons in bloom

going to the ridge

A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge to see rhododendrons bloom

periodically rest on the slope

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

a lot of rhododendrons around

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for the flowering of rhododendrons

yellow flowers

After about 1 hour, by 13:20, we were finally at the highest point of our route. From here you have a great view on both sides. On the one hand (on the right), there were high bald slopes of the mountain, on the other – green, forested mountains and gorges. And in the distance – the snow-capped peaks of four thousand meters. “/wp-content/uploads/poezdka-v-ushhele-cmiakom-na-cvetenie-rododendronov-a6fdc79.jpg” alt=”A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron blossoms” />

top point of our route

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

view from the top to another more wooded side

If it was quite hot downstairs, then, having risen here, it became cool from a pleasant breeze and occasional drizzle. For me, it's just perfect weather for a hike. 

A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge to see rhododendrons in bloom

all sorts of flowers you won't find here

Here, at the very top, we had a big break for lunch, the three of us spent it, a little further from the main group, because they were located at the highest point where it was windy, and we moved a little further down, where there was a more comfortable atmosphere. We settled down in a place overlooking the Zaramag reservoir and had a great conversation. 

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

we have lunch at the top

I haven't met so many new nice people in one place (I'm talking about my trips in Vladikavkaz) in my life for a long time.

A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge to see rhododendrons bloom

rain over the Zaramag reservoir

Well rested (by the way, this time I was not tired at all, unlike the previous trip to Kai-hoh), we went further along the top of the ridge. It was raining over the reservoir, but it never reached us.

The lower we went down, the more often bushes and trees began to meet. In this campaign, it was possible to conduct a lesson in biology – the diversity of vegetation living at different heights, my school teacher Galina Mikhailovna would envy. 

Here you can also find such dwarf pines, junipers, very beautiful birches, hornbeam and oak. Dozens of different flowers and herbs must be added to this, including thyme.

Trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge to see rhododendrons in bloom

pine and juniper

A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge to see rhododendrons in bloom

periodically there are flower meadows

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

view of the river and the Zaramag reservoir

Trip in the Tsmiakom gorge for the flowering of rhododendrons

view of the Zaramag reservoir

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

view of Zaramagskoe and the village of Nizhniy Zaramag

Our route lay to the Zaramagskoe reservoir, from where it started. Since this is the main landmark in this hike, and it can be seen from any high point, it is simply impossible to get lost here. 

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

periodically took pictures among the flowers

On both sides of the ridge along which we walked there are gorges with rivers (on the left is the large Ardon River, on which the reservoir was created), the ridge itself is mostly not wooded and can be seen for kilometers ahead, and in front of the reservoir . In any case, you will always go to him. This is one of the main arguments for visiting this place on your own.  

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

abandoned cemetery

On the way we came across an ancient abandoned cemetery, with dozens of abandoned gravestones. Since all this looked very organic here, I honestly say right away and did not guess what it was until Kazbek explained. departures. 

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

beginning of our descent

 

A trip to the Tsmiakom Gorge to see rhododendrons bloom

this beautiful pyramid mountain appeared at the end of the route

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

reservoir and mountain view

Trip to gorge Tsmiakom for the flowering of rhododendrons

on the shore in the middle of the reservoir stands a lonely tree

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

Sometimes you had to wade through thorns

The descent was a bit tricky, besides this section is sloping, it is almost entirely covered with small bushes and thorns, through which you literally had to wade. 

Trip to Tsmiakom gorge for rhododendrons in bloom

a bridge appeared and our gazelle under it

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge for rhododendron bloom

descended to the bridge

Trip to Tsmiakom Gorge to the flowering of rhododendrons

and went to our gazelle

About 50 minutes later we went down to the bridge, under which our gazelles stood. It was a little sad that the trip had come to an end. I definitely recommend this scenic and not very difficult route! There are gorgeous views, many flowers and interesting plants. I am sure that it will be interesting at any time of the year!

 

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