Chegem waterfalls – what to see and is it worth going here at all?

This popular tourist destination is located in Kabardino-Balkaria, 55 kilometers from Nalchik, in the Chegem Gorge. The nearest settlements are Nizhny Chegem and Khushto-Syrt. 

There are three main waterfalls here:

  1. Small Chegem waterfall, or Adai-Su (Maiden Spit). Despite the name, this 30-meter waterfall is the most powerful and beautiful of the entire group.
  2. Waterfall on the Sakal-Tup River. Like the Small Chegemsky waterfall, it looks like a giant trough with water, only of a different shape and much less water here.
  3. The main Chegemsky waterfall – several waterfalls located next to each other. Part of the water falls in the form of small cascades from a height of 50-60 m, the other oozes from dozens of crevices in the upper part of the rocks of the gorge.

The Adai-Su waterfall stands apart 8.5 kilometers from the other two. 

Chegem waterfalls — what to see and is it worth going here at all?

from the parking lot to Adai-Su about 300 meters.

Chegem waterfalls — what to see and is it worth going here at all?

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paths to the Adai-Su waterfall 

Chegem waterfalls — what to see and is it worth going here at all?

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Small Chegem waterfall

Chegem waterfalls — what to see and is it worth going here at all?

Small Chegem waterfall, June

The Sakal-Tup waterfall and the Main Chegemsky waterfall are located nearby. The first waterfall is the most beautiful, especially if you're lucky and there are no people there. 

Chegem waterfalls — what to see and is it worth going here at all?

Sakal-Tup Waterfall

The main Chegemsky waterfall personally did not impress me at all – there are too many tourists, cars and traders. Trade stalls and goods hung on the walls of the gorge – very spoil the visual part of this place. 

Chegem waterfalls — what to see and is it worth going here at all?

Main Chegem waterfall

Main Chegem waterfalls

The main Chegem waterfalls, June

There is an observation deck, and here is the staircase to it: 

entry 50 rubles

there is a steep staircase at the top

Observation deck at the Chegem waterfalls

lunch by the river

lunch for 750 rubles

Chegem waterfalls and trade

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