Shaumyan Pass: fortune, photos, reviews. The road through the Shahumyan pass
Resorts of the Krasnodar Territory from year to year are becoming increasingly popular. Unfortunately, at the moment the development of automotive tourism is hampered by the poor condition of domestic roads. For example, the Shahumyan Pass, through which one of the two routes to Tuapse from the northern regions of the Russian Federation, passes, many drivers jokingly call the claimant to the title “The most murderous track in the world”. Whether this road is really as dangerous as some car owners write about it can be found in the article below.
Shaumyansky Pass is a section of the federal highway Maykop - Tuapse. Its highest point is at an altitude of 512 meters. In winter, the road is heavy, there are avalanche conversions. During the fall and spring landslides are often observed on the pass.
The road through the Shahumyan Pass at the site after Khadyzhensk is not in very good condition.The reason is the heavy traffic of trucks that carried building materials to Olympic facilities. Driving up to Tuapse, you can get into a traffic jam due to pedestrians walking on the sea.
Who should choose the road through the pass
Those who set off via Krasnodar should know that, by choosing this route, they will not gain in distance, but they will be able to drive much faster. The fact is that there are almost never any congestion on the Shahumyan Pass, whereas if you move through Dzhubga, then not to be in a traffic jam is a great success. As for those traveling from Stavropol, they will significantly shorten the distance.
Shaumyan Pass: state
Those who decide to take such a route are not expected to enjoy the most pleasant journey along the 8-kilometer grader road. The canvas is not asphalted due to landslides, which are observed there quite often. The condition of the road deteriorates after rain, as there are scour. From time to time a grader passes, so they are quickly eliminated. The only problem is that throughout the entire serpentine there are no bump stops.In addition, there are several blind and very sharp turns on the Shahumyan Pass, as well as a couple of narrow sections. They are almost without any problems being overcome in passenger cars, but they present a certain difficulty for drivers of heavy trucks.
Shaumyan Pass: reviews
On the specialized forums of motorists today you can see a lot of posts about the unsuitability of the road for traffic. First of all, we note: in this statement there is a grain of truth, especially when it comes to cars with low ground clearance. It is especially dangerous to drive on such cars, if there are holes on the road that were formed after the rain. As for the other cars, from their owners can be heard and positive or neutral reviews, indicating that the road is normal, you can drive without problems.
Experienced drivers who are well acquainted with the road to the Shahumyan Pass recommend:
- close the windows, because the track is extremely dusty;
- it is better to pass this part of the route either early in the morning or in the evening, since in the morning and evening the road is almost deserted;
- rains from water flows are possible after the rains, so be very careful;
- Avoid driving behind trucks.
This road has been around for many decades, so many incredible stories can be heard about it. For example, the most popular horror story, a joke, says that no one raises cars that have fallen into the abyss, and at night pass crumpled cars with dead owners driving around the pass. They also talk about cars that were “swallowed up by the earth”, which opened during a landslide. And, finally, the most plausible legend says that one driver, having lost a wheel on the pass, drove to Tuapse, and did not notice the loss.
Where to stay and what to see
Practically from all points of the Shahumyan Pass there is a beautiful view of the beauty of nature.
At the top of the serpentine is a monument to the heroes who died during the defense of Tuapse during the Second World War. It is a sword pointing upwards. On it you can read the words of Alexander Nevsky "Who will come to us with a sword ...". In addition, at the top there is a cafe where you can eat local pies, which cost about 300 rubles.
Those traveling from Tuapse are advised to stop at a car wash after the pass.There the car is not something that is washed, and otdrayat. Manage about 15 minutes. In the summer, after the car is put in order, you should take care of yourself. To do this, just turn to the river and swim, washing off the road dust.
If you have time, do not be lazy and try to climb Mount Turkey. From her view as a bird's eye view. At the top of the mountain is a spring. Steam locomotives used to be fueled from it, because the water in it is exceptionally soft, and no scale was formed in the boilers.
In the early 2000s, construction of the Armavir-Tuapse tunnel was started. It was assumed that its length will be 1418 meters. As a result of the construction, the road from the Black Sea ports through Central Russia, the North Caucasus and Kazakhstan would be shorter by 217 kilometers. But the works were frozen, since all forces were thrown to the construction of Olympic facilities. It was reported that they will be resumed immediately after the end of the Games, but more than one and a half years have passed, and things have been there.
Pros and cons of travel on this route
The decision to go to Tuapse on this road has both positive and negative sides.
Among the advantages can be noted:
- the ability to significantly reduce the time and distance, if you go from the direction of Stavropol;
- the absence of waggons, which basically inhibit the entire flow through Dzhubga;
- you will not be rocked on mountain serpentines, since the Shaumyun pass is rather short;
- the opportunity to admire the gorgeous views;
- less congestion on the road through Shahumyan Pass;
- lack of posts DPS.
As for the shortcomings, the main one is the poor condition of the road surface. As a result, the pass becomes difficult to overcome in rainy weather, and the rest of the time there is terribly dusty. The latter circumstance leads to the fact that in the summer in cars without air conditioning, drivers and passengers are inconvenienced because they have to drive with the windows closed.
The Shaumian Pass, whose photo invariably delights mountain lovers, is of interest if only because you can test your chauffeur’s skills and generally get a fair amount of adrenaline, and absolutely free. It follows from the above that inexperienced drivers or those traveling with children should not drive along this road.