Introduction to the village
The resort “Arkhyz” is located in the Karachay-Cherkessia region on the eastern border of the Western Caucasus. From all sides, the resort “Arkhyz” is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, to which it owes its crystal-clear air. In winter, the air temperature rarely drops below -10 degrees, and in summer it stays at +15. This area is characterized by a diverse and unique nature. There are at least 140 species of shrubs and trees. In the upper reaches of Kizgych, there is a small fir forest in which mushrooms and berries grow.
Also, this area is home to bison, bears, wild cats, lynxes, wolves, wild boars, tours, Caucasian deer, chamois, foxes, and martens. In addition, over 150 species of birds live in this area. The real natural wonder of Arkhyz is the Sofia Lakes. The path to them runs through the picturesque Taulu Valley. After overcoming a long way, you will get to a glade with a view of Mount Sofia and the Cheget-Chat ridge. Here you can admire the amazing waterfalls and the lakes, which change their color depending on the weather. It can be both sky blue and dark blue.
There are many nationalities living in the Karachay-Cherkess region. So, representatives of about 100 nationalities live here.
The Arkhyz Resort is a tourist center with a long history. Local residents adhere to traditions similar to the authentic traditions and customs of the peoples of the Caucasus. The main traditional activities of the Karachai people are animal husbandry, as well as arable terraced agriculture with artificial irrigation.
The crafts of the Karachai people are cloth-making, making felt hats, production of patterned felts, carpets, weaving mats, knitted woolen products, processing of skins, hides, wood and stone carving, and gold sewing. One of the fundamental and most important parts of the traditional everyday culture of the mountaineers of the locals is the custom of welcoming guests.