Trekking along the river Molchad: st. Khoroshki – st. Neman, 84 km (3-4 days)
Molchad is the left inflow of Neman, which deftly winds along the overgrown banks..
For example, ebbs and flows caused by the operation of two hydroelectric power stations. One of them is located in Novoyelny, the second — in Gezgal. When the HPS drops water, the level of the river drops sharply and as a result of it the course becomes swift and the journey is fascinating.
Brief information about Molchady
The river stretches for 98 km along the Baranovichi and Dyatlovsky districts. The river takes its beginnin near the village of Kuzevichi (Baranovichi district) and it flows mainly along the territory of the Novogrudskaya Upland. At the end of its path, just 1.2 km from the village of Nesilovichi (Dyatlovo district), it flows into Neman.
It has its own tributaries: Svarotva and Yatranka, Panikva and Promsha, Ivyazinka and Dyatlovka. .
The valley of the river is in the form of a trapezoid (width 1.5 km), the floodplain is two-sided and swampy in many places. The riverbed is meandering and there are islets in the lower reaches. The slopes are gentle and moderately steep, so parking can be done almost anywhere. Throughout the upper and middle reaches, there are always 1,5 km wide terraces.
The beginning of the itinerary
You can start from the railway station Molchad, but on this site the river is canalized and the banks are bare. Therefore, it is advisable to start from Khoroshki station. Near the motor bridge (500 m from the station) — a good and convenient place where you can collect water craft and begin your trip. If a halt is required, you can walk along a narrow five-meter channel to the nearest forest in half an hour.
Bridges, dams and beauty of Molchad
In the vicinity of the village Palace, the width of the river is noticeably increased (up to 10 m), but the depth remains small. The speed of the water is 1 km / h. Often there are shoals and fallen trees.
On the way to the nearest, however, destroyed dam is a pedestrian bridge, as well as several barriers from lying trees. Before the dam it should take a course on the right duct, as the left is hopelessly overgrown.
On the right side of the dam bank is a real architectural treasure — the remains of an ancient four-meter mill. The nearest beaches are gentle and convenient to stop. From the dam to them — only 15 minutes on the water. On the right side you can find a large and cozy glade with a beach.
Further, another dam is expected, the discharge of which is made at the right bank. And here we should make a halt, because in the nearby village there is an ancient Vasilevsky church of the Dominicans (1685). The most convenient place for disembarkation. It is behind the local cemetery at the sandy cliff.
Road to HPS
The forest encircles the river up to the pedestrian bridge in the village of Kotki and then disappears, but the river expands to 30 m. As the hydroelectric power station looms ahead, it is necessary to keep the right side. Before the dam a small forest stream turns into an aggressive stream. Rolling and slinging requires special care. Not far from the dam, behind the car bridge there is a cozy place to stop.
Towards the Neman!
Toward the sanatorium «Radon» the river whimsically whims and «pleases» the rubbles, which are easily overcome. The closer Neman, the Molchad becomes smaller, faster and stonier. At the confluence site, the width of the Neman is 100 m and Molchady — 35 m.
Rafting on the river Molchad really carries on, but it also requires considerable attention. The route will be interesting to lovers of fishing, as in some places there is even trout. For 3-4 days you will have time to admire the forest beauty, rifts, bridges and ancient buildings.
We wish you a fascinating journey and a good holiday.