9-day trekking tour in the Tobavarchkhili Lakes

Join John, a certified mountain leader, on this trekking trip to the Tobavarchkhili Lakes. Don't miss this great opportunity to visit one of Georgia's most beautiful destinations on a 9-day private guided tour.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range

Caucasus

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    The Tobavarchkhili Lakes, which translate to “silver lakes” from old Megrelian (one of the regions of Georgia), are one of the country’s most beautiful destinations. This 9-day trekking trip in the Egrisi Mountain Range, the mountainous Samegrelo region, is a great opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy impressive views.

    Fascinating lakes are hidden at 2500-2650 meters high. During the tour, you will see spectacular leafy forests, alpine meadows, breathtaking waterfalls, lakes and caves. You will also get to know the traditional life of nomadic shepherds and encounter rare wildlife.

    The best time to visit is from mid-June to mid-September. For this private guided tour groups can be up to eight people. In addition, you will be staying at comfortable guesthouses and tents.

    Join me on this 9-day hiking adventure and get to know one of Georgia’s treasures. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy nature in the Tobavarchkhili Lakes region. Request to book this trip!

    In case you are a hiking fan, you may want to check out this 11-day hiking trip on the Racha-Lechkhumi region.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    1700 EUR

    Group of 2
    1000 EUR

    Group of 3
    800 EUR

    Group of 4
    680 EUR

    Group of 5
    630 EUR

    Group of 6
    570 EUR

    Group of 7
    570 EUR

    Group of 8
    570 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • All meals during trip
    • Transport during the trip
    • Luggage transfer during the trip
    • Group equipment
     Price includes: snacks. Price excludes: flights.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Arrival in Tbilisi

      Transfer from the airport;
      Overnight – hotel

    • Day 2Village Mukhuri

      After breakfast, we will depart for the village Mukhuri (by minivan or minibus). On the way, we will stop by one of the most visited places in Georgia – Gochkadili (Martvili) canyon.
      After dinner, we will drive from village Mukhuri to the camping area by truck (due to poor road conditions, it takes 3-4 hours to cover 34km section of the road). On the road we will visit Shurubumu cave, Gunji waterfall and stunning gorge of Kobistskali River. In the evening we will meet local horse-breeders, set up a tent, set fire, have dinner and relax.

      Tour details:
      By minivan – 320 km (4-5 hours)
      By truck – 32 km (2 hours)
      Hiking – 1 km (20 min)
      Altitude difference – 150 m -1900 m
      Overnight – tent

    • Day 3Tobavarchkhili Lake

      After breakfast, we will take the path to small Tobavarchkhili Lake (without luggage). On the way, we will see the most beautiful panoramic views – mixed forests, alpine and sub-alpine meadows and amazing snow-capped passes. On the way, we will stop to have a snack. The camp will be set up near the small Tobavarchkhili Lake, where travelers can swim, explore and enjoy the spectacular views of the lake surroundings. In the evening we will have a dinner and a well-deserved rest.

      Tour details:
      Hiking – 8 km (4-6 hours)
      Altitude difference – 1900 m-2750 m-2545 m
      Overnight -tent

    • Day 4Tobavarchkhili Lakes

      After breakfast, we will take the path to big Tobavarchkhili Lake (without luggage). On the way we will see picturesque rocky massif and pass, which connects small and big Tobavarchkhili Lakes. The camp will be set up close to big Tobavarchkhili Lake, where we will have a dinner, explore surroundings of the lake and watch the charming sunset. In the evening we will have a dinner and needed relaxation.

      Tour details:
      Hiking – 4 km (2-3 hours)
      Altitude difference – 2545 m-2900 m-2650 m
      Overnight -tent

    • Day 5Tobavarchkhili environs

      This day will be dedicated to the full exploration of Tobavarchkhili environs. We will visit and enjoy astonishing views of Didghele, Kaliashi and Tsakatskali lakes. From this place, we can see widely renowned Svaneti Mountains, as well Europe’s highest peak – Elbrus. Rock climbing enthusiasts can climb Mount Chitagvala – 3225 m (B-2 level of difficulty). In the afternoon we will return to the camp, where we will have dinner and have free time to relax and have fun before dinner.

      Tour details:
      Hiking – 7 km (4-5 hours)
      Altitude difference – 2650 m-2800 m-2500 m-2650 m
      Overnight -tent

    • Day 6Local nomadic shepherds’ dwellings

      After breakfast, we will descend to the local nomadic shepherds’ dwellings. On the way, we will explore fascinating waterfall of Toba. In the afternoon local shepherds will host us with ecologically clean diary and extremely delicious Megrelian dishes – elarji, gebzhalia, ghomi with sulguni cheese.

      Tour details:
      Hiking – 10 km (4-5 hours)
      Altitude difference – 2650 m-1800 m
      Overnight – tent

    • Day 7Kirnakhona

      After breakfast, we will head to summer pastures, called “Kirnakhona”. From here we can witness incredibly beautiful lowland of ancient and legendary Colchis. Here, we will have a lunch and later we will descend to the village Skuri by truck, where we meet the minivan and drive to Kutaisi.

      Tour details:
      Hiking – 15 km (6-7 hours)
      By truck – 18 km (1 hour)
      By minivan or bus– 130 km (2 hour)
      Altitude difference – 16000m-1000 m-1800 m
      Overnight – guesthouse in Kutaisi.

    • Day 8Tbilisi

      After breakfast we will return to Tbilisi. On the way to Tbilisi we will visit old city Mtskheta which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. After Mtskheta we will enjoy a cultural tour in Tbilisi, dinner and overnight in hotel.

      Tour details:
      By minivan or bus– 240 km ( 3-4 hour)
      Overnight – hotel

    • Day 9Tbilisi

      Free day; Transfer to the airport.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Tbilisi airport.

    Accommodation

    Hotel, guesthouse, tent.

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    Things you must bring:

    Personal medicines

    • Personal hygiene items

    • Waterproof boots

    • Sandals or trainers

    • Warm jacket

    • Trekking pants

    • Breathable thermal shirt

    • Replacement clothing

    • Windbreaker/raincoat

    • Warm hat

    • Sun hat

    • Sunglasses

    • Sunscreen

    • Backpack

    • Sleeping bag

    • Flashlight

    • trekking poles

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I am John Kapanadze, master of adventure tourism, Adventure Tourism School hiking and trekking guide with diploma and certified alpine guide. Member of Georgian Mountain Guides Association (GMGA) and Georgian Association of Guides (GAG). Certified Guide of Cultural and Wine Tours. Expert of marking mountain hiking trails and co-author of the standard on marking trails in Georgia.

    I research, make projects and mark hiking trails. I try to develop this industry in my country.
    Since 2008 I guide hiking and trekking tours to Caucasus Mountains, cultural and wine tours in all regions of Georgia.

    I will be your host and guide in my country with great pleasure, which is located in South Caucasus on the crossroad of Europe and Asia and is reach with snowy mountains, alpine meadows and unique forests and also is known with 8000 years tradition of wine-making

     
     
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