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10 Day Trip To Tobavarchkhili Lakes

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Tobavarchkhili Lake

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Follow the shepherd’s path to one of the least explored, most secluded parts of Egrisi mountain range, in the Greater Caucasus Mountains is known for its heavenly alpine lakes and Zen-like silent atmosphere. Taste authentic Megrelian cuisine, immerse into the local lifestyle and enjoy epic sunsets above cloud level.  

Itinerary


Day to day

Arrive in Tbilisi airport. Transfer to Hotel.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

After breakfast drive towards historical province of western Georgia Samegrelo.
Lunch stop at local restaurant for traditional Mengrelian food, famous for its variety of spicy and hot dishes.
Visit famous Okatse Canyon with its panoramic views, pass through historical Dadiani forest and take a walk on its hanging cliff trail arriving at the final viewpoint.
Continue to Martvili for hotel check-in.

Start at 8:30 AM. After breakfast, visit nearby Martivili
Canyon, take the raft tour, a relaxing glide into the narrowest parts of Martvili Canyon.
After exploring the canyon, we will drive towards village Mukhuri, have a lunch at the local bee farmer’s place.
After lunch, we’ll change our transport to 4x4 vehicle  (or even 6x6 depending on the size of group) to cover the next 32 km of heavy off-road. First part of the drive goes along beautiful canyon with mineral springs and caves. We will break our drive with a stop at the Khobistskali River and see the 1000 year old  Buxus trees in Shurubumu canyon.
After gaining some elevation, we will reach our first campsite, form where we start trekking next morning. 
Overnight in tents.

Start at 9:00 AM. After a light breakfast, we are going to continue for our 5 days trekking in the mountains of Egrisi. The trail crosses small mountain river and enters into alpine zone. After about 3-hour hike, we are going to approach a steep pass that lies right before the first alpine lake where we set up the camp. Keep in mind that the other side of the pass is permanently covered in snow and ice, so going down is a bit tricky even in summer time.
Overnight in tents.

After a short hike towards to the largest of two neighboring lake, the “Big” or “Greater Tobavarchkhili” lake, we will set up a camp  and spend most of the day exploring the surrounding area (Hike “b”)  and small alpine lakes nearby (Didghele, Kaliashi and Tsakatskali) . Arguably – this is one of the best camping spots in all of Georgia. Even though lakes might be ice cold even during the hot August days – you shouldn’t miss your opportunity to swim. Dinner at the campsite. 
Overnight in tents. 

After breakfast, we will again cross a small pass and head down towards the beginning of Khobistkali gorge to visit a couple of smaller mountain lakes.  A few kilometers later the trail heads back and down in the direction of the Magana river valley, where we make a leisurely rest stop close to a 40 meters high waterfall and enjoy a well earned snack. With luck, we will meet some  local shepherds, stop for a chat and watch them making traditional Megrelian dish called Elarji, made from coarse cornmeal, cornflour and Sulguni cheese.
Overnight in tents, nearby Shepherds hut.

From the Dzhikhiri campsite, our path crosses the right bank of the Magana River, and heads down towards the Jalari campsite. After climbing up on a mountain slope we'll start walking on an old dirt road along the river Tskhvashela valley, till reaching the campsite called Kirnakho.
Overnight in tents.

The easiest and final day of our trekking that follows the old dirt road in direction of soviet time resort Squri, where we will be picked up and transferred to the seaside Hotel in Anaklia.
Overnight in Anaklia Hotel.

Drive back to the capital city – free time.
In the evening farewell dinner in Tbilisi, with traditional Georgian cuisine.
Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.

Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport.

Inclusions


Included

Transportation:

  • a/c comfortable car – days 2,3,8 & 9;
  • 1 Horse per 2 people for carrying luggage – days 3-8;

Staff:

  • Professional trekking-guide service – 2-8;
  • Professional driver service – days 2,3,8 & 9;
  • Additional trekking guide per additional 6 pax after 12 pp;
  • Additional cook (from 6 people group and up) – days – 2-8;

Catering:

  • 9 x breakfasts (days 2-9);
  • 16 x lunch/diner picnics (days 2-9);
  • 4 x dinners (day 1,2,8 & 9);
  • 3 bottles of mineral water per person per day;

Overnights:

  • 2 x overnights in Tbilisi Laerton 4* Hotel or similar (Day 1 & 9).
  • 1 x overnights in Martvili Palace 3* Hotel (Day 2).
  • 1 x overnight in Anaklia Golden Feleece 4* hotel (day 8).
  • 5 x overnights in tents (Days 3-7).

Entrance fees:

  • Okatse Canyon.
  • Martvili Canyon.

Other:

  • Souvenir Map of Georgia
  • Trekking equipment: tents, sleeping pads

Excluded

  • Airplane tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Single room accommodation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Other personal expenses
  • Trekking gear such as*:  sleeping bags, trekking poles, backpacks, personal water storage.

*Additional trekking is available for rent upon special request.

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Cancellation is free of charge prior 31 days of the starting day.
-    The booking deposit 30 Euro (or a special sum for group tours and half day tours) is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the tour after booking has been confirmed. The fee is kept as a deposit on the Tourist’s account for future booking(s).
If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:
-    10% of total cost of tourist product in case of cancellation 30 days prior to the tour;
-    50% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 15-7 days prior to the tour;
-    90% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 7 and fewer days prior to the tour;
-    99% of total cost of tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear at the airport no more than 2 hours prior to departure or non-admission on the flight owing to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator's controls.


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