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8 Day Trip To Tobavarchkhili Lakes

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Tobavarchkhili Lake
View of Okhoje Lake
Natiputu Hut
Okhoje Pass
on-the-way-to-first-campsite
View From Okhoje Lake

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Tobavarchkhili Lakes

8 Days/7 Nights

Pick-up from: Tbilisi/Kutaisi*

Season: July-September

Difficulty: Moderate

 

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.  

 
*Please indicate your preferred pick-up and drop-off locations in the comment at check-out.

Itinerary


Day to day

Driving distance from Tbilisi: 5 h 40 min (345 km)

Driving distance from Kutaisi: 2 h 20 min (115 km)

Hiking:  8 Km, ↑ 300 m / ↓300 m, 2.5 h.

In the morning, we will drive towards historical province of western Georgia – Samegrelo.

On the way, we will make a detour to Okatse Canyon, near the village Gordi and take a short (8 km) but very scenic hike. The first part of the walk takes you through historical Dadiani forest and the ruins of the 18th century palace. Soon after, the path descends down to the canyon and continues on a hanging walkway that runs along the cliff until reaching the observation deck with panoramic view.

After the walk, we will get back to the visitor’s center and drive another hour and half to Mukhuri.

Mukhuri is a small, sleepy village located at the foothills of Egrisi mountains and planned Samegrelo National Park, in the valley of Khobistkali river. Due to its surrounding lush greenery and fresh mountain air, Mukhuri is considered to be one of the centers of Georgian beekeeping.

After dinner at the guesthouse, there will be a group meeting with presentation and final QA concerning your upcoming trekking trip.

Overnight in Mukhuri

Natipuru Hut

Driving distance: 32 km, 3-4 h (part off-road).

Hiking:  4 Km, ↑360 m / ↓80 m, 1.5 h.

Highest Point: 2,310 m

Lowest Point: 1,960 m

We’ll start this day with a long and picturesque off-road ride towards the trail head near Natipuru mountain (2203 m asl.). First part of the road follows beautiful Khobistkali river gorge, with series of small waterfalls. We will break our drive with a stop near Shurubumu cave surrounded by 1000-year-old Buxus trees and make another stop near Lugela spring water. Finally, we will reach Natipuru hut, form where we start trekking to the first campsite, where we stay for overnight.

Overnight in tents.

Hiking:  7 km, ↑890 m / ↓410 m, 5 h.

Highest Point: 2,870 m

Lowest Point: 2,160 m

Start at 8:00 AM. After a light breakfast, we are going to start hiking up towards Okhoje pass (2721 m asl) following a narrow zig-zag path. 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. After break and snacks at Okhoje lake, we will head to our campsite at Chitagvala lake (aka Tobavarchkhili, “Silver Lake”) through Eastern Toba pass (2,870 m asl). Due to rocky terrain, it takes another 3 hours to reach the big lake, but we will soon be rewarded with some of the best views of Egrisi mountains and surrounding area.  

Overnight in tents.

Today we’ll have opportunity to enjoy well deserved tranquility and beauty of the area, without having to move to another campsite. If weather permits, we’ll take short hike to nearby lakes Kailashi and Didghalish (Roundtrip 4.8 km, 360 m up/down) or if you want to make it more challenging, take a hike to third nearby lake - Tsakatskarish Toba ( 6 km, 500 m up/down).

Hiking:  8 km, ↑30 m / ↓1280 m, 4 h

Highest Point: 2659 m

Lowest Point:  1406 m

After breakfast, we will head down in the direction of the Magana river valley. On the way we make a stop close to a 40 meters high Toba waterfall and continue to Dhikiri Shepherds hut where we set up our next campsite. 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, corn flour and Sulguni cheese.

Overnight in tents, nearby Shepherds hut.

Hiking:  12 km, ↑860 m / ↓660 m, 5 h

Highest Point: 1611 m

Lowest Point:  987 m

 

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.

Hiking:  12 km, ↑70m / ↓1220m 4 hours.

Highest Point: 1653 m

Lowest Point: 436 m

 

Driving distance: 10 km, 20 min.

 

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 back to Mukhuri for farewell dinner and Georgian barbeque.

 

Overnight in Mukhuri

Driving distance: 317 km, 5 hours

Transfer to the drop-off point in Kutaisi or Tbilisi.

Inclusions


Included

Transportation: 
  • Transfers with 4x4 car days 1,2 and 7,8.
  • 1 Horse per 2 people for carrying luggage – days 2-7;
Staff: 
  • Professional trekking-guide service – all days.
Meals: 
  • All meals during the trip.
Accommodation:
  • 2 x overnights in Mukhuri guesthouse.
  • 5 x overnights in Tents (sleeping pads will be provided, but no sleepign bags). 
Other: 
  • Entrance fee to Okatse Canyon.

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.

Prices


Prices

PER ADULT PERSON PRICE IN EUR

2 people - € 1,445.00

4 people - € 843.00

6  people - € 819.00

8  people - € 695.00

Group size Price per adult
Solo € 1,974
2-3 people € 1,445
4-5 people € 843
6-7 people € 819
8 -9 people  € 695
Online booking deposit*:  € 120

 

The above prices (except for solo) are based on two people sharing twin/double room accommodation. Additional charge for single room ("Single Supplement") is: € 35. 

*This deposit will be deducted from the total tour price. As for the remaining sum, you can pay it with one of the following methods:

  • Bank transfer - in foreign currency (Euro/USD), two weeks before the tour starts;
  • VISA/Mastercard - via POS terminal in local currency (GEL), at the begginign of the tour directly with your guide  (additional card service fee + 2%).
  • Cash - directly to the nearest TBC Bank office at the begging of the tour. 

For larger group, or custom itinerary please contact us at adventure [at ] georgianholidays.com

Tips for booking procedure: 

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More Info

Please note, this itinerary is quite demanding and requires good physical level.

Most overnights, except for the first and last day - will be in tents and participants are expected to help with setting up the campsites and cooking.

Cancellation is free of charge prior 31 days of the starting day.
-    The booking deposit 80 Euro 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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