Trek to Toba lakes €490


Overview

This is one of the best alpine treks one can do in Georgia. In 7 days, you will traverse the wild Egrisi mountains and visit some of the most beautiful mountain lakes of Georgia. And the only other people you will meet will be a bunch of shepherds and a few other adventurous souls.

Unlike other, more "cultural" treks which have villages and guesthouses, this is quite rough camping trip. Don´t expect any porters waking you up with a cup of hot chocolate in the morning, you will have to carry all your stuff. But if you don´t mind difficulty and limited comfort, you may experience an unforgettable adventure.

Sunsets and sunrises
by Tobavarchkhili lakes

Crossing of five 2600+ high mountain passes

Wild Egrisi mountains
Views of Elbrus and Greater Caucasus

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2018. DATES OF THE 2019 TOURS WILL BE PUBLISHED AFTER THE NEW YEAR
Date No. of participants Duration Deposit
28. 8. - 4. 9. 2018 7 - 13 (CANCELLED) 7 days €150
This tour can be organized also privately for any group of hikers outside of the dates listed above. In this case, the itinerary can be adjusted according to your wishes and group size limitation doesn't apply. However, the price may be different, too.
DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL: TBILISI or KUTAISI

DIFFICULTY:
This is a strenous trek. You need to have an experience with multiday treks in the wilderness since you will have to carry everything by yourself (even though we will provide tents, sleeping mats and food, you will need to carry your share). If you are not sure if this trek is for you, please contact us and we will try to find out :)

Itinerary

Day 1 From Tbilisi to Natipuru hut

Departure from Tbilisi in the morning. After picking up remaining participants in Kutaisi and a lunch break, we will head north towards Mukhuri. There we will switch to the Soviet Ural truck which will drive us deeper into the mountains. We will cover about 30km on rough forest roads, slowly climbing towards our destination beneath the Natipuru mountain. Finally, we make a short walk to the Natipuru hut where the first panorama of Egrisi mountains open in front of us. Camping by the hut.

Day 2 From Natipuru hut to Okhoje lake
distance 10.2km, 1168m and 561m

Before noon, we will traverse the eastern slopes of Egrisi mountains. Then starts the arduous climb to the Okhoje pass (2750m). From the pass, we will descend to Okhoje lake, beautiful alpine lake from which one can, if the weather is good, even see Elbrus. Camping by the lake.

Day 3 From Okhoje to Tobavarchkhili lake
distance 6km, 550m and 312m>

Relatively easy, but very scenic day. We will climb from the Okhoje lake, traverse a small valley and climb again towards eastern Toba pass (2900). From the pass, one can admire the scenery behind as well as the rugged Chitaghvala mountain. Once we start descending, also the greater Tobavarchkhili lake into the view. Many consider it to be the most beautiful lake in Georgia and now you will see why :) Camping by the lake.

Day 4 Day by the lake
distance 10km, 632m and 632m

This day, we will leave our tents by the lake and explore the vicinity of the lake with backpacks. The main reason is to give you an opportunity to stay 2 nights by the lake so you have much better change for the best views even if the weather is not optimal. That´s not saying that the places you will see and not wonderful. You will descend to the east to see the magnificent Toba waterfall. In case of interest, you can descend even deeper into the Magana gorge and visit local shepherds.

Day 5 From Toba lake to Khobistskali valley
distance 7.3km, 480m and 1240m

Time to move on. We will cross the northern Toba pass and start the descent to the Khobistskali valley. We will pass two smaller lakes - Didi Ghele and Kailashi. Not far behind the Kailashi lake, we will leave out backpacks and make a short, but difficult detour over the ridge to the east to the Tsakatskali lake. After the return, we will descend to the bottom of the valley. Camping in the valley.

Day 6 From Khobistskali to Khaishura valley
distance 14.3km, 1083m and 1347m

We will continue the traverse of remote Khobistskali valley and before the lunch start climbing to the Natakhtish-Dudi pass (2650m). If the weather is good, we will be able to admire the impressive panorama of the Greater Caucasus. Then comes steep descent to the Khaishura valley. Once we get out of the wildest part of the valley, we will break a camp close to the another shepherds hut.

Day 7 Leaving the Khaishura valley
distance 4km, 24m and 333m

We will walk a few more miles before getting picked up by a jeep (somewhere around the Zemo Vedi, depending on the road condition). This will allow us to skip a whole day of walking on a jeep road at the bottom of the valley. Once we get out of the Khaishura valley, we will embark on a return trip to Kutaisi or Tbilisi.



NOT INCLUDED:
  • Travel insurance (you will need to arrange your own travel insurance. For this trek, you need insurance for hiking up to 3000m)
  • Sleeping bags (can be rented if necessary)
  • Lunch during transport on days 1 & 7 (we will make a break at the restaurant so it will be more convenient for you to decide what you want to eat)
  • Snacks and alcoholic beverages

DEPOSIT:
Since this is a small-group tour, we will need some deposit to be able to book your spot. The price is 150 EUR, money can be sent either through PayPal or TransferWise. The deposit is fully refundable if you cancel your booking more than 45 days before the start of the trek - same thing happens if the tour has to be cancelled because of low number of participants. If you cancel later, the deposit is not refunded.


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