Tambovka-Shaori Fortress-Levani Lake


Trail network of Levani Lake consists of 5 one-way routes, which meet at Levani lake. Nestled at an altitude of 2565 meters amongst the vibrant volcanic mountains of the Abul-Samsari Range, the transparent, bluish-colored glacial lake blends in perfectly with the volcanic terrain, rocky slopes, and grassy meadows. The northern shore of Levani lake works as a suitable camping site. From this point, any one-way route out of 5 can be selected to go back. Near the shepherd’s huts, aggressive shepherd dogs are met. In case of their attack, keep calm and sit down. If in a few minutes they won’t leave you, wait until a nearby shepherd comes and calms them down. Tambovka-Shaori Fortress-Levani Lake Length: 15.4 km. (return back 15.4 km.) Duration: 6 hrs. 5 min. (return back 5 hrs. 40 min.) Min./Max. Height: 2075/2684 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 805/439 m. Type: One-way Difficulty level: Moderate Please read carefully the definitions of complexity categories! Route Description: The route starts in a small historical village Tambovka. The village is situated at the shores of Lake Paravani and once was inhabited by Doukhobors. The settlement has a fairy tale esthetics with its white houses, pale blue and green windows, and sod roofs. The trail leaves the village behind and moves towards Mt. Shaori in a westerly direction. The magnificent Shaori Fortress, a vivid remnant of the megalithic culture, nestles on the crest of the mountain. The cyclopean complex was built using a dry masonry technique. Shaori consists of two major forts connected to one other with serpentine-like, wide tiled roads. Traces of the surviving buildings testify that Shaori used to be a large cult complex. From the fort opens the mesmerizing view of the famed Paravani Lake. Optionally, it is possible to climb the fortress or continue the journey toward Levani Lake. The route slowly picks up altitude, passes a couple of shepherds’ huts, and finds itself into a flat, rocky, and swampy area. From this point is clearly seen the Mt. Koroghli. At the foot of the mountain, at an altitude of 2565 meters, sits Levani Lake, where the route ends.


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