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Levani Lake Trail Network
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.
Patara Samsari – Levani Lake
Length: 15.3 km. (return back 15.3 km.)
Duration: 7 hrs. (return back 6 hrs. 10 min.)
Min./Max. Height: 2003/ 3271 m.
Total Ascent/Descent: 1360/793 m.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Please read carefully the definitions of complexity categories!
Tracking the route without a professional mountain guide is not recommended!!
The route starts in the village Patara Samsari and goes in the direction of the Samsari Range – one of the most distinctive volcanic ranges in southern Georgia, stretching over 40 kilometers. Its turbulent landscape embraces volcanic landforms, conical-shaped peaks, ancient glacial cirques and troughs, deep-colored subalpine and alpine meadows, and foothills covered with specific rocks (karknali) – often labeled as ‘Stone Oceans’. Along with its authentic geological features, the Samsari range also boasts remains of megalithic culture scattered on its peaks and perfectly designed with the terrain. But Samsari Range cannot be envisioned without its volcanic and glacial lakes, nestling as glittering gems on its slopes and mountain saddles. The tourist route heads directly to one particularly scenic lake. It goes downhill and reaches Levani Lake.