Hiking and Biking

The Samstke-Javakheti region is home to some of the best hiking in Georgia. Any traveler may have the choice of easy, moderate, or more difficult routes through our many hills, forests, and mountains.


Atskuri – Tsriokhi Fortress – Tsinubani Trail

Route Length: 14 km Route Duration: 5 hrs. 20 min. Min./Max. Height: 919/1323 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 940/872 m. Route Type: Connecting Route category of complexity: Moderate Route Description Modern day Atskuri is a small village, backed up with an immense past, such as traces of ancient settlements, the remains of the magnificent medieval temple of […]

Atskvita – Shalosheti Mountain – Khertvisi Trail

Route Length: 27.9 km Route Duration: 10 hrs. 20 min. Min./Max. Height: 1125/2075 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 1377/1242 m. Route Type: Connecting Route category of complexity: Moderate Route Description The route starts from the center of the village Atskvita. The itinerary passes through the golden-covered pastures nearby the village and goes uphill to the dirt road […]

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park holds twelve very-well marked and famous trails, but there are plenty of new and lesser known trails for the keen adventurer. They are complete with beautiful scenery and hidden gems awaiting their visitors. Tourist shelters, picnic spots, and camping sites are arranged along the routes. Sites for setting up a fire are […]

Damala – Kokhta Fortress – Shoreti Monasteri – Ota Trail

Route Length: 16,4 km. Route Duration: 6 hrs. 30 min. Min./Max. Height: 1331/2189 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 1095/1135 m. Route Type: Connecting Route category of complexity: Moderate Route Description: The route starts at the center of the village Damala, near a spring, and follows the asphalt road towards the Kokhta Fortress. The Stronghold, erected on a […]

Damala – Kokhta Fortress – Shoreti Monastery – Tsitelitsikhe Fortress – Gharta Church – Ota

Route Length: 31,6 km. Route Duration: 12 hrs. 40 min. Min./Max. Height: 1321/2189 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 2188/2226 m. Route Type: Connecting Route category of complexity: Moderate The route starts at the center of the village Damala, near a spring, and follows the Damala – Kokhta Fortress – Shoreti Monasteri – Ota trail until it reaches […]

Idumala – Chitikibe Fortress – Tiseli Trail

Route Length: 25.5 km Route Duration: 11 hrs. 55 min. Min./Max. Height: 1052/2533 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 1917/2064 m. Route Type: Connecting Route category of complexity: Moderate Route Description: The tourist route takes start at the village Idumala and follows an asphalt road towards village Oshora. The route can also begin from the village Oshori and […]

Javakheti Protected Areas

Established in 2011 they include Javakheti National Park, Bugdasheni, Khanchali, Madatapa, Sulda, and Kartsakhi Managed Reserves. The total area of the territory is 16,614 hectares. Javakheti Protected Areas include the Municipalities of Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda. The highest point of Javakheti is Mount Great Abuli, with a height of 3,300 meters above sea level. The Javakheti […]

Khertvisi – Shalosheti Mountain – Atskvita Trail

Route Length: 27.9 km Route Duration: 10 hrs. 20 min. Min./Max. Height: 1125/2075 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 1377/1242 m. Route Type: Connecting Route category of complexity: Moderate Route Description The Route starts at the entrance of the terraced village Khertvisi, at the confluence of river Mtkvari and Paravani, crowned by the inaccessible fortress Khertvisi. After crossing […]

Nijgori – Saro Trail

Route Length: 2.2 km. Route Duration: 1 hrs. 10 min. Min./Max. Height: 1113/1446m. Total Ascent/Descent: 356/25 m. Route Type: Connecting Difficulty level: Moderate Route Description The route starts in the village Nijgori , at the conjunction of Vardzia highway. Through the centuries-old mulberry orchards the itinerary leads the travelers to the village Old Nijgori. The […]

Ota – Shoreti Monastery – Kokhta Fortress – Damala Trail

Route Length: 16,4 km. Route Duration: 6 hrs. 35 min. Min./Max. Height: 1331/2189 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 1135/1095 m. Route Type: Connecting Route category of complexity: Moderate Route Description: The route starts at the center of the village Ota, near a small spring, and follows the east path towards the Shoreti Monastery. A crossroads will appear […]

Ota – Gharta Church– Tsitelitsikhe Fortress – Ota Trail

Route Length: 18 km. Route Duration: 7 hrs. 5 min. Min./Max. Height: 1321/1873 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 1167/1169 m. Route Type: Circular Route category of complexity: Moderate Route Description: The route starts at the center of the village Ota, near a small spring, leaves behind the dwellings and exits the village. The dirt road goes north […]

Saro-Nijgori Trail

Route Length: 2.2 km. Route Duration: 55 min. Min./Max. Height: 1113/1446m. Total Ascent/Descent: 25/356 m. Route Type: Connecting Difficulty level: Moderate The route starts near the Archangel Church of Saro, on a mountain outcrop surrounded by the impressive remnants of the cyclopean fortress Saro. The complex, distinguished by the absolute symmetry of the stone set, […]

Tiseli – Chitikibe Fortress – Idumala Trail

Route Length: 25.5 km Route Duration: 11 hrs. 55 min. Min./Max. Height: 1052/2533 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 1917/2064 m. Route Type: Connecting Route category of complexity: Moderate Route Description: The route starts at the center of the village Tiseli. The road heads southeast to the Tiselighele valley. It will bypass an old church, a cemetery, fortress […]

Tsinubani – Tsriokhi Fortress –Atskuri Trail

Route Length: 14 km Route Duration: 5 hrs. 20 min. Min./Max. Height: 919/1323 m. Total Ascent/Descent: 940/872 m. Route Type: Connecting Route category of complexity: Moderate Route Description The route starts near a small church of Tsinubani village, then crosses the historic village of Gurkeli and in about 1.9 km reaches the crossroads. From there […]
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