The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is located in central Georgia and is part of the lesser Caucasus. The park is one of the largest in Europe - it covers more than 76,000 hectares of native forest and sub-alpine and alpine meadows, home to rare species of flora and fauna.A network of trails invite visitors to experience the stunning variety of...more
In a narrow part of the Borjomi valley there used to be a fort in the way. Nowadays, the village of Atskuri lies peacefully next to the ruins of Atskuris Tsikhe, which are only interesting for a small outing. This fortrss was built in early medieval centuries. By first historical notes about Atskuri it was built in 5-6th centuries by Georgian king...more
Khertvisi fortress is situated in Southern Georgia, in Meskheti region. It was built in early medieval period. As the legend says, Khertvisi was destroyed by Alexander the Macedonian. In the 10-11th centuries it was the center of Meskheti region. During the 12th century it became a town. In the 13th century Mongols destroyed it and until the 15th...more
On the plateau, which you should go up with a cable car from the city park entrance, there is a pretty good restaurant, worth visiting. To go down you don't have to make it on time for the cable car, you can just order a taxi, which will take you for 2 Lari to every place in the town.The restaurant is open until the end of September.more
Today there is no official gas station in town, what there is - is an old lady selling gas in buckets on the main road, ask the locals, they will tell you, although the rumor is that it contains some water in it...
We met some rangers at the park, here is what they told us:
The one day rout recommended by the park administration (1 then 6) is approximately 12-14 km. 1 until it changes in to 6 is 7-8 km. The steep climb is about half an hour long. The total walking upwards time is approximately 2.5 hours.
The rangers hut is better than the shelter, it can contain up to 12 persons and there are matrases there so you can sleep comfortably. You should take the food with you though.
Here is a price list which I received from the park:
Prices - 2007
Overnight Stay (Tourist shelter) 10 Gel per person per night
Overnight stay (Tent) 5 Gel per person per night
Guide 33 Gel per day
Horse 40 Gel per day
Tent 7 Gel per night
Sleeping bag 5 Gel per night
Back pack 5 Gel per night
Camping mat 3 Gel per night
Overnight stay 20 Gel per person per night
Breakfast 5 gel per person
Lunch 6 Gel per person
Dinner 10 Gel per person
Overnight stay 60 Gel per room for 2 persons
Favorite thing: Take the train to Bakuriani. It takes 2, 20 hours and leaves from a small station next to the market. It's beautifull going up slowly. The costs are 1 dollar.