This 3-days hiking to Black Rock Lake in Lagodekhi National park is designed for those who love hiking and trekking in the high mountains but do not want overcrowded touristic destinations. HIking trail of Black Rock Lakes starts at the entrance of Lagodekhi National park, goes up to high mountains through forests and alpine meadows. The lake is situated at the border on Russian Federation at the elevation of 3000 m above the sea level. This trekking tour has a bit everything. It is challenging hiking, goes into unspoiled, hundreds of years of forests, follows mountainous rivers, and offers visitors a basic accommodation in the wooden cottages in the wild nature. The total length of the route is 48 km and average difficulty. From the high mountains, you can enjoy with picturesque views of the Alazani valley and Caucasus mountains. Black Rock Lake trek is one of the best trekking tours in Georgia Caucasus.
Day 1 Tbilisi-Lagodekhi National Park -Lagodekhi Meteo Station (160 km driving distance. Walking Distane 12 km, Hard)
In the morning, we will meet you at your hotel and then drive to the Kakheti region, an eastern region of Georgia. After 3-hour driving, we arrive in Lagodekhi, make registration in the national park, and then start hiking (500m above the sea level). Then we start our trekking in the Caucasus mountains. We follow the river Lagodekhi valley, then cross it and start hiking on the ridge. In one hour, we reach the Kochalo hill at the elevation of 1300 m. Here we will take a short break, have a lunch and then continue our journey. The path goes into the forests and after two hours hiking, we reach the sub-alpine meadows. From here we need one-hour hiking to reach a touristic shelter of Meteo station. Overnight in a very basic wooden cottage.
Day 2 Lagodekhi – Meteo Station-Black Rock Lake- Demidovi Touristic Shelter (Hard, Walking Distance 16 km)
At the dawn, we start hiking to the Black Rock Lakes. We follow a narrow mountain pass into the alpine meadows. If you are lucky and will hike quietly, you may see rare animals such as deer, chamois, wild goat, grouse, Caucasian snowcocks and eagles. Afterward, we walk on the flat green fields and in one hour reach the Black Rock Lake. Located at the 3000 m, surrounded by black rocks and green alpine meadows, the lake is one of the most beautiful gems of the Caucasus mountains. After one hour stop at the lake, we head back and overnight in Demidovi Touristic shelter at 2800m.
Day 3 Demidovi Touristic Shelter – Lagodekhi- Tbilisi (Difficult, Walking Distance 15 km)
After the breakfast, we descend into the narrow gorges. The pathway is rocky and very steep. It follows rug terrain through bushes and long grasses. After difficult hiking, we reach the central building of Lagodekhi national park where your transport with a driver will wait for us to take us back to Tbilisi.
This hiking tour is demanding, so good physical conditions of hikers are essential and required.
We overnight in basic wooden cottages without any bed or other similar items. If you desire, we can overnight in tents. Our luggage will be transported by horses, so please take a backpack and not a suitcase. Please, take into consideration that the tour is subject to weather conditions and might be changed.
Tour price includes:
Transportation by comfortable vehicle from Tbilisi to Lagodekhi, and back.
Guide for 3 days;
Fees for the national park and overnight at the cottages.
All food (basic) – 3 meals per day + sneaks;
- Camping equipment (Tents, sleeping bags, mattress, camping stoves);
Horses for the luggage with horse guides
Any other personal expanses
Lagodekhi National Park
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Our Guides: a knowledgeable, local, English-speaking guide leads all walks and treks. You will have two local guides in case the number of travelers will exceed 10.
Accommodation: We stay at basic guesthouses in the mountains. Please take into consideration that our treks lead you into the remote areas, and thus accommodation for some treks may not be so comfortable as in Tbilisi or elsewhere. Individual travelers are, in good consultation, classified with other single travelers of the same sex. You can book a single room at the applicable supplement.
Payment: If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of 20 % of the whole fee will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
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