Borjomi Gorge is famous for hikes in wonderful forests of Boromi-Kharagauli National Park, but its also perfect destination for road trips or jeep tours. The area has mixed forests (pine forests and regular forests) so its very beautiful especially in the transitional seasons (May 2nd half- June, October first half) because of fresh colors but could be a great escape from summer heat in summer.

Firuza Palace at the entrance of Borjomi park, (golden-tulip-palace)

Borjomi Mineral Water Park (admission 2 gel pp) is the most famous and most touristic destination. To walk in the mineral water park is quite different from hike in Borjomi National park which is paradise for hikers who want to hike in forested areas. In the min water park:

-you can try famous Borjomi spring which is warm and doesnt taste like bottled Borjomi.

-Have a relaxing 3km walk and then swim in mineral water pool. Walk is in a classical Borjomi atmosphere – river, forest, flat terrain – all sounds of nature.

-Ride cable cars to the plateau where you can enjoy nice views. You can walk/ride car to Sadgeri monasteries from there. One of those – Named after Russian saint Serapim Sarov lies in a beautiful forest, could be interested for those who love nature or are interested in Russian spirituality.

Serafim Saroveli Monastery, Sadgeri – above Borjomi Park

Eiffel Bridge – Train (kukushka) ride from Borjomi to Bakuriani

-Visit historical blue house named “Firuza” (located near the entrance of the park) with persian ornaments which belonged to the Council of Iran Mirza Riza Khan.

The most impressive thing to do in Borjomi is arguably jeep tour to Tabatskuri lake. You can view my article on Tabatskuri and photos here. Visiting the lake you pass Bakuriani ski resort, make it on the ridge with views on Borjomi gorge and descend to the another world. You can buy Tabatskuri cheese on  Tskhratskaro pass shepherds huts, do fishing/or buy local fish and fry on fire on the shore of the lake while you are camping.

Kakhisi Lake (Travelingeorgia.ge)

Kakhisi Lake – Great place for camping, horseride, berries, hiking

There is another – Kakhisi Lake with more forested area than Tabatskuri. Kakhisi lake is also perfect for camping, with 1 shore to swim and another shore to pick berries it makes the perfect place for camping relaxation. 4 wd car or 2wd man or horses can access it which are all easily arranged. I have attached gps file and map and you can see the whole route. Kakhisi Lake can be accessed via village Chobiskhevi by hiking. Easy ascent to the pleatau from the gorge, jeep trial, pine forests, beautiful views, abandoned cable cars from soviet time, beautiful Dabadzveli village, waterfall which can be seen on the way make Chobiskhevi-Kakhisi Lake route enjoying. Total ascent might take up to 4 hours so its possible to do 1-day hike, but camping is recommended. The best time is from the second half of May till mid October.

Dabadzveli village in August – @Kakhisi lake

Dabadzveli in winter (Anzor Mekhrishvili )

The waterfall on the way to Kakhisi lake can be seen from the road is not MUST SEE. But What I found more interesting is Chobiskhevi ancient settlements which is on the hill when you cross Railway line arriving in village you can ask for directions. It’s quite extraordinary megalythic structure, huge stone oval construction from pre-Christian times. Recommended! Also there are 2 other lakes nearby which can be explored Tsero  and Chito lakes (literally stork and bird lakes). If its a jeep tour you can continue to Bakuriani resort via Tori village and make it to Tabatskuri next day, but if you are hiking be aware that the route from Bakuriani/Andeziti via Tori is not as beautiful as Chobiskhevi-Kakhisi route.

Me and my friends at Chobiskhevi Megalyths

Chobiskhevi Megalyths – Gogichaant Ghele (Saunje.ge)

Some other beautiful jeep routes near Bakuriani include Tsikhisjvari-Tadzrisi-Dviri road which is maintained by BP (British Petroleum) just like Tabatskuri road where you will encounter BP checkpoint asking for IDs. They are protecting Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline. Another, more impressive but less maintained offroad path (or hiking route) from Tsikhisjvari leads to Ota village in Aspindza where you can visit misterious Shoreti Monastery.   For jeep tours and offroading, you can try road from Timotesubani church (12-13th century, accessible by any car from the road to Bakuriani) to Tsinubani gorge – for offroad cars road further leads to Dzama Gorge. Besides offroading, its also possible to hike to Dzama gorge (Abukhalo) from there to Tana Gorge (Levitana), also to Rekha in Tsalka. For regular jeeps I would advise you alternative road from Timotesubani to Bakuriani via Mitarbi Gorge. Its very beautiful in autumn colors and forests, river, mountains, narrow gorges, half abandoned villages can be quite exotic.

Offroad routes in/near borjomi gorge, By Nika Vardzelashvili

Green Monastery (9th century) could a stop (unless you are in a hurry) on the way between Akhaltsikhe and Borjomi. Again, river, trees, moss which makes area all time greener and only 1km from main road. Green Monastery is not really my recommendation if you want a place for longer stop or  for Camping near the river. Then you can look for a spot 2-3km beyond Borjomi-Kharagauli NP Kvabiskhevi entrance. The area around there can be quite beautiful, cool and refreshing in hot days of summer.  Kvabiskhevi area is great for horseriding and picnic and relaxation in the nature, for setting up camp, playing games and networking events in the nature. On the way from Borjomi to Akhaltsikhe you can explore historical and exotic village Atskuri with so many sights and different touch.

Kvabiskhevi Gorge, best camping places (hikers club Mamberi)

On the way to Borjomi there are also interesting jeeptour destinations: 1) Nedzvi Monastery ruins in Nedzvi managed reserve which can be nice spot for camping (nothing special to see but interesting area). It can be accessed from Akhaldaba village 2) On the hill from Akhaldaba village you can make it to Potoleti Monastery which has beautiful views over river gorge. 3) Views can be even better from Mtatsminda monastery accessible from Kvishkheti via 4wd+ hike; 4) You can hike from Zanavi to Nunisi (Borjomi-Kharagauli NP untouched forest trial) or from Bulbulistsikhe (fortress near Kviskheti) to Nunisi via historical road. 5) Besides, You can hike from Koditskaro lake to Ghorinamkali mountain (can be an idea for training before ascending some serious elevations or summit). This area has a lot to offer for tourists looking for non-touristic places and beautiful forests.

Koditskaro Lake, Khashuri

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