Khada is tiny and hidden gorge below mountains of Gudauri at the edge of Caucasus mountains. If you think that you have seen most of the area of Ananuri/Gudauri/Kazbegi and you have enjoyed it – there is something still missing – it is less touristic, calm and breathtaking Khada Gorge which was hidden from your sight. It was historical ethnographic part of Mtliuleti Region, stronghold defending the road between Northern and Southern Caucasus with 60 towers.
Now there are still some old towers, interesting graves, beautiful waterfall and tasty mineral water spring – everything for soul-healing and delighting walk in spectacular mountain nature and rural Georgia with medieval towers and it is just 7-8km long offering you nice spots for picnic and relaxation : near Mineral water spring, near the waterfall or near the river somewhere. Update: New Road is being built towards Kazbegi via the gorge so not sure what will be current conditions of the route when you arrive,
Hike/Walking/Jeep or Bike Trip Options for Khada gorge
- Just Drive 100-110 km from Tbilisi on Georgia’s military highway connecting to Russia or Take Gudauri Marshutka from Didube station (5GEL) and get off at Kvesheti village’s bridge. From there you can walk around 8km to the one of the most beautiful villages of Georgia – Tskere. If you have a jeep you can reach Tskere and ask for directions to waterfall, short walk from Tskere (from the bridge take a path on your right, then go down in the main river gorge) and ideal place for relaxation and cool weather in summer. Regular car can reach at least mineral waters spot beyond Kvesheti. Don’t Forget to taste it – It’s the best mineral water in Mtliuleti region.
- There is one more alternative way to get to Khada gorge – in Village Seturebi which is part of Gudauri you can see Tsetskhlisjvari Tower, you need to walk less than 1km to ascend it and you will see the kingdom of green ridges. Tsetskhlisjvari literally means cross of fire – it was used to transmit fire signals to other towers of Khada down in the valley in case of approaching enemy. Easy and enjoying mountain path goes down to old church Korogho. It has a great location and unique decorations (stone bareliefs) how the church was build by villagers in medieval times. From there you can go down to the villages including the most beautiful mountain village in such a short radius from Tbilisi – Tskere.
- Harder hiking option from Khada can be going up to Slopes of Winter Resort Gudauri (2800-3200m) and descend then to the resort. You can download Geoland track here.
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I want to know more details about this tour: price, difficulty level, equipment needed, how far is it from the capital, …? As much info as possible 🙂
1 day tour here is possible but i would have combined it with 2 or 3 days tour including Truso Valley, juta, Kazbegi etc. For price of tour or planning you can contact me via email
Thank you for describing this tour. As we are travelling around Georgia we have luggage for two weeks with us. Do you think it’s possible to leave the luggage in a hotel in Kvesheti, walk to Tskere in the morning, make a break and then walk back to Kvesheti in one day? How long would that take?
Thanks a lot,
Locals are nice, not sure if someone speaks a language though. maybe you print out – შეიძლება ბარგის თქვენთან საღამომდე დატოვება? and show to some old man or women you will find charming ) Unless its winter when snow will slow you down, you could easily walk to Tskere, try to find a waterfall and if sunny rest in the fields below, enjoy the area and head back by evening.
As for transport: Gudauri Marshutka can drop you off at bridge of Kvesheti in the morning. By the time you are from tskere you may try to hitchhike. In summer it may work better, make sure Lars customs is working by that time so cars towards Tbilisi take you and make sure you dont get on the road after Lars border point has closed at night. Usually there are many cars from Russian border – but very often North Caucasians, Armenians who are passing Georgia or just coming for car parts in the market and they may be afraid of giving a ride to stranger in foreign country but u will should find luck in summer. allow up to 3-2 hr for walking and 3 more hours to spend there.
We have a few questions. If we are venturing solo to the Khada gorge what is the best way to get there? If by bus, is there a bus back to Tbilisi? If we rent a car is there a place to park our car while roaming the gorge? Do the villagers know english to ask for directions?
The easiest way is organized tour. Gudauri marshutka to Seturebi or turn to Kvesheti on the way to. and on the way back I doubt one can make enjoy the gorge and make it back on time, so will need to hitchhike back to Tbilisi. However beware that most of the cars passing military road may not be from Georgia (may be Armenians, Russians or North Caucasians passing by). The best way is to descend from Seturebi to Khada Gorge then visit Tskere and go back to Kvesheti.
How tall is the waterfall? Does the waterfall have a name?
Its not tall, but it has lots of water )) I dont think it has a name.