Mtskheta-Mtianeti

Cheremi roks

Location: extreme periphery to the North-West, border of the village of Mukhatgverdi in Mtskheta municipality; 550-600 m above sea level

Access road: from the military highway of Georgia a pathway leads to the monastery of Jonn the Baptist on the top of the rock. From the motor way the length of the path is 600 meters, distance from Mtskheta 12 km.

Name the Cheremi rocks, from the end of the neck of Mukhatgverdi in the segment of Mtkvari gorge (Upper Avchala) starts Tbilisi range (Ponichala) (length 21 km, width 7 km, level of the bottom of the basin hovers over 350-450 m; slopes attain sometimes 1500 m).

 

Bodorna rocky pillar

Location: Dusheti municipality, right bank of river Aragvi; 813 m above sea level

Access road: from the village of Bodorna to the natural monument leads a 3-km ground road; distance from Tbilisi 35 km, from Dusheti 10 km, from Mtsketa 20 km.

On the right side of Aragvi gorge, near the village of Bodorna, on the elevation of 70-80 meters from the road, is erected a 15-m high naturally cemented rocky pillar. Diameter of its foot is 4 meters getting narrower to the top.

Bodorna pillar has been entered into the Red Book of list of Georgia’s unique non-organic natural monuments. In approximately 150-200 m from Bodorna pillar is erected Bodorna dome church of St. Mary.

 

Roshka boulders

Location: Dusheti municipality, the village of Roshka and its surroundings; 2050 m above sea level

Access road: it is possible to reach Roshka using 8 km road which separates from Zhinvali-Shatili motor way higher than Barishakho. Distance until the center of territorial governance – the village of Barisakho is 17 km; distance from Tbilisi – 105 km, from Dusheti – 75 km, from Mtskheta – 90 km.

Roshka gorge is is a good preserver of traces dating back to ancient icing period. In the geological past the length of the glacier exceed 11 km. two Cyclopean boulders brought from Chaukhebi by Abudelauri glacier to Roshka today are among the world’s biggest known meandering boulders. Their sizes are 19x5x7 and 22x13x10 (length, width, height). Boulders consist of magma sediment, dolerite.

 

Abudelauri lakes

Location: Dusheti municipality, southern slope of Tusheti-Khevsureti segment of Greater Caucasus mountains, right affluent of river Roshkistskali – Abudelauri source; 2812 m above sea level.

Access road: from the village of Roshka leads walking route, distance from Tbilisi – 111 km, from Dusheti – 83 km, from Mskheta – 96 km.

Thanks to Abudelauri glacier action, in the Abudelauri lowland are located three lakes different from each other: Green, Blue and White.

The first is Green Lake. The maximal depth of the lake is 3,8 m, water basin – 45 500 cubic meters. Quite long time (6 months) it is covered with ice and it throws it off only in the end of May.

To the north of the Green Lake, in 200 meters, in the hollow, we come across the Blue Lake.

To the north-west from the Blue Lake, in nearly 1 km distance, there is the White Lake which was formed several decades ago in place of the ending of Abudelauri glacier.

 

Bidari travertine

Location: Kazbegi municipality, gorge of river Bidari, surrounding territory of Kobi-Gudauri motor way; 2197 m above sea level.

Access road: the biggest populated settlement near the natural monument is the townlet Gudauri. From Tbilisi Gudauri is distanced on 121 km; from the town let Gudauri to Bidari travertine is 10 km; distance from Tbilisi – 131 km; from Mtskheta 116 km, from settlement of Stepantsminda – 19 km.

A travelelrs eyesight on the road segment of Gudauri-Kobi will be surely captured by the amazing travertine slope. Bidari travertine have also been awarded the status of Natural monument. On of the most important and breathtaking location is situated on the left bank on the river, near the automobile tunnel.

Famous Narzan mineral springs are located in the lower body of river Bidari gorge.

Georgian Military Road passes along the Bidari travertine which starts in Tbilisi and stretches up to the city of Vladikavkaz. Its length is 206 km.

In the alpine zone on the Jvari pass has been developed the highest elevated above sea level skiing resort of Gudauri. Resort is an ideal place for extreme sports lovers – Freeriding and Heli-skiing. From European resorts Heli-skiing is possible only in Georgia.

 

Khorisari lava downpour

Location: Kazbegi municipality, council of the community of Kobi, right side of Truso gorge; 2100-3200 m above sea level.

Access road: from Kobi to the village of Abano leads  a rocky road, distance – 5 km; distance from Tbilisi – 14o km, from Mtskheta – 125 km, from settlement of Stepantsminda – 22 km.

Plateau is rich with lakes of volcanic and glacier origin. During 8-9 months lakes are covered with ice. Height on of the lakes is 3358 m above sea level.

Lake Archvebi is one of the highest positioned lake in Georgia, Kazbegi municipality, 3078 m above sea level.

Lake Kelitsadi is a lake dammed up by Java torrent. It is located in Kazbegi Municipality, on the elevation of 3062 m above sea level.

Lake keli lies in in Akhalgori municipality, 2194 m above sea level. River Ksani flows out of the lake.

 

Truso gorge

Location: river tergi gorge on the northern slope of Greater Caucasus mountains, between main watershed ridge and Khokhi range of Caucasus mountains, from Truso pass to the village of Kobi; altitude of the lowest point of the gorge above sea level – 2000 meters.

Access road: the Georgian Military Road continues around the village of Kobi in ground trail passable only by off-roader vehicles. Village of Abano is distanced from Kobi by 13 km; distance from Tbilisi – 148 km, from Stepantsminda – 30 km.

Truso gorge is located near the northern border of Georgia. It is one of the most fascinating regions in Georgia with beautiful mountains and mineral waters.

Travertine of Truso lies at Kobi Sakrebulo (assambly), 2100-2400 meters above sea level.  Growth of travertine in Truso can be seen also down Kasriskhevi, near the village of Okrokana (2050 meters above sea level).

Another monument of nature – Abano Lake – is located on the left bank of river Tergi, to the east village Abano, on 2300 meters above sea level. The surface of the lake is sky-blue. It is possible to reach lake by car from the village of Kobi (distance – 13 km).

Keterisi mineral source is located in the village of Keterisi, on 2300 meters above sea level, in the bottom of the main range of Greater Caucasus mountains. The source emits 25-30 mil. Litres of hydro-carbonate-calcium water. Distance from the village of Kobi is 10 km.

 

Tkarsheti lava stream

Location: Kazbegi municipality, Goristsikhe and Sioni sakrebulo (community assembly), 1820 m above sea level.

Access road: from township Stepantsminda by motor road till lava stream is 10 km distance, then goes a trail of 0,5 km; distance from Tbilisi – 140 km, from Mtskheta – 125 km, from township Stepantsminda – 10 km.

Mount Tkarsheti, 3425 meters above sea level. Tkarsheti lava stream has well preserved, convoluted surface. Its end is cat by river Tergi erosion canyon.

 

Pillars of Sahizari rock

Location: on top of the village of Sioni, left bank of river Terkhena; 1950 m above sea level

Access road: the closest to the natural monument residential point is the village of Sioni. Distance from Tbilisi to Sioni is 144 km; from the township of Stepantsminda to Sioni is 8,5 km, from Sioni up to the natural monument Sahizari rock – 3 m.

Population calls this palace `Poles of Sahizari rock`.

Mount Kabarjina is an old extinct volcano (3141 meters above sea level). Its western slope borders with river Tergi.

 

Volcanic cave of Gamura

Location: Kazbegi municipality, Stepantsminda township assembly, 1850 meters above sea level

Access road: distance from Tbilisi – 155 km, from Mtskheta – 140 km, from township of Stepantsminda – 3 km. it takes 2 hours to walk to Gamura cave from Stepanstminda, to see it and to return back.

Popular among tourists, Volkanic Cave of Gamura is located in 3 km the north from Stepantsminda. Gamura cave is located in Dariali gorge. In Dariali gorge, near the village of Gveleti, in 7 km from the township of Stepantsminda, is located Gveleti waterfall.

In dariali gorge, on the high mountain on the left bank of river Tergi, northern and eastern sides of which are unaapproacheble, while to the west the mount neck is covered by walls, is situated a monument of Georgian architecture – Dariali Fortress. Georgian historic tradition ascribed construction of this fortress to Vakhtang Gorgasali (V century A.D.).