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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Georgia is a beautiful country with clean lakes and high mountains, warm sea and endless alpine meadows, rich forests and stormy rivers. Georgia is a country of great opportunities for travelers. You can spend an unforgettable time in a chic five-star hotel with a view of the sea, or enjoy the sunset by the fire in the forest. No matter what your choice will be, we are ready to help you. At this time we will take a virtual tour about the most beautiful and popular national parks in search of interesting trekking routes.
Why is it advised to choose national parks for trekking? Of course, there are hundreds of other popular trekking routes around the country, however, if you have limited time and you want to see the beauty of the country, the national park is a perfect option. For more saturated hiking tours in Georgia just contact local tour operators.
Borjomi - Kharagauli National Park
Area: 85.000 hectares
Borjomi health resort is a true paradise of Georgia. It became popular due to its healing mineral waters, clean air, and forests.
Today we'd like to tell you about trekking in Borjomi- Kharagauli National Park. It will take more than 10 days to visit all the beautiful corners of the park. The part of the reserve is closed to visitors, but there are nine perfect trekking routes. On the way, there are parking lots with water and places for a fire, where you can organize camping.
One of the trekking routes takes up to the Mount Lomi, which offers the best view of the park and the Caucasian Range. The national park of Borjomi-Kharagauli is a vast subtropical forest. In such a beautiful park with the pure air and virgin nature, you can spend the night in a tent, and meet the dawn with the singing of birds.
Mtirala National Park
Location: Adjara, Chakvi
Area: 6.000 hectares
Mtirala National Park is located in the Black Sea resort of Adjara, 30 km away from Batumi. Most of the territory is a subtropical forest. Due to the high humidity and mild climate, the flora of the national park is one of the most diverse in Georgia.
Once in a park, you will feel in a fairy tale with virgin nature. In the deep forests of the park, you can find small lakes that look like from popular pictures of rainforests. The waterfall of the park is even more exciting. Looks cool to swim.
There are two routes for trekking in the park. One path leads to the lake and the waterfall along the Kolkhide forest. The second one is longer and more complicated, it passes through the wild forests.
Kazbegi National Park
Area: 8.707 hectares
Kazbegi Reserve is considered one of the most visited parks in Georgia. It is located on the bank of the Terek River, on the northern slope of the Caucasian ridge. On a large territory of the park, there are forests with more than 150 species of trees and plants, a great variety of fauna, historical monuments, and, of course, the ultimate, indescribable view of the Kazbegi mountain. The most of the park is covered with alpine meadows, mountain ranges and impenetrable rocks.
The best season for trekking in the park is in summer. In the mountains, it is never hot for day trips. Winters here are severe.
Lagodekhi National Park
Area: 17.818 hectares
Lagodekhi National Park and Reserve is located in the gorge of Lagodekhi, in the north-east of the country, at the foot of the Central Caucasian ridge. The reserve was one of the first in the country.
The park is more than 17000 hectares of wild nature including alpine meadows, forests, ponds, several lakes, springs and about thirty waterfalls.
There are five routes of trekking along the most picturesque corners of the park. The passage of the longest route takes three days. This trail is suitable for both trekking and horse riding. In the park, you can rent tents for camping or stay at the hostel.
Tusheti National Park
Area: 83.000 ha
Tusheti National Park is located in the historical region of Tushetia in the north-east of the country. On the territory of the park, there is a nature reserve, a landscape reserve, settlements and historical monuments.
The weather in Tusheti is quite severe, and the best season for trekking is summer. Despite the climate, the reserve is characterized by a variety of flora and fauna. There are few water resources on the territory, however the spectacular view of the mountains covered with forests is incomparable. There are 11 routes of different length and complexity in the park. The routes pass along the architectural monuments and villages, where you can stop for an overnight.
Why should you choose Tusheti National Park for trekking? First of all, it is about the picturesque mountains and nature. Plus, you will get acquainted with the locals and traditions, and at last, you will find out the secret of the longevity of the mountaineers.
And lastly, we’d like to note that apart from Georgia hiking in Armenia (the neighboring Caucasian country) will also be an excellent choice. Therefore, we advise you to combine visits to these two countries and have Armenia and Georgia hiking tour.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV