Why should we travel in borjom-kharagauli protected areas in winter
Where is it located, far away?

Borjomi-Kharagauli Protected Areas are located in the central part of Georgia, 160 km away from Tbilisi. Borjomi-Kharagauli Protected Areas include 6 municipalities - Borjomi, Kharagauli, Akhaltsikhe, Adigeni, Khashuri and Baghdati. Visitor and Administration Centers are located in Borjomi (23 Meskheti st.), and in Kharagauli (17 King Solomon st.). 

If you are going to spend winter holidays or weekends in Bakuriani, visit Borjomi-Kharagauli protected areas before going there. Distance between Borjomi and Bakuriani is 31 km and travel time is about 40 minutes.

What should I expect :) ?

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park tourist route network allows hiking for one or several days. Tourist route network is up to 400-2,642 meters. Paths are marked and well-arranged. Tourist shelters, picnic spots and camping sites are arranged along the routes. Sites for setting up a fire are also allocated. National park offers hiking, horse riding, biking, snow shoes, cultural and educational tours. The routes function operate throughout the year.

 

in winter ?

 

 

Winter in Borjom-Kharagauli protected areas >>> Snow Shoes trail
Winter in Borjom-Kharagauli protected areas >>> Snow Shoes trail
Winter in Borjom-Kharagauli protected areas >>> Snow Shoes trail
Winter in Borjom-Kharagauli protected areas >>> Snow Shoes trail
Winter in Borjom-Kharagauli protected areas >>> Snow Shoes trail
Winter in Borjom-Kharagauli protected areas >>> Snow Shoes trail
Winter in Borjom-Kharagauli protected areas >>> Snow Shoes trail

Since 2013, the Protected Areas offer one and two days Snow Shoes Tours to the Borjomi-Kharagauli Protected Areas to the visitors who love extreme.

At present, there are two such marked trails in a protected area. While using the trail, visitors have the opportunity to be engaged in winter photography, enjoy the beautiful views, follow the footsteps of animals and breathe fresh air.

!Accompany a guide when using a route 

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One-day snow shoe trail

6 km, 4 hr, pedestrian, difficulty: average/

Main attraction: Bezoar goat cage

The single-day route starts from the Atskuri ranger station and continues for 6 km. You can return to the section with the same road and if you desire shorten the route.

Tentative schedule:

Day 1: Atskuri guard station – panoramic views - Atskuri guard station 12 km, on average 6 hr.

Snow Shoes one-day route map
The two-day snow shoe trail

15.5 km, pedestrian, difficulty: average

Main attractions: evergreen forests covered by snow and views of Lomismta

The trail starts and finishes at Likani guard station. The first day trail is 8 km long. The shelter gives the possibility to make a fire. You should have enough of a water supply.

The next day trail goes through panoramic views along coniferous forest and runs down the settlement of Likani.

Tentative schedule:

Day 1: Likani guard station – Chitakhevi guard station 8 km, on average 6-7 hr.

Day 2: Chitakhevi guard station - Likani guard station 7.5 km, on average 5-6 hr.

Snow Shoes two-day route map
How to get to the protected areas?

Before visiting Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park it is recommended to check-in at visitor centre. Registration is required not only to define visitor statistics but also to ensure the safety of visitors.  In addition visitor can be the exhibition hall for free, get visitor service and hire necessary tourist equipment.

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park has two Visitor Centers - one in Borjomi, and another one in Kharagauli. Borjomi Visitor Center is located in Borjomi, Meskheti st. N23; Kharagauli Visitor Center is located in Kharagauli borough, Solomon King st. N17.

Distance:

Distance: from Tbilisi to Borjomi - 160km (2 hr by car)

From Tbilisi to Kharagauli borough - 180 km (3hr by car)

Travel by public transport:

Minibuses from Didube Bus Terminal to Borjomi leave every day, every hour (8 Gel, 2 hr)

Minibuses from Didube Bus Terminal to Kharagauli leave every day, twice a day (10 Gel, 3 hr and 30 min)

Trains from Central Railway Station to Borjomi leave every day (2 Gel, 4 hr and 30 min)

Trains from Central Railway Station to Kharagauli leave every day. (3 Gel, 3 hr and 30 min)

What should I wear ? Do I need Specific equipment ?

For using Snow Shoes Trail visitors should wear:

 Waterproof high-top hiking shoes

   Waterproof pants

   Leggings

  Hat

  Raincoat

  Knitted sweater (preferably wool)

  Warm jacket

  Gloves

For moving safely on the trail visitor should have:

 Snow Shoes*

 Hiking sticks*

 Flashlight

   Fires equipment

 Ax

 Needed food and water

*Snow shoes and hiking sticks can be rented at the visitors' center.

See below services and fees of the visitor center >>>

Who will help me?

  Gaga Mumladze, Visitors Service Specialist;  Tel: 577640480; E-mail: gaga_mumladze@yahoo.com

    Nino Avetisiani, Visitors Service Specialist;  Tel: 577640444; E-mail: nino.avetisian@gmail.com

   Giorgi Mukhuradze, Visitors Service Specialist; Tel: 577101894; E-mail: gio.mukhuradze@gmail.com

 

And When will snow ?

 

 

 
 
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