Borjom-Kharagauli national park located at the central part of Georgia. It is the first National Park in Caucasus that corresponds to the international standards. It was established in 1995 and was officially opened in 2001. According to the area it is one of the best Protected Areas of Europe.
The National Park covers the territories, which are the marginal parts of several historical regions of Georgia. The Park is located in the territories of Tori, Imereti and Samtskhe. In the territory of Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park can be found Georgia’s Red Data Book rare and endemic species as follows: chestnut, Colchis oak , yew, Steven’s peony and Vinogradov’s iris. Forests of the Kharagauli part of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park are presented by dark coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests. In the Borjomi gorge the coniferous forests are spread including spruce-groves, silver fir-groves and spruce and silver fir-groves.
The fauna of Borjomi-Kharagauli is diverse. The beauty of the National Park is its mammal habitants.
The adjacent territories of the National Park are rich in historical monuments. For the lovers of antiquity and history, it is surely very interesting to see such monuments against the beautiful sights such as the doomed temple of Timotesubani of the thirteenth century, Nedzvi church 9th century, Nunisi church (9th century), Sakvirike basilica near the village of Dviri (10 century), Green Monastery of Chitakhevi (9th century), Gogia and Petra fortresses near Likani borough (9th century), Vakhani and Gold fortresses in Adigeni District.
Visitors can enjoy hiking or horse riding for the following routes:
Information Trail of the National Park
Route length and duration – 3 km; 1,5 h
While walking along the trail, you will find 9 information board and wooden instalments on different eco-educational issues.
Hiking and Horse riding Rout
Route length and duration –39-41 km; 3 days
Spending the night – in the tourist shelters:”Lomismta” and “Saxvlari”;
The route crosses the National Park from Likani (Borjomi district) as far as Marelisi (Kharagauli district).
Hiking and Horse riding Rout - St. Andria Pirveltsodebuli Trail”
Route length and duration – 49-51 km; 4 days
Spending the night – in the Amarati and Sakhvlari tourist shelters or tents.
The tour is carried out from Atskuri to Marelisi (or vice versa);
The route crosses the highest peak of the National Park – Sametskhvario (2642m);
Hiking and Horse riding Rout - The Panorama Trail”
Route length and duration – 34 km; 2 days
Spending the night – in the Amarati tourist shelters or tents.
This is a complex, circular tour with splended sights.
Hiking Rout - The Untouched Forest Trail”
Route length and duration – 12-13 km; 1,5 days
Spending the night – in the Nunisi guard watch-house or tents.
This is the shortest trail, which crosses the National Park. It is especially great pleasure to travel in spring, the time when rhododendron starts blooming.
Hiking Route – “Zekari Pass Trail”
Route length and duration – 9-10 km; 1,5 days;
Spending the night – in the Didmaghala tourist shelter.
The route stretches from Abastumani guard watch-house as far as the Didmaghala tourist shelter (Adigeni district). Crossing the National Park is possible by the mountain bicycle through Zekari Pass as far as Sairme.
Hiking Route – “The Footprint Trail”
Route length and duration – 12-13 km; 1 day
This is a one-day tour in diverse nature from Likani to Kvabiskhevi (Borjomi district).
Horse-riding Route – “The Meghruki Gorge”
Route length and duration – 5,5 km; 1 day;
This is a circular trail from Didi Sakhvlari tourist shelter passing through the gorge of the Meghruki River.
Hiking and Horse-riding Route – “Shepherds’ Trail”
Route length and duration – 14 km; 1 day;
The trail stretches along the Black hill and connects the Amarati and Lomismta shelters with each other. The tourist shelters are for 12 persons.
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