Hiking In Javakheti

Javakheti is located 150 km South from Tbilisi (2.5 hour drive). The name of the region is derived from the ethnic group Javakhs and is translated as the home of Javakhs. Currently the region is predominantly inhabited with ethnic Armenians. It is a region distinguished from the rest of Georgia by volcanic mountains and the variety of lakes.

 

paravani Lake

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Paravani Lake
Photo Credit: Ivane Goliadze

In Javakheti, pass a small city – Tsalka you will arrive to the Paravani lake – the largest lakes in Georgia. It is located 2073 m (6,800 ft) above sea level, so the weather is chilly even in the summer time. The lake is popular among fishermen, however if you are more interested in adventures and hiking, than you should definitely continue your journey further to the West. On the premises of Paravani lake, 3 km (1.8 miles) West-North to the village Tambovka, you will arrive to the volcanic mountain with ancient ruins dated back with 2,000 years B.C.

 

levan’s Lake

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Levan’s Lake
Photo Credit: Aleko Molarishvili

9-10 km (5.6 – 6.2 miles) further to the East and you will arrive to the Levan’s lake. It is not certain from where does the name of the lake arrive, but locals usually refer to the archeologist Levan who discovered it. Although the lake is located 2,600 m (8,530 ft) above sea level, the road to here is not difficult. You will have to cross large valleys. Only the last couple of kilometers (about 1 mile) is relatively rocky.

Around the lake there are great camping locations. We would recommend to spend 2 nights here and enjoy the picturesque nature and the sky full of stars that seem so close from here. You could even see the Milky Way in good weather. You could drink the water straight from the lake. It is safe, but has a specific taste, as water comes mostly from the melted snow.

 

Tips to know

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Levan’s Lake
Photo Credit: Aleko Molarishvili 

When going back, take another route and head to the South. In just 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) you will arrive at another lake. It has no name, but is as beautiful as Levan’s lake. We would suggest you spend another day here. Head to the east for the best views. In 9 km (5.6 miles) you will arrive to Asfara – a tiny village with authentic ambience of Javakheti. Here your journey to the mountainous Javakheti ends, but you can discover the top 10 amazing lakes of Georgia.

Recommendations:

  • Don’t forget a sunscreen and a hat;
  • Have hiking sticks with you;
  • Some clean water is suggested, as the lake water is not tasty at all;
  • Wear high boots suitable for hiking;
2017-08-02T11:14:53+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|