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Day Trip With Hike To Shaori Fortress

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Shaori Fortress view from the bottom

Doukhobor house in village Tambovka

Doukhobor house in village Tambovka

Lower part of Shaori Fortress

Lower part of Shaori Fortress

Ancient "street" leading to the upper part

Ancient "street" leading to the upper part

View from the top of Shaori Fortress

View from the top of Shaori Fortress

Long legged buzzard near Paravani Lake

Long legged buzzard near Paravani Lake

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ONE DAY TRIP WITH HIKE TO SHAORI FORTRESS

Pick-up from: Tbilisi

Tour duration: 9 hours

Trekking grade: Easy 

Season: June - October

Shaori Fortress, sometimes referred to as “Georgian Stonehenge”, represents mysterious bronze Age megalithic structure in Georgia's southern region Samtskhe-Javakheti. Situated on top of the rocky mount, at an altitude of 2752 m, above sea level, the fort overlooks Paravani lake and offers great views of surrounding area. The hike is Easy grade, although the path, that is sometimes barely visible, lies on rocky terrain that makes it a bit tricky for inexperienced hikers. 

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Day to day

Driving distance (one way): 140 km, 2 hr 50 mins. 

Hiking distance: 5 km, 2 hours; 390 m ↑ and 390 m ↓

Hike Difficulty: Easy; (Rocky terrain, make sure to wear hiking boots!) 

8:00 AM, pick up from Tbilisi. Drive to southern part of Georgia, passing by Tskneti and continuing to Tsalka, largest settlement and municipality center of Kvemo Kartli region. 

Soon after leaving Tbilisi, we will make a short stop at the viewpoint called “Sidedris Ena” (Eng: “Tongue of Mother in Law”), which was featured in Hollywood movie about Russo-Georgian war in 2008 called - 5 Days of War, among others starring Rupert Friend, Andy Garcia and Val Kilmer. 

Our next stop will be in village Tambovka, located at the shores of Paravani lake (the largest alpine lake in Georgia). This village was founded by Russian Doukhobors (Christian religious group) and there are few of them that still live there, despite harsh climatic conditions.

Their settlements are characterized by very unique form of architecture. Even though, most of the houses are in ruins, there are several examples of traditional Doukhobor houses, with green roofing and fancy facades.

After visiting the village, we will continue west towards the mountains, where our hike begins. The trail here is not marked, so it is advisable to always follow your guide, as the “path” is barely noticeable and lies or rocky terrain with not very stable rocks. The upper section of the trail hides a big surprise for the visitors – ancient “street” that is made out of finely laid flat rocks, which must have been constructed some thousands of years ago. This final and most pleasant to walk section, leads you to the main highlight of the journey – Shaori megalithic fort, located on top of the mountain. 

Until today, it is not certain what was the purpose of this construction, some scholars say it was used for Astronomic observations while others are more inclined to its sacral origin and proclaim it as an ancient pagan temple. Whichever it is, one can definitely feel its mysterious atmosphere. 

After reaching the top and a picnic lunch at the fortress, we will slowly descend back to our vehicle and drive back to Tbilisi, fully charged with positive energy and peaceful atmosphere of the visited sight. 

 

Inclusions


Included

Transportation:

  • Private 4x4 vehicle with professional driver.*

Staff:

  • Professional Trekking guide service.*

Catering:

  • 1 lunch pack and 2 liters of bottle per participant.  

Gear:

  • Trekking Poles;

*For groups under 3 people, guide and driver will be same person. 


Excluded

  • Alcoholic beverages & personal expenses.
  • Trekking gear such as*:  backpacks, Trekking clothing, personal water storage.

 

Price


Price

Group size

Price per adult

Solo

158

2-3 people

75

4-5 people

65

6-7 people

46

8-10 people 

43

*Online booking deposit: 

15

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More Info


More Info

Comfortable hiking shoes, hat and sunscreen are absolutely necessary!

OPTIONAL SERVICES:

  • Tbilisi airport private pick up service: 25 €
  • Tbilisi airport private drop off service: 22 €
  • Tbilisi airport private transfer double way: 40 €

Cancellation is free of charge prior 2 days of the starting day.

  • The booking deposit 15 Euro is non-refundable. 

If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:

  • 50% of the total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 2 days or less prior to the tour;
  • 100% of the total cost of the tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear.

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