Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tours around Tbilisi (10): Armazis Khevi

Tours around Tbilisi
Tbilisi offers a wide range of 1- day tours.
Georgian Tourism Association (GTA) has tested some of them.
Please note:
GTA does not sell tours, the service is for information only and we do not take responsibility for any inconvenience that people might encounter during the proposed tours.

Tour 10: Armazis Khevi

Hike through a beautiful forest gorge up to the ruins of Armazi Fortress

Cross the railway line directly in front of the restaurant "Armazis Zqaro" and find a small path that leads along a waterpipeline on the left side of the valley. Follow the path, crossing the small river several times. A signboard shows a path up to a ruined church “Ghvtis Mschoblis” one
of many good picnic spots.

To reach the fortress, hike down again into the valley and follow it until the path climbs up steep on the right side and reach the fortress in a few minutes.

Adventure option: Follow the canyon at the bottom of the
Fortress, climbing up a few small waterfalls and hike up the trail that on your right leads up to the back of the fortress.

(If you follow the canyon further you’ll reach village Karsani.)

The restaurant Armazis Zqaro is a fascinating shadowy place to
have a good Georgian meal on the terraces above the river after your tour.

How to get there:
From the bridge over Mtkvari River before entering Mtskheta follow the road that leads upriver, past the trainstation, approx 2 km to a restaurant named Armazis
Zqaro (Sign in Georgian) on the right side of the road. If you drive, park your car in the yard of the restaurant.

Best Season: April - November

Easy/Moderate, frequent crossings of small creek can be difficult after heavy rainfall
or thunderstorm (!)

approx 1,5 hours one way, less than 500m of ascent/descent.


Hans said...

Danke Steffen, viele nette Sachen und Touren neu kennengelernt auf Deinem Blog ! Wir sehen uns in Vardzia ! Beste Gruesse, Heiner

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