About Black Rock Lake - Round Trip

Best time to visit: Summer

Black Rock Lake is located in Kakheti, on the border of Georgia - Russia. It’s also known as Long Lake. It is situated in the main watershed of Kavkasioni ridge, 2800 meters from the sea level. This is one of the most interesting trails in all of Georgia and is distinguished by its astounding views of the Alazani valley and the Caucasus mountains.

The route starts from the Lagodekhi Protected Areas Administration. In 10-15 min you will come across unique hornbeam stands (400-600 m above sea level) which are rather rare in the Caucasus. In 30-40 min we will cross river Lagodekhi valley. While in 20-30 min we enter young virgin hornbeam stands, which grew as a result of a wind-break (1933). In 15-30 min we come across to the local Kakhetianendemi plant – LeotnicesmirnoviiTrautv, which flourishes during early spring and is included in the Red List. In 30 min we get to the beginning of the ridge in untouchable beech stands. In an hour we go up the hill 1,300 m above sea level and go along Kochalo hill, where we can observe beech forest on the north and mixed, broad-leaved forest on the south-east. In 2 hours you will appear in a sub-alpine zone – high hill, shallow maple stands. In an hour you will see the tourist shelter Meteo, picnic and camping sites specially arranged along the area.

On the second day we continue our trip on Kochalo hill. In an hour we go up to the upper alpine, where visitors can observe rare ungulate animals such as: deer, chamois and wild goat; as well as birds such as grouse, bearded and various eagles. In an hour we go up the pass to the so-called Demidovi ruins, which are famous for a fiefdom of goats. Afterwards we appear on relatively flat alpine meadows which represent pastures for goats. In the following 40 minutes we come across little lakes and wetlands embroidered by the magic of nature from the glacial age. In 30 minutes Black Rock Lake spreads in front of us. Magic nature changes in front of the visitor 400-3,500 m above sea level, and in the case of a careful walk one can meet rare representatives of fauna. Visitors can move by horses, rest on specially arranged picnic spots, overnight in tents and rent appropriate equipment. It is remarkable that Black Rock Lake represents a natural border between Georgia and Daghestan, the Russian Federation.

First Day - from the administrative center to the tourist shelter. Distance - 11.5 km. (Administrative Center 500 meter above sea level- tourist shelter "Meteo" 2000 meter above sea level).

Second Day – from the tourist shelter to the lake and than to tourist shelter "Demidovi Appartement". Distance - 15.5 km. (tourist shelter "Meteo" 2000 meter above sea level, Black rock Lake - 2800 meter above sea level, tourist shelter "Demidovi Appartement" - 2650 meter above sea level )

Third Day - travelling from the tourist shelter "Demidovi Appartement" to the administration building. Distance - 15 km. (tourist shelter "Demidovi Appartement" - 2650 meter above sea level, Administrative Center 500 meter above sea level)

Note: As the lake is close to the boarder while visiting, you must have an ID card to register at the boarder.

Tags: #hiking #Nature #Lake #Water #Horse Tour #Horse #Horseback Riding #Rider #trekking #Backpacking #Adventure Tour
41.841698 , 46.28303
Recommended duration: 3 days
Total distance: 42 km
Difficulty: Medium

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