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St. Andrew Trail

Hiking

Description


Best time to visit: Summer, May, September, October

On the trail of St. Andrews, you will encounter the bezoar goat, the mixed forests, the highest peak of the national park - Sametskvareo, the mountain Rkinis Jvari, the alpine and subalpine meadows and the sub-tropical forest of Kolkheti.

The visit to Borjomi-Kharagauli National park is not free. For registration, booking of the tourist shelter and other services contact/visit Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park Visitor Center

Itinerary:

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Day 1 - Ascend from Atskuri ranger station - Amarati tourist shelter

The route starts from the Atskuri ranger station. After 1km you will see cage of the capra aegagrus. 20 minutes later trail turns left and ascends narrow path on the slope. After 3 hours from the start you can enjoy the magnificent views. At the end of the first day trail descend to the Amarati Tourist shelter.

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Day 2 - Amarati tourist shelter – Sametskhvario guard shelter

The trail returns from the shelter to the ridge. The trail passes through the slopes and heads to the north-east. The trail passes over the maountain Megruki and from the peak you can see mountain Sametskvareo. The trail descends along the connecting ridge and ascends on mountain Sametskhvareo.

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Day 3 - Sametskhvario guard shelter – Sakhvlari tourist shelter

From the Sametshvareo tourist shelter, the path becomes easier. The trail goes down all day. On the path you will meet mount Rkinis Jvari where, according to legend, St. Andrew the First-Called built the Iron Cross.

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Day 4 - Sakhvlari tourist shelter – Marelisi guard shelter

From the shelter of Sakhvlali the trail goes down the gorge. The trail crosses the river in several places. It is best to check the bridge condition at the administration of Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park.

Duration
4 days
Difficulty
Easy
Distance
52 km (32.31 mi)
Distance from the Capital
160 km (99.42 mi)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Ascend from Atskuri ranger station - Amarati tourist shelter

Day 2 - Amarati tourist shelter – Sametskhvario guard shelter

Day 3 - Sametskhvario guard shelter – Sakhvlari tourist shelter

Day 4 - Sakhvlari tourist shelter – Marelisi guard shelter

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