About Toba - Lakes on Egrisi Range
Egrisi Range (Range of Samegrelo, Odishi range) is the alongside range of the south slope of the Caucusus mountain, which is located in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti. The lower area of the ridge up to 1200 m is covered with sprawling forests (oak, hornbeam, chestnut, beech), up to 2100 m above sea level coniferous forest (fir-tree, spruce), and above, the subalpine and alpine meadows. Egrisi range is the source of several rivers: Magana, Tekhuri, Khobi, Tkheishi, Kasleti and others. The range is the homeland of beautifule lakes: Tobavarchkhili (Silver lake), Okhodje Lake (Tsashkibuli Toba, small lake), Kalalish Toba, Didgalish Toba, Tsakatskarish Toba, Okare Toba, Lakumurashi Lake and others.
Beautiful lakes on the Egrisi Range can be accessed by different routes. You can start and finish your hike from three of the most common places: 1. Mukhuri ; 2. Skuri; 3. Khaishi.
The most popular place for starting the route is the Mukhuri, because you can get to Natipuru campsite by decent off-road vehicle. The Natipuru campsite is located at 1930 MSL which is the highest place where you can get by the vehicle, comparing to two other options.
Here we will describe one of the most popular routes. This route covers most of the lakes on Egrisi range, which are relatively easy to access. The trail starts and ends in Mukhuri.
Day 1: Natipuru
The distance from the village of Mukhuri to Natipuru campsiate is 24 kilometers and it takes 4-5 hours to get there by vehicle. If you will reach Natipuru campsite during the first half of the day and you will yourself fresh, you can start the trail and cut the distance of the second day. If this is not the case, stay and have a rest.
Day 2: Natipuru - Small Lake (Okhoje)
The distance from campsite Natipuru to the lake Okhoje is 9 km. The trail is marked and easy to see. The surface of the path is diverse: grass, rocks, scree and snow. You will need on an average 6-8 hours to reach the lake. There is plenty of room for tents near the lake.
Day 3: Small Lake (Okhoje) -Tobavarchkhili (Silver Lake)
The distance from the lake Okhoje to Tobavarshkhili (silver lake) is 4 km. You will need 3-4 hours to reach the lake. The surface of the path is diverse: grass, rocks, scree and snow.
Day 4: Didgalish Toba, Kalalish Toba, Tsakatskarish Toba
You do not have to move the camp on this day. Ascend on the north east ridge of the lake and descend into the gorge. At first, you will see Didgalish Toba then Kalalish Toba. You can go up to the small pass and take a look at Tsakatskarish Toba. By the end of the day, you will go back to the campsite.
Day 6: Natipuru - Mukhuri
You will descend to the village Mukhuri from campsite Natipuru by the vehicle.
You can get to the village Mukhuri by any type of the vehicle. From Mukhuri to Natipuru campsite you can get only by well-equipped 4X4 off-road vehicle.
- 42.636973, 42.175434
- 42.944066, 42.184272
- 314km From Tbilisi
- 15km From Chkhorotsku
- 15km From Tsalenjikha
- 339km From Tbilisi International Airport
- 78km From Kutaisi International Airport
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This is the most beautiful destination for hiking in Georgia. Landscape is gorgeous. You'll experience diversity of Georgian nature: forests, cliffs, lakes, glaciers, huge summits and etc.
I definitely recommend to everyone, especially Georgians to visit this magic part of Georgia.
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The most amazing place I've ever been...