Lagodekhi National Reserve
Lagodekhi National Reserve
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Ola Wu
Tbilisi, Georgia9 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
We took the route to the Black Gouse Waterfall. It was a beautiful experience, route was well marked but sometimes pretty tough so you need a good pair of trekking shoes. If the weather conditions are bad it can be dangerous and hard to get to the waterfall. You need to go to administration first to sign and talk with the guides. We've met there a guide whos name was Zaza, he is a great guy with a lot of experience. They have three persian cats that are adorable :)
Written January 11, 2020
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Av E
Middle East65 contributions
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Jun 2016
Hey,

SHORT VERSION DOWN...

been there with my girlfriend last June.
Lagodekhi is about 2-3 hours from Tbilsi, we took a taxi from outside one of the metrostations in Tbilisi, dont remember the name but the nice people in the tourist information cube in the middle of Pushkin (Freedom) Square could tell you- be sure to consult them they're extremly useful. price for the taxi- about 20 GEL (we took it with 2 nice old ladies).

Lagodekhi is a small village/town with a HUGE forrested mountain in its edge. the natainal reserver starts at the mounation's feets. there are few treks and the guides there can tell you all about them. we did the small waterfall route but it got late so we came back, and the day after we did the big waterfall trek.

the trek takes you along a river the comes down from the mountaion with very cold water. at start it's not deep and the current isn't strong but that soon changes as you go up the river. the path is pretty clear- you just follow the river, however in someplaces the bank which you're walking on is blocked by trees or rocks and you have to cross the river.
now for the extreme part:
the guy at the national reserve said that there were "bridges" (wood logs...) last summer but guess the heavy rains and the river flow just took them out of their places, and in most cases we had to find out creative ways to cross the river: whether is to take off shoes and cross the river while being carefull not to get carried away by the river, or jumping on rocks. in one of the times these we're LARGE rocks to climb upon and jump from one to another.

after about 3.5-5 hours of walking, we got to the water fall- and its amazing, really big and you get sprayed by the water and its really really beautiful. the way to there isn't that long its just the river crossing takes time.

In Lagodekhi we slept at Vashlovani guesthouse - takes about 40-50 GEL pp with breakfast and supper , which you need since I didn't see any resturants there (but I didnt look also...).
from here you can take taxi (10 GEL) to marshrutka to Sighnaghi, relax a day or 2, and go to wine tour in kakheti and to Davit Garedji mountain caves (nice but not mandatory..)

SHORT VERSION:

taxi to lagodekhi from Tbilisi- 20 GEL appx, 2-3 hours.
TREKS in Lagodekhi National Reserve: small water fall, Big waterfull, and few more harder treks (take few days).
no need for guide, not payment at entrance when I visited there.
big waterfull- go alongside the river, sometimes on of the banks is blocked so you have to CROSS the river barefooted / on rocks. possible but A BIT EXTREME.

Time taken for whole trek: 6-10 hours (started about 9:00 finished about 17:00) .
nice guesthouse- Vashlovani in Lagodekhi.
where to go next: Sighnaghi is pretty close (40 mins by taxi, about 10 GEL).

ENJOY and I hope this helped a bit.
Written July 18, 2016
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Ruqi
Baku, Azerbaijan52 contributions
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Jun 2018
I visited Lagodekhi National Park in June, 2018. I have been to both Black Grouse Waterfall and Ninoskhevi Waterfall. Ninoskhevi is higher, but I enjoyed trail to Black Grouse more. Difficulty of both trails is almost the same, but in the last part of the trail to Ninoskhevi you need to climb rocks (not that difficult). To Black Grouse you can hike as a sole hiker, but for Ninoskhevi to have a partner.
Written August 7, 2018
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932villek
Rome, Italy10 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Couples
We did the big waterfall hike as two not so experienced hikers on a warm July day. I would like to list some observations to take into account if you are doing this and are not too experienced as a hiker.

-First of all, the hike is definitely worth the effort. The waterfall is breathtaking and very rewarding to see.
-The path leads you through a lush green forest with nice and calm scenery and for most part it is shaded.
-At the start of the trail, there are very basic services. Do not count on getting what you need from the trailhead, if you did not bring it with you.
-We took a private taxi from Signagi straight to Lagodekhi trailhead for the big waterfall route. Cost was 90 GEL. The driver waited for us and drove us back to Signagi after we finished.
-We hiked about 2 h 15 mins to the waterfall, spent 15-20 minutes there and hiked about 2 hours back.
-The route involves following a path with red-white, red and sometimes orange markings. In many places the markings were missing and it was easy to lose the way. However it was also easy to find the route again after some search.
-There are no maps available, Google Maps or mobile data do not help you.
-Following the path involved crossing and wading the river and streams several times. Path was blocked by fallen trees or continued on the other side.
-River is not deep but wading makes you wet up to waist high and the current can be surprisingly strong.
-We wore long sleeve training clothes and good and light running shoes. This was helpful as some of the plants can scratch you.
-I would recommend doing this on a dry day. The path was still wet, muddy and slippery even on a very warm day.
-The route involves, towards the end, moderate rock climbing and some narrower trickier places
-We did it at a very relaxed pace, stopping only couple of times
-Carry as little as possible. Leave both hands free. It does not hurt to have your mobile/camera in a waterproof wrap in case of small accidents ;)
-Expect to get sweaty, wet and muddy

It was one of the nicest activities during our trip and well worth the effort. To put the real difficulty level in perspective, there were local families with small children doing the hike.

It was one of nicest acti
Written July 20, 2018
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trip4realGEORGIA
Tbilisi, Georgia2,000 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Family
There is four tourist trails available. One day hiking: Black Grouse Waterfall (9km), Ninoskhevi Waterfall (Great Waterfall) (8km), Machi Fortress (3 km from the main road and village). The last trails is Black Rock Lake - 48 km, 3 days, horseback or hiking.

Visit administration to get advice, map or better to have guide.
Written January 21, 2017
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shaym110
Tel Aviv District, Israel21 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Friends
I hiked to black rock lake trail in mid-June. It is a demanding 3 days hike, and you should carry food, equipment, and 2-3 liters of water with you. The first day starts at the park headquarters, where there's a small visitor center with knowledgeable rangers. You can get a trail map there. From the headquarters it is a 1,500 meters climb (500 MSL to 2000 MSL) to the Mateo cabin (roughly 12 km), with some steep and muddy slopes, mostly through forested terrain. The cabin is unmanned and sleeps 16. The second day is a 25km hike from the cabin to black rock lake and back (12.5 kn each way). There's an option to reach another cabin closer to the lake and descend from there on the third day, but it was not yet open due to snow when we hiked there. The lake itself is at roughly 2900 MSL, and the ascent leaves the forest, through lavish green meadows, and above through the mountain pass. The scenery is truly spectacular and diverse, though I found black rock lake itself a bit less exciting then I had anticipated. A few kilometers before reaching the lake there is a border patrol post, where you need to sign up. Bring your passport. Lot's of insects, butterflies and birds on the way, and the occasional snake and deer. Highly recommended.
You can get supplies at Lagodekhi, no need to carry food from Tbilisi.
Written June 30, 2018
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MichalL24
Warsaw, Poland87 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Couples
Beatiful place for haking, very interesting 5 hours way to small waterfall. After hiking Please visit the restaurant near the information centre. Cheap and Nice 😊
Written September 13, 2016
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francien2015
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1,053 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Family
We started our hike through the Lagodekhi Nature reserve and immediately spotted a black woodpecker then the streams surprised us with an awe . The spotting of the Lynx made the experience complete . Breathtaking...
Written August 19, 2018
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UsaFrequentflyer
USA47 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Couples
The hike to Gurgeniani waterfall (also known as the Big waterfall) is a great one to take on within Lagodekhi Park. The waterfall itself is really beautiful, and the hike to get there is very pleasant. It travels alongside the river throughout and through very green and clean forest. This hike does not start at the main entrance to the park, but at the Gurgeniani entrance about 10 minutes' drive away. I'd say the hike is generally 'easy' but in August 2017, bridges were missing at several sections, which required us to remove our shoes and wade through the (quite strong) river, or to hoist yourself over some large boulders which required a fair amount of upper body strength to pull yourself over. Hiking boots are definitely not needed, but I'd recommend good running shoes, to help you keep your balance while scrambling over rocks, and to help support your feet as you will be walking quite a bit over the rocky banks of the river. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to the waterfall walking at a gentle pace, about 2 hours to get back. A few suggestions based on our experience:
- Do pay attention to the trail markers, especially on the way back as it can be tricky to spot the actual trail in sections.
- Bring your bathing suit if you'd like to get into one of the pools at the base of the waterfall, or one of the smaller waterfalls/cascades along the hike.
- Do wear sunscreen - while half of the hike is through shaded forest, if you're walking during the afternoon the sun can be quite strong.
- There are several clean springs as you get close to the waterfall (and at the waterfall itself) so it is possible to refill your water bottles for the return journey.
- Lastly, for safety I wouldn't recommend doing this hike alone, and if hiking in the mid-afternoon, making sure to turn around from the waterfall with plenty of time before sunset. We didn't meet anyone on our return journey and it would be easy to run into difficulty or to turn an ankle in the twilight.
Written August 28, 2017
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Nanna
Copenhagen, Denmark66 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Solo
I did a five hour walk to the waterfall and was accompanied by a local dog the whole way. The hike was not too hard, eleven though the last part was a bit steep. The walk started from the information centre, where they are super helpful and speak English.
On my hike I didn't meet many other people but had the chance to be alone in nature (with "my" dog).
The paths are marked with white and yellow on trees and rocks.
You can do it even if you are not a seasoned hiker, but you will need proper hiking boots, as parts of the trail are a bit slippery, especially if it has been raining.
Written July 16, 2017
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