Explore the most breathtaking lakes in the mountainous region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, taste the local cuisine, and discover the daily life of the shepherds. Visit the Shurubumu Cave and explore the canyons of Gvalashara and Ghunji.
Tobavarchkhili Lakes are a general term referring to several lakes in the mountainous region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti. The tour starts from the village Mukhuri and before embarking on a trail leading to the lakes, you’ll visit Shurubumu Cave. The path to the cave is covered with moss. In spring, when the snow starts to melt in the mountains, the cave fills up with water and falls on the moss-covered rocks afterwards. Nor far from here, you’ll explore Gvalashara and Ghunji Canyons. After this, you’ll continue your way towards the lakes. The first lake you will visit is the Little Toba, or Okhoje Toba, located at 2,550 meters above sea level. Then, you’ll continue your way towards Tobavarchkhili lake (Big Toba) at 2,650 meters above sea level. You will overnight in cottages, tent, or at shepherds’ camps. Here, you’ll be treated with Megrelian cuisine and various dairy products. After, you’ll continue your way to the river Magana valley and on your way back, you’ll visit Kuakanstsalia, one of the wonders of nature. It translates as ‘the swinging rock’. It’s a limestone that sits on an elevated pedestal at 1,800 meters above sea level, in the alpine zone. It weighs around 10-12 tons. With a slight push it starts to swing and makes knocking sounds. The tour ends at the village of Skuri.