Tours of Lagodekhi protected areas
LAGODEKHI NATIONAL PARKS
Lagodekhi Protected Areas are located in the most north-eastern part of Georgia. They include the Lagodekhi Strict Nature Reserve and Lagodekhi Managed Nature Reserve along the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus range. The protected areas lie between 400-3500 m above sea level.
Lagodekhi is characterized by a temperate, humid subtropical climate. Water abounds: the Ninoskhevi, Shromiskhevi, Lagodekhistskali and Matsimistskali have their source in the high mountains and create many rapids and waterfalls, which become quiet streams in the lower forest. In the Lagodekhi alpine zone are lovely lakes of glacial origin, the largest of which is the 14 metre deep Black Rock Lake, located on the Georgian- Russian border. There is an alternation of vertical zoning and habitats in this vast territory (19749 ha).
The Protected Areas are rich in endemic flora and fauna: 121 Lagodekhi botanical species are endemic to the Caucasus, nine are endemic to Georgia. Lagodekhi is famous for its well preserved beech and hornbeam virgin forests. Besides these the higher regions have maple and Georgian- and mountain-oak groves, while in the subalpine zone Caucasian rhododendron is widespread.
Vertebrates are represented by 126 species, composed of four species of fish, five amphibians, 12 reptiles, 150 birds and 53 species of mammals. The nature reserves
are home to many invertebrates whose presence has not been researched in depth yet.
Several endangered species included in the Red List of Georgia inhabit the Lagodekhi Protected Areas. Among the ungulates are the chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra), the East Caucasian tur (Capra cylindricornis), the red deer (Cervus elaphus), roe deer
(Capreolus Capreolus), and wild boar (Sus scrofa). Among the carnivores are lynx
(Lynx lynx) and gray wolf (Canis lupus) as well as the brown bear (Ursa arctos).
Note: Price depends on type of accommodation and number of persons.
There are many national parks and protected areas in Georgia, each unique and with great commitment to preservation of nature. None can match Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park in importance however. As a member of PAN Parks, it is a wildlife reserve that applies the highest standards of protection and sustainable development of tourism.
Vashlovani Protected Areas consist of Vashlovani Nature Reserve, Vashlovani National Park and three Natural Monuments (Eagle Gorge, Takhti-Tepa mud volcanoes and Kaklisquri Alazani flood plain forest). It is bordered to the east by the Alazani River and also benefits from the nearby Iori River to the south. The water cuts a deep, beautiful canyon known as the ‘sharp walls’ through limestone cliffs which rise to 150 m.
The neigbouring regions of Tusheti and Khevsureti are situated in the north-eastern end of Georgia. They are bordered by Daghestan to the east, Chechnya to the north, and Kakheti to the south. These regions are punctuated by the peaks of the Greater Caucasus range, carved asunder by numerous gorges, the waters from which flow into two major rivers: the Pirikiti Alazani and Gometsari Alazani. They are separated by the Makratela watershed and merge near the village of Shenako where they leave Georgia and, as the single Andis Koisu, flow into Daghestan and down to the Caspian Sea.
Mtirala National Park is located in Adjara. Mtirala mountain is located between the Black Sea and the Adjarian mountain range on the watershed of the Chakvistskali and Koraghitskali rivers. These mountains intercept the humid air from the Black Sea and determine Adjara's climate. Generally, Adjara is rich in atmospheric precipitation but Mount Mtirala, with a height of 1381 m, has the highest rainfall (4520 mm) making it the wettest site in all Georgia. This also explains the name Mtirala which means ‘the weeping one’.