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Hike to Black Rock Lake

Hike to Black Rock Lake

It’s Thursday evening. I am leaving office at 6:30 pm to pack for a three-day track in Lagodekhi Protected Areaswith my husband, Oto and my colleague, Ruska. It’s been one year since my spinal surgery, so I am nervous how my waist will react to a long, hard and exhausting 50 Km trail which leads to a Black Rock Lake at 3,000 meters above the sea level.

The national park located in Kakheti region is 185 km away from Tbilisi – Georgia’s capital and borders with Azerbaijan and Dagestan. It conserves a variety of rare flora and fauna making the track here an unforgettable adventure.

We drive during the night to Lagodekhi to start our hike early in the morning on Friday. Black Rock Lake Trail is considered to be one of the hardest, interesting and beautiful trails in all of Georgia boasting with magnificent views over the Caucasus and Alazani valley. The track is doable in three days, but for more enjoyment, I would recommend four or even five days.