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Suatisi to Mna gorge is a 27 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kobi, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 27.0 miles Elevation Gain: 5,833 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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camping

hiking

rock climbing

river

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waterfall

wildlife

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3-4 day trekking/hiking in Caucausus mountains. Below is an optional itinerary. Day 1: Arrival to Kobi village. Take the "marshrutka" bus from Tbilisi bus station direction Kazbegi (Stepanzminda) and ask your driver to let you off in Kobi. Then start trekking into the Ketrisi valley along the Terek river. At the entrance of the Suatisi valley, there are ruins of an old Zakagori fortress, which you can climb to explore. After hiking back down, you may be met with border soldier who ask for the permit papers. After entering the valley, setup our tent for overnight. Day 2: Trekking in the Suaitisi valley to the glacier. The trek is pretty flat and not difficult until the point where you need to cross the streaming river coming from the glacier (there was no real possibility to continue the trek on the right side because the river bends to the mountain slope, so you need to cross the river to the left then, following some hundreds of meters, crossing back to the right ). In early summer the water level can be high and the river can be intense, so crossing can be challenging. There is a shepherds village on the left side. You can see if some horsemen will offer you help to cross the river on the horses first to the left side then back to the right. Hiking up, setup your tent close to the glacier at the end of the valley. Day 3: Hiking up to the east, first following some obvious route. The hike then turns quite steep, the grass gradually disappears and the route goes though shales and rocks. After reaching the highest elevation (around 3385m) the descending route goes down without obvious marks to the Mna valley. Setup your tent close to the river. Day 4: Hiking back to the starting point. Hike the Mna valley till the intersection with the Terek river and walk back the same path you were going from Kobi. How to return to Tbilisi: you can call a taxi to Kazbegi from a road cafe in Kobi, then from Kazbegi (Stepanzminda) take the regular bus to Tbilisi. Note: A permission paper might be needed to enter the Suatisi valley as the region is close to the Georgian-Russian border. The permissions can be received at the border police office in Tbilisi (preliminarily applying via Email to pr_bpg@mia.gov.ge).

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