Before you get to the starting point of the hiking route, first you will arrive at the village of Gudani, which played a vital role in the creation of traditions, clothing, and customs of Khevsureti. The village is the home of the most important place of worship in Khevsureti, the Gudani Cross.
From Gudani, continue a dirt road past a few nearly empty villages – Batsaligo and Atabe – and arrive at Ukankhadu village, 2,000 kilometers above sea level.
The 11 km long dirt road between Gudani and Ukhankhadu villages should be covered by an off-road car.
The hiking route starts at Ukankhadu, slowly attains greater difficulty and after covering about five kilometers you reach Tanie Pass, located at 3040 meters above sea level. Tanie Pass sits on the main range of the Caucasus Mountains and is considered one of the most difficult hiking areas in Georgia.
From the pass head north and follow the 5,5 km long path that leads to the heart-shaped Tanie Lake, between two massive mountains, at 2,232 meters above sea level. Set up a camp near the lake and the 12-kilometer long hiking trail is over.
The best time to hike this route is from the end of June to the end of September.
Gudani-Ukankhadu-Tanie Lake is of difficult category and it’s recommended to hike the tour together with an experienced, certified guide.