Departing from Tbilisi, head west, toward Kareli. From there, you can continue through Kareli and into the valley of the Dzama River. In some parts, the height of the valley rises to 2,000 meters above sea level!
The Dzama Valley is a compelling destination for tourists and pilgrims alike, with a variety of fascinating locations, including Kintsvisi Monastery, which dates back to the 13th century. The village of Ortubani is also home to the historic Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God and Mzovreti Monastery. Bateti Lake, where you may enjoy a picnic, is also worth exploring.
After passing these locations, you return to the main road and head in the direction of Kozipa in the depths of the Dzama Valley. Kozipa is a complex of medieval monasteries, where the Fathers' Monastery is currently located.
From Kozipa, the route ascends to Shuano Mountain, which offers breathtaking panoramic views. The road then descends to the Gujaretiskali River Valley in Samtskhe-Javakheti.
From this valley, you can follow any one of three routes: the harder route leads to Tabatskuri Lake; the medium route leads to the ski resort of Bakuriani; and the third one brings you down to Tsagveri. From here, you can continue your trip onward to Borjomi.
This road requires an SUV or similar type of vehicle, properly equipped.
The season runs from the end of May until the end of October.
It is recommended to use A/T or M/T tires.
You should bring a GPS device.
In the event of an emergency, dial 112.