Rkoni Village, Chkopiani Village, and Drisi Fortress are all located in the Tedzami River valley, two hours from Tbilisi.
The thirteen-kilometre route is of intermediate difficulty, with the inclined path taking about five hours.
The hike starts in the centre of Rkoni Village, and first takes you to the 11th-century Ikvi St. George Church.
From there the path continues into a forest, soon leading you to an 8th-9th-century church in Chachubeti Village.
From here, you’ll take a descending path to Chkopiani Village, from which only about 1.5 kilometres remain until you reach Drisi Fortress.
Drisi Fortress, which is built on a cliff on the left bank of the Tedzami River, is a monument of Georgian architecture from the late Feudal Period. The wall, the four-story tower within it, and a small hall-type church remain today, but in its prime there were also a palace and agricultural buildings.
Two paths lead up to Drisi Fortress. One comes from the east through a forest, while the other comes from the west.
Only ambitious hikers should attempt the second route, as it is a rather difficult hike.