/ TREKKING IN SAMEGRELO, WHAT TO DO IN MARTVILI

The Megrelian Sulguni Trail is situated in Martvili Municipality. The trail’s length is 14 km and it begins from the resort of Lebarde at 1600 m a.s.l. and ends up at two beautiful lakes – Small and Big Tobavarchkhili, situated between the ridges of Dvira and Askhi at 2200m above sea level. The path stands out with its amazing nature: valleys, forests, lakes and fantastic views of Caucasian mountains. Once you will have seen the picturesque views you will never forget them. The route is not a hard one; you won’t need any special equipment for it. Here, on this trail you can taste the best sulguni in the whole of Georgia, made by local shepherds. Here you can also try fresh sour cream, kefir and matsoni, a kind of buttermilk typical of Georgia.

The trail to Lebarde requires the use of an off-road vehicle. Another way is to take „public transport”, but it’s not the one you thought of. Every 10th, 20th and 30th day of the month, some trucks leave from the town of Taleri to go up to Lebarde to take a new shift of shepherds and return with the best sulguni made in the mountains. From the resort of Lebarde you will start your delicious cheese trekking route. The best part of it, apart from wonderful views of Caucasian peaks, is meeting with local shepherds who will show you how real sulguni is made. Cheese made by locals in nature, with the freshest milk from the Lebarde alpine zone, prepared straight on the bonfire in the middle of the mountains is probably the best thing you can taste in Samegrelo.