Mtirala National Park is located 25 km from Batumi. The park area is almost 16 thousand hectares. Rare species of flora and fauna of wet Colchian forests are preserved here. Dozens of species are included in the Red Book of Georgia.
Mtirala National park is a major tourist attraction. There is a Visitor Center, located right in the park, as well as two trails for lovers of mountain hiking.
Trail 1 - "Tsabnnari"
Type of the route: hiking
Length of the circular route: 7 km
Height above sea level: 260 - 445 m
Degree of complexity: simple
The circular route "Tsalbnari" starts from the Visitor Centre and goes to the gorge of the Chakvistskali River. At the beginning of the route you will find a mechanical cable car, which will take you to the other side of the river. Then you can continue your way to the waterfall. This stretch of the trail is covered with the rhododendron shrubs that magnificently bloom in the spring. After walking 1,5 km, you will come to the zipline, where extreme lovers can enjoy descending the zipline rope between evergreen tree crowns. A few meters from the zipline the road is divided into two directions: if you are going to visit only the lake, then turn left, and if you also want to see the waterfall, turn right, and after 1.5 km you will find yourself at a 15-meter waterfall. After walking 1 km back from the waterfall, you will get to the small beautiful lake. Here you can stop for a picnic in a place specially adapted for this purpose and have a swim.
Trail № 2 "Tsivtskaro"
Type of the route: hiking
Duration: 2 days
Season: June - September
Lenght of the circular route: 16 km
Height above sea level: 260-1250 m
Degree of complexity: medium
In comparison with the "Tsalbnari" trail, the "Tsivtskaro" trail is more complicated and is designed for lovers of long-distance hiking. The two-day route starts from the center of the visitor center and ends at an altitude more than 1250 m above sea level. At the beginning of the route you will need to cross the broadleaf Colchis forest. In addition to a diverse flora, along the route you can also meet representatives of the local fauna: brown bear, roe deer, marten and chamois. Natural springs with crystal-clear water are often found on the way.
On the 9th kilometer of the route there is a tourist shelter for 8 people. There are also places for picnic and fire. The last stretch of the trail is covered by 70% of beech forest.
Since "Tsivtskaro" trail is relatively difficult, it is recommended that you take a guide or ranger with you.
How to get to the park
There is no public transport connecting Batumi and Mtirala, but you can choose one of the transportation options listed below:
Direction: Batumi - Chakvistavi (Visitor Center)
Days: Monday, Friday
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: from Batumi - 3 GEL, from Chakvi 2 GEL
Departure point: Batumi bus station
Departure time: 08:00 / 17: 50
Return time: 09:30 / 19:00
Direction: Batumi-Hala (7 km to the Visitor Center)
Days: Every day
Departure time: 08:30, 11:30, 14:30, 17: 50
Return time: 09:20; 12:20; 15:20; 18:30
Ticket price: 1 GEL
You can get from Batumi to Chakvi by Kobuleti minibus. The minibus departs from the territory adjacent to the Batumi Catholic Church (Address: 54, Gogebashvili Str; Cost: 1 GEL). In Chakvi you should take taxi to get to the Visitor Center (One way: 20 -30 GEL, both ways: 50-60 GEL).
The easiest way to get to Mtirala National Park is by taxi (80-100 GEL) or as part of an organized tour. Information about travel agencies arranging Mtirala tours can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centers or on gobatumi.com
It is possible to stay overnight in the Visitor Centre of Mtirala National Park or in guest houses located in Chakvistavi village. You can get to the local guest houses from the central road either on foot or off-road. The guest houses are distinguished by traditional architecture. Most of the buildings are made of wood. Some houses were built more than 200 years ago. Staying here is a good opportunity to get acquainted with Ajarian folklore and cuisine.
The tourist shelter is located on the 9th kilometer of the "Tsivtskaro" trail. This is a two-storey building with a toilet and a kitchen. Staying in the tourist shelter, you must have a sleeping bag with you.
The cost of overnight stay: 20 GEL
The cost of overnight stay for schoolchildren and students: 10 GEL
Tel: +995 577 10 18 89
More detailed information about the services of Mtirala National Park is available on the official website of the National Parks of Georgia www.nationalparks.ge
Tel: +995 577 10 18 89
For additional information on transport and guides, please call the tourist information centers +995 577 90 90 91 / +995 577 90 90 93
or to travel agencies whose contacts can be found on the website of the Department of Tourism and Resorts of Adjara – www.gobatumi.com