Last updated on 17th February, 2024

From Lebarde to Lentekhi

Virtually unknown, yet pretty spectacular 2-day trek in the Lower Svaneti.

This little-known, yet very interesting trail showcases some of the best sceneries of western Lower Svaneti and a different perspective on the main ridge of the Greater Caucasus mountains and Egrisi range. Still, since it's not that long, it's unlikely that someone will travel to Lebarde just for this walk (even if the road problem gets solved in the future). It makes much more sense to combine it with routes coming to Lebarde from the direction of Lebarde lakes, making this trek a terrific way to finish some longer trek starting in the area of Kulbaki or Askhi plateau.

Duration: 1,5 days

The only reason I’d consider completing this hike within a day is an uncertain situation about the water. However, that would be extremely exhausting, so it's better to camp along the route.

Difficulty: Moderate/Hard

This is not a well-trodden trail. Along the route, you will have to navigate a narrow, partially overgrown ridge which sometimes leaves you no other chance but to bypass it on a steep slope. There is also quite a steep descent just before arriving at the campsite and poor water availability.

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When to go:

The best period to go is from the early summer till mid October. Because of the water issues, I’d recommend going in early summer to have a better chance to find it, as well as to avoid the irritating heat.

Which way to hike:

Because of the logistics, it's much more pleasant and convenient to start this hike at Lebarde, as described below.


Not surprisingly, the ridge itself is dry. The only place where you could theoretically get water is at the campsite of Devashi ridge (or Ienashi - both names valid), near the start of the decent dirt road used by woodcutters (and it may be hard to find cause it’s hidden under a thick cover of plants). I wouldn’t name it as a spring, but rather as an underground water pooled in an approximately 50-60cm diameter shallow natural “reservoir” so it''s even a task to fill the bottle. Besides, who would give any guarantees it will be alive...
So, I recommend taking an extra 2,5l liters from the junction on the Lebarde side (not including 2 liters necessary for the junction – campsite section). Even better for you if you get the water at the campsite. But it's better not to rely on it.


For this trek, you will need a tent. Some huts can be seen in the distance during the hike, but their condition and ownership are more than questionable.

Alternative routes

According to the local hiking community, two more routes linking Lebarde and Lentekhi are available. The first one traverses onto the opposite side of Devashi ridge, across the valley to the south, follows meadows at the foothills of Egrisi range and descends via Shva ridge close to Kutaisi-Lentekhi highway (but quite far from the town itself).
Another one treks northwards directly from Lebarde, crosses the Egrisi range and ends up in Khacheshi village, 15 km far from Lentekhi, hauling through landslides, rock falling and an extremely overgrown valley. Hence, it’s absolutely clear that the trek given in the description has no real alternative in terms of logistics, difficulty and convenience.

How to get to Lebarde:

The saddest part of the whole journey. Lebarde is the worst dead-end one can imagine with a totally derelict road. The journey to get there will have at least two phases.
First, you need to reach Doberazeni village, where a dirt track to Lebarde starts. Taxi from Kutaisi would cost you at least 100 GEL. If you prefer public transport, your best bet is marshrutkas departing to Martvili. These leave from the bus station by McDonalds at 7:30, 8:00, and then in hourly intervals. Ask the driver if he continues to Didi Chkoni or even further to Kurzu, otherwise, you will need to hitchhike or take a taxi for the remaining 25km to Doberazeni or Kurzu.
Here starts the harder part. To Lebarde, it´s another 25km on a quite poor dirt track. And what´s even worse, there are several Tekhuri river crossings, one of them particularly unpleasant. For this reason, I don´t recommend hiring a taxi for the whole route at Kutaisi, you need a local driver familiar with the route. You should ask around the village and hire a taxi or truck driver, however, it could cost several hundreds of lari. Much optimal solution is trucks, which during summer, regularly bring vacationeers from Doberazeni to Lebarde, however, their schedule for the 2024 season is not known yet. Once it gets public, will try to update it here.

How to leave Lentekhi:

There are several marshrutkas a day departing in the direction of Kutaisi, with the first one leaving around 8 am. Your best bet is to head to the bus station situated at the main square or, if you are staying at the local guesthouse, to ask your landlord to procure a ticket for you.

Description of the route

Trail parameters

Distance 29 km
Trail type: AB trip
Max. elevation: 2638m
Min. elevation: 872m
Total climb: 1740m
Total descent: 2465m

Day 1: Lebarde - Devashi ridge campsite
distance 17km, 1420m and 910m

You shall start from Lebarde meadow eastwards on the broader path, cross a little stream and then into the forest. Quite soon it will turn sharply south ascending the slope with some 150m of elevation gain.

Once you reach the open area it follows a narrower trail on the hillside in the SE direction, mostly straightforward until you descend a bit and cross the stream next to the hut. Then you shall climb the opposing slope, soon bypassing another hidden hut lying atop.

Once you make it out of the forest, and shortly afterwards climb to the top of the small ridge (altitude 2040m), you shall reach a (not too obvious) junction - time to leave the well-trodden trail to Lebarde lakes, which is going here down again. Turn left and start climbing the ridge in the northeastern direction.

Day 2: Devashi campsite - Lentekhi distance 12km, 335m and 1580m

Pack up and return to the start of the road. At the beginning, it goes southwards into the forest and descends through southern slope of Devashi ridge for quite some time but then treks up again to cross towards Lentekhi. Don’t get frustrated if you come across a few turns which are nothing more but short dead-ends. If you have a general sense of orienteering and can distinguish between the main road and the one made to extract the wood you won’t have any problems. However, keep in mind that I lost gpx signal during this descent (at places where waypoints are much more spread out as before). Please, do not follow this last part blindly and if you finish this trek, I would be very glad if you sent me your gpx log.

Also, with some luck, you may hitch a ride with some local woodcutters because the walk on the dirt road is really not that interesting. If not, you just keep following the switchbacks till you reach the village Tsanashi and the real road. Lentekhi lies less than 3 km to walk to reach Lentekhi.

The trail was hiked by Alex, local backpacker and trekking guide, who also provided pictures, gpx and the hike description. Thanks a lot!

Devashi ridge Views towards Egrisi mountains Trek from Lebarde to Lentekhi Views from Mt. Diuristavi Lower Svaneti Egrisi range. Opposite range south of Devashi valley Devashi ridge, sweet doggo and Shkhara in front Svaneti range and Mt.Laila. Lebarde/Tekhuri valleys Devashi valley Egrisi range and supposedly Mt.Tsekuri.
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