• KOJORI TO TBILISI DAY HIKE

    A view of Mount Kazbek from the Kojori to Tbilisi hiking trail
  • KOJORI TO TBILISI

    A view of Mount Kazbek from the Kojori to Tbilisi hiking trail

KOJORI TO TBILISI

DAY HIKE

Looking for a scenic day hike near Tbilisi? A visit to historic Kojori Fortress followed by a hike all the way back to Tbilisi is a great option. Kojori is quick, cheap, and easy to get to, and the walk back offers wonderful mountain and city views. At 16 km it’s long enough to make a day of it, but not too challenging if tackled in this largely downhill direction.

In this quick guide we’ll detail how to get to Kojori, give an overview of the hike, and provide route maps and a GPX track download for you to easily navigate yourself.

KOJORI TO TBILISI HIKING MAP

Use the map below to guide you from Kojori to Tbilisi and help you find places of interest along the way. You can also download an offline version to Maps.me (iOS/Android). Tap the menu button at the top left for more details, to toggle layers on and off, and switch between satellite and terrain view.


To save this map to use online on desktop or mobile just tap the star symbol at the top. When you open Google Maps on your phone, navigate to ‘Saved’ at the bottom, then swipe along to ‘Maps’ at the top. You’ll find this map in your list of maps. On desktop, click the three lines at the top left, select ‘Your Places’, then ‘Maps’. Click the map, then scroll down and select ‘Open in My Maps’ to access the interactive version

Alternatively, just tap the rectangle symbol at the top right of the map in this blog post to view the My Maps version larger on desktop.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to view this version of the map offline, but we’ve created a similar version for offline use as per below.


To use an offline map with all the same pins and hiking trail marked, first download Maps.Me (iOS/Android), then download our Kojori to Tbilisi Hike bookmarks, and select open with Maps.Me. 

You can easily navigate by tapping the bookmark for your start point and selecting ‘route from’, then tap your end point bookmark and select ‘route to’. If you want to plot a different route to the one suggested by Maps.me, just tap a third (or fourth, fifth, etc.) bookmark between the start and end points and select ‘add stop’.

You can use Maps.me offline or online, but note that the attached photos and links for each bookmark will only appear when you’re online.


HOW TO GET TO KOJORI

You can get to Kojori by bus or taxi from Tbilisi.

TBILISI TO KOJORI BUS

Take bus number 10 or 106 from Tbilisi to Kojori. It takes around 40 minutes and costs 0.50₾. Wikiroutes shows both the number 10 bus route and number 106 bus route – enlarge each map to see a list of stops. Bus number 10 will get you closest to Kojori Fortress (get off at stop Azeula and Vazha Pshavela Str Intersection). If you take bus number 106, you’ll need to walk a little further to get to the fortress (get off at Baratashvili and Kojori Highway Intersection or Kojori Center).

The buses run approximately every 40 minutes between 7am and 11pm. You can pay onboard with exact money at the ticket machine, or use a Metromoney card.

TBILISI TO KOJORI TAXI

You can hail a taxi on the street, or use an app such as Bolt (iOS/Android) to organise a taxi direct to Kojori Fortress. It should cost around 20-25₾, but this will depend on where in Tbilisi your journey starts. It takes around 30 minutes from Amaghleba Street in upper Sololaki to Kojori Fortress.

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Two hikers and a dog rest on a rock in front of an unnamed lake on the Black Rock Lake trek
A hiker climbs the shale switchback trail to Atsunta Pass on the Shatili Omalo trek, with the layered mountains of Khevsureti behind
A hiker descends the switchback ridgeline trail from Chaukhi Pass to Abudelauri Lakes on the Juta to Roshka trek in Georgia
Snow capped Mt. Kazbek shining bright at sunrise, as seen from the town of Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) in northern Georgia
The settlement of Abano in Truso Valley, with the old monastery on the right and Zakagori Fortress seen behind
One of the best views of Gergeti Trinity Church, seen from the hiking trail to Gergeti Glacier and Mt. Kazbek
Hikers descend from the viewpoint at Kojori Fortress in Georgia
A UAZ Buhanka campervan parked at the side of a grassy track to Levani's Lake on the expansive Javakheti Plateau
A person walks beneath the huge dusty sky looking at the seemingly endless hazy view at Takhti-Tepha Mud Volcanoes in the Vashlovani Protected Area
Two people watch something in the distance from outside a parked 4x4 vehicle in the hills of Racha, Georgia.
Two hikers and a dog rest on a rock in front of an unnamed lake on the Black Rock Lake trek
A hiker climbs the shale switchback trail to Atsunta Pass on the Shatili Omalo trek, with the layered mountains of Khevsureti behind
A hiker descends the switchback ridgeline trail from Chaukhi Pass to Abudelauri Lakes on the Juta to Roshka trek in Georgia
Snow capped Mt. Kazbek shining bright at sunrise, as seen from the town of Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) in northern Georgia
The settlement of Abano in Truso Valley, with the old monastery on the right and Zakagori Fortress seen behind
One of the best views of Gergeti Trinity Church, seen from the hiking trail to Gergeti Glacier and Mt. Kazbek
Hikers descend from the viewpoint at Kojori Fortress in Georgia
A UAZ Buhanka campervan parked at the side of a grassy track to Levani's Lake on the expansive Javakheti Plateau
A person walks beneath the huge dusty sky looking at the seemingly endless hazy view at Takhti-Tepha Mud Volcanoes in the Vashlovani Protected Area
Two people watch something in the distance from outside a parked 4x4 vehicle in the hills of Racha, Georgia.

KOJORI TO TBILISI DAY HIKE OVERVIEW

Start your hike at Kojori Fortress, then walk through Kojori town and up to Udzos Monastery. From here a hiking trail leads east all the way to Tbilisi. As you approach the city, you can choose between numerous trails emerging at Mtatsminda, Vera, Vake, or Sololaki. Allow around 4 – 4.5 hours for the hike, plus extra time for sightseeing at the fortress, photo stops, picnics, and so on.

KOJORI FORTRESS

Kojori Fortress, also known as Azeula Fortress after the hill it sits on, dates from the 11th century. It’s mostly in ruins today, but remains a dramatic sight as it juts skywards atop a rocky peak of volcanic origin. At an altitude of 1350 m, there are commanding views from the top that extend far and wide across the countryside.

The crumbled ruins of Kojori Fortress sat atop a rocky outcrop

The ruined fortress rises from a rocky outcrop above the small town of Kojori



The crumbled ruins of Kojori Fortress sat atop a rocky outcrop

The ruined fortress rises from a rocky
outcrop above the small town of Kojori



To the south and west, layers of rolling hillsides, villages, and mountains spread out as far as the eye can see. To the east, Kumisi Reservoir shimmers and sparkles under the sun. And to the north, you can spot Saburtalo district in Tbilisi, and beyond, even the snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus Range (if the weather plays ball).

The view westward over rolling hills from Kojori Fortress, near Tbilisi in Georgia

Westward views from the ruins of Kojori Fortress



The view westward over rolling hills from Kojori Fortress, near Tbilisi in Georgia

Westward views from the ruins of Kojori Fortress



A dirt track leads to the foot of the hill, from where it’s a short, relatively steep hike to the fortress. First, you’ll reach a viewpoint below the fortress, with a side trail to the right leading to an outcrop with a metal cross. From the viewpoint, the trail leads down through a narrow rocky gap, then climbs a metal staircase all the way to the top. It takes around 10-15 minutes to hike from the end of the dirt track to the fortress.

A person squeezes through a tight gap in the rocks to reach the metal staircase to Kojori Fortress in Georgia

A person climbs the metal staircase to Kojori Fortress in Georgia

A person climbs to Kojori Fortress on the steep metal staircase bolted to the rock face

A person squeezes through a tight gap in the rocks to reach the metal staircase to Kojori Fortress in Georgia

First squeeze through the rocky gap


A person climbs the metal staircase to Kojori Fortress in Georgia

Then climb the metal staircase


A person climbs to Kojori Fortress on the steep metal staircase bolted to the rock face

And don’t forget to hold on



KOJORI TOWN

From the fortress, return to the dirt track and follow it for about 1 km to the paved road on the southern edge of town. It’s a further 2.5 km meander through the town to the centre, where there are small Spar and Nikora supermarkets, a pharmacy, and other shops. If you’re interested in Soviet mosaics and monumental art, follow our GPX track past the former Red Carnation Pioneers’ Camp, where a number of mosaics adorn the various buildings. And in the main square, on the end of the Spar building, there’s a huge terracotta relief of a tree with people, animals, monasteries and more growing out of it. It’s unfortunately graffitied in its lower half, but still impressive.

A mosaic of a girl blowing a bugle on the wall of the former Red Carnation Pioneers’ Camp in Kojori, Georgia

Pioneer’s Camp mosaic



The base of a huge bas relief of a tree with Georgian symbols, on a building wall in Kojori Town Centre, Georgia

The base of the terracotta bas relief in Kojori town centre



The base of a huge bas relief of a tree with Georgian symbols, on a building wall in Kojori Town Centre, Georgia

The base of the terracotta bas relief in Kojori


A mosaic of a girl blowing a bugle on the wall of the former Red Carnation Pioneers’ Camp in Kojori, Georgia

Pioneer’s Camp mosaic



KOJORI TO TBILISI

From the main square follow the road north, up Udzo Street and all the way through the forest to Udzo Monastery. Here you’ll leave the road behind and continue on trail or track, downhill to Tbilisi. Just 500 metres or so from Udzo Monastery, there is a wonderful viewpoint overlooking Tbilisi and the Greater Caucasus. It makes a good picnic spot.

A view of Mount Kazbek from the Kojori to Tbilisi hiking trail

Mount Kazbek and the Greater Caucasus Range, seen from the viewpoint near Udzo Monastery



A view of Mount Kazbek from the Kojori to Tbilisi hiking trail

Mount Kazbek on a clear day, seen from
the viewpoint near Udzo Monastery



From here, the trail continues east, dropping around 900 metres in elevation over a further 8.5 km. There are a few steeper sections, but overall it’s straightforward and not too challenging for any moderately fit person. Various viewpoints open up as you go, with panoramas of the sprawling districts of Tbilisi, and Mt. Kazbek clearly visible in good weather.

The late afternoon sun lights up Tbilisi apartment buildings with Mount Kazbek seen in the hazy distance

A late afternoon glow lights up the outlying districts of Tbilisi as the Caucasus Range is obscured by a growing haze



The late afternoon sun lights up Tbilisi apartment buildings with Mount Kazbek seen in the hazy distance

A late afternoon glow lights up Tbilisi’s outlying
districts as the view of Mount Kazbek grows hazy



Our GPX track leads towards Mtatsminda Park, curving round to the north of Tbilisi TV Tower, and emerges opposite the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Michael of Tver in Mtatsminda. If you want to work your way towards Turtle Lake and Vake, or Vera, or Sololaki, diverge off our route and follow one of the many trails marked on Maps.me (iOS/Android) or any other OpenStreetMap app such as OsmAnd Maps (iOS/Android).

A person walks down the forest trail from Kojori to Tbilisi, with the city just visible in the distance

The Tbilisi TV Tower is glowing golden just before sunset, seen from the Tbilisi to Kojori hiking trail

Mtatsminda Park Ferris Wheel is half in shadow, just before sunset in the hills above Tbilisi, Georgia

A person walks down the forest trail from Kojori to Tbilisi, with the city just visible in the distance

The forested trail descending towards Tbilisi


The Tbilisi TV Tower is glowing golden just before sunset, seen from the Tbilisi to Kojori hiking trail

Tbilisi TV Tower at golden hour


Mtatsminda Park Ferris Wheel is half in shadow, just before sunset in the hills above Tbilisi, Georgia

Mtatsminda Park Ferris Wheel above the city



TIPS FOR YOUR KOJORI TO TBILISI DAY HIKE

WHEN TO HIKE

You can do this Tbilisi day hike year round. Spring and Autumn are probably the most pleasant seasons temperature wise, and of course spring flowers and autumn foliage add an extra splash of colour across the hillsides. In summer, the temperature in Kojori is more pleasant than Tbilisi, making it a good escape from the city. In winter, expect snow and potentially ice on the trail, and even clearer views given the lack of leaves on trees.

A person walks along the snowy forested trail from

The trail can be slippery with snow and ice
in winter, particularly higher up near Kojori



WHAT TO TAKE

Be sure to pack some food and water. You can pick up supplies at the shops in Kojori or bring something from Tbilisi.

Having a decent pair of trainers or hiking shoes is best as there are some rocky sections and the trails can get muddy and a bit slippery. In snowy/icy weather you may want hiking poles for stability.

Ensure you have appropriate clothing for the season, for example a woolly hat, gloves and warm layers in winter or early spring/late autumn, a sun hat in summer, and an extra layer in spring and autumn in case of rain or cooler weather. Remember you’ll be hiking up to 1400 m, so the temperature will be much cooler than in Tbilisi which sits at about 500 m.

KOJORI TO TBILISI HIKE

We hope you found this guide useful. If you have any questions, just drop them in the comments below. And if you’ve done this hike before, or something similar in the area, we’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Happy hiking!

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