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Hike to Koruldi Lakes

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Hike to Koruldi Lakes
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Koruldi Lakes – a system of a few small lakes that hide in the Georgian mountains above the town of Mestia. Above them rises the majestic mountain Ushba, which together with the surrounding, snow-capped peaks makes this place truly beautiful. Anyone who gets to Mestia should not miss a visit to this beautiful place. The only thing that spoils the local atmosphere, and must bother anyone who walked the entire route, are the passing jeeps of the locals, carrying lazy tourists. But that's the way it is in Georgia.

Mestia

The starting point for Koruldi lakes was the famous town of Mestia. It has dozens of defense towers and is the center of the sub-Caucasian region of Svaneti. The road led along a small stream, which can be seen in the photo.

Mestia
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Shelter by the cross

Probably the first point of reference on the way to the lakes is this shelter with a view of the entire Mestia. The journey to it takes about an hour and a half and you will overcome an elevation gain of 800m.

Shelter by the cross
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Ushba

Despite the beautiful weather, Mount Ushba hid in the clouds all day.

Ushba
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Shack

The road from the viewpoint continues uphill. He walks around the modest dwellings of local herders. Not far from here it is also possible to get water from a small spring.

Shack
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The first lake

The very first lake we saw was almost completely overgrown and horses grazed in it. The atmosphere was spoiled only by passing off-road cars with closed windows and loud music.

The first lake
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Photogenic cows

The cows were talking directly about the photo.

Photogenic cows
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Yellow saffron

If there is little, it is said to be like saffron. Here, however, saffron bloomed at every turn.

Yellow saffron
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Lake view

Despite the high ambient temperature, the lakes were very cold. However, perfectly sufficient for wetting hot feet.

Lake view
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A stash of clouds

Behind this hill rises the already mentioned mountain Ushba. Unfortunately, the view of it was not given to us. This is also the way to the village of Mazeri. This trek is often used by travelers.

A stash of clouds
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Wild

Horses and mountains in the background always go very well together. It is therefore quite easy to take a beautiful photo.

Wild
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View of Mestia

View of Mestia from the vantage point on the way back. You could stay in such a place for long hours. The town is located 800m lower than this shelter.

View of Mestia
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Way down

The cows accompanied us on the way down. For the night, with the help of dogs, the pimps chased them from the pastures in the hills into the valley.

Way down
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