/ 10.5 km, 3-4 hrs, pedestrian and horse riding, difficulty: average /
We head to the village of Matsimi from Lagodekhi Protected Areas administration center by vehicle (From Lagodekhi to the village of Matsimi – 7 km, 5 min).
The route starts from the administration center in the village Matsimi and heads to the BneliKheobaRiver (dark gorge). The path crosses Oriental Hornbeam and karpet-like moss that resemble a fur coat put on bare stones. We appear in a tale turned into reality, from where we go through mixed beech stand and cross the BneliKheobaRiver followed by a path going up to mountain slopes which lead us to the fortress built by our ancestors centuries ago.
The remarkable fortress of Kakheti from the medieval age is surrounded by walls, yet inside proudly stands a noble family church, with underground pathways and the ruins of building reenacting the pictures of the already forgotten ancient past.