Gabzaruli Lake

Nestled in the Imereti region of Georgia lies Gabzaruli Lake, an enchanting, yet relatively unknown gem. Picture this: a lake set within a dramatic canyon, sculpted by tectonic forces, 60 meters (197 feet) deep and filled with pristine, emerald water. This isn't just any lake; it's a siphon lake, intricately connected to an uncharted cave system, casting an aura of allure and wonder.

A short 7.5 km (4.7 miles) journey from Tskaltubo will bring you to the quaint village of Kumistavi. From there, it's a scenic 3 km (1.9 miles) trek, which, mind you, might take about 25 minutes, but it's worth every step. As you approach, the lake reveals itself, measuring 5 meters (16 feet) in length and 4.5 meters (15 feet) in width, cradled within a canyon 45 meters (148 feet) deep, its steep sides cloaked in a verdant blanket of deciduous trees.

But Gabzaruli, also endearingly referred to as "Cracked Lake" or "Tskrvaram" by locals, isn't just a sight for sore eyes. It's a lifeline to the villagers who, not only drink its water, but also engage in leisurely fishing and swimming, immersing themselves in nature's lap.

A little piece of advice, though: that cliffside path down to the lake? It's a bit on the steep side. So, gear up appropriately and perhaps get an experienced guide to join you on this unforgettable adventure.

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