Ninoskhevi Waterfall

Cover image © Avtandil Samkharadze

Located in the picturesque Kakheti region, 8 km from the village of Gurgeniani, the Ninoskhevi Waterfall, also known as the Gurgeniani Waterfall, stands proudly on the river Ninoskhevi. The entire area, elevated at 850 meters (2788 feet) above sea level, showcases nature’s grandeur. Gurgeniani itself is a well-frequented destination, boasting a significant influx of visitors, particularly during the vibrant seasons of spring and summer.

Gazing upon the waterfall, one is met with an impressive 40-meter (131 feet) drop, a captivating sight that draws the eye and holds it. The river Ninoskhevi, after its journey, cascades down from the towering rock, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. However, the journey to behold this natural wonder is not without its challenges. The pathway to the waterfall is intricate and demands resilience, particularly in spring when the river swells, necessitating multiple river crossings. The terrain is dominated by wet boulders and stones, making it imperative for visitors to don appropriate footwear, preferably hiking boots.

As the journey begins at the Gurgeniani Information Center, one is ushered along a pedestrian path that runs parallel to the river Ninoskhevi. The valley is home to an array of intriguing flora, including species such as Lagodekhi gall, Lagodekhi white flower, Julia Furusula, Jonjol, Lapan, chestnut, and Georgian oak. The fauna is just as rich; deer and wild boar are among the creatures that might grace your path. However, be prepared for an initial encounter with litter, as locals often frequent the area for barbecues and leave behind their waste. Taking a proactive approach by bringing a trash bag and doing a bit of cleanup could set a positive example for locals and contribute to the preservation of the area’s natural beauty.

The route also opens up opportunities to explore further, with the Rocho Waterfall and the challenging yet stunning Black Rocks Lake hiking route being notable options for those with time and energy to spare. Despite the challenges, the adventure is rewarding, with the Ninoskhevi Waterfall’s imposing height, the variety of rare plants, and the potential wildlife encounters combining to create an experience that is as thrilling as it is picturesque. The cacophony of the waterfall, coupled with the serene ambiance of the surrounding nature, ensures that this journey is not just a visual treat, but a feast for all senses.

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