2 Day Juta to Roshka Hike via Chaukhi Pass (camping Abudelauri Lakes), Georgia

2 Day Juta to Roshka Hike via Chaukhi Pass (camping Abudelauri Lakes), Georgia

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roshka hike which was actually our very very first multi-day hike in georgia we we started off uh slow with two days and built up from there and if you fancy doing something similar yourself we have covered absolutely everything that you need to know in a detailed blog post over on the website you can check that out by clicking up here for now though we'll just tell you a little bit more about uh places that you saw and about the hike itself and some other bits and bobs about this trek that we did so this hike starts in judah village in the casbagy area crosses over the chouky pass at 3 340 metres and descends down to tiny little roshka village in kauseretti region so you actually cross from one region into a completely different region in northern georgia it's possible to do the hike over one or two days the total distance is about 17 and a half kilometers if you did it in one day you do it from village to village so due to toroshka and you can stay in guest houses at either end if you do it two days like us then you can can but a buddha lowry leaks which is definitely worth it definitely stunning um so we definitely recommend doing this in the same direction that we did it starting in judah and ending in roshka the elevation gain is much less doing it this way um or at least a bit less about 1200 meters climb from juta up to the pass and then you've got about a 1350 meter descent down into roshka and the start of that from the past down to the lakes is really quite steep quite slippery on loose shale and so it's it's definitely the most challenging part of the hike and could be a bit tricky going up that could be it's tricky relentlessly steep yeah both ways are tricky the best time of year to do this hike is from july to september the pass is generally open from around mid-june but it's still going to have a fair bit of snow in it around then and i mean you never know when the snow is going to come there could be snow in the past come september it could be okay up until early october but generally speaking july august and september is the best time to do this hike we were there in about mid july yeah early to mid july there was a little bit of snow still still up there but nothing that was you know difficult to cross or anything like that so the first day is um the longer day about eleven and a half kilometers you've obviously got the biggest climb and the biggest descent and we would expect it to take you around six to eight hours it took us about 13 maybe leaving at the crack of dawn getting in just before sunset but we are extremely slow and we're obviously filming all along the way with a tripod dell probably did about 30 kilometers who knows yeah all that running back and forward what i would say is we're not naturally extremely slow except well maybe not both of us but as kim says um obviously the filming process takes up a bit of time and we were packing so much uh food because of uh all the hiking that we had planned in the cox's that summer so we were maybe carrying enough meals for like 10 to 12 days yeah i think you probably had like 28 kilograms in your bag or something ridiculous like that so at the start of the video if you're thinking oh he looks a bit wobbly on his feet no doubt like a lot of weight in his bag um i usually have more like 12 to 15 kilograms so we started in juta we were already staying at the fifth season mountain park which is the sort of last bit of accommodation in the juta valley where you can stay uh we definitely recommend sleeping over in juta the night before starting your trek but if you don't want to or that's not possible you could also get to juta from casbagi stephan's media town and pretty easily it's about a 40-minute drive a taxi should cost around 40 larry um plus or you can take the mountain freaks shuttle bus which leaves i think it's at nine o'clock and eleven o'clock every morning in season and costs thirty gal per person thirty jail girl i never know what people say ladies where you're from maybe larry yeah of course that would mean starting your hike at around 10 o'clock in the morning which you know it's not necessarily bad but it's better to start as early as possible so we do recommend if you're doing this hike find somewhere to stay in tutor yeah exactly so the the trail leads up the due to valley up towards the base of the the cherokee massive um it's a pretty steady climb i would say nice and gravity um the initial part sorry goes straight up towards the the foot of the turkey massive you've got a trail which leads on either side of the river uh you'll get to a sand bag bridge type thing a bend in the river kite quite early on if that looks easy enough to cross go for it cross over to the right side and carry on up to the a-frame hot near the top uh it was submerged in water when we were there so we figured let's just carry on and see if there was an easier spot to cross um and as you saw we ended up crossing two kind of smaller streams which was near a waterfall higher up and so either way you can go up the left side of the valley or the right side of the valley just choose your trail up at the top there's an informal camping area so if you do want to camp that's quite a good spot for it but it will no doubt have quite a few people there there's some makeshift um sort of benches and so on i think that's quite popular with rock climbers in the area if you were just doing this as a day hike would be your kind of point of turn around to head back to judah the the valley sort of takes a turn to the left and you just keep on going basically keep on climbing and you will eventually get to a high pasture which is kind of the last raising ground for cows and whatnot and the views just get better and better and better it's really really gorgeous um after that spot is uh the toughest part of the climb there's about a 30 minute or so very very steep climb um i was i was definitely struggling at that point i mean i'm not the fittest person i hadn't done any exercise for like a year besides the couple of day trips we've done around casbagi in the few days before so yeah i was struggling he was he was power or not there yeah i mean there's a steep uh climb covered in shale with very tight switchbacks but it's over before too long and then once you get to the top there you've got a gradual climb to the pass and you get great views of the mountains around yeah so this was the spot where we were finally accepted as trail humans by the lovely tina and ron our our trail dogs on this they were reluctant trail dogs at start we actually spotted them way back at the beginning uh they were on the opposite side of the valley for from us like running up from fifth season and i was like tell dell do you think we're gonna get trail dogs and they were very nonchalant they were kind of like following us but not just like refusing to to commit uh until we got past the cows and all their entertainment was left behind and we were all they had left we were probably too slow for them before that yeah so uh at that point i felt like it was okay to name them ron yeah he stuck with us for a bit and then disappeared a lot long after the pass but tina tina was there right till the end from that point can you enlighten people as to why you called them tina and ron i have no idea why i called them tina i just thought it suited them okay if you'd like to know more about the kind of behind-the-scenes uh aspects of this video uh do go check out our instagram story highlights because we make our i make little stories about all of these things and you can you can see a bit more of the uh behind the scenes version of this there's a lot more dog action there's uh you know dell making some comical faces while eating his dinner rambling on of all sorts yeah you can see you can see the true as it was happening responses i was having to you know having done no exercise and suddenly being hiking up a 1200 meter ascent to a pass rather than now which is filmed quite a few months later when i you know all of those memories are uh rosy let's see yeah anyway so once we got to the pass it was a little bit later than we were expecting but um we stopped had some lunch fed the dogs you know took in the views the pass is actually quite large there's kind of a big um dip yeah which is quite good for a bit of shelter you've got views of the mountains just like all around you you can see down to the lakes it was absolutely stunning so really really nice and after that was the descent that was a whole other whole other beast that was there are two different ways to go down some people choose to go straight down from the pass which is really really steep a drop shot behind the lakes uh we followed the path to the left which goes up the ridge slightly and then down we couldn't really see where we were going at first there'd not be many people there uh summer of 2020 and um but we could see a faint line going going down through this year i was like following it on gps and i was like del it says the path is here but i cannot see any path and it was so very deep very faint line so we followed that and then the more obvious path soon became visible yeah but the initial section was extremely steep um it's lots of like loose shale that just really kind of falls away under your feet uh we didn't film any of that obviously we wouldn't have been able to put the tripod up too dangerous to even just like kind of stop and film one-handed so um yeah i was extremely glad that i had hiking poles i was very glad that we had dry weather that the visibility was good um if you're a little bit like you know cautious nervous on terrain like that i definitely would think twice about doing this trek if you are expecting any bad weather you know rain or snow or poor visibility because i think it would be quite a struggle in that kind of weather it was slippy enough in dry weather let alone with a bit of slick under your feet so yeah once we got down a little bit more uh he did some handheld filming just of me it was still too steep for us to even have been able to set up a tripod um and it was just like this relentless zigzags on a very very steep descent my legs were like jelly just like shaking and yeah there was just there was no easing off it was just down down down down down um by the time we were getting neater to the bottom he was way ahead tina was way ahead ron had effed off i had no water left i was just like raging in such a mood there were like rhododendrons overgrown rhododendrons try to trick me up at every turn and i was very very glad to finally make it to the bottom make it to those sparkling blue lakes where you know all my worries went out the window and i was like whoa what a nice place to come obviously if you are just going from guest house to guest house doing it with a light day pack and you know it won't be so tough on your legs but yeah definitely recommend some hiking poles and proper footwear as well like i was really glad that we had like proper ankle support hiking boots anyway so we made it to the lake about an hour before sunset remember 13 13-hour day for us got set up ate some of his dehydrated veggie stew mix that he'd pre-prepared into bleacy for all of our hiking meals he was all right wasn't the best gave all of our leftovers to tina she was like no thanks mate i'll i'll just uh i'll just starve or maybe she was eating grass maybe she found some nice treats that we didn't know about but yeah she was not keen i forgot to put the knots in it but apart from that i'm sorry how do you remember that because i'm not normally on dinner duty and i was that night so i felt like a lot of responsibility and i remembered the cheese and then i forgot the nuts and i was like oh man that's our protein that missed out the protein anyway anyway on the practical side of things if you are doing this hike yourself and you're camping at the lake there are a few little spots along the blue lake where we were if you go a bit further up the hill and there's kind of wider camping areas where there's actually some signs that indicate the camping there yeah if you're looking for a water source uh going up over the hill and down to the green lake there's a river that runs down off the mountain the water there's really fresh yeah otherwise you'd have to take water out of the lake which obviously is not as clean either way we always sterilize our water and you probably want to do the same yourself um because there is some grazing and stuff around there it got dark about nine o'clock mid july i'd say so uh we just headed off to bed as usual tina slept right outside the tent got up about 6 30 the next morning to some mixed weather the mountains were kind of coming in and out of the clouds the as soon as the sun was shining the color of the blue lake just really sparkled it was like really vibrant it was absolutely stunning we just kind of lazed around uh well i lazed around he probably wouldn't agree he was doing a fair bit of filming and making breakfast and whatnot but we had a leisurely morning some of us at the lake till about midday just uh wandering around hanging out with tina checking out all the different views and uh then we head off down the valley to roshka for the last part of the trail which was only about six kilometers uh it's descending the whole way on a very obvious trail so it was like easy to follow and the valley is just full of these amazing glacial erratics these enormous rocks that have been deposited in like the last ice age in the valley and they're they're a pretty cool feature feature of the hike there yeah and you could expect the hike from the lakes down to rochester to take about one and a half to two and a half hours the trail was really easy to follow it's not difficult to walk on so it's an easy hike yeah so we made it down to roshka village uh i don't know maybe five o'clock or something in the afternoon uh again slow filming blah blah blah and um we knew that there was a couple of guest houses in the village we were hoping we could stay there it turned out that they were both closed but one of the guest houses did arrange uh their grandad to drive us down to a village where there was a guest house open so we paid about 70 larry to to get in his four-wheel drive when he took us down to corsa village uh so once we got there um we were welcomed by the the family at quarter guest house and i'm so glad that we actually did end up up there because they were just the loveliest people um had a couple of dogs one of them looked like minnie frank from gergetti glacier hike um so marina and the wife and showed her husband they were just really really welcoming great cooks all like home-grown produce uh shota is an artist his artwork is just like everywhere in the house i think one of their sons is an artist as well the whole house is just like yeah a giant work of art all the wood stuff has been like hand built and it's full of local tradition and character yeah really really cool place i would definitely recommend corsa guest house we spent one night there and then we were carrying on north to chatille to carry on our trekking adventures um chatilly to omalo into shetty was our next trek which will be the next video um if you were ending your journey there you could jump on the to blissey bound marshrutka or take a private car back to tablissi it's actually a long way to get back to the start point of this hike it would be about 170 kilometers by road to get back to casbegi area versus you know 17 kilometers if you're walking over the mountains so if you were wanting to get back to the start point it might actually make more sense for you to do this as a loop hike and once you get to roshka actually just head back over the sadely pass back to juta turning it into a two-day loop or a three-day loop hike instead of a one-way hike like we did it but it will just depend on your plans and if you really like the look of the places in this video like if you do lowry lakes or the juta valley but you're not really keen for crossing over the chunky pass it's definitely possible to just visit both of these areas as a day trip so you could uh take transport to roshka you can get public transport as far as barasako or korsha and then you'd have to take a private car up to roshka village and from there you can walk up to green lake blue lake and point lake which we didn't actually show you in the video because we didn't go there in the end um but it is uh further up um closer to the fruit of chooky massive and it's about 15 kilometers a return trip from roshka up to the lakes and back you could do that over about five or six hours including spending time at the lakes and so on and that makes a really nice day trip in itself or due to valley on the other side you can get to juta easily from casbagy and either stay in the village there or after the season yeah and just to hike up the valley back down again and those are both really nice day trips in their own right or do the crossing over turkey pass like we did which yeah is a challenging but very spectacular hike i'd say i'd say it is one of our favorites that we did over the summer yeah i mean it's it's a great hike especially for just a two day hike you get to see so much uh and they call this area the dolomites of georgia because the mountains are actually quite unique compared to mountains that we saw elsewhere in georgia and that they're really kind of jagged and yeah they're beautiful i think particularly the choking massive is what the reference to the dolomites is all about because when you see that you can definitely see the the uh resemblance yeah if you want to do uh this trick for yourself we would suggest definitely taking uh proper hiking gear with you so make sure you've got layers that are suitable for all weather conditions you never know what's going to happen with the weather we had our you know hiking trousers merino trekking tops fleece waterproofs down jacket for keeping us warm especially if you're camping we had our usual camping set up so our 10 our sleeping mat pillow cookware with us and so on there's nowhere to buy food or anything like that along the way so you need to take all your snacks and all your food with you that you need for the whole journey we have a lot of gear we're not going to go into all just now but we have written up a couple of different blog posts outlining every single thing that we have things that we were taking on this trip so if you're researching gear to get or want to know what we had for this trip you can just check them out they're up here down here the usual places if you're interested in the filming side of things we shot this on our sony a7 iii with mostly the 24 to 70 f 2.8 lens we also have a dji mavic air drone we've written a full blog post about all our photography gear as well so if you're interested in what we've got what we use and why we use it and what we think about it click on the link you forgot about the mic mate or rode video mic pro and the most important thing the tripod oh yeah we have got a peak design travel tripod which we've been using for a couple years now maybe if that a year anyway it's amazing the this last summer was our first time doing actual like hiking with it and our first time really shooting a full film with the tripod um so we hope that you enjoyed this our first version of that and it was amazing for it it's super lightweight it packs down really small it was just absolutely perfect for this and i mean you were the one using it mostly you enjoyed it what i can say about this tripod is that it's been an absolute pleasure to use super simple like you just a couple of quick twists and you're ready to go everything locks in place really quickly you can still easily um yeah it's a great tripod and we've really really valued using it in this type of video check it out in the link below if you're looking for a lightweight travel tripod um and yeah dell basically was setting it up and getting the shot running back to get it i mostly just wait around for him and i don't know how many extra kilometers you must have done i don't know because i wasn't counting nice guys q montage [Music] foreign what do you reckon how many extra keys did you do i reckon that must have been 5ks more than me three times over that snowy bit tina tina was like totally confused every time she'd be walking with us and then he'd turn around come back for the camera and she would just come back with him it was super cute in fact it made my day just editing this video like getting to see tina more um i think that's about it i think so too yeah so guys thank you for watching give us a like if you have enjoyed this video drop us a comment let us know what you thought subscribe or did i take the words out of your mouth just try to get a word and then i couldn't 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