Zekari Pass: Ultimate 4wd destination
Zekari Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.157m (7,076ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Imereti and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions, in Georgia.
The curvy road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called SH14. Though used as a 'caravan' route since times immemorial, the road is suitable only for off-road vehicles. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 2 and 3 hours.
The road is in awful shape. Periods of much rain makes the road undrivable. In the vicinity of the pass there is a large observatory of Georgian Academy of Sciences. Set high in the Meskheti Range, the road is usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). Winding through wonderful mountain areas, off roaders will love this route and the terrain.
The pass is 39.2 km (24.35 miles) long, running north-south from Sairme to Abastumani (an ex-soviet mountain resort or rather sanatorium area in the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park). The road tops out at 2.275m (7,463ft) above the sea level, north of the pass.
Pic: Vasyl Haievyi