Kumistavi Cave

Tshaltubskaya - Tskaltubo Cave


Useful Information

Location: 5km northwest of Tshaltubo city, Tskaltubo District, the Imereti Region
Open: Not yet open.
[2010]
Fee: Not yet open.
[2010]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: LED.
Dimension: L=20,000m.
Guided tours: L=1,000m
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Bibliography: Givi Gigineishvili, Zurab Tatashidze, Kukuri Tsikarishvili (2007): Geographo-Hydrological Arguments on Possible Expansion of the Tskaltubo Cave System, Bulletin of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, vol. 175, no. 3, 2007 Bookonline pdf
Jumber Jishkariani, Zurab Tatashidze, Kukuri Tsikarishvili, Omar Lanchava (2010): Main Results of Complex Research into the Tskaltubo Cave System, Bulletin of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, vol. 4, no. 2, 2010
Address: Kumistavi Cave, Tshaltubo. Georgia.
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History

1983 discovered and explored.
1985 start of planning.
1989 start of development.
1990 project stopped due to the political situation and lack of money.
2007 restauration of the cave.
2007 declared a natural monument.
2010 installation of LED light.
201? scheduled opening to the public.

Description

Kumistavi Cave is also known as Tshaltubskaya (Cave of Tshaltubo), named after the nearby city. Because of the difficulty to rewrite the russian name in Latin leters it is also written Tsqaltubo or Tskaltubo. The cave is a rather new discovery, but immediately after its discovery and exploration in the early 1980s it was developed as a show cave. After the works were going on for more than a year, the trail was already completed, the project was stopped due to the political situation after the Soviet Union collapsed. It was closed for 20 years, but for the last three years the cave has been refurbished to be reopened. In spring 2010 the reconstruction of the road to the cave was started, and the most spectacular feature of the new cave was created, a light system based on state of the art LED lights. The system was built and installed by the German company GermTec, who specialized on LED light for show caves.

While the cave was closed for the normal tourist there was a possibility to visit it even during the last years. Numerous tour operator offered spelunking tours to the cave, which actually entered on the abandoned trails to go beyond into the undeveloped part of the cave system.