Hidden Trails of Georgia

This is a trip to really unique and the most beautiful parts of Georgia – Khevsureti and Tusheti provinces. Of all the regions of Georgia, these are the most ecologically unspoiled and still unexplored by travelers. These ancient settlements are known for their medieval watchtowers, still preserved rituals and customs, fascinating views of snowcapped mountains, alpine meadows, roaring rivers and waterfalls. Unique textiles of Kevsurs & Tushetians are famous for beautifully embroidered stars and crosses symbolizing the sun – the cult of ancient Georgia.

The trip starts with sightseeing tour of Tbilisi and continues via Mtskheta – an ancient capital of Georgia, to Khevsureti province and its center – medieval tower- complex of Shatili. Then trek through remote villages and over Atsunta Pass 3431 m. to Tusheti province, which was effectively autonomous as a tribal democracy till 17th century.

The first vehicle in this area was seen only in 1982; till nowadays the road is blocked by snow for 7-8 months a year and there is no electricity, solar energy is an only alternative. Most of Tushetians lead nomadic way of life and move to Kakheti lowlands in winter. However few families stay there year around and you will have a fantastic opportunity to share the table with this brave people – who strongly follow a great and ancient tradition of Georgia – the guest is a gift from God.

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Duration: 12 days

Visited Regions: Tusheti, Svaneti

Activity Type: Trekking, Camping

Accommodation: Camps, Guesthouses, Hotels

Group Size: up to 15 persons

Tour Itinerary & Details

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Days 7-8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Arrival

Arrive in Tbilisi. Overnight at hotel.

Drive to Shatili

Breakfast in hotel. 5-6 hours’ drive by 4WD vehicles over Datvisjvari pass 2676 m. to Shatili – center of Khevsureti province. Continue to the first campsite close to the tower ruins of Mutso village. Overnight at Camp.

Discovering Tushetian villages

Breakfast in camp. Early morning trek starts from camp site in Khevsureti. Trek along Khonistkali river over  Atsunda pass 3431m to Tusheti region, reaching the first, half abounded villages of Tusheti:  Girevi and Parsma. Picnic lunch en-route. Trek to village Chesho. Dinner and overnight at camp and simple local  guesthouse(s) in Chesho. 

Exploration of village Chesho

Breakfast in guesthouse. Exploration of village Chesho with stunning views. Dinner and overnight at simple guesthouse(s

Tushetian Dwellings

Breakfast in guesthouse. Continue trek through the villages of Dartlo, Chigo and Diklo, over Sonekhi pass 2497m. to the village Shenako. (Some more information, description) Dinner and overnight at simple guesthouse(s).

To the center of Tusheti

Breakfast in guesthouse. Early morning  exploration of  Shenako village, one of the few still populated villages of Tusheti highland, overlooking Diklo mountain and containing a series of buildings of Georgian folk architecture and the old church of holy Trinity. Continue trek to Omalo – the center of Tusheti province.  En-route visit Keselo towers and museum. Drive by 4WD vehicles from Omalo to village Shtrolta. Dinner and overnight at local guesthouse in Shtrolta.

End of Trekking  

Shtrolta village is the last destination point that we have reached throughout our trekking tour. Another adventure and lots of vivid emotions awaits us while our 4WD journey     

 over Abano pass 2926 m. taking  once more memorable drive to Telavi – the  center of Kakheti  province famous with vineyards and wine producing villages. Enjoy Kakhetian hospitality, make toasts and relax! Overnight at hotel.

Explore Kakheti Region

Breakfast in hotel. Visit the most spectacular historical sites of Kakheti like:  11th century Alaverdi monastery, 12th century Ikalto monastery and the former academy, Sighnaghi royal town built in 18th century, surrounded by defence wall with 23 gates in it linking Georgia to Europe and Asia by numerous trading routes, visiting wine cellars and meeting with locals. Drive back to Tbilisi. Enjoy free evening and nightlife in capital. Overnight at hotel.

Departure

Transfer to the airport.

Included
Excluded
  • All domestic transfers
  • 4WD car service
  • Tour Leader
  • Tour Guide and assistants
  • Local Guides
  • Cook
  • Tent for Kitchen
  • Portable Shower & WC
  • First Aid Kit
  • Visa or Visa Fees
  • Airplane Tickets
  • Single Supplement
  • Medical expenses and insurance
  • Re-booking of hotels
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Special Meals
  • Trekking Gear
  • Horses for carrying private luggage
  • Photographer
  • Items of personal nature
  • Extra sites
  • Items not mentioned in program and detailed itinerary

Practical Information:

Bring with: sun hat, sun glasses, trekking boots, trekking clothing, footwear, gear, ski poles

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