Hiking in Tusheti

15/08/2018

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Hiking in Tusheti

Tusheti
01.09 - 07.09
760

During the tour, we explore Tusheti – one of the unique provinces of Caucasus Mountains located in eastern part of Georgia. We cross an extreme and beautiful Abano Pass with off-road vehicles. We have an opportunity to get to know highlander traditions and culture, discover ancient villages and fortresses located on steep slopes of high mountains. We taste delicious dishes of Georgian cuisine and dairy products prepared according to the local traditional method and enjoy Georgian hospitality.

Highlights: 
• Old Tbilisi
• Alaverdi cathedral
• Abano pass with breathtaking views
• Highlander villages of Tusheti: Omalo, Shenako, Diklo, Girevi, Dartlo
• The highest populated place in Europe – village of Bochorna
• Hiking over Nakaicho pass
• Shuamta monastery 
• Telavi city in Kakheti region

Number of persons in a group: 2-15 persons
Duration of the tour: 7 days
Approximate driving distance: 492 km
Approximate hiking distance: 37 km

Group size Price per person
6 760 €
5 810 €
4 870 €
3 985 €
2 1230 €

Price is indicated for one person in double room
Prices might change in accordance with number of persons in the group

Price includes:
• Transfer: Airport – Hotel – Airport
• Transportation by minibus during the entire tour
• English, German or Russian speaking guide
• Professional driver
• Overnight at comfortable hotels and guest-houses
• Room with private bathroom
• Room with shared bathroom in villages
• Breakfast, lunch-pack, dinner
• A bottle of water per day
• Luggage transportation by car (except – during the hiking)

Price does not include:
• Flight
• Travel insurance
• Alcoholic beverages except for the degustation defined by the program

Day 1

Tbilisi
The first day of the tour takes place in the capital of Georgia – Tbilisi. After wandering through narrow streets and districts of the old town, we visit Abanotubani, famous with sulfur bathes. The place is related to the foundation of Tbilisi, as according to the legend, king Vakhtang Gorgasali discovered this place in the 5th century and decided to build a city on this location. During the tour, we also visit ancient Narikala Fortress, Anchiskhati Church of the 6th century, Monument of Kartlis Deda (Mother of Georgia) and other sightseeing.
Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 2

Tbilisi – Omalo
We drive with off-road vehicles from Tbilisi to Omalo via Gombori and Abano passes (2950 m). On our way to Omalo, we visit Alaverdi Cathedral of the 11th century, Abano pass with breathtaking views of Tusheti and Kakheti, Keselo Fortress and ethnographic museum in Omalo.
Overnight in Omalo

Day 3

Omalo – Shenako – Diklo – Girevi
In the morning, we take a direction towards the village Diklo. We have two hours of hiking towards Old Diklo – border village with spectacular views of Dagestani Mountains. We walk around the ruins of the fortress-village constructed on a steep slope of a rocky mountain. The purpose of the fortress was to defend village from the enemy attack. Afterwards, our journey continues to the village Shenako, where we visit church and walk around the village. We reach Girevi in the evening.
Overnight in Girevi

Day 4

Girevi – Parsma – Nakaicho Pass – Alisgori
We start hiking from village Parsma towards the village Alisgori. After about two hours of hiking, we reach Nakaicho pass with spectacular panoramic views of mountains. After a short break, we continue our journey towards the village Alisgori.
Overnight in Alisgori

Day 5

Alisgori – Bochorna – Mirgvela
Our trip continues towards the direction of beautiful gorge of Gometsari and the highest populated place in Europe – village of Bochorna (2345 m). We visit village Dochu, built on a steep slope of a rocky mountain and continue hiking towards Mirgvela.
Overnight in Mirgvela

Day 6

Mirgvela – Dartlo
On the last day of hiking, we take a route towards Dartlo from Mirgvela. We visit the church of the 19th century and the court of the 18th century, where among twelve elder judges the chief used to be a woman. If wanted, we may also visit village Kvavlo.
Overnight in Dartlo

Day 7

Dartlo – Telavi – Tbilisi
We return to Tbilisi via Abano pass. On our way, we stop to explore the city of Telavi and visit Shuamta Monastery, afterwards continue driving to Tbilisi via Gombori pass.
Overnight in Tbilisi

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