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Impassable mountains, untamed wilderness, ancient traditions and unmatched beauty. It’s time to venture into Tusheti
This excursion will take you into the heart of the remote, unique region of Tusheti. The roads to Tusheti are blocked most of the year, and will lead us to the high villages of Europe and the hidden valleys where the tough mountain men reside, usually sitting on the edge of a cliff or top of a mountain, with houses made of rocks and unique guardposts. All the while surrounded by the immense snowy peaks and the untouched wilderness….
This sort of a time travel includes spending some nights at picturesque villages, jeep driving, rafting, snowy vistas, flooding rivers, remote villages and finishing at the capital city, Tbilisi.
This great journey will be guided by an experienced guide from ‘’Wild Trails’’. Even if you’ve been to Georgia before, this is your chance to visit a wild, non-touristic destination. Not to mention the awesome companions and the professional guiding, making this expedition all the more enjoyable.
Meeting with the guide at Tbilisi city center and spending the night at the city.
After breakfast we’ll drive north, visiting some nice viewpoints near water sources, historical sites and the famous skiing site “Gudauri”. From there we’ll depart to Kazbegi by off-road driving. There we are going to pay a visit the the impressive vista from the church of Tzminada Sa’amba” (სამება). Continuing on we’ll make a brief stop near good ol’ natural waterfalls (who dosn’t like a good refreshment?) and move on to the town of Stepantsminda (სტეფანწმინდა) to spend the night.
We’ll begin the day with some rafting between the peaks of the high caucasus ridgeline. After this morning activity (and after warming up a bit) we’ll venture on a day hike on the beautiful trail that passes through the small villages of Georgia’s wine region, Kakheti, also considered the cradle of the world’s wine culture. Along the trail we’ll make stops for lunch, and visit traditional wineries and vineyards, finishing the day with the taste of traditional wine and local cheese in our mouth.
Followed by traditional breakfast we’ll pay a visit to an impressive, high cathedral, where the monks have been making wine since the 6’th century (!).
From there we’ll start our off-road driving day in one of the most impressive mountain passes Georgia has to offer: the wild and isolated “Abano Pass”, leading us into the region of Tusheti, almost 3000 meters (9800 feet) above sea level.
On this day we’ll go out to discover the inner valleys of Tusheti, combining both off-road driving and hiking while we visit a number of tiny villages still living in the “stone age”. These villages are built on cliff edges and mountain peaks, set on tremendous heights of 2400 meters and are considered the highest villages in Europe.
This region is a very isolated one, and is inaccessible most of the year. There are only a handful of tourists and travelers who manage to get here, and the beauty of the virgin wild nature surrounding the region is striking.
Along the day we’ll taste some local food and experience the simple lives up-close and personal.
After eating breakfast with the locals, we’ll say goodby to the region of Tusheti, and finish our visit with a beautiful journey through forests and high mountain passes, going back to the great plains and stop for lunch in the city of Sighnaghi, the capital of Kekhati region. There we will have a stroll around the local market, afterwhich we’ll continue to the beautiful town of Telavi, one of small towns in Georgia, and a magnificent one that is.
At early afternoon we’ll arrive at the hotel where we can spend the time relaxing and enjoy easy going street tours.
We’ll depart from Sighnaghi driving fast towards Tibilisi, where we’ll depart from our vehicles and go on a tour to the fascinating local markets and the different city sites.
For the final day we’ll have some time scouting the city, maybe even treat ourselves with a turkish hammam. In the end we’ll move onto the airport and fly back home.
The trip and times are subject to changes according to weather conditions, security conditions and decisions made by the trip leader in the field.
The price includes:
--> A 2-way satellite communication device for any kind of emergency event that might happen (will be held by the trip leader).
--> Off road transportation to the starting point and from the finish line.
--> Logistics including water stashes along the trail, food etc...
The price does not include:
--> Personal expenses.
--> Personal equipment or any gear that is written in the gear requirements appendix (please let us know in advance and we will try to help you get all the necessary gear for the trip).
--> Personal expenses coverage for any damage to the equipment due to carelessness or disobedience to the trip leaders.
--> Anything that was not specified under the section “The price includes” or was not agreed in advance in writing against “Wild Trails”.