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This 6-days trekking in Racha is one of the most picturesque trekking tours in Georgia Caucasus.  Racha is often called as Switzerland of Caucasus -     snow-capped peaks, huge glaciers, hidden valleys, green alpine meadows and majestic view over the Great Caucasus Mountains are main gems of Racha region.  We overnight at guesthouses for some days, while doing camping in tents in the wild, unspoiled nature for the next days. 

 

6-day trekking in Racha covers different trekking trails. The first day we travel to Racha region, taste its unique wines, and reach Shovi resort. For the second day, we start trekking. This day we trek to Buba glacier. It is a good preparation trail for Udziro lake. For the third day, we start the most difficult part of our trekking adventure – Udziro lake. The trek starts in Shovi, a famous resort in Racha region which used to be one of the most touristic areas in the past. Nowadays, most foreign tourists do not go to this region which keeps it in its most unspoiled and unexplored conditions. From Shovi we hike up to the mountains, pass the forest and follow the mountainous small rivers and alpine meadows and reach the lake. In a good weather, you even can see the peaks of Svaneti (Shkhara, Tetnuldi, and Ushba) from the lake. For the next day, we descend to Glola village and overnight there. For next days, we trek from Glola village to Chiora village through Notsara Valley.

 

If you want to experience less touristic places, most spectacular views, unexplored nature, great food and wilderness of the mountains, this trek is for you.

 

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Tbilisi-Shaori-Shovi  

 

Driving Distance 340 km, Hours 7 Hours

 

  • In the morning, we will depart for the mountainous region – Racha. It is located 340 km from Tbilisi, and 140 km from Kutaisi in west-north of Georgia. We stop at Shaori reservoir which is one of the beautiful water reservoirs in Georgia surrounded by pine trees and flowered green fields. We stop at Nikortsminda Church which was built in the 11th century and was repaired in the 17th century. The church has a great dome and twelve windows with beautiful decorations and ornaments. The Cathedral is on the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we travel to village Glola and overnight there. 

  • Overnight at guesthouse in Glola.

 

Day 2: Shovi – Buba Glacier-Shovi

 

Walking Distance 12 km, Duration 6 hours, starting elevation 1566 m, maximum elevation 2505 m, 1010 m Up & 1010 Down

 

 

  • In the morning, we start trekking to Buba glacier. The trail starts at the resort Shovi and goes along the gorge of river Bubastskhali. After the slope, the route passes shepherds’ summer hut and ascends the ridge, from where we will enjoy an impressive panorama on the Buba Glacier and its vicinity. At the end of the ridge, the trail turns right, descends and finishes at the tongue of the glacier. From the glacier, passing the same way, the trail returns back to Shovi. 

  • Overnight at guesthouse in Shovi.

 

Day 3: Shovi – Udziro Lake

 

Walking distance 11 km,  Duration 9 Hours,  Starting elevation 1346 m, maximum 3077

 

  • In the early morning, we start our trekking activities. At first, we hike through a forest, then continue into the alpine meadows of the picturesque Chkauri valley. Afterward, we will follow the upstream river and have a lunch in the alpine meadows just below the massive mountain peaks. From here, we hike up the steepest section of this trek: to the Geske pass (3076m). From the top, you can see Udziro lake and surrounding mountain Katitsvera. We descend towards the lake and overnight on the banks of the lake. 

  • Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Udziro Lake – Glola

 

Walking Distance 8 km, Duration 6 hours, Starting elevation 2800, Ending elevation 1330 m

 

  • This day is relatively easy. The views are majestic. You can see sunrise into the Great Caucasus mountains and look at one of the highest peaks of the Caucasus from the lake. After short walks into the surrounding area of the lake, we descend towards the Glola village. At first, we walk into the alpine meadows but then descend into the forest. The trail is quite steep and requires several hours to reach Glola village.

  • Overnight at guesthouse in Glola village.

 

Day 5: Glola-Ghebi-Gona-Lagura Huts-Oni

 

Walking Distance 14 km, starting elevation 1284 m, maximum elevation 2000m

 

  • Our last part of Racha trekking starts on this day. We are hiking towards Shoda-Kedela mountain range. First, we walk on the off-road and reach Gona village.  From here the path becomes small and narrow, but the overall trail is easy and very nice. The views for today are nothing short – Greater Caucasus Mountains, small villages, glaciers, and snow-peaked mountains are highlights of this day. After we reach Lagura huts, being used by local shepherds, we are hiking back to Ghebi village, and drive to Oni.

  • Overnight at Guesthouse in Oni. 

 

Day 6: Oni-Ambrolauri-Tbilisi

 

Driving Distance 310 km, Duration 7 hours

 

  • In the morning, we start our final steps of Racha adventure. We will travel to Khvanchkara village where we taste the famous wine of Racha – Khvanchkara wine factory. Khvanchkara is a single estate semi-sweet Georgian red wine made from unique aborigine varietals “Aleksandrouli” and “Mujuretuli” produced at Khvanchkara Winery according to the ancient traditions. It exhibits a deep ruby color, aromatic taste, and complex structure. It is the "Pearl" among the Georgian wines.

  •  Afterward, we travel back to Tbilisi or Kutaisi. 

 

 

Please note:

  • This holiday involves a considerable amount of walking and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.

  • We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to weather and road conditions.

  • Once you have booked your tour, a comprehensive dossier will be sent to you with a more detailed day-by-day itinerary, visa requirements and helpful information on what to pack.

 

 

In price included:

  • 6-Day Expert Leadership from experienced adventure guides

  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

  • All Ground Transportation

  • Fuel surcharge

  • 3 overnight at a guesthouse with private facilities in Glola (Twins/Double Room)

  • 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Oni (Twins/Triple Room)

  • Breakfast for 5 days

  • Dinner for 5 days

  • Packed Lunch Boxes for 4 days

  • Snacks for 5 days

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

  • Camping basic Equipment (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cooking gear)

 

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches for the Day 1 & Day 6

  • Trekking Gear (Trekking Poles, Backpacks) – can be rented.

  • Gratuities (recommended)

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage transportation

  • Overnight in Tbilisi for the last night

Destination

Racha

Tour Type

Trekking

Category

Difficult

Duration

6 Day

Season

June-September

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What should you bring to Georgia Tour

  • Medicines that you use regularly.

  • Long-sleeved shirts

  • Sweaters or fleece jacket

  • Fleece pants

  • Trekking Coat (warm)

  • Thick Socks – ( wool socks )

  • 1 comfortable walking shoes (essential)

  • Rain jacket (windproof & waterproof) (essential)

  • Small Backpack (essential)

  • Insect Repellant 

  • Laptop/Cell phone’s European charger, or US Outlet Plug Adapter to European 

 

Our Guides: a knowledgeable, local, English-speaking guide leads all walks and treks. You will have two local guides in case the number of travelers will exceed 10.

 

Accommodation: We stay at basic guesthouses in the mountains. Please take into consideration that our treks lead you into the remote areas, and thus accommodation for some treks may not be so comfortable as in Tbilisi or elsewhere. Individual travelers are, in good consultation, classified with other single travelers of the same sex. You can book a single room at the applicable supplement.

 

Payment: If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of 20 % of the whole fee will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

 

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