Trekking in Tusheti
Plan your summer adventure now on Tusheti and do 6 Day Trekking in Tusheti. Each day is defined by ascending historic and formidable mountain passes, stone villages and unique historical watchtowers. You will walk in stunning alpine meadows, hike to medieval villages, walk near the ruins of fortresses, snowy peaks and enjoy an unspoiled Caucasus mountain. Tusheti is situated on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains.
6-day trekking in Tusheti tour offers you to explore a hidden, the most remote part of Georgia. You will hike in wild nature, explore medieval times stone villages, and live with local people. You will have a chance to taste local food, and even participate in making Georgian cheese. One more advantage of this tour is that we will hike from villages to villages and overnight at local guesthouses in Tusheti.
Day 1: Tbilisi – Alaverdi-Shenako-Diklo
Driving Distance 206 km, Duration 6 hours, Walking Distance 4 km
We start your Tusheti adventure at 8 o clock at your guesthouse. On the way, we stop at Alaverdi Monastery. Built-in the 11th century, Alaverdi Cathedral is the second highest church in Georgia and represents a beautiful 11th-century Georgian architecture.
Afterward, we continue our adventure and soon you will feel your first adrenaline. We are going to cross Abano Pass, one of the most dangerous roads in the World. After 4 hours of off-roading, we will reach Shenako & Diklo village. Here first we explore Shenako village and then visit old Diklo fortresses. This fortress is believed to be the last stronghold of local villages against Shamili (North Caucasian leader) army. After the old Diklo fortress, we reach Diklo village and overnight there.
Overnight at a guesthouse in Diklo.
Day 2: Diklo-Chigo-Dartlo
Walking Distance 18 km, Duration 8 Hours, Starting elevation 1920m, maximum elevation 2472.
In the morning, we start our real hiking. We will hike to Chigo village, which until 2017 was connected to the outer world via a small hiking trail. Now, the small off-road car reaches the village, but almost no one lives in this village today. After Chigo, we continue our journey and start an easy hiking and visit Dartlo. The village is one of the biggest and most beautiful villages of Tusheti. There is a XIX century church in the hamlet while beside it is a site of worship of Yakhsari Icon which is an altar-type structure of the mixed heathen-Christian character. According to the tradition popular in the mountains, women were not admitted either to temple ruins or to the site of worship. For them, there are special women’s pathways. Local court proceedings (sabcheo) used to be held in Dartlo. Even today one can see 12 stones placed in the semi-circle where law assessors sat and ‘created’ law. In the middle of a circle, there is one stone for a defendant.
Overnight at Guesthouse with shared facilities in Dartlo.
Day 3: Dartlo-Kvavlo-Chesho-Parsma
Walking Distance 10km, Difficulty – Moderate, 4 Hours
In the morning, we will visit other small Tusheti villages by horseback riding. We will take a small detour to see the ruins of the village Kvavlo, Parsma, and Baso. We follow the Pirikiti Alazani river gorge and reach to village Parsma by the afternoon. Here we rest and preparing for the next hard day.
Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 4: Parsma-Nakaicho Pass-Verkhovani
Walking Distance 18 km, Duration 8 hours, Starting elevation 1925, maximum elevation 2900, ending elevation 1940.
This day is the hardest one. We have to cross Pirikiti mountain range and descend into another gorge. We will hike up to 2900 m and cross Nakaicho pass, from where magnificent views over Tusheti gorges are presented. After taking a small brake on the top of the pass, we descend into another gorge and visit Jvarboseli and Verkhovani villages. Overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities.
Day 5: Verkhovani – Dochu-Bochorna-Omalo
Walking Distance 20km, Duration 6 hours
In the morning, we will start hiking. This day is easy, our way follows dirty off-road. No significant elevation change, however, we will walk up to 20 km on this day. We will visit Bochorna village, the highest settlement in Georgia and Europe. Afterward, we will hike to Dochu village which is one of the most preserved villages in Tusheti. Afterward, we continue our journey and reach Omalo. After check-in at the guesthouse, we will visit Keselo towers complex which was built in the 13th century. These towers were built for the purpose of defense. Keselo was constructed during the Mongol invasion of Georgia in 1230s. It originally had 13 towers. The inhabitants of old Omalo used the towers to protect themselves from the invading Mongols and later raids by Daghestani tribes.
Overnight at guesthouse in Omalo (Twin/Double Room with private bathroom)
Day 6: Omalo-Nafareuli-Tbilisi
Driving Distance 206 km, Duration 6 hours.
Leaving Omalo behind us, your last chance to enjoy with picturesque views over Greater Caucasus mountains. We will cross Abano pass and descend into valleys of Kakheti. Before reaching Tbilisi, we will stop at local family-owned winery in this winemaking region where we will have a traditional lunch and wine tasting – the first thing that you should try after hiking in the mountains – delicious food with brilliant Georgian wines.
Tour Price Includes:
✅ 6-Day Expert Leadership from experienced adventure guides
✅ Transportation by comfortable vehicle
✅ Fuel Surcharge
✅ Luggage transportation for each day
✅ Breakfast, Lunch boxes and Dinner for 5 Days
✅ 2 overnight at a guesthouse with private facilities in Omalo
✅ 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Dartlo
✅ 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Parsma
✅ 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Verkhovani
Price Does Not Include :
✘ Travel Insurance
✘ Trekking gear
✘ Overnight in Tbilisi for the last night
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