This long, strenous trek follows the old shepherd´s path connecting Tusheti region with Khevsureti. It features beautiful mountain scenery as well as with traditional villages dominated by stone towers. During the walk, you will be supported by packhorses and a knowledgable guide.
|Date||No. of participants||Duration||Deposit|
|27. 7. - 1. 8. 2018||4 - 6 (FULL)||6 days||€150|
|24. 8. - 29. 8. 2018||4 - 6 (GUARANTEED)||6 days||€150|
|11. 9. - 16. 9. 2018||4 - 6 (FULL)||6 days||€150|
Pickup by guide in Tbilisi and transfer to Alvani. Lunch in the village, switching to 4WD cars and departure for Tusheti. Narrow, dusty road climbs from the lowlands to the Abano pass at the elevation 2900m and offers thrilling views into the valley below. Descent to Omalo, the largest settlement in Tusheti. In the afternoon visit of fortified Keselo hill. Dinner and accommodation at the guesthouse in Omalo.
After the breakfast, transfer to Ghele meadow, the meeting place of the elders of local communities. From there, climb onto the top of Pirikita ridge which separates the largest valleys of Tusheti. Traverse of the ridge - if the weather is good, there are great, 360° views of the whole Tusheti as well as of the prominent peaks to the north such as Diklo, Komito and Dano. Reaching of Nakle-Kholi pass and the steep descent to another beautiful village, Parma. Dinner and accommodation in Parsma.
In the morning, short walk to Girevi, last inhabited village in the valley and pick up of permits at the local border post. Trekking deeper into the mountains, passing the abandoned settlement of Chontio. The trail mostly traverses the alpine meadows high above the river, but from time to time descends also into the river gorge. Camping at the Kvakhidi meadows at the elevation of 2600m.
The most impressive and difficult day of the trek. After crossing a river for several time, the final climb to the Atsunta pass starts - first through the meadow, then on the shales. The pass is one of the most scenic places of the whole trek since it offers great views on both Tusheti and Khevsureti. Descent from the pass onto the Khidotanis ridge. Traverse of the ridge - great views in all directions, especially onto Mt. Tebulo, the highest mountain of Tusheti. Camping on the Khidotanis ridge.
Walk to the end of Khidotanis ridge and steep dewcent into the Khonischala valley. Walk to the ruins of the Mutso fortress, exploration of the site. Transfer to the Anatori necropolis (“Houses of the dead”) and after the visit of the site, transfer to Shatili. Dinner and accommodation at the Shatili guesthouse.
Transfer to Tbilisi. The road passes abandoned settlements such as Guro and Kistani, climbs to 2600m high Datvisjvari pass and descends into Lower Khevsureti. Eventually, it leaves the mountains near Zhilvali reservoir, some 50km north of Tbilisi.