OMALO - SHATILI HORSE TOUR €780


Overview

Omalo - Shatili is a famous trekking route that follows old shepherd´s paths connecting Tusheti region with Khevsureti. Most people hike it, few others bike it and you will get an opportunity to experience it from the horseback.
Even classic route is really good - it offers stunning mountain scenery as well as with traditional villages dominated by stone towers. But we improved it even more - added an extra day in Tusheti and altered the classic route so you will visit also some little-visited Tushetis Alazani valley, the highest mountian lake in Tusheti and cross 2900 meters high mountain pass.

Experience the famous trek
from the horseback

Visit stone villages and fortresses
of Tusheti and Khevsureti

Improved itinerary
Great panoramic views of Tusheti

Swim in the high Oreti lake
at the altitude of 2600m

Traverse Atsunta, the highest
"trekking pass" in Georgia

Drive the most famous high mountain road in Georgia

Small group, only 6 to 10 participants


Date No. of participants Duration Deposit
27. 07. - 02. 08. 2020 6 - 10 (AVAILABLE) 7 days €180
17. 08. - 23. 08. 2020 6 - 10 (AVAILABLE) 7 days €180
24. 08. - 30. 08. 2020 6 - 10 (AVAILABLE) 7 days €180
This tour can be organized also privately for any group of hikers outside of the dates listed above. In this case, the itinerary can be adjusted, extended or shortened (for example, we can do just basic Omalo - Shatili horse tour) according to your wishes and group size limitation doesn't apply. However, the price may be different, too.
DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL: TBILISI

DIFFICULTY:
While you will spend most of the time on the horseback, this is definitely not an easy trek. You need to be moderately fit (and at least 15 years old) to attend. Previous experience with horseriding is not necessary, but definitely welcome. If you are not sure if this trek is for you, please contact us and we will try to find out :)

Itinerary

Day 1 From Tbilisi to Omalo

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 2900m high Abano pass 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.

Day 2 Trip to the Oreti lake
distance 28km, 1482m and 1482m

After the breakfast starts the horseriding part of the tour. First, we will get familiar with our horses and ride them on a flat, wide track to Kumelaurta to get familiar with them. Then starts the climb to the Oreti lake - first through the beautiful forest, then through meadows and pastures. From the lake, lying right below the Russian border, we will admire almost the whole Tusheti. Then we will return the same way and spend a night at the guesthouse in Omalo.

Day 3 From Omalo to Verkhovani
distance 22.3km, 800m and 950m>

Today, we will follow the dirt track into Tushetis Alazani, one of three main valleys forming Tusheti (but the one that sees very few tourists). We will pass numerous traditional Tush villages - pictoresque Dochu lying deep in the valley, Bochorna, the highest village in Georgia and many others. Night at the Verkhovani guesthouse

Day 4 Crossing of Nakle-Kholi pass
distance 14km, 1150m and 1100m>

A difficult day. After the breakfast starts a difficult climb to the Nakle-Kholi pass - at some steeper sections, we will dismount and continue on foot. We will pass an abandoned Dadikurta village and then ascent further towards the pass. Wonderful views from the top - countless mountains around as well as almost aerial views of villages below. Then comes steep descent into Pirikita Alazani valley, the river crossing and visit of historical Parsma village. Night at Girevi guesthouse.

Day 5 From Girevi to campsite below Atsunta pass
distance 19km, 1200m and 530m>

The most difficult day of the trek. We ride 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. We pass campsite at Kvakhidi meadows and continue towards Atsunta pass. If conditions allow, we cross it and camp behind it, otherwise, we will camp at last campsite beneath the pass. Either way, the scenery will be unforgettable.

Day 6 Crossing of Atsunta pass
distance 22,8km, 705m and 2080m

If we ddin´t do it on previous day, we will cross the Atsunta pass in the morning. 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. Then we with descend into the Khonischala valley. Ride to ruins of the Mutso fortress, exploration of the site. Then we will follow the dirt track at the bottom of the valley, pass Anatori necropolis (“Houses of the dead”) and reach Shatili. Dinner and accommodation at the Shatili guesthouse.

Day 6 Transfer to Tbilisi

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.



NOT INCLUDED:
  • Travel insurance (you will need to arrange your own travel insurance. For this trek, you need insurance for hiking up to 3500m)
  • Snacks and alcoholic beverages
  • Boredom

DEPOSIT:
Since this is a small-group tour, we will need some deposit to be able to book your spot. The price is 150 EUR, money can be sent either through PayPal or TransferWise. The deposit is fully refundable if you cancel your booking more than 45 days before the start of the trek - the same thing happens if the tour has to be canceled because of the low number of participants. If you cancel later, the deposit is not refunded.
Usually, we collect deposits only after we have a sufficient number of registered participants. This year, due to the corona virus outbreak, we may wait even longer and collect them only after we see that situation has improved and there is a solid chance that the tour will go ahead.


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