Tusheti horse tour €540


Overview

This tour will let you explore the most beautiful corners of Tusheti on the horseback. During 6-days, you will visit the highlights of the region as well as smaller yet spectacular villages lying away from the popular tourists routes.

Explore the non-touristy parts
of Tusheti on the horseback

Admire medieval stone villages and fortresses of Tusheti

Great panoramic views of Tusheti

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

Drive the most famous high mountain road in Georgia

Small group, only 6 to 10 participants


Date No. of participants Duration Deposit
01. 08. - 06. 08. 2022 6 - 10 (AVAILABLE) 6 days €150
12. 09. - 17. 09. 2022 6 - 10 (AVAILABLE) 6 days €150
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 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 Gogrulta
distance 11.7km, 1150m and 1076m>

Next two days will be a bit easier so we can recover from the Oreti lake. During this period, we will be exploring little-visited parts of Tusheti along the Gometsari Alazani river. First, we will cross this river and ascent to the Khakhabo village. From there, the trail climbs to the Apakurta pass which offers nice views into adjacent valleys. In the afternoon, we will reach Gogrulta village, spectacularly located on a cliff above the Gometsari Alazani valley. We will spend the night at the local guesthouse.

Day 4 From Gogrulta to Verkhovani
distance 15km, 450m and 820m>

In the morning, we will climb through the woods to the Kitemta mountain (2418m). From here, we will follow the ridge which separates Gometsari Alazani and Vestomkhevi valleys until we reach Vestomta village. From here, the trail starts going down - we will enter the woods again and cross small villages Buchukurta and Iliurta and reach the bottom of Gometsari Alazani by the Jvarboseli village. We will cross the river and not much later, will reach the Verkhovani village where we will spend a night at the local guesthouse.

Day 5 Crossing of Nakle-Kholi pass to Dartlo
distance 16.8km, 1310m and 1220m

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. Once we reach the pass, we will be able to enjoy almost aerial views of Pirikiti and Gometsari valleys. It is also the highest point of our tour with the elevation of 2920m. From there, we will descend to the Parsma, where we will admire it´s imposing towers. From Parsma, we will ride on a wide and flat track to Dartlo, one of the most charming villages in Tusheti. Here, we will part with our horses and spend a night at the local guesthouse.

Day 6 Dartlo & transfer to Tbilisi

In the morning, we will have an option to further explore Dartlo and climb to the Kvavlo fortress some 300 meters above the village. Then we will board the jeep and depart on a long, but scenic drive back to Tbilisi.



NOT INCLUDED:
  • Travel insurance. You will need to arrange a travel insurance. On my trekking trips, I use SafetyWing travel insurance
  • 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 as SEPA transfer or through PayPal or TransferWise. We collect these deposits only after the minimal threshhold of participants has been reached. The deposit is fully refundable if you cancel your booking more than 45 days before the start of the trek. If you cancel later, we reserve the right not to refund the deposit if we can´t find the replacement for your spot.
Deposit is also returned fully in case of covid lockdown that prevents travel between Georgia and client's country of origin or if client's country of origin puts Georgia on quarantine list.



WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU BOOK THE TOUR:


If you consider joining one of our tours, you should understand how our booking process works - so what happens after you fill in that form to the right.

  1. First, you need to register for a tour. We don't collect deposits at this stage but expect clients to fill in the form only in case of serious interest, after they have everything sorted out and are positive that they will be able to participate.
  2. We will send you a confirmation email and put you on the list of participants. Then, after the tour meets minimal threshold of required participants, we will send you another e-mail, inform you that the tour is guaranteed to run and if deposit is necessary, ask for it.
  3. After all participants sent deposit payment, the tour is green-lighted and we start with necessary arrangements.
  4. If there are still not enough participants one month before the start of the tour, we send you an email, inform you about the situation and offer to run the tour at the increased price. If all participants agree to it and make a deposit, the tour goes ahead - and, of course, if more people book during the last months before the tour, the price goes down correspondingly, but at some moment we need to decide if to run it or not. If participants don´t agree with the higher price, the tour is cancelled and, if there is interest, we can work with them on some individual programs.


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