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

Because of Covid-19 situation, we will be running only private versions of this tour in 2020 (and only if the situation stabilizes). If you are still interested, pls submit the booking form with "custom date" and we wil send you an offer for a private tour.


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 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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