ATSUNTA PASS TREKKING OR HORSE RIDING TOUR 7 DAYS

Tusheti trekking tour

Location: Khevsureti; Tusheti; Kakheti;

Duration: 7 days

Number of tourists: Unlimited

Driving distance: 500 km

Walking distance: 70 km

Available: June – September

Khevsureti is a historical province in high mountains, north-east Georgia, on both slopes of the great Caucasus range. Tusheti is located on the north slopes of the great Caucasus range from the west, it borders Khevsureti, and these provinces are divided by the Atsunta range. North is Chechnia, the border is on Pirikita range, and the east is Dagestan, the border is on Akazma range. So surrounded from all sides by ranges, Tusheti itself is divided into three gorges. So there are Gometsari gorge, Pirikita gorge, and Chanchakhovani gorge. In Gometsari gorge there are two communities – Gometsari and Tsovata. Tsovata community earlier used to be Chechnians and then assimilated to Georgians. In Pirikita gorge is Pirikita community and in Chanchakhovani gorge – Chagma community. Historically Tush people, are those who had emigrated from provinces Pshavi and Khevsureti, during the characterization of highland regions. Those emigrants chose to live in high mountains to keep their pagan religion against Christianity. Baptism of Tusheti happened later, but still, Christianity is mixed with pagan traditions. Tusheti territory is a national park.

Attention: It is strongly prohibited to take to Tusheti any food made from pork, anything made from pig’s skin!!! It is tradition.

Atsunta Pass Trekking Tour starts in Khevsureti. Transportation to Ardoti, on the way, tourists will see Mutso and Shatili. After visiting Ardoti, tourists will trek by Khonischala gorge to Atsunta pass, 3487 meters above sea level, and come down to Tusheti, Pirikita gorge. Tourists will visit villages Girevi, Parsma, Chesho, Dartlo, Kvavlo with the original architecture. After going to Omalo, and from there make one day hiking to village Diklo. After tourists will return to Tbilisi by transport. The tour duration is seven days. One day can be added for hiking, from Shatili to Ardoti. During this trekking, tourists will see the most isolated regions of the Caucasus, with its ancient traditions, kept untouched by the modern world.

I Day: Tbilisi – Shatili – Mutso – Ardoti

  • Transportation to Shatili, then to Mutso and Ardoti. Walk in these villages.
  • Wilderness Camping (Lunch/Dinner)

II Day: Khonichala gorge – Atsunta pass

  • Trekking or horse riding to Khonichala gorge.
  • Wilderness Camping at the bottom of the pass. (FB)

III Day: Atsunta pass – Parsma

  • Trekking or horse riding over the pass.
  • Visiting village Parsma
  • Wilderness Camping (FB)

IV Day: Chesho –Dartlo – Kvavlo – Dano

  • Trekking or horse riding to Dartlo.
  • Walk in Dartlo, Kvavlo and Dano.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Dartlo (FB)

V Day: Upper Omalo – Keselo towers

  • Trekking (without backpacks) or horse-riding to Omalo.
  • Walk to Keselo towers.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse in Upper Omalo (FB)

VI Day: Lower Omalo – Shenako – Diklo

  • Trekking or horse riding to Lower Omalo, Shenako, and Diklo.
  • Return to Omalo and overnight at a guesthouse. (FB)

VII Day: Transfer

  • Return to Tbilisi International Airport (We also can continue the tour in Kakheti region, but it depends on your flight schedule) (Breakfast/Lunch)
Number of tourists 2 4 6 10 12 18
Price per person in Euro for trekking tour 775 475 355 340 305 275
Price per person in Euro for horse-riding tour 935 620 540 510 465 440

PRICE INCLUDES: Guesthouses.Transfer to Ardoti with English and Russian speaking guide. Hiking guide. Guesthouses and meals included in itinerary. Horses for taking the luggage from Ardoti till Omalo. Guide for horses.

PRICE DOESN’T INCLUDE: Price for souvenirs.

GIFT: One bottle of Georgian wine per group from O’dila wine

DEPOSIT: We will need some deposit to be able to book your tour. The price is 10 %, and money you can send through PayPal. The amount is fully refundable if you cancel your booking more than 30 days before. If you cancel later, the deposit is not refunded. 

Useful information:

Necessary clothes: Raincoat, pants for trekking, worm sweater, trekking boots, cap, sun protection cream, shorts, t-shirt.

Pharmacy: In Tusheti there is no pharmacy. So if someone has a specific disease and is treated with a special drug, then he has to buy in Tbilisi before starting the tour or must have it with him.

Guesthouses: In Tusheti, guesthouses are clean and cozy places with simple facilities. Most of them have private bathrooms. To have some images you can see the pictures here

Food: Georgian cuisine is diverse and very tasty. Meat, dairy, and vegetables are the most common ingredient of Tushetian cuisine. If you are vegetarian or vegan, please inform us before starting the tour, and the guesthouse will prepare meals to your taste.

Attention: It is strongly prohibited to take to Tusheti any food made from pork, anything made from pig’s skin!!! It is tradition.