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Atsunta Pass Horse Riding Tour 9 Days

Tusheti, Georgia


9 days 8 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people




Our Atsunta Pass Horse Riding 9 day tour starts in Tbilisi. Overnights in tents and guesthouses. During the tour, you will first visit the ancient city of Mtskheta. Later you will visit Khevsureti, then traverse the Atsunta pass to Tusheti. From there you will drive to the wine region of Kakheti and visit some wineries.   

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

Brief description of Khevsureti and Tusheti

Khevsureti is a remote mountainous district in northern Georgia, located between Kazbegi and Tusheti, which are divided by the Atsunta range. To the north is Chechnia, bordering the Pirikita range, and to the east is Dagestan, bordering the Akazma range. Subsequently, mountains surround it on all sides. In Tusheti there are 3 gorges, Pirikita gorge, Gometsari Gorge, and Chanchakhovani Gorge.

The scenery everywhere is spectacular. It is a mix of snow-covered rocky peaks, deep gorges, tower-dotted villages, and steep, grassy hillsides. All of Tusheti is under environmental protection as part of the Tusheti Protected Areas (1137 sq km). Also, this region is on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list.

Atsunta Pass Horse Riding

Atsunta Pass Horse Riding is a popular tourist attraction. On your demand, you can also have hiking, trekking, or a jeep tour around this part of Georgia. 

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  • Khevsureti
  • Tusheti
  • Kakheti


Day 1: Transfer and day tour in Tbilisi
Arrive at Tbilisi International Airport. Tour around Tbilisi.

Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 2: Driving to Shatili
Drive from Tbilisi to Shatili. Transportation by minibus. Visit Jvari Monastery, the ancient city Mtskheta and Ananuri Fortress on the way.

Overnight in a guesthouse in Shatili (Breakfast/Dinner)
Day 3: Trekking from Shatili to Ardoti
Walk around Shatili historical village, afterward walk to Mutso (1-hour walk to Mutso from the main road) Visit Mutso Fortress. From Shatili to Ardoti, luggage is carried by car. Walk to Ardoti (At 1500m altitude)

Overnight in tents in Ardoti. (Breakfast)
Walk distance 20 km.

Note: Lunch and dinner are an extra option
Day 4: Riding from Ardoti to foothills of Atsunta Pass
Riding from Ardoti to the foothills of Atsunta Pass (At 2000 m altitude). Luggage from Ardoti is carried by horses. 9 hours ride throughout the day.

Overnight in tents near Atsunta Pass at 2100 m altitude

Note: Meals are an extra option
Day 5: Traverse Atsunta Pass
We traverse Atsunta pass (3431 m). 9 hours ride along the day, 14 km around Atsunta Pass.

Overnight in camps eastward beneath the pass At 3300 m altitude

Note: Meals are an extra option
Day 6: Riding in Dartlo
Horse ride to village Dartlo (At 1800 m altitude) takes a day. It is possible to meet a car in village Chesho and drive to Dartlo (40 minutes drive)

Overnight in a guesthouse in Dartlo. (Dinner)

Note: Breakfast and Lunch are an extra option
Day 7: Driving from Dartlo to Telavi
Drive to Omalo (At 1900m altitude, 1-hour drive). Visit Keselo Fortress. Walking from Omalo to Keselo fortress, and back takes 1 hour. Drive from Omalo to Kakheti, visit the local winery. Have a city tour in Telavi.

Overnight in a guesthouse in Telavi (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 8: Kakheti Tour
Drive from Telavi to Kvareli, having a wine tour in Kvareli wineries. Drive to the city of love Sighnagi, having a city tour.

Overnight in a guesthouse in Sighnaghi. (Breakfast/Dinner)
Day 9: Transfer to the Airport
Driving to Tbilisi and transfer to the airport (Breakfast)


  • Transfers and transportation with English or Russian-speaking guide
  • Hotels, guesthouses, and meals as it is described in the itinerary
  • English or Russian-speaking professional guide during all tour
  • Meals during the trek from Shatili to Dartlo
  • Horses and horse guides
  • Transfer from Tusheti to Telavi
  • Transportation in Kakheti.
  • Note: Meals during the trek from Shatili to Dartlo are an extra Option
  • Note: Tents are an Extra option
  • Price for souvenirs
  • Price for tents (1 tent for 2 PAX 10 USD per day)
  • All other additional costs

Tour's Location

Tusheti, Georgia


When is the best time for Horse-riding?
From the beginning of July until mid of September
What is difficulty level of this horse-riding?
It is medium to hard. So it is for those, who have experience and are in good shape.
What about luggage?
The driver will take extra luggage from Shatili to Ardoti. After Ardoti till Dartlo luggage will be carried by horses.
What about camping gear?
The guide will have all that is needed to prepare meals.
We strongly encourage you to bring your sleeping bags and pads. We provide only Tents. You can rent sleeping bags in Tbilisi but you will have to pay for all days from Shatili to Telavi, as there is no way to return them earlier.
What about meals?
During this trek, meals are included as it is described by the itinerary.

Note: Meals for trekking from Shatili to Dartlo are an extra option!
What if I have special diet?
A vegetarian option is available. If you have any kind of allergy or intolerance, let us know in advance.
What about payment?
An invoice will be sent to you after the tour is confirmed. You pay a 10% commission upfront to our PayPal account. The fee is refunded only if the tour is canceled for our reasons or due to natural disasters. Otherwise, the commission is not refundable.
You pay the remaining 90% at the start of the tour.


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