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Atsunta Pass Trekking 9 days

Tusheti, Georgia
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Duration

9 days 8 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

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Overview

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

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

Brief description of Khevsureti and Tusheti

Khevsureti is a remote mountainous district in northern Georgia, located between Kazbegi and Tusheti regions. Therefore, Tusheti is located on the north slopes of the great Caucasus range from the west. So, it borders Khevsureti, and these provinces are divided by the Atsunta range. North is Chechnia, the border is on the Pirikita range, and the east is Dagestan, the border is on the Akazma range. So surrounded from all sides by ranges. 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. Meanwhile, the whole area of Tusheti is under environmental protection as the Tusheti Protected Areas (1137 sq km). Also, this region is on the tentative list of the UNESCO world heritage.

Atsunta Pass trekking

Atsunta Pass trekking is a popular tourist attraction in the area. On your demand, you can also have hiking, horse riding, or jeep tour around this part of Georgia. 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Khevsureti
  • Tusheti
  • Kakheti

Itinerary

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: Trekking from Ardoti to foothils of Atsunta Pass
Walk from Ardoti to the foothills of Atsunta Pass (At 2000 m altitude). Luggage from Ardoti is carried by horses. 7 hours walk 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). 7-8 hours walk along the day, 10 km around Atsunta Pass.

Overnight in camps eastward beneath the pass At 3300 m altitude

Note: Meals are an extra option
Day 6: Trekking in Dartlo
Walk 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)

Included/Excluded

  • Transfers and transportations with English or Russian speaking guide
  • Hotels, guesthouses, and meals as it is described in the itinerary
  • Hiking guide; Horses for taking the luggage from Ardoti till Dartlo
  • Guide for horses
  • Transfer from Tusheti to Telavi
  • Transportation in Kakheti.
  • Gift: One bottle of Georgian wine
  • Note: Meals during the trek form 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

FAQs

When is the best time for trekking?
From the beginning of July until mid of September
What is difficulty level of this trekking?
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 till Telavi, as there is no way to return them earlier.
What about meals?
During this trek, meals are included as it is described by itinerary.

Note: Meals for trekking from Shatili to Dartlo are an extra option!
Is it possible to ride instead of hike some part of the way?
Yes. For an extra fee. You have to tell me about this in advance.
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.

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  • Price per person for 4 days camping meals ($65)
  • Price per tent for 2 PAX($80)

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