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Tusheti Horse Riding Tour 4 Days

Tusheti, Georgia
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Duration

4 days 3 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

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Overview

Horse Riding in Tusheti 4 Days – Overnights in guesthouses. On the tour, you will see Alaverdi Cathedral and three Tushetian valleys: Chagma, Pirikiti, and Chanchakhovani. As well as Lake Oreti and the Sakheo range.

Brief information about Tusheti

Tusheti is a historical region in Georgia. Moreover, it is the most fascinating and pristine high-mountain region. This part of Georgia is located in the Kakheti region, Akhmeta municipality (900-4800m above sea level). The area is under environmental protection as part of the Tusheti Protected Areas (1137 sq km). Above all, this region is on the tentative  UNESCO World Heritage list.

Administratively, Tusheti is a part of the municipality of Akhmeta. The largest village in Tusheti is Omalo. Historically, Tusheti is comprised of four mountain communities:

  • Tsova
  • Gometsari 
  • Pirikiti 
  • Chaghma

Tusheti is an area that preserves the spirit of the past. Here, time seems to stand still. The vast majority of inhabitants are shepherds. However, these people are friendship-minded and willing to talk to strangers; they like to absorb the world’s news and share their local culture.

Horse Riding Tour in Tusheti

Horse riding in Tusheti is a fantastic way to explore the rugged and remote landscapes of this stunning region of Georgia. Tusheti is known for its mountainous terrain, deep river gorges, alpine meadows, and traditional villages, and horseback riding offers an immersive and exciting way to experience it all.

When planning a horse riding trip in Tusheti, it’s important to ensure that you have appropriate gear and clothing, including sturdy boots, comfortable pants, and warm layers, as the weather in Tusheti can be unpredictable.

Overall, horse riding in Tusheti is an unforgettable experience that offers a unique and immersive way to explore one of Georgia’s most beautiful and remote regions.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Villages: Kumelaurta, Shenako, Diklo, Lower and Upper Omalo, Dochu, Bochorna
  • Castles: Keselo towers, Pichekhi castle
  • Monasteries: Alaverdi Cathedral, Holly trinity church in Shenako
  • Sightseeing: Oreti lake (2651m), Sakheo range (3001m)

Itinerary

Day 1: Tbilisi – Alaverdi – Lower Omalo – Shenako – Diklo – Pichekhi Castles
Departure at 7 p.m. On the way, we will visit Alaverdi Monastery. It will take about 6-7 hours to travel to Tusheti. The road is so beautiful that you will not get bored. In the middle of the road, we will have lunch. After a short break, we’ll leave to visit villages Shenako and Diklo. In Diklo we’ll walk to Pichekhi Castles, the main fortress on the border of Dagestan, which left one of the saddest histories.
Return to the guesthouse (Lunch/Dinner)

Driving distance: 230 km. Time: 8 hours. Walking distance: 2 km. Time: 2 hours. Minimal altitude: 280 m. Maximal altitude: 2867 m.
Day 2: Horse riding on Sakheo range (3001m)
After Breakfast, we will start horse riding to Unagira mountain. (3001m) Here you will have picturesque views on both: Pirikiti and Gometsari valley. From the top of the range, you will see villages: Bochorna, Dartlo, Kvavlo, and Chesho. This riding route is the most beautiful from the middle of June until the middle of July, with flowering Rhododendron and a small lake on the top of the range.
Return to the guesthouse (FB)

Horse-riding distance 22 km; Minimal altitude: 1900 m; Maximal altitude: 3001m
Day 3: Horse riding tour to Oreti Lake
After Breakfast horse ride to Oreti lake. This lake is located 2650 m high. During this trekking tour, you will visit the shepherd’s house. From the top of this mountain, you will see all the Tushetian gorges. In the evening, you will ride back to Omalo guesthouse.
Return to the guesthouse (FB)

Horse riding distance: 23 km. Minimal altitude in case of both options: 1700 m. Maximal altitude: 2650 m.
Day 4: Keselo castles – Museum in Lower Omalo – Tbilisi
IV-Day: Keselo castles – Museum in Lower Omalo – Tbilisi

9 am breakfast.
Next, you will visit Keselo Castels and the museum in lower Omalo.
After all, we’ll arrive back in Tbilisi. Here our Tusheti trekking or horse-riding tour finishes. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Driving distance: 250 km. Time: 8 hours. Walking distance: 2 km. Time: 1 hour. Minimal altitude: 280 m. Maximal altitude: 2867 m.

Included/Excluded

  • Transportation with English or Russian-speaking driver-guide
  • Horses with horse Guide for 2 days
  • Guesthouse for 3 nights
  • Meals included in the itinerary
  • Lunch on the first day
  • Price for souvenirs
  • All additional costs

Tour's Location

Tusheti, Georgia

FAQs

When is the best time for Horse riding tour?
Generally, the road to Tusheti opens at the end of May and the season lasts until the end of October. But due to weather conditions, the best time is from the middle of June till the middle of September.
What kind of Guesthouses are there in Tusheti?
In Tusheti, guesthouses are clean and cozy places with simple facilities. Most of them have private bathrooms.
What kind of clothes do we need?
When planning for a horse riding tour in Tusheti, it is important to wear appropriate clothing that will protect you and keep you comfortable during the ride. Here are some suggestions:

Comfortable pants: It is recommended to wear comfortable, flexible pants that allow for a wide range of motion. Jeans are not recommended, as they can be restrictive and uncomfortable.

Long-sleeved shirt: A long-sleeved shirt will help protect your arms from the sun and any brush you may encounter on the trail.

Layers: Tusheti weather can be unpredictable, and temperatures can vary significantly throughout the day. It is recommended to wear layers, so you can add or remove clothing as needed.

Sturdy boots: It is important to wear sturdy, closed-toe boots with a low heel that will protect your feet and keep them secure in the stirrups. Avoid wearing sneakers or sandals.

Sun protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are important to protect your skin and eyes from the sun.

Rain gear: Tusheti weather can be rainy, so it is recommended to bring rain gear, including a rain jacket and rain pants.

Gloves: Gloves will protect your hands and prevent blisters from forming on the reins.

It is also recommended to bring a small backpack with water, snacks, and any other necessary items, such as a camera or binoculars. Your tour provider may have additional recommendations, so it's a good idea to check with them before your trip.
Is there any pharmacy in Tusheti?
There are a few small shops in the villages of Tusheti that sell basic medications such as painkillers, antihistamines, and gastrointestinal medicines. However, it's important to note that these shops may not have a pharmacist on staff, and the medications may not be up to Western standards.

If you have a specific medical condition or require prescription medication, it's recommended that you bring an adequate supply with you. Additionally, if you plan to hike or travel in remote areas, it's important to carry a basic first aid kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic, and insect repellent.

In case of a medical emergency, it's recommended that you contact the emergency services in Georgia by dialing 112. They can assist with medical emergencies and transport you to the nearest medical facility if necessary.
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 meals?
Meals in Tusheti are typically homemade and feature locally sourced ingredients, such as meat, dairy products, and vegetables. Traditional Tushetian cuisine is known for its hearty and flavorful dishes, which often incorporate local herbs and spices.

Most guesthouses in Tusheti offer homemade meals for their guests, which are usually included in the room rate. Breakfast typically consists of bread, cheese, eggs, and sometimes homemade jams or honey. Lunch and dinner often feature meat dishes such as lamb or beef stews, grilled meat, or khinkali (dumplings filled with meat or cheese). Vegetarian options are also available, usually including dishes made with beans, vegetables, and dairy products.

It's worth noting that due to Tusheti's remote location, there are limited dining options outside of guesthouses. It's recommended that you arrange meals with your guesthouse in advance to ensure that you have adequate food during your stay. Additionally, if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, it's important to inform us ahead of time so that we can accommodate your needs.

Overall, dining in Tusheti is a unique and authentic experience that provides a taste of traditional Tushetian cuisine and hospitality.
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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Nicolas

July 10, 2022

Bound to our Hearts

We set out for a 10-days visit to Georgia and planned to start with Tusheti. Therefore, we booked a tour with Roman. He was super... Read more
We set out for a 10-days visit to Georgia and planned to start with Tusheti. Therefore, we booked a tour with Roman. He was super helpful and straightforward. At first we were concerned about the weather forecast, which showed rain for all four days, but Roman assured us that the weather conditions were quite good at that time. We trusted and he was absolutely right. The 4-days rain forecast became true for 5 minutes, when we were about to leave Tusheti. If you find yourself worrying about the weather forecast, spare your worries and simply trust Roman. Roman picked us up in Tbilisi and took us first to the market in Telavi, which I recommend everybody to visit. We then proceeded to the famous Tusheti road over the Abano Pass. The ride itself was an amazing experience with stunning views. Roman was very careful and did a great job driving the road. We felt really save and had a great fun. After 7-8 hours we finally arrived Upper Omalo. The guesthouse Mzgvari was very comfortable and super clean. The girls did an amazing job in terms of cooking and caring for us! Moreover, they are super funny. The tours were done by Roman together with his horse guide Davit. Davit is such a likeable, witty and caring guy. We really had a great fun doing the tours and enjoyed amazing blooming landscapes. Our final words belong to Roman. He really managed to make this tour an unforgetable experience. He invited us to his closest friends and lovely family. We had dinner and drinks, played games and laughed so much with them. We are so happy to have met such lovely people and made friends with them! We are looking forward to see them soon again. Less
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Roman Burduladze

Member Since 2022

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Email

info@tushetiland.ge

Website

www.tushetiland.ge

Phone

+995557488911

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