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Tusheti Hiking 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

Every year more and more tourists take interest in hiking. For a certain category of people it’s a bother to spend the night in tents or move every day from one guesthouse to another. So, our Tusheti Hiking Tour (4 Days) is a great opportunity for those who prefer a combination of hiking and comfort. 

Brief information about Tusheti

Tusheti is a historic region of Georgia. Administratively, Tusheti is located in Kakheti.  Therefore, it is under environmental protection as one of the Tusheti Protected Areas. Most importantly, it is on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list.

The largest village in Tusheti is Omalo. There are 4 main communities in Tusheti:

  • Tsova
  • Gometsari 
  • Pirikiti 
  • Chaghma

Tusheti is a place that has kept the spirit of the past. Here time seems to stand still. The vast majority of inhabitants are shepherds. However, these people are friendship-minded; they love to talk with strangers. Moreover, they like to absorb the news of the world and share local culture.

Hiking Tour in Tusheti

A hiking tour in Tusheti is a fantastic way to experience the region’s stunning natural beauty, traditional lifestyle, and unique architecture. The region is known for its mountainous landscapes, pristine rivers, and lush green valleys, making it an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts.

Hiking routes take hikers through remote villages, traditional stone towers, and ancient churches, offering a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Hikers can also experience the region’s unique flora and fauna, with opportunities to spot rare species such as the Caucasian lynx, the bearded vulture, and the Caucasian tur. The hiking routes also offer breathtaking views of the Caucasus Mountains, with panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and rugged valleys.

It’s essential to plan and prepare for a hiking tour in Tusheti, as the routes can be challenging, and the weather can be unpredictable. Hikers should ensure that they have the appropriate gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, and a reliable backpack. It’s also recommended to travel with a local guide who can provide valuable insights into the region’s history, culture, and geography, as well as ensure the safety of the hiking group.

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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 Castle, 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: Hiking on Sakheo range (3001m)
After Breakfast, we will drive to Mirgvela and start hiking to Sakheo range. (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 hiking 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.
Hike to Dochu and drive back to the guesthouse (FB)

Hiking distance 16 km; Minimal altitude: 1900 m; Maximal altitude: 3001m
Day 3: Hiking tour to Oreti Lake
After Breakfast drive to Kumelaurta and hike to Oreti lake. This lake is located 2650 m high. During this hiking 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 come down to the village Kumelaurta full of unforgettable memories. The car will take us back to Omalo guesthouse.
Return to the guesthouse (FB)

Hiking distance 15 km. Minimal altitude: 1700 m. Maximal altitude: 2650 m.
Day 4: 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 hiking 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 a local driver
  • Local Hiking guide for 2 days
  • Guesthouse for 3 nights
  • Meals included in the itinerary
  • Lunch on the first day
  • Note: Professional English or Russian speaking guide is an Extra option
  • Price for souvenirs
  • All additional costs

Tour's Location

Tusheti, Georgia

FAQs

When is the best time for Hiking tour?
Generally, the road to Tusheti opens at the end of May and the season lasts until the end of October. But the best time for a hiking tour in Tusheti is from late June to early 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 hiking in Tusheti, it's important to dress appropriately for the rugged mountain terrain and varying weather conditions. Here are some clothing items to consider bringing on your hiking trip to Tusheti:

Hiking Boots: Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support and traction are essential for navigating rugged mountain terrain.

Layers: Tusheti's weather can be unpredictable, so it's important to dress in layers to stay comfortable. A moisture-wicking base layer, insulating mid-layer, and waterproof outer layer are recommended.

Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and windproof jacket is essential for protection against rain, wind, and cooler temperatures.

Hat and Gloves: A warm hat and gloves are essential for staying warm during cooler temperatures.

Sunglasses: The sun can be strong in Tusheti, so it's important to bring sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays and glare.

Backpack: A comfortable and durable backpack is essential for carrying water, snacks, and any extra clothing or gear you may need.

Sunscreen: Even on cooler days, the sun can still be strong at higher altitudes, so it's important to bring sunscreen to protect your skin.

Overall, it's important to come prepared with appropriate clothing and gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable hiking experience in Tusheti. Be sure to check the weather forecast ahead of time and pack accordingly to ensure that you're prepared for any weather conditions you may encounter.
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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Diane Evans

July 05, 2022

Amazing Tour

My son and I waited 2 years to visit Tusheti , and it was definitely worth the wait. The tour was amazing and everything we... Read more
My son and I waited 2 years to visit Tusheti , and it was definitely worth the wait. The tour was amazing and everything we could have hoped for. Roman did an excellent job driving the road - I almost backed out several times after watching the video of the drive but he was very reassuring and he knows the road well. The hikes were just challenging enough with beautiful views the whole time. The guest house was lovely and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this tour!! Less
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