11 Day Exploration into the Tusheti National Park
Trekking through the Magical Mountains of Tusheti, in the High Caucasus. Hiking and Trekking in the newly established Tusheti National Park.
11 days, Hard-Medium Hiking/Trekking. 3 days stay at hotels, 6 days stay at guesthouses, 1 day camping.
Leave your hometown and arrive at Tbilisi. Stay overnight at Hotel Kopala.
Travel to Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (160km), visiting the region’s capital Telavi. Here we will visit the Erekle II Museum, Telavi’s ancient stone towers and vineyards, a 900 year old tree, and the nearby Shuamta nunnery, located in the middle of an amazing forest, where nuns work and live peacefully. Stay overnight at a comfortable local guesthouse.
Drive from Telavi by 4-wheel drive (Niva Lada) towards the Tusheti highlands. Arrive to Omalo via the Abano Pass (2950m). Sightseeing around old/upper Omalo, visit the watchtowers of Keselo. Stay overnight in Omalo, at the Sport Hotel nearby a lush forest. Enjoy a welcoming dinner accompanied by Kakhetian green wine.
Early morning trekking through Gometsari valley. On the way we will visit the village of Bochorna, from which you can watch clouds linger in the gorges below, like an ocean. We will then move onto the village of Dochu, which is divided into two by the rocky landscape, giving the village its otherworldly flavor. Sightseeing near Dochu and overnight stay at local guesthouse. Enjoy a supra before going to bed.
By late morning, continue trekking through Gometsari valley to the villages of Jvarboseli and Verkhovani. Stay overnight at local guest house in Verkhovani, where we will try the local delicacies of hot raw milk and Tushetian herbal tea before resting for the night. The deep voice of the Gometsari River will lull us to sleep.
Early morning, we will trek on a magical road to Tsovata, a beautiful place hidden in the mountains; we will have lunch there. From Tsovata we’ll move onto the ancient village of Dartlo, located in the Pirikiti Valley. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Early morning sightseeing in Dartlo and sunrise watch by the river. Trekking to the ancient villages of Chesho, Parsma, and Girevi. Same day transfer from Pirikiti Valley to Chagma Valley and the village of Shenako, where there is a beautiful small church. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Sightseeing around Shenako where we will visit the ruins of the village of Ageurta and the nearby waterfall. Lunch in Shenako and go to the village of Diklo near the Dotkalto valley. Camp overnight in Dotkalto.
Late morning trekking back to Shenako, where we will have our farewell lunch. Drive back to Kakheti. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse in the lowland Tushetian village of Alvani.
Visit the Nekresi Monastery and the town of Sighnaghi. Return to Tbilisi by late evening, and have dinner at a nice restaurant in Old Tbilisi. Stay overnight at Kopala Hotel.
Transfer to the airport for a safe flight back home. Have a nice trip back.
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