6 days/5 nights
Start the tour from June to October
Tbilisi-Omalo-Dartla-Atsunta pass (3430 m)-Mutso-Shatili-Tbilisi
Tracking on the most inaccessible regions of Georgia – Tusheti and Khevsureti. These areas are separated from the rest of Georgia by passes that are usually closed by snow from October to June. This hike is primarily interested in the spectacular views of the Caucasus Mountains and the opportunity to get acquainted with the way of life of the most distinctive regions of Georgia.
1 Day. Meeting in Tbilisi or Kutaisi airport. Transfer by jeep Tbilisi-Omalo.
Tbilisi-Omalo Transfer. Although conventionally a small mileage (160 km), the road from Tbilisi to Omalo takes almost the whole day. This is due to impassable roads, elevation changes and road surface – let all be held on the dirt road. Suffice it to say that this is among the ten most dangerous roads in the world. However, it is also the one of the most beautiful, and our drivers know the road like the five fingers. So fasten and went to enjoy the views!
Day 2. Transfer by jeeps Omalo – Dartle and access to the route.
In the morning we go from Omalo to Dartle village. It is located at an altitude of 2000 m in the picturesque gorge Pirikita Alazan. Here we will see the ancient tower, the ruins of the Christian Church, as well as stone “seats”, sitting where the elders to solve important issues for the life of the village. In the evening a little step back from the village and spend the night on the river bank.
Day 3. The rise to the pass Atsunta.
On the morning we begin to climb to the pass by beautiful mountain trails, . On the way we see the confluence of two rivers and peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. The day shall find about 1200 m altitude. We spend the night directly in front of the pass.
Day 4. Atsunta pass sturm and descent
We take a pass and start the descent. On this day, we storm the pass Atsunta, rising to a height of 3431 m. We will see Alpine meadows, to halt you can make beautiful photos. From the pass on a dirt descend to the level of 1800 m above sea level and spend the night at one of the many streams.
Day 5. Dead City – Mutso
On this day we will see the ancient fortress Mutso. It is located in the valley of the river Ardoti. At the time, this fort protected the whole Khevsureti from the raids of the Chechens. There is no exact information when the castle became deserted, but already the chronicle of 1931 suggest Mutso as a “dead city.” From here we descend to the more famous Khevsurian fortress – Shatili.
Day 6. Fortress Shatili and the road to Tbilisi.
Shatili – the village-fortress, the most famous and spectacular village of Khevsureti. It represents about 60 buildings combined into a single defense complex. It is said that, entering the first house, you can get around the whole village, never went out into the street. From Shatili involves a lot of stories of armed conflict, the most famous of which occurred in 1843. Then Chechen army siege of Shatili, retreated, lost under the walls of the fortress of 100 people and the leader, Akhverdiyev Mahoma. Shatiltsy also lost just two people. On this day, we are waiting for the latest on this adventure route – the road to Tbilisi through the Bear Cross Pass (2676m). This road is not so difficult as to Omalo, but no less interesting. In the evening, tired but proud of yourself, we reach Tbilisi.
• Group equipment and gear
• Food in the track
• 2 nights in a guesthouse (the other nights in tents)
• All transfers
• All entrance tickets
• Services of English-speaking mountain guide
• Medical Insurance
• Sim card of local operator with 3G internet;
• 24 hours informational assistance