Gorgeous Georgia

Hiking adventure through the Caucasus Mountains

About the hike

A journey through some of the most picturesque scenery that Georgia has to offer.
Hike through the enchanting Khada Gorge, Kasari Canyon and Truso Valley.
Pass amazing waterfalls, quaint medieval villages, mineral water springs and ancient Towers

Day 1 SUNDAY: ARRIVAL and TBILISI CITY TOUR

We meet our driver and transfer to the hotel for a rest after the night flight. We then embark on a walking tour in old city. Founded by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the Georgian King of Kartli (Iberia) and made into a capital in the 6th century. Tour includes following sights: Metekhi
Church, erected on the cliff, overlooking the Mtkvari River and the famous Sulfur Baths.

We go up by the cable car to Narikala Fortress, an ancient symbol of the city’s defence. Visit Meidani square and Shardeni street with it’s fashionable, cozy cafes and art galleries, passing along the Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica. The tour then takes us to
Rustaveli Avenue, to the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet theatre and Rustaveli Theatre.

Overnight in Tbilisi

 

Day 2 MONDAY: TBILISI-GUDAURI-KAZBEGI
HIKING – KHADA GORGE and “The 60 TOWERS” HIKE
We drive towards Gudauri to one of the hidden wonders of this part of Georgia and begin our hiking week in a region that has been described as calm and breath taking, off the beaten track and less touristy, a hidden gorge below the Gudauri mountains at the edge of the Caucasus.

An area that was once a strong hold defending the road between Northern and Southern Caucasus with 60 towers. Every family in every village had their own Tower, serving as either a residential or defensive buildings. Our hike takes us past a few of the Towers that remain. We
then pass delightful waterfalls, medieval village and mineral water springs.

The gorge also happens to be the legendary “dwelling” of a couple. A rock, hidden in the trees, where, according to legend, a man carried off a girl he loved and hid her there. We will have our picnic lunch at this spot. After the hike we make our way to Kazbegi 

Dinner at guesthouse
Time: 6 hours
Distance:12 km
Elevation Gain: 800m
Elevation loss: 400m
Overnight in Kazbegi

 

Day 3 TUESDAY: HIKING – KAZBEGI-GERGETI TRINITY CHURCH-KAZBEGI
Breakfast at the hotel
In the morning we start trekking (2 hours) to Gergeti Trinity Church built in the 14th century (2170 m). The only cross-cupola church in the Khevi province.

This will be our first stop on the trek to the foot of the glacier. After some long and steep ascents, we’ll come to the small pass with the stone cairn (2900m) – called an Arsha pass.
We’ll get our first view of the Gergeti glacier and Mt. Kazbek. We’ll then cross several streams and get to the foot of the glacier where we’ll have our picnic lunch and then return to Kazbegi. Max elevation reached 3100m

Dinner at the guesthouse.
Duration-8h
Trekking distance -21km
Overnight in Kazbegi

Day 4 WEDNESDAY: HIKING –  KAZBEGI-TRUSO VALLEY-KAZBEGI
Breakfast at the hotel
We drive to the entrance of Truso valley a mystical and spectacular sight and then hike along the valley, the source of the Tergi River (famous for its mineral water springs & white and yellow travertines). Our route then takes us to Kasari Canyon and the abandoned village of Ketrisi.

Here we will find some of the “Towers” from the middle ages, including Zakagari Fortress.
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We then make our way to our lunch stop at the amazing Truso lake. The hike then continues deeper into the.
Return to the Truso entrance from where we’ll drive back to the hotels.

Dinner at guesthouse.
Trekking distance- 13km
Duration 5h
Overnight in Kazbegi

Day 5 THURSDAY: HIKE – KAZBEGI-JUTA-ABUDELAURI LAKES-KAZBEGI
An amazing day of hiking awaits us as we begin our 7 hour trek via Juta. We’ll drive to Juta (2220m), a small village which is an outpost of the Khevsur people and which is near the Chaukhi mountains (situated on the main ridge of the Caucasus).

On the way, we stop by the mysterious statues that we call the “Georgian Easter Island” and Sno the home of the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Before we reach Juta, we will climb to the top of the Georgian defensive tower, and also take a walk in the tiny village of Karchuna, which is not ‘conquered’ by tourists yet and in which you can see the true face of Georgia.

From Juta, we’ll hike under the Czauchi massif, known as the Georgian Dolomites and hike to Chaukhi pass (3300m). From here we’ll be able to reach the first of the two lakes and then in 30 mins the white lake.

We’ll have lunch here and then return to Juta from where we’ll drive to the hotel.
Dinner at guesthouse.
Distance: 20km
Duration: 7h.
Overnight in Kazbegi

Day 6 FRIDAY: HIKING – KAZBEGI-JUTA-KAZBEGI
We drive to Dariali gorge, from where we hike to Gveleti waterfall.

The hike starts at the mouth of the Gveleti valley. We follow an ancient track into the valley passing an abandoned camp, after reaching the bigger waterfall we have our picnic there.

We plan to be at the waterfall late morning when the sun shines right into the gorge and where there is a little lake below the waterfall. We then return to the cars.

Drive to Tbilisi. Transfer to the hotel.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Trekking distance: 7km
Duration: 2h
Driving Distance: 170km
Driving duration: 3h
Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 7 SATURDAY: DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to the airport. Depart from Tbilisi. (Check out before 12:00)
ACCOMMODATION
Tbilisi: 3* Hotel Twin room with Ensuite bathroom
Outside Tbilisi: Guesthouses Twin room with Ensuite bathroom

PRICE INCLUDES:
Transportation by comfortable Sprinter (08pax)
Airport Transfers
02 overnights in 3 star hotel in Tbilisi
04 overnights in guesthouse in Kazbegi
English Speaking Guide
Mountain guide for all hiking days
Driver
One bottle of water per person per day
4×4 cars on day 4 and 5

PRICE EXCLUDES:
Flight tickets
Insurance
Alcohol / Beverages
Lunch and Dinner not mentioned in the program

Trekking difficulty – Moderate
Please have all the necessary equipment.
FLIGHTS
GEORGIAN AIRWAYS

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