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Georgia and the High Caucasus Trek

Starts: Tbilisi, Georgia
Finishes: Tbilisi, Georgia

Visit: Tbilisi, Roshka, Zenubani, Andak'i, Ardoti, Khonischala, Shatili, Mtskheta, Tbilisi

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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East of the Black Sea and bordered in the north by the long chain of the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia is one of the most exciting adventure travel and trekking/walking destinations in Europe. From the capital Tbilisi, we travel north to the striking Mount Kazbek (5047m). On a classic 6 days point to point trek we will walk across the Abudulauri, Tsubrovana and Borbalo passes and deep into the remote Khevsureti Range. Crossing open ridges, with far-reaching views, we descend through flower-filled mountain pastures into steep-sided and forested valleys, where we find the fortified medieval villages Mutso and Shatili. Close to the northern border, this is Georgia's most traditional region, home to animist shrines, friendly villages, hidden churches and impressive stone-built defensive towers. After our 'loop' northwards into the mountains, we will add to our understanding of this fascinating country with a day of guided sightseeing in Tbilisi and in the nearby town of Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former Georgian capital.

Highlights

    • Outstanding views of Mt Kazbek (5047m) the highest peak in Georgia
    • Explore the historic fortified villages of Mutso, Shatili and UNESCO Mtskheta city
    • Trek across mountain passes, by lakes and through flower strewn meadows in the Caucasus
    • Fully supported trekking and all meals included

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125287
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Tbilisi, Georgia
Finishes: Tbilisi, Georgia
Duration: 9 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • Single timed Tbilisi Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the trip
  • Accommodation as described (includes a hotel 'night' for early morning arrivals on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary)
  • All land transport throughout the trip
  • Baggage transfer by vehicle whilst trekking
  • 6 nights full-service camping
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites which are part of the itinerary
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,700 ($189/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Georgia Black Sea, Caucasus Mountains, Tbilisi, Mount Kazbek, Sadzele, Borbalo, Khevsureti Range, Mutso, Shatili, Chechnya, Dagestan, Mtskheta, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Georgian Military Highway, Juta, Roshka, Barbalo Pass, Kistani, Shatili Fortified Villages
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Sheila B  

A super trip, long trekking days but totally enjoyed. The local agent was running trip for for first time and keen to help. The support crew were very attentive to detail. they wanted to make everything as good as possible. Manala the local translator who came on trek was super and never stopped.s much as they could. Our leader is the best leader I have experienced on your ventures. She is professional and caring in her attitude and much of the way the group mixed so well is due to her infectious enthusiasm. Her skill in Russian and obvious experience and understanding of Central Asian culture added much to the trip. She is knowledgeable without arrogance. Her care for all group members was outstanding. Nothing was ever too much trouble to Sarah. She sees what needs doing and sorted any hiccups which arose without fuss. She offered advice to less experienced clients for tackling steeper gradients in a gentle firm and encouraging manner. Sarah always had her eye on everything and time for everyone. She related well to the local crew showing them the respect they deserved. Her passion for responsible tourism was clear. She is a great ambassador for you I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would be happy to return if other routes opened up in the Caucasus. I had not considered Central Asia before but am now keen to explore the area further.

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Laura W  

It was a great trip for me first experience of an organised trek. Group leader was experienced, attentive, and approachable and made sure we all had a good time. The trekking was beautiful and the in-country crew were superb.

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Colin A  

I really liked the fact that this trip felt very remote - we encountered very few other travellers/trekkers which helped make this a real backwater experience. Clearly a very experienced group leader. Sarah was a very strong leader of the group.

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Harold S  

Wonderful guides and group. Camp sites were exceptional and trails were virtually devoid of other hikers. A first rate destination that has yet to be discovered.

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John L  

Most enjoyed: Small group, going somewhere a little unusual, the lack of other trekking groups, unused nature of the trails, all-inclusive nature of the trip First hotel (Sharden) was better than the second (Tori). The support crew was very keen to please and they were always willing, enthusiastic and friendly Although I had it anyway by booking an extra night, it might be better to start with 2 nights in Tbilisi to allow people time to "recover" from the middle of the night arrival time.

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Heather R  

The guide was especially good, her command of English was excellent as was her knowledge of the country.Rob is a good all round leader. I have travelled with you before and Georgia sounded like a new place of interest for both trekking and history.

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Tracey  

The High Caucasus mountains were remote and beautiful, a little like the French Alps without France! There were few roads, no shops or any kind of infrastructure. Many of the villages are cut off in the winter. The scenery was green and lush and quite difficult underfoot sometimes. It rained a lot, luckily for us almost always at night! We were well looked after in the camps, I got a tent to myself by luck but might next time pay out for the single supplement as it was much easier to deal with wet weather. The trekking was easy some days and more strenuous others - the itinerary had to be changed because landslides had taken out some of the footbridges, but I didn't feel we missed out. The trek guide Beqa was very competent and reassuring, and the overall guide and interpreter Levan was always interesting, helpful and good-natured. Food and everything was great, one suggestion would be to offer everyone a cuppa on their return from the trek, it would have made things more social at late afternoon time. The hotel in Tbilisi was nice and in a perfect location. Tbilisi is a wonderful capital city, buzzing at all times of day and night, so much to see and do, and a really friendly place to be. I booked my own flights and was glad of that, because I arrived in Tbilisi at about 1am, instead of the included flight arrival time of 6am. So I got a night's sleep before going off on trek. On the way back everyone else left at 4am, I stayed an extra couple of days.

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