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Georgia: Wild walk in the Caucasus
- Three to four days of trekking through an idyllic region
- The historic old town of Tbilisi
- The ancient capital of Mtskheta
- Gori and the surreal Stalin museum
- Full services of a Wild Frontiers tour leader with local guides and drivers
- Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) with mineral water as required
- All transport as outlined in the itinerary
- All accommodation
- All entrance fees, as per itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
- Visas (if applicable)
- Local airport taxes
- Tips (always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre departure information pack you’ll receive after booking)
- Beverages and any costs of a personal nature
- International flights
- Airport transfers (unless booking suggested flights through WF office )
Meet at joining hotel and overnight in Tbilisi. Hotel (No meals)
Day two: Tbilisi:
The tour starts with a late breakfast at the hotel, followed by a sightseeing tour of old Tbilisi: Metekhi church overlooking the river Mtkvari (13th century); Narikala fortress, one of the oldest fortifications in the city (fourth century); Sulphur baths – (later we will have an opportunity to take one with a refreshing massage); Synagogue; Sioni cathedral (sixth to seventh century) - in this cathedral the cross of St. Nino, the woman who brought Christianity to Georgia, is preserved; Anchiskhati church (sixth century). Afterwards we will visit the treasures of the Georgian State museum, finishing our tour late afternoon. Overnight in Tbilisi. Hotel (B, L, D)
Day three: Tbilisi – Kazbegi (1700m):
Drive to the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia - Mtskheta (3000 years old), and see its historic sites: Jvari church (sixth century) and Svetitskhoveli cathedral (11th century), where legend has it the Robe of Christ is buried - both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will then drive up the Georgian military highway which leads to the Georgian-Russian border. On the way we will visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century), consisting of two churches and the fortress overlooking the Zhinvali reservoir. The drive is through the high Caucasus mountains. This evening we will stay with a family in their home. Conditions will be basic but with the classic Georgian hospitality flowing. Homestay (B, L, D)
Day four: Kazbegi – Mountain Camp above Juta (2500m):
We will go on a morning walk for about two hours up through valleys and forests to the Gergeti Trinity church (14th century) located on top of the mountain (2170m). We will also have a chance to see the view of one of the highest mountains in the Caucasus – Mount Kazbegi (5047m). After lunch we will drive east up the Tergi river valley – passing the region’s classic fortified towers and ancient carvings – to the village of Juta. At 2300m this is one of highest villages in Europe. We will begin our trek by walking up the river valley towards the pass. We will camp tonight at 2500m in a meadow in the lea of Mount Chaukhebi. Camp (B, L, D) Approximate walking time: six hours
Day five: Mountain Camp above Juta - Tetu Peak - Mountain camp above Juta:
Today we climb to Tetu peak, at 3210m. Two hours walking through white rhododendron fields and wildflower meadows takes us to the ridge. Then another 100m and you are on top for views of the Grand Caucasus mountains, with Mt Kazbegi on one side and Mt Chaukhebi on the other. We’ll return to our camp tonight with time to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s challenge. Camp (B, L, D) Approximate walking time: four hours
Day six: Mountain camp above Juta – Mountain camp above Roshka (2200m):
This is the hardest but also the most rewarding day of the trip as we make our way over the Abodelauri pass from Khevi into Khevshureti. At first the walk is easy, through meadows of wild flowers, but after an hour it becomes more testing as we begin to climb towards the pass. When you reach the pass at 3500m, a narrow saddle on the rocky outcrop, you are in the very heart of the Grand Caucasus range, with 360-degree views over Chechnia, Ingasetia, North Ossetia and Dagistan. We will then walk down the steep slopes of Alpine meadows to our campsite at Abodelauri lake. At night, if you look at the lake from a little ridge above, you will see the heavens reflected. Camp (B, L, D) Approximate walking time: seven hours
Day seven: Roshka - Gori (600m):
From our campsite we will then walk down for another two hours to the village of Roshka where our jeeps will be waiting to take us down the river. Here we will have a small picnic before enjoying another highlight of the journey – a two- hour, white-water rafting trip along the Aragvi river (anyone wishing to, can travel in the jeeps). Mid afternoon we will drive on to Gori – Stalin’s birthplace – and stay in a local hotel. Hotel (B, L, D) Approximate walking time: two hours
Day eight: Gori – Tbilisi:
This morning we will visit the cave town of Uplistsikhe – which is one of the main towns on the Old Silk Road – and see the church of Atenis Sioni which houses some of the best frescos in the country. After this we will visit the Stalin museum before returning to Mtskheta for lunch and then back to Tbilisi. We should be back in the capital with plenty of time for shopping and bathing. We will have a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Hotel (B, L, D)
Day nine: Tbilisi:
For clients on the suggested group flights we will transfer to the airport in the early hours of this morning. For clients on alternative flights, the tour finishes after breakfast at the hotel. (B)
Arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts. Explore the country after your tour on a bespoke Wild Extension or just allow a few days to relax afterwards. Maybe choose all of the above and get cheaper flights mid-week?
Svaneti – if you want to do some more mountain walking, you could visit the north-west of Georgia to experience one of the most stunning parts of the Caucasus region. Allow seven to 10 days.
Azerbaijan – take a trip east to see Georgia’s very different neighbour. The Silk Road crossroads town of Sheki and the bizarre capital of Baku are just some of the highlights that await. Allow four to six days.
Armenia – With ecclesiastical architecture to rival that found in Georgia and an amazing history, Armenia has much to offer. Allow five to 12 days. Contact the office for extension specifics.
Please note that any accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is subject to availability and if not available substitutes will be of a similar quality. Transport in the Caucasus is generally in minibuses but this tour also makes use of jeeps
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