Hiking in Tusheti, Georgia's most remote and serene high-mountain region.
Tucked away in the Caucasus in Georgia's far northeast-corner, Tusheti offers some of the country's most picturesque and pristine high-mountain regions. It combines visits of traditional Tush villages with some spectacular trekking. Nakaicho pass at 2920m offers some of the best views you can find in Tusheti.
The road to Tusheti is opened only 5 months of the year, usually in May, when a bulldozer clears the path and Tush shepherds herd their flocks of sheep through the Abano Pass to summer pastures in the mountains. They are followed by hikers willing to experience the remoteness along with Georgians from the lowlands here to "reconnect" with their ancient homeland.
The scenery everywhere is a spectacular mix of snow-covered rocky peaks, deep gorges, tower-dotted villages and steep, grassy meadows. Centuries-old koshkebi (defence towers) still stand in the villages as well as evidence of Tusheti's old animist religion in the form of stone shrines called khatebi. Then in the autumn shepherds drive their flocks back to the lowlands, the snow returns, the road is blocked and Tusheti falls into its winter sleep again.
We finish our trip with a day and night in Tbilisi, the most charming Caucasian capital.
The trip is graded moderate and is suitable for hikers with appropriate fitness levels to walk in mountainous terrain up to 3000 metres, for a minimum of 6 hours a day for multiple days carrying a day pack.
Cost: £575 on RSVP
Your money is protected under the travel and package regulations.
Included: All transport, guided hikes, accommodation, meals and packed lunches.
Not Included: Flights, meals & drinks in Tbilisi, snacks, drinks.
KLM has now released their full schedule and looks rather promising especially as the flight into Tbilisi arrives at 17:15. You'll need to play around with the return flight to ensure you get a full day in Tbilisi on 07/09.
Saturday 31/08/19 - flights operated by KLM and Georgian Airways
London Heathrow (LHR) Depart 06:30 via Amsterdam
Tbilisi (TBL) Arrive 17:15
Saturday 07/09/19 - flight operated by Georgian Airways
Tbilisi (TBL) Depart 19:25
London Gatwick (LGW) Arrive 21:50 *END OF UPDATE*
Flight no. A9-752 London Gatwick (LGW) Depart 22:50 - Tbilisi (TBL) Arrive 06:40 (01/09/19)
Flight no. A9-751 Tbilisi (TBL) Depart 19:25 - London Gatwick (LGW) Arrive 21:50
You are welcome to book onto any flight, maybe even extend your trip, however, please ensure you are at the airport for our ongoing journey to Tusheti. Our meeting point will be the Arrivals section of Tbilisi airport at 08:00 (exact time to be confirmed).
Kayak and Skyscanner are recommended search engines, please note that not all airlines have released their schedules for 2019.
ALL times are in local time. Georgia local time is BST+4.
Please note our suggested flight is for guidance only and it is your responsibility to pick the most suitable flight to meet your requirements and also to book your own details correctly and accordingly. You may need to pay more than the prices above if you have checked in baggage and to meet any airline requirements.
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