Caucasus Mountain Bike tour – Bike trip to Kazbegi, Juta, Omalo & Shatili 11 days
730 EURper person
Caucasus Mountain Bike Tour will allow you to explore Caucasus mountains on bikes. Explore Kazbegi, Juta, Roshka, Shatili, Omalo, Truso valley- all of the mountain regions of Eastern Georgia in its full beauty.
Caucasus Mountain Bike Tour Outline:
Day 1: Military Road Sightseeings – Bike trip in Truso Valley – Stepantsminda
Day 2: Sno – Chaukhi Mountains – Juta
Day 3: Gergeti Glacier – Gergeti Trinity Church – Stepantsminda
Day 4: Abudelauri Lakes
Day 5: Datvijvari Pass – Shatili
Day 6: Shatili – Mutso – Shatili
Day 7: Datvijvari Pass – Korsha – Telavi
Day 8: Abano Pass – Omalo
Day 9: Omalo – Shenako – Chigo – Dartlo.
Day 10: Nakaicho Pass
Day 11: Dartlo – Abano Pass – Tbilisi
Most of the areas are not technically difficult except for 3rd, 9th and 10th day and those mountain paths can be easily replaced with a regular dirt road upon request. This bike tour package in Georgia would be the best in the July-September period. Hiring bikes is possible but for 11 days may be quite expensive, however, car support so you can have jeeps hired from us who can take you to higher points – mountain passes at 2700-2900 meters and enjoy descending to our beautiful mountain villages, is always possible and not expensive. Besides, we will always select the best available accommodations in each region. Hope you will have an unforgettable journey during bike tour in Georgia!
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Visit military road sights, Bike trip in Truso valley
(Distance - 10km or 16km. Elevation Gain - 323m, Elevation Loss - 144m)
Before we reach Truso valley where we we do the first bike trip, we will drive Georgian military road and stop at its main sightseeings.
Your first stop will be to the UNESCO protected Jvari Monastery from the 6th century. Jvari is also very popular because of its magnificent view. From here you will see the confluence of two rivers and the first capital, Mtskheta, at the confluence. Next we will make our way to Kazbegi via a military highway. We will visit Ananuri Fortress . The architectural treasure of the feudal times in Georgia is located next to the Zhinvali Reservoir. That’s why landscape photos taken from this place are always unforgettable.After this sightseeing, we will reach Gudauri Panorama located near Gudauri resort and Jvari Pass (2379m). This place is distinguished by a panorama of the Devil's Valley in the Caucasus mountains.
Then we will reach Kvemo Okrokana village in Truso Valley, from where we will start bike tour Kazbegi. Truso valley is the heart of the Georgian mountains. Mineral springs, amazing landscapes, giant mountains - all in one valley. If we say that there is freedom in the mountains, you will find it in the valley of Truso. So the bike ride should be unforgettable here.Starting from Kvemo Okrokana village we will pass travertine rocks next to the mineral waters and reach the ruins of medieval Zakagori Fortress. Total bike ride one way is 10km, however driver will wait us back at travertines so our maximum bike ride will be 16km or it can cut more distance in case of shortage of time and even take us from Zakagori area to guest house in Kazbegi.
Overnight in Stepantsminda.
Bike trip in Sno valley, ride down from Chaukhi mountains to Juta
(Distance - 32km, Elevation Gain - 960m, Elevation Loss - 960m)
In the morning we will drive to Village Sno - a tiny settlement, located about 5km from Stepantsminda. From this place we will ride bikes towards village Juta by dirt road. You will see magical nature there. In the summer the ground is green and the blue sky surrounded with snow-covered mountains creates an amazing atmosphere. When we reach the village Juta, our next destination will be Chaukebi Lake. We will have to climb 5 km to reach the lake. Descending from this place by bike is an amazing experience, cool air will blow in your face, you will feel the diverse sounds of nature and you will forget everything, only you, the dirt road and the green nature will remain. After the end of the road, our car will take us to Stepantsminda, where we will arrange Georgian traditional food "Khinkali" (Georgian dumplings) workshop. You will be able to make khinkali yourself and learn more about Georgian mountain culture and drink a few shots of Georgian vodka (Chacha).
Overnight in Stepantsminda.
Bike ride from Gergeti glacier down to Gergeti Trinity and Stepantsminda
(Distance - 15km Elevation Gain - 900m, Elevation Loss - 1340m)
After breakfast we will drive to reach a mysterious temple which overlooks Kazbegi region - Gergeti Trinity Church. Monument is on the top of the mountain (2170 meters above sea level), from where the view of the whole region and there is the iconic Mt Kazbek (5.047m) peak - 3rd highest mountain in Georgia behind.
With narrow paths, big mountains we will reach the magical Gergeti Glacier from where we will do a crazy and unbelievable ride all the way to Gergeti and then to Stepantsminda. From almost 3000 meters, the ride down to the 1700s will be truly enjoyable feeling yourself on the top of Georgia.Overnight in Stepantsminda.
Visit Abudelauri lakes
Or you can just rest, take beautiful pictures with the backgrounds of giant mountains and eat mountain cheese. After that we will drive to the village of Korsha.
Overnight in Korsha.
(Distance - 25km, Elevation Gain - 200, Elevation Loss - 1400m)
After breakfast we will continue our mountain bike tour in the Caucasus mountains. We will drive to Datvijvari Pass(2676m). From there you will see the breathtaking panoramas and green landscapes merging with the blue sky.
From Datvijvari Pass we will descend by bikes on a dirt road and reach Shatili(1450m) – a mysteriously hidden village in the mountains.
Overnight in Shatili.
(Distance - 22km. Elevation Gain/Loss - 450m)
In the morning after breakfast we will ride bikes towards Mutso fortress. Then we will need to walk up the hill with a short path leading to Mutso fortress (1650m) which is a mysterious and exceptionally panoramic fortress often referred to as Georgian Machu Picchu. The nature around is amazing with the beautiful landscapes of the high mountains.
After enjoying the views we will ride back towards Shatili. If you want more activities we can extend our bike journey by 5km one way and visit the village Ardoti.
Overnight in Shatili.
(Distance - 23km, Elevation Gain - 480m, Elevation Loss - 1800m.)
We will start the tour by driving to Datvijvari Pass(2676m) from where we will descend by bikes to Village Korsha(1300m). It will be a bike ride full of adrenaline. In the village we will take the break and drive to Telavi - center of Kakheti region.
Overnight in Telavi.
Abano Pass - Omalo
(Distance - 30km, Elevation Gain 1700m, Elevation Loss - 2700m)
On this day a great adventure awaits you - Tusheti bike tour. First, we drive towards Abano pass(2900m). It is the highest drivable mountain pass in the Caucasus and one of the highest roads of Europe. On the Abano pass, you will get a fabulous view because it is arguably one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
We will follow the narrow path and descent on the old trails used by shepherds. Surrounded by divinely large mountains, the loud silence of the wind flying in the mountains creates a magical effect while you are riding a bike in this atmosphere.
Finally we will reach Omalo - a place which is half a year cut off from the rest of Georgia due to the lack of proper roads. Here you will see amazing nature with green grass, dense forests, and fresh air.
Overnight in Omalo.
Omalo - Shenako - Chigo - Dartlo
(Distance - 25km, Elevation Gain - 1500m, Elevation Loss - 1900m)
After breakfast we will drive to Shenako village where pagan shrines and Christian churches stand together. Beautiful pine forested areas and alpine slopes change each other. From this place you can see the beautiful landscape of Caucasus mountains with 2 Daghestani villages and Diklo fortress.There we’ll have time for a rest.
Then we will descend through pine forests down to the river 800m below. After that we will drive to another Georgian monument village Chigho – one of the wildest and most remote villages of Tusheti in alpine pastures surrounded by several strong shrines including Lasharis Jvari (cross of Lashari). This is unbeaten path which can be reached by horse or on foot. end the day in fabulous village of Dartlo.
Overnight in Darto.
In the morning we will drive to Parsma from where we will take our bikes all the way to the Nakaicho pass(2900m). We will enjoy panoramas from the pass which is on the top of Pirikita ridge which separates the largest valleys of Tusheti. Then we continue bike tour in Georgia and descend by bikes to Alazani River gorge where our car will wait for us.
Overnight in Dartlo.
Dartlo - Abano Pass- Tbilisi. Bike ride from Abano pass to Kakheti lowlands
(Distance - 42km, Elevation Loss - 2000m)
In the morning we will leave Dartlo and drive to Abano pass via Omalo and its Keselo towers. From the pass we will descend to the lowlands of Kakheti. It will be a very long way but an unforgettable experience!
Finally we will drive to Tbilisi.