Tusheti Jeep Tour – Georgia’s Most Beautiful Villages 4 Days
270 EURper person
Tusheti jeep tour takes you to most authentic, incredible, breathtaking, unique, amazing, unspoiled area of Georgia. Have a jeep tour in the most beautiful villages of Georgia – Dartlo, Parsma, Kvavlo, Dano, Girevi, Gometsari gorge with panoramic road, with Bochorna (Europe’s highest permanent settlement), beautiful Dochu.
Tusheti Jeep Tour outline:
Day 1: Tbilisi – Omalo – Keselo Fortress – Dartlo
Day 2: Datlo – Kvavlo – Dano – Parsma – Hike to Girevi – Chigho (Optional) – Dartlo
Day 3: Hike from Parsma to Verkhovani or Gometsari gorge visit (easy alternative) – Omalo
Day 4: Diklo – Diklo Fortress – Tbilisi/Telavi
Tusheti is Georgia’s most remote region which doesn’t have any public transport connection to Tbilisi, but has world’s one of the most beautiful road. Tuseti jeep tour region is the place where you dont necessarily need to hike – its so panoramic that you feel yourself already on mountain top almost everywhere. Eat Georgian local cheese (guda),drink Georgian local beer, horse riding culture, pagan traditions, local feasts which last for a week during Tucheti jeep tour.
During the tour we will visit Tusheti’s most beautiful community – Pirikita gorge with Georgia’s most beautiful villages. Also Chaghma community where the main village and center of Tusheti – Omalo is located. Where you will discover quite different world in Tusheti Diklo and Shenako villages with beautiful Diklo fortress which has view over Daghestani villages. During this days we will have a jeep tour in Omalo – the central village of Tusheti and Dartlo which is very beautiful place to stay.
Tbilisi - Omalo - Keselo Fortress - Dartlo
In the morning we will start Tusheti jeep tour and drive to Omalo. 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. Only 4x4 vehicles with high clearance can pass it safely. On the Abano pass you will get a fabulous view because it is arguably one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Surrounded by divinely large mountains, the loud silence of the wind flying in mountains creates a magical effect on the atmosphere.
After this adventure we will reach the central village of the region Omalo(1880m) – a place which is half a year cut off from the rest of Georgia due to lack of a proper road. Here you will see amazing nature with green grass, dense forests, fresh air, and Keselo fortress guarding their homeland from the 13th century. Everything will make you think that you are on another planet.
For this day our last destination will be the dream place Dartlo Village(1820) – location without civilization where you will feel like in the middle ages. The village is located at the banks of Tusheti’s Alazani river. There you can taste mountain food, cheese, Dartlo Café.
Overnight in Dartlo.
Kvavlo - Dano - Parsma - Hike to Girevi - Chigho (Optional) - Dartlo
(Distance - 17km, Elevation Gain - 700, Elevation Loss - 550) Possible to shorten distance by car
In the morning we will hike to Kvavlo village above the hill ascent from village to the place where eagles fly down to Georgia. Our hike will continue to Dano, a small village in Tusheti. After driving between huge mountains and green nature we will reach this the most romantic village in Georgia. There you will see towers built by Lezgins (Daghestanis). Local people are very hospitable and kind. They are keeping the traditions of beer brewing. You can taste natural homemade Georgian beer and watch the beautiful landscapes of alpine meadows which may be full of flowers in the land where spring starts in June. From Parsma village we will have a short walk to Girevi(2050m), you will be amazed by the magical nature there. We will reach Chechnya's border, where the last tower village of Georgia in Alazani gorge – Girevi is located.
After that we will drive to 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). Village is the dream for trekkers. There you will see unbeaten passes, and amazing wilderness which can be reached by horse or foot.
Overnight in Dartlo
Hike from Parsma to Verkhovani or Gometsari gorge visit (easy alternative) - Omalo
(Distance - 12.1km, Elevation Gain - 1195m, Elevation Loss - 1274m down)
After breakfast, if we are interested in to hike we will drive to Parsma and Hike up to the Nakaicho pass(2900m), from the ridge we will hike down in another valley of Tusheti – In Verkhovani village where our car will wait for us. We will enjoy panoramas from the pass which is on the top of Pirikita ridge which separates the largest valleys of Tusheti. In clear weather we will have 360° views of the whole Tusheti as well as of the prominent peaks to the north such as Diklo, Komito and Dano.
In the morning drive to one of the gorges of Tusheti called Gometsari. Here you will see ancient villages in the wild and untamed nature. Deep gorges and the high mountains looking over them. During summer there are shepherds too. This is the ideal destination for hikers and nature lovers. Our next destination will be Europe’s one of the highest villages with a permanent population – Bochorma. Then we will continue our drive to the cliffs of the Tusheti region. We will reach the beautiful small village of Dochu, from where an amazing panoramic view can be seen of the breathtaking gorge and huge mountains.
Afterwards we will drive to Omalo.
Overnight in Omalo.
Diklo - Diklo Fortress - Tbilisi/Telavi
After breakfast we will continue jeep tour in Georgia and drive to Shenako village where pagan shrines and Christian churches stand together. Beautiful pine forested areas and alpine slopes change each other. Then we will walk to Diklo fortress(distance - 2.5km) from village Diklo. Border guards will guide us to the fortress. From this place you can see the beautiful landscape of Caucasus mountains with 2 Daghestani villages.
After the hike we will drive back to the capital Tbilisi or Telavi.