Lodge-Based Hiking in the Republic of Georgia

Overview

Our adventure with Trip Leader supreme Eka Tchvritidze brings us to a realm where, in Eka’s words, “the mountains meet heaven.” In wild, unspoiled Tusheti National Park, a mountain Shangri-La in northeastern Georgia, our lodge to lodge hikes bring us to stone-built villages and steep alpine valleys knee-deep in wildflowers. Our overnights are in family-run guesthouses where feasting and hospitality are a way of life—we’ll be welcomed with songs, poems, and hearty toasts! In the wine region of Kakheti, we taste the best Georgian vintages, and finish with hikes in the green foothills of the Caucasus below Mt. Kazbek, where an ancient way of life is preserved. This is an amazing journey and experience of the thriving traditions, people, and landscapes of the Caucasus.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Tbilisi

Our walking tour in ancient Tbilisi includes the 4th century Narikala Fortress overlooking Tbilisi’s Old Town, and Rustaveli Avenue, the city’s popular promenade.

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Days 3-7
Hiking in Tusheti National Park

In Georgia’s Tusheti Mountains, we hike among hamlets of slate-roofed houses where medieval watchtowers still stand. Our Trip Leader grew up here in the village of Shenako, which has a UNESCO “living museum” status, and her extended family still lives here—we’ll get a warm welcome. Our highest hike is over Nakaicho Pass (9,500'), which connects the breathtaking Tusheti, Pirikity, and Gometsari valleys. The Tusheti area is largely untouched by the 21st century, and our accommodations are simple guesthouses that offer Tushetian supras—traditional Georgian feasts (get ready to drink wine out of goat horns, sing, and dance!).

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Days 8-11
Wine Tasting in Kakheti / Hikes in the Kazbegi Mountains

We head to the Kakheti wine region, where we’ll taste the wares of one of the world’s oldest wine-growing regions. In the mountainous Kazbegi region, we hike through woodlands to 14th century Gergeti Trinity Church (7,119'), with Mt. Kazbek (16,680'), a spectacular snow-capped volcano, as the backdrop. Depart on Day 11 via Tbilisi.

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Highlights

Highlights

Set out for dramatic day hikes in the Tusheti and Kazbegi mountains
Enjoy a warm Georgian welcome, evenings filled with folk songs and dances
Savor traditional Georgian feasts, including lamb roasts and wild trout
Sample wines in Georgia’s ancient wine regions
Hikes by day, lodge overnights—no camping!

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $4395  
Arrive: Tbilisi, Georgia
Depart: Tbilisi, Georgia
Lodging: 5 nights hotels, 5 nights guesthouses with shared facilities
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

5 hiking days on ungroomed mountain trails, 4-7 hours a day, 2 walking days, van support altitudes between 7,000-9,500 feet, some long drives. This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.

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