Trekking from Stepantsminda to Omalo

12 Days

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August 13, 2023 Available €1.580
10 Available

The most beautiful trekking classic in the Greater Caucasus for advanced hikers.

Hike with our professional guide along the great traverse from Stepantsminda via Juta, Arkhoty, Roshka, Shatili and the Atsunta Pass to Dartlo and Omalo in Tusheti.

It’s the best hiking tour you can have at the moment in Georgia.

4 overnight in tents, the other in local guesthouses. The luggage goes on pack horses. Enjoy!

Overview

The most beautiful trekking classic in the Greater Caucasus for advanced hikers who, in addition to beautiful weather, can also endure high mountain weather with rain, mud, snow and strenuous sections in the middle of summer.
A great hiking tour with pack horses through the most untouched landscapes of the Caucasus from Stepantsminda through Khevsureti over the Atsunta pass of 3431 meters to Tusheti.

Number of participants: from 6-12
Tour length: 12 days, including 9 hiking days at altitudes of 1600 – 3400 m, distance approx. 150 km
Overnight stays: 7 in inns, 4 in tents, full board
Difficulty level: medium
Necessary equipment: hiking boots, sleeping bag, insulating mat, cutlery, rainwear
Tour leader: English speaking

Please find a Packing list here

Highlights of this tour

  • Drive on the Georgian Military Road over the Cross Pass to Stepantsminda
  • The Khevsurian villages of Dzhuta, Roshka, Shatili
  • Crossing the Atsunta Pass of 3431 meters
  • The most beautiful fortified villages in Tusheti, such as Girevi, Parsma, Dartlo, Omalo
  • Drive over the Abano Pass of 2870 m from Tusheti to Kakheti

Itinerary

Tbilisi – Jvari – Ananuri – Cross Pass – Stepantsminda – Juta
09.00 Departure from Tbilisi. Central meeting point at Freedom Square at the Old Town Hall (Burberry Boutique)
Via the former Georgian capital of Mtskheta, we head straight towards the Greater Caucasus. After 50 km we make a stop at the beautifully situated Ananuri Fort at the Shinvali Reservoir. We continue towards the Cross Pass at 2400 meters altitude. Here we get a first impression of the Caucasus. After a stop we continue to the well-known town of Stepantsminda (formerly Kazbegi). Sightseeing of Kazbegi and the Trinity Church. Drive to the beautiful mountain village of Juta, the gateway to Khevsureti. Dinner and overnight in a family hotel in Juta.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The luggage is loaded onto the pack horses. Trek through the beautiful valley of the Dshuta River to the Arkhoti Pass at 3200 meters. There is plenty of room for climbing around the fortifications and gazing out over the impressive Khevsurian slopes and valleys. Picnic and hike to the tented camp. Dinner and overnight in tents. Route length 20 km.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, there is a long climb through deep gorges towards the Atsunta Pass. Drive to Roshka by vehicle. Hike to the Abudelauri Lakes. Dinner and overnight stay in the inn. Route length 14 km.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike to Gudani Ridge. From there vehicle transfer to Shatili.
Dinner and overnight stay in the inn. Route length 15 km.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hiking tour to the famous Khevsurian fortified city of Mutso and on to the camp at Khonichala. There is plenty of room for climbing around the fortifications and gazing out over the impressive Khevsurian slopes and valleys. Picnic and hike to the tented camp not far from Khonichala. Dinner and overnight in tents. Route length 18 km.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hiking day towards Atsunta Pass. Distance approx. 12 km
Overnight in tent camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike to the pass and cross the Atsunta Pass at 3431 meters, one of the highest passes in Georgia. We have now arrived in the mountainous region of Tusheti and the character of the mountains and valleys is changing. Tent camp below the pass. Distance about 15 km
Overnight in tent camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking route down from the stone bridge along Hegho and Girevi to Baso. Distance about 14 km
Overnight stay in the inn

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we trek through the beautiful valley of Pirikiti Alasani river along the famous Tusheti village of Parsma. From here it goes steeply up to the Nakaicho Pass at 2950 meters, which offers fantastic views of the various mountain ranges of Tusheti. The way down to Jvarboseli is then very easy. Distance approx. 13 km
Overnight stay in the inn

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day hike to the beautiful Tsovata Valley.
Distance 13 km
Overnight stay in the inn

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike from Javarboseli, approx. 8 km, then car transfer to Omalo. On the way stop at the highest village in Europe. Visit to the fortress of Old Omalo Keselo. Overnight stay in the inn

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Descending by 4×4 from Omalo to the lush wine region of Kakheti via the Abano Passes of 2870 m over about 4 hours. Wine tasting at a typical family business that produces the wine in the traditional Georgian Qvevri process in outstanding quality.
Continue via Telavi to Tbilisi. Arrive around 6 p.m. end of the journey

Breakfast, Lunch

Our services

Included services

  • All transfers from/to Tbilisi
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide
  • Trekking trip with pack horses and local Tusheti guides according to the program
  • Full board with breakfast, picnic, dinner on the tour
  • 4 nights in tents
  • 7 nights in nice local family hotels and inns
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti

Not included services

  • Overnight stays in Tbilisi
  • Tips

Reisetermin

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
August 13, 2023 Available €1.580
10 Available

FAQs

Who is the Guide?

The tour guide is our experienced tour leader Tiko Ididze, who is an avid trekker, horse rider and photographer.

What temperatures can be expected?

In August, temperatures range from 14 to 30 degrees in the high mountains of the Caucasus. At night, temperatures rarely drop below 10 degrees.

How is luggage transported?

It is best to stow your luggage in a medium-sized backpack. The luggage is transported partly on pack horses and partly separately in support vehicles.

Do you have a packing list?

Yes, we have. You can find it here:
http://en.kaukasus-reisen.de/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Packing-list-Mountains-T.pdf

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What our guests say

Dear Mr Buhr,

We would like to thank you very much for the wonderful trip to Georgia!

Thanks to the great organization and the extreme commitment of our guide Tiko, we were able to spend an eventful holiday. Tiko let us experience the country, nature and its people up close. We were particularly impressed by the warm and honest hospitality!

We will warmly recommend the country of Georgia and your agency.

Thank you all and best regards,

Martin K. & Birgitta R.

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Trekking from Stepantsminda to Omalo
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