If you’ve already covered most of the world’s famous trekking destinations—Nepal, Patagonia, the Alps—we’ve got a surprise for you. Come to Georgia. Yes, the other
Georgia—where glacier-clad peaks beckon and wild rivers rush into green valleys dotted with ancient villages, whose hospitable people see few tourists and welcome us with vigor. Very few adventure outfitters offer trips to the Caucasus, and we can say with surety that ours is unique—and no one does it as well as we do! Here’s why:
- A Small Group for a More Intimate Experience
We travel with no more than 14 guests. This small number allows us the safest and most personalized experience as we trek through small villages and stay in authentic guesthouses, enjoying camaraderie with the welcoming local people as well as close connections with our Expedition Leader.
- The Ideal Point-to-Point Itinerary, Crafted with Local Expertise
Our itinerary has been designed with input directly from Natural Habitat Expeditions' own CEO—Chief Exploratory Officer Olaf Malver, who actually lives in Georgia! With Olaf based there year-round, you won't find a more experienced or in-the-know local operator. We've crafted an impressively diverse journey through three varied geographic regions, each with different landscapes, cultures and traditions, enjoying a wide variety of accommodations and cultural encounters.
- Travel with a Peerless Local Guide
Our Expedition Leader is the famous Tush horseback riding champion and mountaineer Eka Tchvritidze, a Georgia native highly respected and loved by the locals we meet on our journey. Her depth of experience and knowledge assure the richest experience of this mountain environment, with a multitude of personal connections with local people and service providers for the highest-quality guest experience. As with all our trips, Nat Hab hires only the very best guides who are experts in the regions we visit. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Pack Horses Carry Our Gear (2014 trips)
On our 2014 trekking itinerary, native Tush pack horses carry most of our gear, so we can enjoy the trail and the views. Not only are we more comfortable, but we can cover greater distances and see more of the Caucasus as a result. All you’ll need to carry is a small day pack with your personal items for the day. The horses will also help you keep your feet dry as we negotiate river crossings!
- Exclusive Vineyard Visits & Wine Tastings
Georgia is the world’s birthplace for wine, and through our personal connections in the region, we stop for visits to vineyards and tastings that are offered to no other visitors—a completely authentic local experience! Our guide, Eka, even conducts an exclusive private tasting in her family's own vineyard in Kakheti for the ultimate personal touch.
- The Best Vehicles for Safe, Comfortable Overland Travel
On our drive over the steep and winding mountain roads in Tusheti, we use late-model, top-quality, carefully maintained 4-wheel drive vehicles that offer the safest and most comfortable ride as we drive to and from the High Caucasus.
- Top-Quality Camping Equipment (2014 trips)
Rather than cut costs or corners by using poorly made camping equipment sourced from Asia or elsewhere, we provide the very best North American tents and camping gear to ensure the highest level of comfort and reliability.
- A Full Support Staff on Trek (2014 trips)
While hiking we are accompanied by a full team of cooks and camp assistants, so our Expedition Leader can focus wholly on you, your comfort and making sure you experience every element of what Georgia has to offer. This also means that you can relax and enjoy your vacation, rather than worrying about food preparation at the end of each day on the trail.
- All Wine & Beverages are Included
Georgia is the world’s birthplace of wine—and we’ll have a chance to sample it a-plenty! Unlike most tours, we included everything you drink—no nickel and diming here, just enjoy. You’ll have the opportunity to try a variety of wines along the way, at our guesthouses and on local vineyard visits. Water and soft drinks are also included.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Caucasus Adventure
Natural Habitat Expeditions' exclusive quality and value guarantee clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and on this adventure you can travel knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset — Natural Habitat is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, we have been chosen by World Wildlife Fund -- the world's leading environmental conservation organization -- as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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