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Nature & Culture Trails of Georgia's Caucasus

Discover Legendary Hospitality & Sublime Hiking in the Mountains of Poetry
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Departure Return Notes
07/05/2015 07/05/2015 07/13/2014 Led by Eka Tchvritidze
08/16/2015 08/16/2015 08/24/2015 Led by Eka Tchvritidze
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Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
$4,995
Single Supplement: $485
Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars.

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Location of Adventure
Republic of Georgia
Group Size Limit
Maximum 14 travelers. An important feature of our Georgia adventure is the limited group size, as authentic nature and culture tours are best experienced and most safely conducted with a smaller group.
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Included
Accommodations, meals and some wine from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9; safe drinking water; services of a Natural Habitat Adventures Expedition Leader; local transportation; most gratuities, Tbilisi city tour excursion, wine tastings and transfers within Georgia.
Not Included
Travel to and from Tbilisi, Georgia, some gratuities, personal phone calls and laundry, travel insurance, and other equipment items of personal nature.
Physical Requirements
Moderate
Hiking is at the heart of our Caucasus nature and culture adventure. The trip includes multiple opportunities for day hikes of varying duration and difficulty, and our goal is to be flexible enough to accommodate guests of different physical abilities. All hikes, except the 1500-foot hike on Day 3 from the heli pad in Parsma out to the road, are optional and at the individual traveler's discretion. However, you will certainly gain the most from this trip if you are fit enough to participate in most of the hikes, which typically last from 1-3 hours in mountainous terrain at altitude. The trails we follow tend to be narrow but well defined, and most traverse grassy mountain meadows. Sometimes we will walk on dirt mountain roads. Hikes are designed so that guests need carry only light day packs with windbreaker, snacks, water bottle and personal camera gear. 

The one required hiking portion is on Day 3 when we must walk from the helicopter pad to the road at Parsma in the Tusheti region. The helicopter landing site is at approximately 7,000 feet. From here, travelers must walk 1,500 feet with a descent of 300 feet to the point at which they can either start walking along the road to the village of Dartlo, or ride in the car to Dartlo. This required walk should not exceed 15 minutes along a single-lane mountain trail with some rocks and pebbles, but proper hiking shoes are essential.

The focus of our trip is the outstanding natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Caucasus Mountains, which we will discover on a variety of daily hikes into our surroundings. These are the guided hikes we include, though in each case it is possible to opt out and spend a relaxing day around the lodge or village, should a guest so desire. 

Day 2: Kazbeghi Village to Gergeti Church
Maximum 3-hour walk up an occasionally steep dirt road one way. The trail starts at 5,700 feet and ascends to 7,100 feet. We can drive back on the dirt road or walk back down the same way, which will take a maximum of 2 hours.  The one-way distance from Kazbeghi village to the church is 3 miles.

Day 3: Parsma to Dartlo
Easy hiking on a flat dirt road. Distance covered is 7 miles, taking a maximum 4 hours.  We will gradually descend 100 feet from 6,700 to 6,600 feet. In the afternoon there is an optional steep hike on a grassy dirt trail that turns into a rocky trail. We'll climb 1,000 feet from 6,600 feet at Dartlo to Kvavlo at 7,600 feet. It typically takes about an hour up and 45 minutes down.

Day 4: Gele to Omalo
On this day we drive 20 minutes up to Gele at 7,000 feet, then hike 2 hours on grassy trails and dirt roads that wind gently up and down, concluding at Omalo at 6,000 feet.

Day 5: Shenako / Diklo
On our drive to Shenako we stop about a short distance outside the village where we commence an optional 10-minute hike on a dirt road, climbing 800 feet to Shenako Village, which sits at 5,100 feet on a dirt road.  Another optional hike is available to Diklo, walking 4 miles on a dirt road to the village at 6,000 feet – this should take no more than 2 hours. We make a 1-hour return drive from Diklo to Omalo via Shenako and the Tusheti visitor center. 

Day 6: Tsarostavi Church
This afternoon we have an optional 1-1/2-hour hike to Tsarostavi Church on a easy dirt road with an altitude gain of 450 feet, from 2,100 feet to 2,550 feet. Guests can then opt to drive back or return the same way on foot, taking 1 hour at most.
Important Information About This Trip
To get the most out of this adventure, you should be in relatively good physical condition so that you can enjoy the optional day hikes in the destinations we visit, if you so wish. The best preparation is to do some hiking with a day pack several times prior to departure. Choose hikes in mountainous terrain, if available, and step off the trail to traverse uneven terrain while wearing your day pack. If you don't live near mountains, climb hills in your town and/or take the stairs if you work or live on an upper floor. The more fit you are, the more you will enjoy the optional hiking elements of this adventure. If you have any questions about your suitability for this trip, including the ability to handle altitude, please call our office at 1-800-543-8917 to discuss your situation further. 

Your safety is one of our primary concerns. Toward that end we provide highly competent guides who are thoroughly trained in emergency backcountry first-aid techniques and who have extensive experience in this mountain environment. Ultimately, our guides make decisions with everyone’s comfort and safety in mind while trying to maximize the adventure experience for each individual. We stress that listening carefully to your guide’s instructions and directions is ultimately your responsibility, and in your best interest and that of the group.
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we request that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive at Tbilisi International Airport in Georgia no later than 2:00 pm on Day 1, and depart from Tbilisi International Airport any time on Day 9.

We are prepared to handle all your round-trip travel arrangements including flights. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.

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