Trekking in the High Caucasus of Georgia
Discover Sublime Hiking and Legendary Hospitality in the Mountains of Poetry
|07/05/2014||07/05/2014||07/17/2014||Led by Eka Chvritidze|
|08/19/2014||08/19/2014||08/31/2014||Led by Eka Chvritidze|
Single Supplement: $375
Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars.
Location of AdventureRepublic of Georgia
Group Size LimitMaximum 14 travelers. A very important feature of our Georgia adventure is the limited group size, as horse-supported treks are best experienced and safely conducted with a small group of travelers.
Because of the unique nature of these adventures, our guaranteed departures policy does not apply to Natural Habitat Expeditions' trips, although every effort will be made to run each departure as planned.
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IncludedAccommodations, meals and some wine from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 13, safe drinking water, services of a Natural Habitat Expeditions professional Expedition Leader, horse pack crew and pack horses, kitchen staff, commissary equipment and tents, sleeping pads, most gratuities, Tbilisi city tour excursion, wine tastings and transfers within Georgia.
Not IncludedTravel to and from Tbilisi, Georgia, some gratuities, personal phone calls and laundry, travel insurance, sleeping bags and other equipment items of personal nature.
Mandatory InsuranceSince 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.
Physical RequirementsThis trip is rated Demanding
On our Caucasus trekking adventure, expect to hike approximately 5-8 hours each day, mostly over mountainous terrain at altitude. However, if adverse conditions impede our progress, we may need to hike for longer periods to reach a safe and optimal campsite for the night. The number of miles we hike each day often depends upon local weather conditions, the difficulty of river crossings and the collective strength of the group on any given day. We will make one high pass crossing over Atsunta Pass (11,200 feet). The trails we follow tend to be narrow but well defined, mostly traversing grassy mountain meadows. The terrain over the Atsunta Pass is steep scree on both sides. We will also make several river crossings, but all of them can be crossed safely on horseback.
During some years (though very rarely) there is a heavy snow pack in the Caucasus Mountains deep into summer, and if Atsunta Pass is impassable for our horses due to slippery snow patches, we may need to find an alternative hiking route in Tusheti that travelsthrough lower elevations. There are several options – all of which explore equally remote and beautiful areas.
Trek participants must be in good physical condition. From Khevsureti to Tusheti we expect to hike up to eight hours a day (including breaks). When we reach the Tusheti side, we anticipate four to six hours of hiking for four days. For those who wish to take a short break from hiking, we provide two horses with comfortable saddles, for some safe, fun and easy mountain horseback riding.
This trek is designed so that hikers will carry only light day packs, with camping equipment and other personal equipment carried by pack horses and mules. A typical day pack would weigh about 10-15 lbs., with a windbreaker, snacks, water bottle and personal camera gear.
The individual and collective success of this trek depends upon each participant assessing his or her own abilities to take part in a trip of this nature. If you have any questions or doubts about your suitability for this trip, please give us a call to discuss it further.
Important Information About This TripTo get the most out of this adventure, you should be in good physical condition. The best preparation for this trek is to do some extended hiking with a day pack for several weeks prior to departure. Work to strengthen your legs, your back and your cardiovascular system. Tackle some preparation 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 this physically demanding adventure -- you may even be able to laugh at your strong guides! If you have any questions about your suitability for this trip, please call our office at 1-800-543-8917 to discuss your situation further.
Your safety while on trek is one of our primary concerns. Toward that end we provide highly competent guides and the very best equipment. Our guides are thoroughly trained in emergency backcountry first-aid techniques and have extensive experience in this 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.
We will provide all group gear such as tents, tarps, stoves and kitchen equipment, a comprehensive first-aid kit and satellite phone for emergency communications. We recommend that our clients bring neoprene socks and river-type sandals for river crossings (unless you want to ride the horse) and comfortable light camp shoes for relaxing in camp in the evenings. Some hikers also prefer to use trekking poles, which may be particularly useful while crossing Atsunta Pass.
Getting There & Getting HomeArrive 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 13.
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.