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8 Day Omalo - Shatili Trekking

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Keselo Fortress in Omalo

Road to Abano Pass

Road to Abano Pass

Hike to Dartlo

Hike to Dartlo

View Over Omalo

View Over Omalo

On the way to Atsunta Pass

On the way to Atsunta Pass

Village Shatili

Village Shatili

Mutso Castle

Mutso Castle

Shatili Tower

Shatili Tower

Meadow

Meadow

Dano to Chesho

Dano to Chesho

Tour detauiled info

Overview

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TREKKING FROM OMALO TO SHATILI

8 days / 7 nights

Pick-up is available from: Tbilisi/Telavi/Alvani

Season: July-September

Difficulty: Hard

Panoramic trekking trail, connecting some of the highest mountain areas of Georgia and crossing 3431 meters high Atsunta pass. It is considerably long trek in the wild mountain area that involves fording several small rivers and passing 3431m Atsunta pass – which can be quite demanding for inexperienced hikers.

*Please indicate your preferred pick-up and drop-off locations in the comment at check-out.

Sights to Visit

Itinerary


Day to day

Pickup from Tbilisi at 6:00 AM.

Driving distance: 190 km, appx. 6 hours.

Drive from Tbilisi to Tusheti region. After passing village Pshaveli, we will start long and thrilling off-road ride, crossing the main Caucasus range at 2926 m Abano pass, until finally arriving at village Omalo – largest settlement in Tusheti region. After some rest and dinner at the guesthouse, we will have final brief on upcoming trekking trip via Atsunta pass.

Overnight at Guesthouse in Omalo

Trekking to Dartlo

Trekking: 12.7 km, 4 hours. Elevation: ↑ 560 m/ ↓ 640 m.

After breakfast we begin our adventure and start trekking north toward village Dartlo.  At the begging of the trail, we’ll have a quick stop at Keselo - small 13th c. fortress located just above the village of upper Omalo. Locals used the fortress to protect themselves from the invading Mongols and later raids by Daghestani tribes.

In about 2 hours, we are going to reach Ghele viewpoint, situated on top of the main ridge divining Tusheti national park. In the past, it was the place where the elders of local communities would meet to discuss important issues. From here the road starts descending down to the valley of Pirikita Alazani river until reaching village Dartlo. Situated about 1800 meters above sea level – Dartlo is perhaps one of the most picturesque villages in Tusheti, protected by UNESCO.

Overnight at Guesthouse in Dartlo

From Dano to Chesho

Trekking: 16.4 km, 6 hours. Elevation:  ↑1259 m / ↓999 m

We’ll start our day with a steep hike to tiny village Kvavlo, located on top of the hill just above Dartlo.  After a short brake at Kvavlo to enjoy the views, we’ll continue to nearby village Dano and get on a path traversing a ridge above Pirikiti Alazani valley. We’ll eventually get down to the main dirt road just before village Chesho. The last section of this trek turns into a narrow path along the cliff that takes you to village Girevi – our end point for today.

Overnight at Guesthouse in Girevi

Trekking: 14.1 km, Elevation: ↑803 m / ↓417 m

After clearing the border police, we’ll start trekking along Atsunta-Alazani Gorge, passing abandoned village Chontio – the last inhabited village we’ll see on our way. Continue towards to the Kvakhidi campsite at (2400m). The path goes up through the beautiful alpine meadows along the river, with panoramic views and picturesque landscape.

Overnight in Tents at Kvakhidi Campsite

To Atsunta Pass

Trekking: 15.0 km,  ↑1207 m / ↓961 m

This is the most demanding part of the trek. The trail goes up by Kvakhidisitskali river, that we’ll have to cross twice, the first time on a small footbridge, the second time we’ll have to ford it. After the second crossing, we will continue to the valley to the right and start the ascent to Atsunta Pass (3431m). From the top we have amazing views of the surrounding summits and canyons of Khevsureti province. Descend to the campsite at 2400m.

Overnight in Tents.

Mutso

 

Trekking: 19.5 km, ↑343 m / ↓1583 m

Start early morning, descend by the narrow path into the valley of Khonistskali river and then continue walking towards Mutso fortress. The fortress is a remarkable fortified settlement which for centuries was the strongest outpost in northern Georgia, controlling the incoming roads and protecting the state border from the raids of northern tribes. Since most people would be too tired to care to explore it on the same day, we leave it as “optional” visit with a chance to get back to it next day (if reserve day is not needed, see below).

Here we will be picked up and driven to Shatili for overnight.

Overnight in Shatili at the Guesthouse.

Shatili Village

We intentionally include 1 reserve day into this itinerary, in case of unfavorable weather conditions on previous days, which may make crossing of the Atsunta pass impossible or too risky.

If you arrived to Shatili on schedule, it's possible to take a one of the day hikes in the nearby area (Mutso, Anatori) or just have a free day to relax and walk around the mountain village.

After breakfast we’ll drive back to Tbilisi. The road crosses Datvis Jvari Pass (2676m) and follows Aragvi gorge until joining Georgian Military Highway.

Drop off in Tbilisi

Inclusions


Included

Transportation:
  • Transfers from Tbilisi to Omalo and Shatili to Tbilisi.
  • Transfer of luggage between Omalo/Dartlo/Girevi by car.
  • Transfer of luggage between Girevi/Shatili by horses.

 

Staff:
  • English-speaking professional trekking guide service days 1-8.
  • Accompanying Horseman.

 

 Accommodation: 
  • 1 x overnigh– Omalo guesthouse.
  • 1 x overnigh – Dartlo guesthouse.
  • 1 x overnigh – Girevi guesthouse.
  • 2 x overnighs – Shatili guesthouse.
  • 2 x overnights – In tents.

 

Meals:
  • All meals during the itinerary. 
  • "Lunch boxes" during the lunch stops.  
Gear:
  • Sleeping mats (but no sleeping bags).
  • Tents (1 per 2 people.).

Excluded

  • Airplane tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Single room accommodation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Other personal expenses
  • Trekking gear such as*:  trekking poles, backpacks, personal water storage.

 

*Additional trekking is available for rent upon special request.

 

 

Prices


Prices

Group size Price per adult
Solo € 1,1991
2-3 people € 1,268
4-5 people € 869
6-7 people € 829
8 -9 people  € 776
Online booking deposit*:  € 120

 

The above prices (except for solo) are based on two people sharing twin/double room accommodation. Additional charge for single room ("Single Supplement") is: € 80. 

*This deposit will be deducted from the total tour price. As for the remaining sum, you can pay it with one of the following methods:

  • Bank transfer - in foreign currency (Euro/USD), two weeks before the tour starts;
  • VISA/Mastercard - via POS terminal in local currency (GEL), at the begginign of the tour directly with your guide  (additional card service fee + 2%).
  • Cash - directly to the nearest TBC Bank office at the begging of the tour. 

For larger group, or custom itinerary please contact us at adventure [at ] georgianholidays.com

Tips for booking procedure: 

How to know which “Operator” to select?

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How do I know which “Transport” to select?

Some itineraries will list several options for transportation in description, if this is the case you can select your preference here, if not leave it at default. 

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More Info


More Info

Please note, this itinerary is quite demanding and requires good physical level.

Some overnights will be in tents and participants are expected to help with setting up the campsites and cooking.

Cancellation is free of charge prior 31 days of the starting day.
-    The booking deposit 120 Euro is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the tour after booking has been confirmed. The fee is kept as a deposit on the Tourist’s account for future booking(s).
If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:
-    10% of total cost of tourist product in case of cancellation 30 days prior to the tour;
-    50% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 15-7 days prior to the tour;
-    90% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 7 and fewer days prior to the tour;
-    99% of total cost of tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear at the airport no more than 2 hours prior to departure or non-admission on the flight owing to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator's controls.


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