Outdoor camping & Tusheti
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jul 14, 2013 9:48 AM Last Post By: WILLEMSPIE
May 19, 2013 3:30 AM
Outdoor camping & TushetiDear all,
I was planning a ~10 days trip to Georgia for end of July. I planned to mostly trek in the country, initially thinking about Svaneti and Kazbegi area.
I heard that summertime is pretty hot in the mountains, so was thinking about is it possible to sleep outside? I mean, if I start trekking on my own, and at night lay down a tent (or only a sleeping bag), do you see any potential dangers? Is it cold at night? Maybe it is a silly question but should I be afraid from anything: hostile locals (although I read that Georgian people are very friendly), wild animals etc.?
Also just recently I read about Tusheti, but only a few information was available on the internet. Is it very remote? Is it possible traveling there on your own (foot) alone? How many days should be minimum reserved for a trip in the area?
Thanks for any advice, and sorry if any of the questions look silly but I’ve never been in the Caucasus area…
May 19, 2013 8:45 AM
May 19, 2013 12:39 PM
May 21, 2013 4:20 PM
In summer its more rainy then in September , especially by night.
basically there is no dangers of wild animals or robbers , but mostly I'm afraid of shepherd dogs at the day by nights ( and simple dogs , not shepherds , can steal you food )
so I recommend to u overnight in tent ))
Tusheti , Its remote ... but heavenly beautiful
from Tbilisi till Omalo ( tusheti ) is 200 km but 80 km is unpaved so u need up to 5-6 hours
from Omalo u can trek Tusheti Circuit 6-8 days , do one or two day walks( Omalo surroundings )
Also most popular trek is Omalo-shatili or Shatili-Omalo 80 km 6-8 days
all depends on your experience , with good stuff u can walk alone
Mountain Guides camp
May 22, 2013 1:57 AM
May 23, 2013 2:51 AM
I was wondering if your could offer me any information about hiking in the area as I haven't been able to find much by researching the internet.
My girlfriend and I are planning to spend the month of August in Georgia, hiking and immersing ourselves in the culture as much as possible considering we speak neither Georgian nor Russian. We're accustomed to doing 3 or 4 backpacking trips in the Canadian rockies where you have to carry your food and don't see anyone for days, but all the information I've found found about Georgia suggests going with a guide. Is there a reason for this? Perhaps no clear trails or no good maps available?
Our plan is to spend a few days in Tbilisi then head to the Tusheti-Khevsureti region for some hiking. We're interested in sleeping in our tent but also some nights in family-run guest houses for the opportunity to eat Georgian food, drink chacha and interact with people. Next to the Svaneti with more or less the same plan.
Are there other must-see areas? And, most importantly, is there any reason why these hikes shouldn't be taken on without a guide?
Thanks in advance!
May 23, 2013 4:23 AM
1. one month its normal
2. in Georgia here is other good areas for hiking and trekking : mountain Adjara, borjomi NP, Lagodekhi NP, mountain Samegrelo but most popular is Khevsureti-Tusheti and Svaneti , probably there are more beautiful and because of this )))))
3. If u have no been in Georgia I recomend to u ...:
1. svaneti: 1 and 2 day walk from village Becho , after, 4-5 days trek to Ushguli and back by car.
2. have a rest and go for 12-14 day trek ( how I guess u r experienced ) from kazbegi to Omalo, over Shatili .... ( or from omalo to kazbegi) some prefer from west to east , some from east to west . I prefer from west ;)
u can stay in tent, and in guest houses ( in Shatili, in parsma or Chesho, Dartlo, Omalo. )
in Svaneti everywhere
Ushguli trek is Moderate difficulty (B) , Kazbegi-Shatili-Omalo is more from C to D grade
4. I don't know reason why hikes should NOT taken with out guide , guide is more comfort (I mean good guide ) showing from different stand point , knows area , knows Locals and Local languages
but u can trek with out too... trails are marked ( only some parts are not or r marked bad )
Mountain people r not English speaking , only few ( in guest houses ) but there is body language its international ))))) u can explain with hands help ))
Georgian people r very hospitable, some times overmuch ( so don't drink with locals too much , no dangers , but u can be a guest for ever ))) we like guests
so you are well come to Georgia
May 23, 2013 11:42 AM
May 25, 2013 10:32 AM
Jun 10, 2013 10:15 AM
9Hi Guide Camp and Austin!
Last year I did Kazbegui-Shatili trek (I recommend it!), it is very well marked (we even met the guys who were marking the tracks). I would buy the Geoland maps (there is a very good shop in Tblisi, even all the Garmin stuff in case you have a GPS)
@Guides Camp: Did you do the Omalo Shatili trek recently? I found a very detailed description (in french) about the trekking from 2007. The guy who was alone was sometimes struggling with orientation and because of some wild rivers he was recommended not to go alone. He took a guide and than he almost couldn't continue because the guide did not have a passport and the soldiers wouldn't let him pass... Are there still a lot of military camps?
Well, I'm not planned to go alone, but we're going with some girls ( we have a lot of trekking experience but mostly on quite well marked paths) so we were wondering -as you told before the trek is so popular- if in 6 years time the trekking is marked (or is it still so heavy to orientate?). Of course we'll take the geoland maps, but last year we noticed that some more remote routes between Shatili and Mutso were not existing anymore and we got confused by the shepherds paths...
We read as well that it is adviced to take a rope on the trekking in case the river is still heavy. Is it necessary?
What is the best: Omalo-Shatili or Shatili-Omalo or doesn't it matter?
Thanks a lot!
Jul 14, 2013 2:50 AM
10Sorry, I've just seen I did not thank for the many helpful replies. So thanks! :-)
I do not look for travel buddies this time - sorry, and I am male, but thanks for the heads up with the unwanted attention.
Regarding the Geoland Maps: Are they widely available in Tbilisi, or elsewhere? I checked the web page that it says 10 GEL / maps, but not sure how easy is to get one. Obviously I cannot order one via internet....
Jul 14, 2013 9:48 AM
Bags feeling light?
Coffee table looking bare?
Get your guidebooks, travel goods, even individual chapters, right here.
(3 star Hotel)
From US$148.30 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$113.32 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$25.00 per night