If visiting an ancient Orthodox monastery located far from inhabited areas and civilization, hidden on a mountain range where five monks live all year round sounds like an unforgettable adventure that you would enjoy, then this is the route to take. Not only are the views breathtaking during the ascent, but you will experience a wonderful free ride during the descent. The monastery has a unique history and continues ancient traditions that combine the ancient pagan cults of mountain-dwellers and traditional orthodoxy.
Hiking up Lomisi Monastery is not only great backcountry away from the resort it is also a cultural experience. There is many legends regarding the monastery build on the height of 2200 meters above see level, and you will get to know all of them during the hike. When you reach the top you will be able to rest and get some refreshing tea and talks from the monks. There is also a heavy chain in the church that you can put and make some wishes. After that you will be able to ride of the most enjoyable terrain in Gudauri.