• Peter Nasmyth’s Walking in the Caucasus: Georgia is an excellent guide to over 50 day walks all around the country.
  • Good resources for bird-watchers include Bird-watching Guide to Georgia, Raptors & Owls of Georgia and Vultures of Georgia, all by Lexo Gavashelishvili and others, and the Facebook group Birding Georgia.
  • Walkers should give dogs a wide berth everywhere: Georgian mountain dogs are bred for fending off wolves.

The Transcaucasian Trail

It sounds an improbable dream: a waymarked walking trail running the whole 700km length of the Caucasus, from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. But it's a dream that is taking steps towards reality with a bold project, initiated by two former US Peace Corps volunteers in Georgia, to establish the Transcaucasian Trail.

This is a long-term project to map, mark and, where necessary build, the trail; provide maps and guides for hikers; bring sustainable tourism to remote regions; raise the profile of protected areas; and promote connections between communities along the way.

The first steps were taken in 2015 with the mapping of the route across Svaneti and from Kazbegi to Tusheti. Check the website for the latest progress.