Welcome to Khevsureti

Today few villages have permanent inhabitants. There's no road access to most people's main destination, Shatili, 150km from Tbilisi, from about December to April when the Datvisjvari Pass (2676m) is closed. Shepherds bring their flocks up from Kakheti from about June to September, when tourism also provides an income for some families.

The road to Khevsureti turns northeast off the Georgian Military Hwy shortly before the Zhinvali Reservoir and runs up the Pshavis Aragvi valley towards Khevsureti’s largest village, Barisakho (population 200), about 100km from Tbilisi. The asphalt gives out about 15km before Barisakho.

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$720 Outdoor Activities

Step In Wildlife Adventure of Tusheti and Khevsureti

On 1st day Take drive from Tbilisi to Omalo /Tusheti region. En rout visit Alaverdi cathedral. Crossing the main Caucasus ridge – Abano pass at the elevation 2926 m.  Enjoy lunch on the way in nature. Explore villages upper and lower Omalo. Explore the beautiful views surroundings of Chagma valley, visit the Keselo fortress and ethnographical museum of Tusheti. Overnight in Omalo at Guesthouse. Dinner with national dishes and Georgian wine or chacha.During day 2 Head from Omalo towards Dartlo and spend the night at the guesthouseDay three follows the path: Dartlo– Chesho – Parsma – Girevi. Start early in the morning at 8 am, drive to Dartlo, along the way visit some beautiful sites of Tusheti – Que and up to Ghele. Arrive, in Dartlo by Crossing Pirikita-Gometsari Watershed Range. Explore surroundings in village Dartlo and start trek to the village Girevi, the way is running along the Alazani river. We pass through the villages Chesho, Parsma and Girevi. This is fascinating and remote mountainous Georgian villages, where the houses and towers survived many centuries. Settle near the village Girevi.Day 4 starts in Girevi, where you take the trek early in the morning at 8 am. Continue, the route from the village Girevi along Hatsunta-Alazani Gorge, passing abandoned village Chontio – Which is the last inhabited village in Pirikiti valley, and continue towards to our campsite at Kvakhidi (2400m). The path goes up through the alpine meadows along the river, from where we have spectacular views and impressive surroundings. Final location is Kvakhidi, overnight in tents.Following day cross the Atsunta Pass (3431m) – Khidotani Range. On this day we have little bit hard trek, we start early morning, the path gradually goes up through alpine meadows along the head of the river Hatsunta. Then rising up on the grassy slopes with some scree sections to the Atsunta Pass and at the elevation 3431m we cross it, from the top we have spectacular views of the surroundings including the deep canyons of Khevsureti province. Descend to our campsite at 2400m, spend night in Tents.On 6th day head towards Khidotani Range – Mutso, whereas we start trek early morning. Explore the most famous and impressive medieval fortress Mutso, located on a steep hill where we have short excursion. And at the end of our trek is situated Shatili village-citadel. Here mighty towers – stand proudly overlooking Arguni river valley for around 1200 years. Overnight in Mutso.On the last day (7th) of our journey we explore Mutso- Shatili and then head back to Tbilisi. In the morning drive to Shatili (our driver picks you up). Stroll through the areas, while sightseeing around Shatili complex and then drive to Tbilisi. Cross Datvijvari Pass (2676m) then follow the deep Aragvi gorge to join the Georgian Military Highway. Overnight in Tbilisi Dare to make Step In Wildlife Adventure of Tusheti & Khevsureti!

$650 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5 Day Jeep Tour to Georgia from Tbilisi

Day 1 Arrival to Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to Hotel, resting for morning start of the trip. Staying in Tbilisi.Day 2 Mtskheta, Tbilisi Surroundings - Didgori Battle Site. Briefing about trip, handing over the jeeps. The group will Head to Trialeti Mountain Range. Arrival to Didgori Battle Site. You will see beautiful nature of Trialeri Range. Arrival to Mtskheta, visiting Svetitskhoveli Cathedral(the Living Pillar Cathedral) with history dating back from 1st - 4th - 5th - 11th centuries, Staying in Mtskheta Hotel.Day 3 Pshavi-Khevsureti-Shatili-Mutso. Briefing of day. The cars will enter River Aragvi valley. The first location to pass is  Jinvali water reservoir. Soon the road will go deep to valley and enter Pshavi. Pshavi is small historic region of Georgia, it lies at foothills of Grater Caucasus Mountains and along Pshavi Aregivi river. The road continues deeper in the valley and goes up to Dtvisjvari Pass. The pass is one of highest on Europe continent, 2676 meters. The pass is covered with alpine fields and is only road to Shatili (Khevsureti). After the highest point the cars will start to decent on the other side and enter the village of Shatili. Shatili is one of best examples of Georgian construction art, it is a unique medieval fortress and fortified dwelling complex. The new valley goes deeper in Caucasus mountains and the road goes along river banks to the Village Mutso. Mutso is almost completely abandoned century ago. The village has retained its original architecture, towers, stone houses and other buildings. Its favourite place for mountain trekkers and tourists.  After visiting Mutso the cars come back to village Shatili to nice local guest house. Staying in Shatili.Day 4 Ananuri - Kazbegi – Gergeti Trinity Church Briefing. The first stop will be at Jinvali water reservoir, Ananuri Fortress complex. Ananuri was a castle for Eristavi Dukes of Aragvi. The complex has been on the tentative list of inclusion into the UNESCO world heritage site program. Second stop will be by the fascinating views from the top of Jvari (Cross) Pass 2379 meters. Soon the road will enter Kazbegi. The main attraction point in Kazbegi is Gergeti Trinity Church, located on the top of the mountain at the elevation of 2170 meters. Staying in Kazbegi.Day 5 Journey to Tbilisi, Shopping-Wine Gallery-AirportArrival to Tbilisi. Shopping in old Tbilisi. Visiting Wine Gallery, ancient Georgian wines tasting. Free time. Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. The time and locations can weary depending on flight time.

$160 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Hike Tour in Khevsureti

Itinerary: Day 1: Tbilisi-Jinvali-Datvijvari Pass-Shatili Jinvali Reservoir: is one of the largest artificial water reservoir in Georgia. It is located at the confluence of rivers Mtiuleti Aragvi and Fshavi Aragvi. Khevsureti Ethnographic Museum- Khevsureti is one the most isolated region in Georgia. Because of it, local people kept their traditions in the purest forms. This small museum consists unique displays of local people’s life, weapons, clothing, other artefacts. Datvijvari Pass - (engl. "bear's cross) – is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2689 m. Its construction finished in 1970s and nowadays is one of the most dangerous road. It is situated on the Great Caucasus mountain range and offers stunning views of the surrounded mountains. Lebaiskari Tower – is a medieval type tower and guards the Shatili road. It has five floors. The first floor was used to be as a shelter for kettles, while middle floors for the living purposes. The last floor was the purpose of fighting and giving fire signals. Shatili – is a unique mediaeval-type complex unites defensive towers with fortified dwellings. All complex was built as a single village with small and narrow streets and common defense walls. All buildings were built by only using stone and mortar. Shatili was the guardian of the northeastern outskirts of Georgia. Day 2: Shatili-Mutso-Shatili-Tbilisi Kachu fortress: a late medieval-type fortress is situated on the top of the mountain. Today, it is in ruins but in the past served as an important stronghold of Khevsureti. It can be accessed from Shatili, after 1,5 km hiking.  Mutso fortress: is another defense complex in Khevsureti region. Located on a rocky mountain (1880m) and consisted tens of strong towers, it created the most formidable stronghold for Georgians against the foreign invaders. The village is now largely abandoned but still amazes visitors with its beautiful surrounding scenery, towers and architectural type. Recently, Mutso fortress complex has been renovated. Shatiliskhevi and Mitkhuli gorges – for hikers wishing to take further outdoor activities are the best places. Take an optional hike for up to 10 km in the narrow gorges. We follow the rivers upstream and explore its unspoiled basins.

$499 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day Khevsureti Tour from Tbilisi

Ethnographic Museum of Korsha is a museum located in Khevsureti, in the village of Korsha of the Dusheti Municipality. Its goal is to disclose details of the Khevsurs life to every visitor, whether it is a traditional outfit or combat weapons, furniture or utensils. Fortress of Lebaskari is a typical Khevsurian dwelling-fortress, which is a good example of the style and architecture of this region. At the same time, it is an unshakable monument of the Middle Ages, to which neither the time nor the machinations of the enemies could harm. Kistani fortresses - a village in the Dusheti municipality between the Datvisdjvari pass and Shatili, 2080 meters above sea level. The village dazzles every visitor not only with beautiful nature, but also with age-old fortresses that are scattered around, as if on each side they are watching the visitors. The towers of the Shatili - one of the parts of the Khevsurian century-old tower-fortress to this day stands staunchly, proudly on the long-suffering land and boldly watches the days, months, centuries, millennia ... The undefeated Shatili is an illustrative example of a stone symphony, so to speak, located at 1000 meters above sea level The Anatori tombs – extinct village in Khevsuteti. During the plague the Khevsurs built their own tombs by themselves and went there themselves, lay down and waited for death to take them. It was the Khevsurs who showed such magnanimity and tried to protect their neighbours. Mutso - the historical defender and guard of the entrance of Khevsureti, is located at 1880 meters above sea level, 121 km from Dusheti. According to legend, the inhabitants of Mutso prayed for the icon of the archangel in Broliskalo and for centuries protected the treasures donated by the icon. According to beliefs, the treasure is still kept in the high mountains near Mutso, waiting for the chosen one. The Vazha-Pshavela House Museum is the home of the Georgian poet and patriot Vazha-Pshavela. It was in this house that he wrote wonderful lines, fulfilled with folly to the homeland.   Schedule of the tour I day 08:00 - meet  at your accommodation in Tbilisi.  departing from Tbilisi to Shatili Ethnographic Museum of Korsha Lunch at the Datvisjvari Pass Fortress Lebaiskari Kistani fortresses Shatili Dinner in the field conditions   Note Hiking distance: to Lebaiskari 300 meters, to Kistani 800 meters.   II day breakfast 8:00 Excursion to the towers of Shalili Anatori Tombs Mutso Pshavi – Vazha-Pshavela House Museum Return to Tbilisi, the end of the tour At your accommodation in Tbilisi.   Note Walking distances: to Mutso1000 meters.

$70.03 Day Trips & Excursions

Tbilisi Museum and Georgian Wine Tasting Private Tour

Meet your driver at your hotel at and start driving in a comfortable air-conditioned car to visit Open Air Museum of Ethnography located near Turtle Lake. The museum's collection includes more than 8,000 exhibits brought from all over Georgia and occupies 52 hectares of land. The Open Air Museum encompasses 14 ethnographic zones of Georgia: Kartli, Samegrelo, Adjara, Abkhazia, Svaneti, Khevsureti, Kakheti, Meskheti, Javakheti, Guria, Imereti, Racha, Lechkhumi and Ossetia. Continue the tour and visit the National Museum of Georgia, located on Rustaveli Avenue. The museum of Golden Treasury contains thousands of Georgian and Caucasian archaeological artifacts. Learn the history of Georgia and its culture from the Bronze Age.Next stop is Museum of Fine Arts of Georgia located nearby. Museum collections include more than 140,000 works of Georgian, Eastern and European artists. The museum of Golden Treasury contains numerous golden, silver and enamel icons. After informative visits to all the museums, end your tour with tasting the unforgettable flavor of Chateau Mukhrani premium class wines in Chateau Mukhrani Wine Bar on Meidan Square and drive back to your place of stay in Tbilisi. Tbilisi Museum Tour is the best opportunity to learn about the history, culture and traditions of Georgia as well as taste famous Georgian wines.Note: Image of "Lion Figurine" is the courtesy of The National Museum of Georgia. 

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