Flights & getting there
When the Abano Pass is open, 4WDs will carry three or four passengers from Telavi or Alvani (22km northwest of Telavi) to Omalo for 200 GEL (or 50 GEL per person) – a spectacular four-hour drive (3½ hours from Alvani). Guesthouses and the Tourism Information Centre in Telavi can organise 4WDs to pick you up, and can often connect travellers with each other to share costs. Some hotels and hostels in Tbilisi can also arrange for 4WDs to meet you in Telavi or Alvani.
Four-wheel drives also wait for passengers at the central crossroads in Alvani; you may be able to share with others. It's best to be at Alvani by 9am; taxis there from Telavi cost 15 GEL.
The road to Tusheti has been improved, but the asphalt still ends a few kilometres past Alvani, and the road still has all the same vertiginous precipices and steep switchbacks – so it should only be undertaken by confident drivers with reliable 4WD vehicles. There are no petrol stations in Tusheti, so ensure your tank is full when you leave Alvani, and bring a full jerry can with you if you plan to do a lot of driving in Tusheti.