Where tour will take place
This privately guided demanding but rewarding trek in Khevsureti takes in the challenges of submitting mountain areas. Experience the beauty of Shatili villages and the valleys, non-technical peaks and the guarantee of a cheerful welcome from the Khevsuretian people. Spend the nights in comfortable guest houses and hotels. On your arrival day, we will meet you at Tbilisi International Airport, of course, the transfer is free. This day you will spend in Tbilisi and from the second day, we will drive you to Khevsureti. Where you’ll spend 3 amazing days of hiking. On your first hiking day, you will be visiting the biggest village of Khevsureti region and Liqoki Valley. Next day we will drive you to the village Shatili, where you’ll walk around 8kms and visit a few places Kachu’s Castle, Shatili, Anatori Necropolis, Mutso, Ardoti. Guide and driver will drive you back to Barisakho, where you’ll be accommodated and have dinner. Another day will give you more experience because we are going to take you to Abudelauri Lakes! There are three lakes under the glacier, Green Lake, Blue Lake and White Lake. Late evening we will be back to Barisakho and earlier in the morning will leave to Vashlovani National Park, the same day you’ll hike through Eagle Canyon and Visit Georgia’s most protected and unbreakable castle Khornabuji! Afterwards, you will be accommodated nearby to Vashlovani National park. Next day, earlier in the morning guide will help you to check-out from the hotel and driver will take you to Elia monastery and a small lake. Late evening you will be back to Tbilisi, where a comfortable hotel room is waiting for you, you can have some rest and prepare for your flight. Next, on your final day driver and guide will drive you to Tbilisi Airport (for free), where actually our adventure ends! NOTE: every morning breakfast will be provided in the hotel for free. Lunch, during the day with lunch boxes and dinner in the hotel for free as well.
- Tour Guiding
- Cultural Expedition
- Interesting Stories
- Fun and Joy
- Welcome Package
- Breakfast in The hotel
- Lunch at the local Restaurant
- Dinner at Guest House
- Hotel Pick-Up
- Hotel Drop-off
- Transfer From Airport
- Transfer To Airport
- All Local Taxes
- Jeep Riding
- Professional Hiker Guide
- Travel Insurance
- Flight Tickets
- Personal Expenses
- Hiking Equipment
First Day - Arrival and Accommodating
Airport and Hotel
Tour includes transfer from Tbilisi International Airport, our driver and guide will meet you there and drive to your hotel.
Second Day - Khevsureti
Khevsureti is a historical-ethnographic region in eastern Georgia. The territory of Khevsureti, together with the neighbouring area of Pshavi was known to medieval writers under the joint designation Pkhovi. Historically, Georgian highlander communities enjoyed a degree of autonomy. Khevsurs never accepted local lords; they elected their leaders or Khevisberi and council of elders and submitted themselves only to the monarch. They were exceptional warriors with traditional Georgian qualities of courage, openness and honesty, fraternity, independence and love of freedom, who were often promoted as royal bodyguards. Kings regarded them as reliable guardians of the Caucasus Mountains and the northern border of the kingdom. In the battles, Khevsurs wore flags adorned with crosses and considered themselves permanent members of the army of the sacred flags and guardians of Georgian Kings. The Khevsur men, dressed in chain mail and armed with broadswords, wore garments full of decoration made up of crosses and icons, which served as a means of protection according to Christianity which they adopted early in the 4th century. young girls started knitting at the age of 6-7, but men studying and military training because according to their tradition women were deprived of education and higher social status. They had a strict system of physical training in martial arts preserved as a Khridoli martial art, and which is a part of the rich Georgian military tradition. Khevsur dances also preserved in the national dances as a warrior dance Khevsuruli.
Khevsureti - Barisakho
Barisakho is a central village of Khevsureti, with a not too big population, but very warm and hospitable. A small village on the hill will make you wonder!
Khevsureti - Liqoki Valley
Not far from the village of Barisakho, you will be able to have a hiking tour through Liqoki valley, which is full of nature, birds and springs.
Third Day - Shatili
Shatili is a historic highland village in Georgia, near the border with Chechnya. It is located on the northern slope of the Greater Caucasus mountains, in the historical Georgian province of Upper Khevsureti, which is now part of the modern-day region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti. As of 2014 census, the population of the village was 22. Shatili was once part of the Kingdom of Kakheti. The population of Shatili, along with that of most of the Khevsureti, was resettled under the pressure from the Soviet authorities to the plains in the early 1950s. In the 1960s, the exotic landscape of the empty village was used as a setting for a series of Georgian films about the past life of the Highlanders. Shatili is still inhabited by a dozen or so families but is inaccessible by road during wintertime. The village is a favourite destination for tourists and mountain trekkers.
Shatili - Kachu’s Castle
Is a complex of the architectural monument, located in the north-east of Shatili. On the top of the high, inaccessible and sharp cliff. The castle belongs to the late Middle Ages. Once a huge army of the enemies came to the walls of the Castle. Locals fought bravely and stood against the invaders, and did not allow them to take castle down. Then the enemy destroyed the source of water. Kachuelians find an interesting solution for this difficult situation - they took tkhori (wool yarn large glomerulus) and put it into Arguni (river), after this the water was going up through the thread and soldiers were getting enough water to drink. That is why the second name - tkhorus prison, was given to this castle.
Shatili - Anatori necropolis
Anatori is a group of several stone houses few km behind Shatili, at the confluence of Ardoti and Arghuni rivers. Once an actual village, it's inhabitant perished in a plague epidemics. Since then, it served as a "plague houses" - when a deadly disease struck the region, those infected would come here and wait for death in solitude, so they do not infect their neighbours and family.
Shatili - Mutso
Mutso is a fortified village lying at the confluence of Ardotistskali and Mutsostskali rivers, some 12 km behind Shatili. It stands high on a rocky summit at the elevation of almost 1900 meters. Even though the village was abandoned century ago and now lies in ruins, it is still a magnificent sight - partly to the location, partly to the 30 medieval stone dwellings. A little is known about the history of Mutso. According to the legend it was founded by five brothers of the clan Shetekauri. It was inhabited between the 10th and 19th centuries and for a long time was the strongest outpost at the northern borders of Georgia. According to another one Mutso people for a long time guarded Broliskalo ("crystal threshing floor") icon of Archangel. The icon is still hidden in surrounding mountains, but one day it will show its location to an honest man in a dream. Currently, there is a major reconstruction project going on (works should be finished in 2018), so some areas turned into a building site. I must admit I liked it more when Mutso was empty and quiet, but looking forward to the time when the whole reconstruction is finished.
Shatili - Ardoti
Ardoti is the another elevated village lying on a hill above Andaki valley, some 5km southwest of Mutso. The village is almost abandoned, only the uppermost house is occupied in summer. When I was climbing there in the evening, walking past ruins and abandoned houses, towards the only shining window at the top, I felt like Jonathan Harker in Transylvania. Luckily, I found there just a nice family willing to sell beer and fresh bread. From the top, there is a great view not only down to Andaki valley but also into the adjacent valley. During a Chechen war, an MI-8 helicopter belonging to Chechen rebels crashed here - the locals have since converted it into the livestock barn.
Fourth Day - Village Roshka
Nine kilometres past Barisakho, a side-road climbs 7km west up to the tiny village of Roshka. A wonderful walk from Roshka takes you up to the three small, but very beautiful coloured Abudelauri lakes with their backdrop of the jagged Chaukhi massif. It's about 2½ hours (5km) up to the first (green) lake, then 10 minutes on to the stunning turquoise lake, and a further hour (with no real path most of the way) up to the white lake, below a glacier, coming down from the Chaukhi massif.
Village Roshka - Abudelauri Lakes
A Magical, mysterious place, home of Khevsuretian Gods, with a view to a spectacular Chiukhi Mountain, The Abudelauri lakes are situated in far north of the eastern part of Caucasus Mountains at an altitude of 2500m in alpine zones at the foot of the Chiukhi Massif. Lots of legends and myths are connected to these lakes. The Abudelauri lakes are of transitive colours: one is colourless (green in photos, due to its surroundings) where you can camp, the second is blue and very beautiful and the last one is white like milk- due to the glacier – from the white lake newborn river starts. The trek to the lakes does not involve lots of energy and time if you only want to visit the lakes.
First Day - Vashlovani N. Park
Vashlovani Protected Areas is located in the extreme eastern part of the Dedoflistskaro district. It includes Vashlovani Nature Reserve, National Park and 3 Natural Monuments – Eagle Gorge, Takhti-Tepa Mud Volcanoes and Kaklisyure Alazani floodplain forest. Its area includes Pantishara-Vashlovani massive, whose height is up to 300-600 meters above sea level. The name Vashlovani is derived from the natural similarity and disposition of pistachio and apple trees that leave the association of the fruit garden. Its total area amounts to 35292 ha.
Vashlovani N. Park - Khornabuji Castle
Khornabuji Castle also sometimes known as the Castle of Queen Tamara, is an ancient castle in the eastern part of Georgia. It is located approximately two miles / 3 kilometres north of Dedoplistsqaro in the region of Kakheti. The castle's ruined remains are sited on the imposing Tsiv-Gombori Range. It was probably constructed, originally, at the end of the 1st millennium BC, at which time it was the only fortification controlling the valleys of the Iori and Alazani rivers. The first surviving written records of it date back to the reign of Vakhtang the Wolf Head during the 5th century. At that time Khornabuji was one of the largest settlements in the Kakheti region. According to the chronicle, it was one of several places to which Vakhtang appointed a bishop after he had built the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral at Mtskheta. Late in the 5th or early during the 6th century Khornabuji was conquered by the Sasanians. It appears the surrounding town was destroyed, though something of the castle survived and over the following centuries the town again appeared on the area of flat ground to the south of the castle rock. During the thirteenth century, according to some sources, the castle was rebuilt on the instructions of Queen Tamara, although others suggest that references to Queen Tamara building a castle may have referred to a castle built at another site. According to one interpretation of the sources, the Khornabuji township was destroyed by Mongol invaders under Berke Khan around 1264, and survivors relocated to Sighnaghi, after which there was no further significant settlement outside the castle walls. The castle was later rebuilt under Heraclius II of Kartli-Kakheti, but the surrounding township was not rebuilt.
Vashlovani N. Park - Eagle Canyon
The trail starts at the entrance of-of Artsivi (Eagle) Canyon. At first, visitors will receive interesting information on protected areas. From here the trail alongside limestone cliffs and reaches the basis of the rocks where it is possible to see the rare endemic plant species Campanula Kakhetica. Visitors are amazed by the lush green white flower that grows on the limestone cliff without any soil, having chosen such a harsh habitat. Afterwards, the trail runs toward the viewpoints on the western slopes of the gorge, from where you can enjoy watching flying griffon vultures against the backdrop of hanging cliffs. It is also possible to come across 9 other species of birds of prey in the gorge. Besides birds of prey, it is possible to find other bird species that are of significant beauty, such as common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) and black stork.
Sixth Day - Elia Tesbiteli monastery
IV century. It has been renovated in 2006, According to the legend St. Elia spent his last years on this hill. As archaeological researches showed here was a church earlier in the 4th century.
Vashlovani N. Park - Small Lake
Return - Tbilisi
We will be back in Tbilisi at 09:00 PM.
Seventh Day - Departure
Tbilisi International Airport
On the last day, our guide will help you to check-out from the hotel, and you will then have some shopping time before the driver and the guide take you to Tbilisi International Airport.
Vashlovani National Park
Price includes accommodation in a cosy hotel in the centre of Tbilisi, Guest House in Barisakho and Vashlovani. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a TV, Free WiFi, desk, 24 Hour Reception, Heating, Hairdryer, Wake-up Service, Tasty Breakfast, Comfortable Bed, Private Bathroom and etc. Transportation is included as well, type and capacity of transportation depend on the number of tourists. Our drivers are experienced and professionals. Wish you a comfortable stay and a safe trip. Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Are camping stuff required?
- Are Flight tickets included?
- Are Hiking stuff required?
- Are pets allowed?
- Can I attend activities without my ID?Passport?
- Do I need anti mosquito cream?
- Do I need anti mosquito cream?
- Do I need some comfortable shoes for walking?
- Do I need some comfortable shoes for walking?
- Do I need Sun burn cream?
- How long will tour last?
- How safe is this activity?
- Is breakfast included? What kind of?
- Is alcohol allowed?
- Is guide experienced?
- Is driver experienced?
- Is lunch included?
- Is this tour refundable?
- Is Dinner included?
- What kind of shoes/closes should I bring?
- What if I am beginner?
- What if I have a questions or requests?
- How difficult is this tour?
- Are Hiking stuff Provided?
No, this service is additional and please contact tour manager.
No, you should have your ID/Passport with you.
just for protections
We suggest that you bring along with you anti mosquito cream.
We suggest that you bring along with you hiking shoes.
We suggest that you bring along with you Sun burn cream.
We ensure you in safety if you follow all instructions.
Yes, Price includes breakfast in the hotel.
Yes. We provide lunch boxes and soft drinks/water.
Please check cancelation policy.
Yes, whenever you'll be back to the Hotel.
Please bring worm closes and comfortable shoes.
Our instructors are experience and have years of practice. Instruction and training will be provided.
In case of questions, please contact your tour manager.
It is a Medium Difficulty.
NO. Please bring your own.