Amazing Jeep Tour in Tusheti – Enjoy Wild Life of Georgia
Tour name: Amazing Jeep Tour in Tusheti – Enjoy Wild Life of Georgia
Route: Tbilisi – Alvani – Omalo – Shenako – Diklo – Dartlo – Kvavlo – Parsma – Girevi – Bochorna – Dochu – Iliurta – Jvarboseli – Verkhovani – Omalo – Telavi – Tbilisi
Tour type: Adventure Tourism, Jeep Tour
Transportation Mode: 4X4 Jeep Mitsubishi Delica or Toyota 4Runner
Meal: Half Board
Tour Duration: 2 night / 3 days
Distance: One way 230km
Meeting Point: Agreed location
DAY 1: Amazing Jeep Tour in Tusheti – Dzveli (old) Omalo, Shenako, Diklo
07:00 Departure from Tbilisi to Alaverdi monastery (VI c) through the Gombori pass
12:00 – 13:00 Drive to Abano Pass 2900m. Here we will have lunch
15:00 Arrival to Omalo – The largest village in Tusheti. Accommodate in the Guesthouse. One hour break.
17:00 After a short rest we’ll visit Village Shenako
18:00 See amazing village Diklo.
20:00 Drive back to Omalo. Traditional Tushetian Dinner. Overnight in Guesthouse
DAY 2: Amazing Jeep Tour in Tusheti – Dartlo, Kvavlo, Parsma, Girevi
09:00 After breakfast we’ll visit Keselo fortress and local museum
10:00 – 18:00 Drive to Pirikiti Tusheti to see the villages: Dartlo, Kvavlo, Parsma, Girevi
20:00 Drive back to Omalo. Dinner and overnight at the local guesthouse
DAY 3: Amazing Jeep Tour in Tusheti – Dochu, Iliurta, Jvarboseli, Verkhovani
09:00 After breakfast drive to Gometsari valley to see amazing village Dochu
11:00 – 12:00 Visit villages Iliurta, Jvarboseli, Verkhovani
14:00 Drive back to Omalo. After lunch departure to Tbilisi
21:00 Arrival in Tbilisi
End of Amazing Jeep Tour in Tusheti – Enjoy Wild Life of Georgia
Tucked into Georgia’s far northeast corner, Tusheti has become a very popular summer hiking and horse-trekking area, but remains one of the country’s most fascinating and pristine high-mountain regions. The single road to Tusheti, over the nerve-jangling 2900m Abano Pass from Kakheti, is 4WD only and passable only from about early June to early October. Evidence of Tusheti’s old animist religion is plentiful in the form of stone shrines called Khatebi, decked with the horns of sacrificed goats or sheep, which women are not permitted to approach. Defensive koshkebi, centuries old, still stand in many villages.
Today most Tusheti folk only go up to Tusheti in summer, to graze their sheep or cattle, attend festivals, cater for tourists and generally reconnect with their roots. Many have winter homes around Akhmeta and Alvani in Kakheti.
Tusheti has two main river valleys – the Pirikiti Alazani and the more southerly Gomtsari (Tushetis) Alazani – which meet below Omalo, the biggest village, then flow east into Dagestan (Russia). The scenery everywhere is a spectacular mix of snow- covered rocky peaks, deep gorges and steep, grassy hillsides where distant flocks of sheep appear as slowly shifting patterns of white specks.