With its mountainous landscape, Georgia is a paradise for hiking and nature lovers. Here, the possibilities are endless – you can hike to remote villages, explore breathtaking lakes and high peaks, or travel from one region to another on foot. Here’s our pick of the best trails around.
Svaneti is another popular destination for hiking lovers in Georgia – the region offers many trails covering mountains, high peaks, and lakes. One of the most famous is the trail from Mestia to Ushguli, the most remote part of the region which is also considered to be one of the highest settlements in Europe. Stay in Ushguli for a night or two, and enjoy the stunning views of Shkara mountain.
Chaukhi Pass is another trail popular with both locals and visitors to Georgia. It connects Kazbegi with the Khevsureti region, one of the several medieval areas of the country. The trail offers splendid views of the Chaukhi Massif and its impressive seven peaks. The main reason why people hike up here is to visit the Arkhoti community and enjoy the views of beautiful waterfalls, stunning gorges, and complete isolation from civilization.
The Abudelauti Lakes in the Khevsureti region boast three different colored lakes. This spot is a great weekend getaway from Tbilisi, where you can either stay in a guesthouse or in your tent. The lakes are of blue, green and white color and are located very close to each other, which means you can see all three in a day. If you plan to camp here, then be aware that the only possible area is near the green lake.
Tusheti‘s central town Omalo is a great destination for those who want to try out their skills on a multi-day trip from one region to another. The route from Omalo to Shatili takes you through the beautiful villages of Tusheti, where you can stay in guesthouses and explore the life of the locals. And as you go along the trail towards the Khevsureti region, you’ll come across deserted villages where only the ruins of medieval defence towers remain. Khevsureti is similar to Tusheti, as they both have medieval architecture, but the constructions in Khevsureti are different.
This trail connecting the Khevsureti and Kazbegi regions is also quite difficult, and requires about six days to complete. The route follows the little-frequented border areas of the country, particularly at Aghma-Georgitsminda. There are no roads or civilization, only couple of shepherd’s huts and a border post.
Kazbegi offers further popular hiking opportunities in Truso Valley, an almost abandoned area towards the South Ossetia border. Besides gorgeous nature, you can explore travertine rock formations from the local mineral springs, ancient towers, hot springs, and a number of deserted settlements. Unfortunately, you can’t walk through the whole valley, and have to turn back once you reach the Georgian border post.