Tusheti: One Of Georgia’s Most Fascinating Regions

Ioanna Sakellaraki

The perfect region for hiking as well as horse-trekking, Tusheti holds some of Georgia’s best-kept secrets in terms of food, hospitality and natural beauty.

View to Tushetian valley

Tusheti is located in the northeastern corner of Georgia, and bordered by the Russian Republics of Chechnya and Dagestan to the north and east. Hidden between pristine mountain peaks and valleys of the Caucasus, it has become one of the most welcoming destinations for long hikes and trekking. There is only a single 4-wheel-drive-accessible road through the 2900-meter Abano Pass from Kakheti that leads there. The weather can vary, so make sure you are well-equipped for the cold nights (even during summer).
Tusheti has a long history, and evidence of the old animistic religion here can be found around the different corners of this precious region. Stone shrines with the horns of sacrificed goat or sheep (khatebi), as well as ancient defensive towers (koshkebi) still stand in many of the villages.

View from Omalo
View from Omalo
View to Dartlo
View to Dartlo

Dartlo village is situated 12 kilometers east from the main village of Omalo, perched onto the Pirikiti Alazani Valley with another impressive grouping of ancient defensive towers build with a dark stone, well-conserved until today. A couple of guesthouses with a small number of private rooms and beautiful views by the river can also be found in here, making Dartlo worth the steep hike from Omalo. It definitely offers some of the most rewarding mountain views along the way. If you have the courage to climb up, Kvavlo village, no more than 400 meters above Dartlo, consists of just one ancient tower overlooking the whole valley and amazing scenery right in the heart of Caucasian nature.

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