Tusheti

Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) is a historic mountainous region and national park in north-east Georgia. Tusheti is one of the most remote areas of Georgia offering incredible views of untouched nature dotted with ancient villages and stone towers.

Get in

There is only one drivable road to Tusheti, passing over the Abano Pass at an altitude of 2,850 metres. The road is unpaved and is only open during the summer (may/June–October, depending on weather conditions); there is no public transport. Visitors can hire a private 4x4 with driver from either Telavi or Alvani in Kakheti Region to the regional centre, Omalo, for 400 GEL. During peak times it is possible to find additional travellers to share the cost.

More adventurous travellers can go either by foot or horseback from Shatili in Khevsureti to Tusheti over the 3400+ metre Atsunta pass. Horses and guides can be arranged either through guest houses in Shatili or Tusheti, or by the Tourist info office in Tbilisi.

Fees/Permits

Access to the park, and it's visitor centre are free.

Do

Horse-riding

Horse riding can be arranged on many of the hiking trails in Tusheti either through a guesthouse or the park visitor centre in Omalo. These can range from day trips, such as a one-day ascent to Lake Oreti, high above Omalo, and back, to multi-day journeys.

Buy

A few locally produced handicrafts can be bought from the locals e.g. knitted slippers.

Eat

Home cooked meals can be bought in most of the guesthouses. There is a small shop in Omalo selling a few basics (bread and cheese).

Sleep

Guesthouses

Bigger villages such as Omalo and Dartlo offer a range of guesthouses.

Homestays

Homestays can be arranged in many of Tusheti's villages. Ask locals or arrange at the visitor centre in Omalo or Tourist information office in Tbilisi beforehand.

Camping

Camping is possible almost anywhere in the park, although the park authorities advise camping near villages.

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