Georgia: Trekking + rafting (no Kazbek climbing)

Price: 400 $
Duration: 13 days
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Georgia: Treking, rafting and Kazbek

Overview

Mountains are the flagship of Georgia. Majestic peaks of the Caucasus occupy more than two-thirds of the country. Their incredible beauty charms travelers at first glance drawing thousands of outdoor activities lovers from all over the world.

We indeed believe Georgia to be one of the best places for trekking and offer a tour that combines only a small part of the charms of this wonderful country: leisurely trekking the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, white-water rafting through rough mountain rivers, tours to several interesting sights of the country – Prometheus caves, which impress by numerous stalactites and stalagmites and incredible light illumination, the ancient cave town Uplistsikhe, which was founded in the first century BC and continued to be settled up to XIX century, fortresses Ananuri and Gori, and finally Black Sea beaches in Anaklia. And the best advantage of the rich program is the well-known Georgian cuisine and hospitality. You can eat delicious skewers, taste traditional khinkali and khachapuri, and have a drink of genuine Georgian wine.

Our trekking in Georgia lasts for a week and includes picturesque low mountains range. Height of the passes reaches up to 3500 m. Every day there is a journey from one valley to another, so the elevation can vary up to 1000 meters per day. Rafting the Rioni and its rapids is the rafting of the third category of complexity, which you will surely enjoy. And yet, we still visit Tbilisi and Mtskheta, a modern and ancient capital of Georgia.

For professionals we offer more complicated version of the tour, with climbing Kazbek (5033 m).

Price includes:

  • guide service
  • using common camp gear (tents, camp tools, kitchen equipment, first aid kit)
  • using of common water equipment (vehicles, paddles, life jackets, helmets)
  • meals during the campaign (hot breakfast and dinner, lunch as a snack (meals in a café is self-maintained)
  • overnight stays in a tent during the tour
  • internal moving during the tour by minibus
  • insurance
Additional charged:

  • plane tickets
  • rental of sleeping bag and mat, backpack, clothing for rafting
  • rental of personal equipment for climbing Kazbek
  • meals in cities (restaurants, shops)
  • tickets to: Prometheus cave, cave town Uplistsikhe, other museums, canyon Okatse
  • visiting Tiflis baths
Day 1. Overviewing Mtskheta and ancient fortress Ananuri, moving to the site of training trekking
Instructors meet a group in Tbilisi. That evening group will be at the start of the training route, at the foot of the mountain ridge Chaukhi, but there are some enjoyable excursions first.
The road to the starting point of trekking goes through the ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta which is known as a spiritual heart of the country. It was the first place in Georgia where in 327 BC Christianity was accepted. And so no other place in Georgia has so many ancient churches, holy and religious places as Mtskheta does. For this reason the city is called “second Jerusalem”. One of the main Mtskheta monuments is Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the XI century. According to legend, the temple was built on the site of burial of Chiton of the Lord. Cathedral interesting features are its architectural style and ancient frescoes and reliefs. Mtskheta and its surroundings are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
After lunch a van stops near Ananuri fortress (XVI-XVIII centuries), situated on the shore of Jinvali water reservoir. This is one of the most famous castles in Georgia, whose main advantage is its undamaged state. There are all walls and towers and some ceiling remained.
And another nice advantage of that day is the opportunity to arrange a gastronomic excursion of Georgian cuisine, because the following week one will have camping style dishes and lunches in cafes.
And another nice advantage of that day is the opportunity to arrange a gastronomic excursion of Georgian cuisine, because the following week one will have camping style dishes and lunches in cafes.
Day 2. Passage: village Jute – the lawn at the foot of North Chaukhi
Distance – 12 km (4 – 5 hours), elevation per day – 1000 m , overnight stop at the height of 3250 m
Day 3. Passage: the lawn at the foot of North Chaukhi – slope of Roshka mountain
Distance –15 km (5 hours)
Day 4. Passage: slope of Roshka mountain – Datvis-Dzhvarislehi pass
Distance – 25 km (8 hours)
Day 5. Passage: Datvis-Dzhvarislehi pass – Andaki river
Distance – 15 km (4 – 5 hours)
Day 6. Passage: Andaki river – Barbalo pass near the lake
Distance – 15 km (4 – 5 hours), optional: a visit to a mountain village Mutso and Khevsureti castle (7 km)
Day 7. Passage: Barbalo Pass – valley of Alazani river.
Distance – 20 km (6 hours)
Day 8. Passage: valley of Alazani river – village Dzhokolo
Distance – 25 kilometers (7 hours)
Day 9. Recreation: tours in Tbilisi, Gori, visiting cave town Uplistsikhe
In the morning there is a walk in the capital. You can visit Tbilisi Botanical Garden, which is about 400 years old, the Narikal Castlethat has protected the city from invaders many times. The time of its foundation is about in IV century. Then we go to the city Gori, one of the oldest cities of Georgia, known as a birthplace of Stalin. One of the most interesting places in Gori is fortress Goristsykhe, XII century. And nearby Gori we will visit another interesting place – the cave town Uplistsikhe. City which is carved in the stone cliffs, emerged in the late II and early I millennium BC, experienced several ups and downs, and finally was abandoned in the XIX century, so it is very important monument of Georgian culture. In the heyday Uplistsikhe included more than 700 caves, about 150 are undamaged today. After that we will have a lunch in a café.
Day 10. Rafting the Rioni, village Utsera – village Oni, 15 km
The first day of rafting is through the canyon Muhli and S-shaped canyon near the village Tsesi. Rapids are of 3-4 levels of complexity. After the rafting we go to the canyon Sharauli and visit Khvanchkara village, famous for its wines.
Day 11. Rafting the Rioni, village Oni – village Ambrolauri, 30 km
The site for rafting on the second day is the Sharauli canyon which changes into canyon Makvena. In the afternoon we collect boats, dry ourselves and move to the Prometheus cave.
Day 12. Recreation: tour to Prometheus cave, transportation to seaside in Anaklia
Prometheus Cave fimpresses by a huge number of limestone formations – stalactites and stalagmites, massive columns, wavy wings and so on. Multi-colored lighting, designed to the smallest details creates an incredible effect. Designers from Germany and France were engaged in creating interior and exterior. Most tours are along concrete pass with a fence. Lunch is in a cafe.
A tour finishes at the Black Sea beaches in Anaklia
Day 13. Coming back home
Finish of the tour is in Kutaisi.

More information about the equipment preparation:

Personal clothing:

  1. Trekking shoes
  2. Spare shoes
  3. Trousers, 2 pairs
  4. Shorts
  5. Socks – thick and thin ones, 2-3 pairs
  6. T-shirt – 2-3 pieces
  7. A light sweater of a thin fleece or something like that
  8. A warm sweater
  9. A windbreaker jacket
  10. A raincoat
  11. A panama hat/a bandana/a cap and gloves
  12. Hats and warm gloves
  13. Spare underwear and swimsuits

Personal gear:

  1. A backpackRental
  2. A sleeping bag and padRental
  3. Utensils (a plate, a spoon and a cup)
  4. Dry sacks
  5. Flashlight
  6. A flask or a bottle of water
  7. Personal first aid kit
  8. Personal hygiene items
  9. Sunglasses
  10. The documents, money, cell phone

Equipment for rafting:

  1. A wetsuit for raftingRental
  2. Waterproof socks or shoesRental
  3. Neoprene glovesRental
  4. Footwear
  5. Wear: a T-shirt/a layered shirt, thin pants, leggings or layered trousers under waterproof clothes, thin socks – on your feet, a light hat, a bandanna or a buff on your head.



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