5Day: A Day of Extremes: From Arid Plains to Alpine Heights
Today, you'll embark on a captivating journey from the dry savanna-like landscape to the majestic mountain region of Tusheti in the Greater Caucasus, with a dramatic elevation change from 300 meters to a breathtaking 2,826 meters at Abano Pass.
Your destination is Omalo, the largest settlement and administrative center of the Tusheti National Park. Covering an expansive 835 square kilometers, this national park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including leopards, bears, wolves, and wild goats. Nature enthusiasts will be awed by the pristine, gently rolling mountain landscapes, while dense coniferous forests flourish in the valleys.
The tuschetian villages with their defensive towers, dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, are particularly impressive. Many of these villages are now nearly deserted, and some are inhabited only during the summer months. Upon your arrival, we'll set out on a 2-hour hike from the guesthouse to the Keselo fortress towers and the Que viewpoint, where you may be fortunate enough to observe endangered Bezoar goats with binoculars. Back at the guesthouse, you'll savor a dinner of traditional Georgian dumplings known as Khinkali.
- 190 km
- Walking time 2 hours, ↓↑ 190m