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Autumn Tusheti Transhumance

5.0 (7)
13 days 12 nights
Georgia
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Upscale
Weight limit
85 kg / 187 lb

When the rich colors and lights of autumn prevail in the Caucasus mountains it is time for the transhumance tour. We with a horse herd go down from the mountains.

We explore the area of the Tusheti National Park with its spectacular views and travel through secluded villages. And after that hard work is awaiting us: we gather the horses and ride down to the valley during 2 days.

The transhumance conditions are not easy, prepare to take part in a real expedition and get unforgettable experience! This ride takes place only once a year.

from US$ 2 514
per tourist for 13 days
Departing from
Tbilisi, ubani Dzveli Tbilisi
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 8 tourists over 18 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Audrey B.
Audrey B. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English, German
I am French and originally from the hinterland of Nice. Since my Caucasian wanderings in 2003, I have been passionate about the mountain ethnic groups of these little-known regions and more particularly that of the Tush, the last semi-nomads of Georgia. Adventurous and organized, I know well all the routes, manage all the expeditions and am your guide. I speak French, English, German, Georgian, a tad of Russian and Spanish.

Tour highlights

The Beauty of Autumn Mountains
Admire the colorful valleys and ranges
Sights with a Centuries-Old History
Visit historical and cultural sites and experience Georgia's heritage
Unique Experience
Take part in the trip which will become one of the most vivid memories

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival in Tbilisi.

Transfer to your hotel 3/4*.

Riding: No riding

Overnight: hotel

Day 2
Tbilisi – Kakheti – Laliskhuri
Day 3
Laliskhuri – Tusheti
Day 4
Gogrulta
Day 5
Gogrulta Surroundings
Day 6
Gogrulta – Koklata
Day 7
Koklata – Naraicho – Koklata
Day 8
Koklata – Omalo
Day 9
Shenako – Diklo – Omalo
Day 10
Transhumance: Day 1
Day 11
Transhumance: Day 2
Day 12
Laliskhuri – Tbilisi
Day 13
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

A good riding level is compulsory otherwise you could be occasional rider. Additionally, you must be physically prepared for extended periods of riding and be able to guide your horse through challenging areas by dismounting and leading them. During the trail we galop, canter and trot but be aware that they are not race horses. Riders considering this trail must have a good level of physical fitness and general good health.

The conditions (facilities, accommodation) are rather challenging.

Tack: Basic Georgian saddles that consist of a sturdy wooden structure and a cushion for added comfort. The bridles are equipped with uncomplicated snaffle bits and some are crafted from rawhide. It is important to note that you will be responsible for grooming and saddling your own horse throughout the journey.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Upscale
Tent
1 night
Hotel
2 nights
Guest House
9 nights

We will spend the nights in:

  • traditional house (Gogrulta, Koklata, probably Omalo);
  • guesthouse (Laliskhuri, probably Omalo);
  • double tent (VAUDE), 2 per tent + big tent (on the way);
  • hotel 3* (Tbilisi). The accommodation for this hotel will be in double or triple room (2/3 persons per room) with breakfast. For people who are willing to have a single room, there is an extra charge (40 euros/night).
1 night
Tents

You will be staying in two-person tents. It is essential to bring your own sleeping bag and Thermarest pad. In case of unfavorable weather, there is a communal dining tent available. There will be water provided for washing hands and faces, but no shower or toilet facilities.

2 nights
3/4* Hotel
4 nights
Guesthouse in Laliskhuri and Omalo
5 nights
Traditional House in Gogrulta and Koklata

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Tbilisi, ubani Dzveli Tbilisi
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Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation (including tents);
  • all meals;
  • table wine and tchatcha during the trail;
  • logistics vehicle;
  • equestrian material;
  • guides;
  • cook;
  • 1 dinner in restaurant in Tbilisi (except alcoholic drinks);
  • set-time airport car transfers in private cars (Mercedes mini bus and 4WD).

Extras

  • flights;
  • insurance;
  • transfers outside of set times;
  • very warm sleeping bag and camping mattress;
  • alcoholic drinks in restaurants on first/last nights;
  • tips and other personal expenses.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

13 days
12 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • very warm sleeping bag (night temperature can drop to -6°C);
  • personal medicine;
  • hut and glasses and sun cream;
  • hard hats;
  • raining clothes (pants and jacket);
  • warm jacket;
  • small flash light or torch;
  • wet wipes;
  • small knife;
  • good trekking shoes are required (NO RIDING BOOTS, ONLY TREKKING SHOES);
  • water filter or purification pills (actually you need neither purification pills nor water filter as the water is very clean in this area, but we do not take any responsibility so it is on your own to decide to use it or not).
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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 7 reviews
  • CM
    Camo Mille
    18 Sep, 2023
    about provider
    Ça faisait un an que j'attendais cette escapade et je n'ai pas été déçue ! Bienvenue en Touchetie, un coin de montagne exceptionnel, avec des paysages de moyenne et haute altitude, sauvages et préservés. Les chevaux sont super, à la fois costauds, gentils et prêts à affronter tous les terrains. Audrey, notre guide, est vraiment top, elle partage généreusement ses connaissances sur les chevaux et sur cette région de Géorgie. J'espère vraiment pouvoir la revoir quand elle reviendra en France ! Si vous êtes partants pour une aventure combinant haute montagne et équitation, n'hésitez pas !
    18 Sep, 2023
  • CL
    Cé Lia
    21 Jul, 2023
    about provider
    Début juillet, j'ai eu l'occasion de partir en une superbe excursion dans la belle région de la Touchétie. Nous avons exploré à cheval les montagnes sauvages, sillonnant entre crêtes et vallées, toujours émerveillés par les paysages époustouflants. Notre groupe a été parfaitement encadré du début à la fin, dans une atmosphère conviviale et authentique. C'était un séjour idéal pour se déconnecter et se plonger dans la nature la plus belle qui soit. Je recommande vivement de découvrir la Géorgie avec notre guide Audrey et ses fantastiques chevaux dans la région du Caucase.
    21 Jul, 2023
  • R
    Rachel
    19 Jul, 2022
    about provider
    Wow, what an amazing adventure!! For 9 days, we went on a riding trip through the Tusheti region of the Caucasus mountains, completely self sufficient. It was with Audrey, and let me tell you, it was something else! We explored tiny villages that you can only reach by horse or by foot. Then we delved even deeper into the Tusheti, crossing mountain passes and wandering into valleys where only a handful of shepherds and lucky folks like us, guided by Audrey, ever venture. The scenery with all those wildflowers and mountains was just breathtaking. And each campsite felt more perfect than the last. The mix of hiking and riding was spot on. If you're up for a challenging adventure in the mountains and you're in good shape, you'll absolutely love this ride. You gotta be nimble on those steep slopes and uneven ground, but that's part of the thrill! Audrey has been living amongst the Tush shepherds for years, and she really looks out for the local people. You can tell they adore her. Her positive attitude, enthusiasm and kindness really make the whole experience special. And her horses? They're like seasoned pros, handling every kind of terrain like champs. I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of this, and I can't recommend it enough. Thanks for showing me the real Tusheti, Audrey!! ❤️
    19 Jul, 2022

Dates and Prices

  • from US$ 2 514
    6 – 18 Oct 13 days 12 nights
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