Desert and Hidden Monasteries

days 8 days nights 7 nights
Weight limit
85 kg / 187 lb

Explore the desert valleys of Georgia's natural reserves and national parks on horseback, witnessing breathtaking scenery, uncharted trails and ancient monasteries carved into caves from the 6th century. As you ride, you may encounter shepherds tending their flocks during the winter months and even come across monks residing in the cave cities.

The itinerary may change according to the mountains and weather conditions and at this season it occurs quite often that we have to modify the itinerary because of the pathway/weather/consequences of the winter.

from US$ 1 680
per tourist for 8 days
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 8 tourists over 16 years old
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Photo Audrey B.
Audrey B. is the organizer of this trip
The organizer 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

Georgian Desert
Explore the wide open landscapes
Culture and History of Georgia
Visit the cave cities and monasteries of the region
True Adventure
This is an expedition that is mostly away from touristic trails

Route details

Day 1

Arrival in Tbilisi Everybody flight has to arrive before the evening. Transfer to your hotel 3/4* located in the very old city.
Meet at 6pm in the lobby of the hotel. Introduction and explanation of the rides. We have a dinner together.
It is better to arrive one day before or during the night before. Riders could enjoy Tbilisi.
In that case they need an additional night. For this ride only I will organize taxi if they arrive one day before.

Riding: No riding.

Overnight: hotel.

Day 2
Tbilisi - Sartichala Lake
Day 3
Sartichala Lake - Monasteries
Day 4
Monasteries - Udabno Rock Formation Desert
Day 5
Udabno - Iori
Day 6
Iori - Udabno
Day 7
Sartichala - Tbilisi
Day 8
Tour organizer's comments

To participate, you must have an intermediate level of horse riding experience and be comfortable in all gaits. While there are some chances to trot and canter, the speed is generally slow. 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.



5 nights
2 nights

Single accommodation cannot be requested on the trail, but you can pay extra for a single room at the hotel in Tbilisi on the first and last nights. However, availability is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

5 nights

During the majority of your trip, 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. The camping areas do not have any amenities, and as it is a desert location, water is limited to drinking and cooking purposes for both humans and horses. There will be water provided for washing hands and faces, but no shower or toilet facilities.

2 nights
3/4* Hotel

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

Tbilisi, ubani Dzveli Tbilisi

Tour conditions


  • accommodation;
  • all meals;
  • table wine and tchatcha during the trail;
  • riding;
  • logistics vehicle;
  • cook;
  • guides;
  • set-time airport car transfers in private cars (Mercedes mini bus and 4WD).


  • flights;
  • insurance;
  • transfers outside of set times;
  • sleeping bag and camping mattress;
  • alcoholic drinks in restaurants on first/last nights;
  • all entry fees during your free time;
  • tips and other personal expenses.

Group size

up to 8 tourists


8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • personal medicine;
  • hat;
  • glasses;
  • sun cream;
  • hard hat;
  • raining clothes (pants and jacket);
  • warm jacket;
  • small flash light or torch;
  • wet wipes;
  • small knife.
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Dates and Prices

  • from US$ 1 680
    2 – 9 Mar, 2024 8 days 7 nights
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    17 – 24 Mar, 2024 8 days 7 nights
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    31 Mar – 7 Apr, 2024 8 days 7 nights
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    14 – 21 Apr, 2024 8 days 7 nights
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    5 – 12 May, 2024 8 days 7 nights
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    13 – 20 May, 2024 8 days 7 nights
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