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In the northeast, on the slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, is the region of Tusheti. This is one of the most ecologically unspoiled part of the country, still inhabited by traditional communities and various villages. As there is no public transport to Tusheti, you will need to drive with a 4X4 vehicle. The road to Tusheti goes through Abano Pass, raising up to 2,926 meters above the sea level, making it the highest point on the Georgian road map. This road is closed during wintertime due to the possible snowfalls and is accessible once the snow melts.
Svaneti is an ancient part of Georgia, which is located in the south of Caucasus Mountains and is so remote that it had almost no influence from invaders and conquerors. Svanetian village Ushguli is the highest populated area in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Locals here hold on to deep traditions. Horses still provide reliable transport throughout the largely roadless Svaneti. That is why Svaneti is a perfect destination for any traveler, especially hikers. Most of the hiking trails offer magnificent views of glaciers, lakes, medieval defense towers and most importantly panoramas of Shkhara Mountain which has the highest peak of 5200 meters.
Ski lovers will also enjoy their time in Svaneti as the skiing season here lasts until mid-April. The ski resort Hatsvali is great for both snowboarding and skiing with 5-6 km long slopes of different difficulty.
Vashlovani National Park is located on the east side of Georgia. This place is known for its unique Geographical formations as it used to be a bottom of the sea 2 million years ago. The total protected area is 10,143 hectares, with forest at 4.032 ha, and the rest are fields, deserts, and ravines. Vashlovani is home for over 250 species of animals. Many mammals, birds, and reptiles are included in the Red List of Georgia. Here, you can also explore over 700 species of plants, including some endemic and Red List species. Spring and Autumn are best seasons to see endemic trees blossom and colorfulness.
Racha-Lechkhumi is a highland area in western Georgia, located in the upper Rioni river valley and encircled by the Greater Caucasus mountains. Shaori Lake, is one of the main highlights of the area. It’s gorgeous any time of the year, but springs and autumns are extremely beautiful.
Due to its beautiful nature, the area is often referred as ‘Little Switzerland’ of the Caucasus.
Khevsureti is home of the unique collection of medieval and early modern fortified dwellings made of stone. Unfortunately, villages are almost abandoned today, with only dozens of families still living in the highlands. It serves as a hub for hikers who love to explore even more remote areas of the region. The highlights of your trip should include castle towers, tombs, and ritual places. All of these are still preserved here. Just like any other mountainous region of Georgia, Khevsureti has its own traditions and customs, from which some are still observed. It’s also famous for its traditional food Khinkali, medieval folk music, ballads, and colorful woolen knitted Socks.
In addition to standard trips, Local Georgia offers exotic and adventurous tours where you can experience lots of amazing off-road trails raising up to 3000 meters above the sea level.
Our experienced team will provide everything smoothly so as to make you feel yourself full of driving spirit, excitement and fun.