2 days 1 night
Tour to Khevsureti covers one of the most exotic places of Georgia, grate Caucasus range district.
Region: Mtskheta-Mtianeti Khevsureti is one of the most isolated historical provinces of Georgian highlands. Khevsureti lies on the both slopes of Great Caucasus range and is divided into three parts. Destination of our tour is the most famous part of Khevsureti –village Shatili – famous because its original medieval architecture, but beside Shatili tourists will see many other even more interesting places, enjoy unspoilt nature and feel like time travelers to the deep meddle ages. This places are accessible by car only from mid of June till mid of October. All the rest time mountain road is closed because of snow. This tour allows you to see the most interesting places in this mysterious area.
We also will visit abandoned village Mutso, located on high rocky cliff, village looks more like well done fortress. Mutso is located in Andaki river’s gorge.
If you are looking for short tour full of adventures, jeep ride, autentic places and wild nature, then welcome to Khevsureti!
Take some warm clothes, as nights are chilly there, even in hot summer days.
Meeting with a guide and a driver in the hotel and start travel to Khevsureti. First 70 km of road tourists will drive toward Georgian military road – historical main road, which connected central Georgia with north Caucasus. Then road to Khevsureti goes via historical province Pshavi. Stop at Jinvali water reservoir – built in the late 70-ies, supplies Tbilisi with water, here are merging Mtiuleti Aragvi and Pshavi Aragvi rivers. After photo stop continue road to the north.
Next our destination will be village Korsha. Stop to see Khevsureti ethnographic museum. This museum was made by local people, who gathered all old things from their houses. Stop on the Datvijvari pass, at the altitude 2676 meters above the sea level. This is the highest point of the tour. From here, from the very same point tourists will see Argun and Aragvi gorges together. We are on the very top of great Caucasus range.
Soon we will arive to abandoned village Lebaiskari. On elevation 2100 meters above the sea level tourists will visit first abandoned village of Argun gorge. Village is notable because its tower, built in middle ages. Such towers are typical to north-east Caucasus – Khevsureti, Tusheti, Ingusheti, Chechnia and Dagestan. Next stop in abandoned village Kistani. On the top of the mountain there are two old fortresses, where tourists will hike. Fortress was protecting hidden in narrow gorge village. From fortresses tourists will hike down and for the first time see village of Argun gorge Khevsureti – 3 floor stone houses, standing beside each other, so that one can walk around the village only stepping on roofs. Return to the car. Arriving to village Shatili. Lunch and walk around Shatili. This is the biggest village in Argun gorge of Khevsureti. Tourists have time to walk around it and explore till darkness.
Check in in a guesthouse and enjoy dinner.
Breakfast. Driving to the border zone – merge of rivers Argun and Andaki. Here was village Anatori – but all population died because of typhoid. Here are two tombs – where according to old tradition people used to go there when they were found out that they were ill and used to wait there for death. Stop at Mutso – another medieval village, fully abandoned at the beginning of XX century, however in middle ages it was a powerful village. Hike to Mutso – which is located on the rock and surrounded by towers. Tourists will approach last village where is possible to get by car – Ardoti. This village is also built on the rock. Hike to the village and tourists will approach the only old church in the Argun gorge. Return to the car.
Lunch in the yard of a local family near Mutso, tasting local cheese and traditional food – fried cottage cheese. Taking part in preparation of food with local housekeeper. Leaving Khevsureti. Driving back to Tbilisi.