National Park of Tusheti

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Astrmark
Omalo, Georgia2 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Hiking Is Dangerous. Beware! Beautiful area and villages are safe, but hiking is treacherous with the vicious sheep dogs. 100% guaranteed you will be attacked by these dogs. Sheep herders have little control and questionable interest in protecting you. I fought off 4 dogs on a trail with my poles. I took all measures to deal with them. Nothing works unless someone helps. A lone multi-day hiker was attacked 5 times and he will never do it again. Guest house and Tusheti Visitor center is dismissive. Only go if you are comfortable in dealing with aggressive dogs or want a new experience. It’s an odd thrill.
Written 28 June 2021
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DesertJay
Tucson, Arizona23 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
I have been all over the world and the area is beautiful. However, the sheep dogs are grossly downplayed in guidebooks and by locals. We talked to a Dutch hiker who was stalked 6 times. He said he won’t be back. Today we were surrounded by them with their masters near. The sheepherders couldn’t control them. I don’t know how we got out without being bitten. We are leaving a day early as there isn’t much to do unless this is your idea of having fun. Had no problems in Stepandsminda and it was probably more beautiful. Locals are really nice but want to be able to do things outdoors.
Written 28 June 2021
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Magdalena7301
Richmond, VA244 contributions
Jun 2019
It is (according to some Dutch specialized page) among 10 most dangerous road in the world - the one to Omalo from Pshaveli. It is also beautiful, wild, amazing and worth going just as the whole National Park. Remember that driving here is dangerous and hiking just as much (I don't mean short walks). Hiking trails are occasionally hard to find, nearly ever crowded and crossing the river should come as no surprise. But the whole place is astoundingly beautiful. And people here are great!
Written 2 September 2019
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montanja
Tbilisi, Georgia15 contributions
Jul 2019
In this region, you'll easily feel being put back into the Middle Ages of Europe. You'll experience an almost untouched nature, high mountains, fast-flowing rivers, beauftiful mountain rivers and milky brooks, large meadows with a lot of blossoming healing herbs, flocks of sheep and proud hospitable and beautiful people.
To reach this paradise, make sure to put away your fear of hight, as to Tusheti one of the worlds' most dangerous roads is leading. Take your own fruits with you as well as other groceries you may need, as there are no shops in Tusheti. Also take proper trail shoes with us. Transportation is expansive there. You'll be better adived to explore this region on foot. For this, you'll need time, of course.
Written 7 August 2019
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Erik
16 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Remote and difficult to reach... but that is what it makes great. Vew tourists, limited infrastructure, phantastic nature and friendly local community and unique culture...
Written 21 July 2019
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Multi-day tours in Georgia
Tbilisi, Georgia6 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Tusheti is the best place to spend your summer vacation!
Green environment, fresh air, animals, delicious food, clean water... You will have everything for perfect relax💚
Written 30 May 2019
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Amina
Dubai, United Arab Emirates36 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
The road to Tusheti sometimes is scary, it is true, but it is so worth the visit to this beautiful national park.
You feel like going back in time, to the simple life, away from noise, pollution, busy city life.
A nice walk or horse riding to relax, recharge and admire the beautiful nature.
We loved it
Written 5 January 2019
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Raghavendra54
Bengaluru, India20 contributions
Sep 2018
I visited Tusheti in Georgia for 3 days in September 2018. This is one of the most pristine areas I've ever been to. The landscape is spectacular and unspoiled. It is like a part of the world before unbridled development caught up with it. At the same time there are guesthouses in the numerous villages which offer basic hospitality and great food. The road to Tusheti through the Abano pass is treacherous but that is perhaps a good thing because it is helping it remain pristine.
Written 17 September 2018
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Kelvin
Weert, The Netherlands11 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Let's start with the road condition. Together with a friend I rented a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and rode to Omalo. The trip over the Abano pass is quite thrilling, but it is definitely doable. We were blessed with good weather on our departure. A clear blue sky and practically no fog. The road is practically always big enough to allow 1.5 - 2 vehicles to pass. On the moments we passed other vehicles we never ran into any trouble. But please beware, there is literally no safety on the edge of the road. This means that you are driving close to ravines. The road is very technical with a lot of 'hairpin bends' (I hope it's an English word). Always pay attention to your driving, never be distracted. I definitely discourage this trip to the faint hearted. Only do this if you trust your own driving skills! On our way back we were a bit less lucky... There was severe rain the days before. As a result of that, we had to depart two days later than planned. The Abano pass was blocked for almost the full first day, which meant for us it was too late to drive back (the taxis did depart). And the next day we were told it was very dangerous to return (but, the taxis did), which was a reason for us to delay one additional day. Regardless of our two days delay, the return was still considerably more dangerous. A lot of new waterfalls had emerged which made it all even more tricky. On top of that, a lot of thick fog allowing only a vision of 20 meters for several kilometers long. A big plus... You no longer saw the ravines. Unfortunately, we often had to use the 4x4 option of our car which we did not have to do on our trip towards Omalo. We really disliked our return trip, but were nevertheless very happy we went here. And, only do this with a high ground clearance vehicle. Don't even think of doing it with a regular car. With that being said... It's literally an extraordinary trip to undertake as self-drive. Always able to stop and enjoy the superb view. A big plus compared to being packed in a 'taxi' with 6 to 8 others. Good to know, plan at least 5 hours for your trip.

Now, something short about the hikes. The hikes you can undertake are wonderful. As of last year an organization created hiking routes. We got a map from our guest house. What we really liked about hiking here is that it is far from touristic, you are almost always alone during your hikes and the views are amazing. We really liked hiking to Diklo Fortress. A big plus! Hiking in Omalo is as hiking should be. It feels like an adventure, and not like you are just following a track.

In conclusion, if you have time in your itinery - I would say plan 2 days for travel and at least 2-3 full days for hikes - it's worth the trip. If you don't have much time, you should consider Kazbegi. It is very easy to reach and the hikes are the best. But beware, it's considerably more touristic (but still, just a fraction of the tourism in other famous hiking countries). That area was definitely the highlight from our 3.5 weeks Georgia.

Hope this helps :).

Cheers
Written 23 August 2018
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FrenchTraveller001
Paris, France771 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
A remote gem of Georgia which takes a lot of efforts to reach on an extremely difficult dirt road accessible only to sturdy 4WDs. Though rapidly opening to tourists, its remote villages and wonderful architecture are well worth the trip.
Written 4 August 2018
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