Location of Tusheti
Tusheti, the most beautiful part of Georgia, is located on the northern slope of the main ridge of the Eastern Caucasus. It is bordered by Chechnya to the north, Dagestan to the east, Pshav Khevsureti to the west and Kakheti to the south. Tusheti National Park includes the Tusheti State Reserve and is rich in alpine meadows, glaciers, river headwaters, pristine forests and peaks, including the mount Tebulos (4492m) and mount Diklo (4285m) as well as many 3,000m peaks. National Park of Tusheti includes the villages of Omalo, Diklo, Khiso, Girevi, Parsma, Shenako, and other vill. located at an average altitude of 1900-2400 m above sea level.
Omalo, which is considered to be the center of Tusheti, is noteworthy and It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites tentative list. These villages are famous for their stone houses and towers. It is noteworthy that the houses are built of dry piles of stone. Bochorna (2345m), located in the Gometsri Valley, is recognized as the highest village in Europe.
You can get to Tusheti from Tbilisi by car, which goes through Akhmeta via Kakheti and passes through the Abano Pass (3000 m) to Omalo. This section of Tusheti road is considered to be one of the most difficult and beautiful roads. Although its length is 70 km Tusheti road is one of the most dangerous. . Tusheti road is closed for 7-8 months of the year due to heavy snow and it only opens in mid-June. Getting to Tusheti during this period is possible only by helicopter. The Tusheti Khevsureti tour we offer starts from Omalo and passes through Atsunta Pass (3431m) which is located at the head of Tusheti and Khevsureti.
Shatili is the center of Khevsurti Pirikita. It is a unique architectural monument which is a castle town built of dry stone. It is a village built on a terrace which is both residential and a castle and also is included in the tentative list of UNESCO protected areas. We’ll visit the unique fortress of Mutso which has been empty of inhabitants for more than a century.
Shatili is the last point from where we will travel to Tbilisi via Datvijvari Pass and Zhinvali Reservoir.