Key information: Gonta Ridge
- One of the Caucasus’ finest day walks follows this wonderful ridge between Tusheti’s two Alazani valleys, with huge views over them both and northwards to the highest border mountains.
- Walkopedia rating92
- Natural interest16
- Human interest6
- Negative points0
- Total rating92
- Length: 8-9hrs
- Maximum Altitude: 3,000m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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One of the Caucasus’ finest day walks follows this wonderful ridge between Tusheti’s two Alazani valleys, with huge views over them both and northwards to the highest border mountains.
Start at Ghele Meadow near Dartlo in the northern Pirikiti Alazani valley. Climb, steeply at times, to the ridge, then turn right for Walking Heaven and visual fireworks galore. Follow the ridge, swing round a mountain, cross expansive meadows, get back onto the ridgetop and finally drop to the 2,918m Nakaicho Pass.
You can then either drop right (north) to Parsma back in the Pirikiti Alazani valley, or left (south) to Verkhovani in the Tushetis Alazani.
This can (should!) be incorporated as a thrilling starter to the Nakaicho Pass circuit.
This is a long day (8-9hrs), and a total climb of 1,270m (descent 1,450m), so pretty demanding.
See also thoughts and detailed information on the brilliant www.caucasus-trekking.com, who have inspired some of the ideas here.
This is demanding walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared.
We would love to give more: please let us hear your ideas and photos!
For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Greater Caucasus Mountains walk page.
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