Ardoti to Dartlo via Atsunta Pass

  • View from Omalo - © Nick Ince
  • 24th July - © Nick Ince
  • 25th July - © Nick Ince
  • 26th July - © Nick Ince
  • Abano Pass - © Nick Ince
  • Campsite below Atsunta - © Nick Ince
  • Crossing the river at Boarder Control - © Nick Ince
  • © Nick Ince
  • Reaching the Pass - © Nick Ince
  • Tchesho - © Nick Ince
  • Track to Atsunta Pass - © Nick Ince
  • Tusheti from Atsunta Pass - © Nick Ince`
  • Valley campsite 1 - © Nick Ince
  • Dartlo Towers - © Nick Ince
  • © Nick Ince

Key information: Ardoti to Dartlo via Atsunta Pass

    • A beautiful and fascinating trek (both naturally and in human terms) across this high pass in the wild eastern Greater Caucasus.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating91
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest10
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating91

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 4 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 3400m (variously stated)
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Crossing the river at Boarder Control - © Nick Ince


Walkopedia's friend Nick Ince says:


"In late July 2016 a small group of friends and I arranged a guided trip through northern Georgia. It was a memorable experience in varied mountain country, involving great trekking with an exploration of landscape, wildflower meadows, history and culture. The mountain flower meadows were exceptional and the famous towers were a fascination and enigmatic complement to the landscape. While the flowers were exceptional, there was otherwise little wildlife, with the hillsides largely open pasture grazed by sheep, cattle and horses.

We drove to the riverside campsite at Ardoti, via the towers and the Border Patrol at Mutso. From the campsite it was a days hike up the riverside and then up on to the high pasture to a campsite under the Atsunta Pass.

The next day was a short sharp hike to the pass and then a descent down the Tusheti side to the next campsite. This involved a river crossing on horseback.

The third day was a hike down the steep sided river valley past frequent towers to Girevi and then on to a guesthouse at Chesho.

The final day involved a hike to Dartlo to meet the transport to drive to Omalo.

The drive back to Tbilisi over the Abano Pass involved a long, rough and circulous 4wd track bulldozed through narrow, forested river valleys and up steep, switchback sections over the mountainsides."

Walkopedia says THANK YOU, Nick, and for the stunning photos.

This is demanding walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared.


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