Truso Valley, Keli Plateau

  • Truso Valley - Villages of Abano and Zakagori  - © Wiki Commons
  • Truso Valley - © EricPhotography Pixabay
  • Village of Zakagori and environs  - © Nino Narozauli
  • Church and tower  - © Wiki Commons
  •  Passing mineral springs  - © Flickr user Shalika Malintha
  • Shevardeni Truso Valley - © Wiki Commons
  •  Villages Okrokana and Shevardeni - © Wiki Commons
  • Truso Valley  - © Wiki Commons

Key information: Truso Valley, Keli Plateau

  • Stunning major valley complete with tower-spiked villages and magnificent scenery.
  • Consider the major 3 day trek to the high, volcanic Keli Plateau.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty35
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating86

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,400m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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Truso Valley - © EricPhotography Pixabay

WALK SUMMARY

The Truso Valley runs westwards off the upper Tergi valley north of Gudauri and west of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi), hard up against the South Ossetia border and leading right up to the high Russian border ridge. (It is said to lead to the source of the Tergi river.)

A dirt road runs a long way up it from the Georgian Military Highway, through a canyon then into wide meadows with old villages, many sadly abandoned, and past ancient towers.

Note that instability can often mean you are not allowed beyond Zakagori or Ketrisi, half way up.

Its various geological peculiarities, including the Abano bubbling mineral lake, evidence its volcanic influences.

You can simply walk up the valley, which is fascinating and beautiful in its own right. As long or short as you want, as long as you have transport – and the consensus is that it is best to start walking from Kvemo Okrokana some 4km up the valley. up to 22km (6hrs) return. Not demanding. 

The Keli Plateau is a bare if exceptionally beautiful once-volcanic plateau including features such as old lava flows and ex-volcanoes. Near troubled South Ossetia, so a permit is needed. Trek over two high (3,400m) but stunning passes to reach the region and beautiful Kelitsadi Lake. Access from the Truso Valley. A demanding 3 day/37km tour. As well as altitude you will have steep boulder fields to contend with.

See also further details on the brilliant  www.caucasus-trekking.com, which inspired us about these walks. We’d love to get back here!

This can be demanding walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared.​

See our Khevi page for more on the Khevi area.

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Greater Caucasus Mountains walk page.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

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Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Church and tower  - © Wiki Commons

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 Passing mineral springs  - © Flickr user Shalika Malintha ...
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