Georgia

Best walks, hikes and treks in Georgia [View list of walks]

About Georgia

One of the world’s most interesting small countries, at the crossroads between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, Georgia has a long and fascinating history, including being the second Christian country and the supposed birthplace of wine. 

It was invaded and occupied repeatedly by the Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Mongols, Persians, Ottoman Turks, Russians, and others. Georgia was, rather remarkably, the second officially Christian country in the world, after Armenia. Georgians have a strong sense of identity, expressed through their heritage of defensive towers and splendid, very early, churches – and above all, in their love of wine and feasting and in their legendary hospitality to visitors.

It is also physically magnificent, as a large chunk of the Caucasus Mountains lies with it.  The Caucasus are extraordinary beautiful, with an entrancing combination of high, grassy, flower-heaven pastures with huge peaks, spires and cliffs, and glaciers and meltingly beautiful lakes. Forests in the lower reaches.

Georgia is said to be among the world's top twelve countries for geographical diversity. It contains the heart of the Caucasus mountains – larger than the Alps – subtropical wetlands, a Black Sea coast, semi-desert, all peppered with ancient stone towers and an exceptional history.

The Caucasus include the Greater Caucasus to the north and the Lesser Caucasus to the south, divided by the plains of central Georgia. There is a gap in the middle of the Georgian Great Caucasus, which is South Ossetia, which was grabbed by Russia in 2008, and remains disputed territory.

So, Georgia has things to fascinate everyone. The variety of travel and tours you can make in Georgia is as a result huge.

Walking, hiking and trekking in Georgia

Georgia has some of the world’s best walks, hikes, treks and climbs, in the Caucasus Mountains, from short explorations to multi-dayers. Various of these are in our world’s Top 100 list.

Walking in Georgia isn’t just for hard-nuts, although there is plenty to get their juices flowing. There is a multitude of tour operators offering services ranging from booking lodging to providing guides to transporting your luggage from place to place to fully-supported treks.

Best times for walking in the Caucasus are, broadly, from the second half of June till late September. July to mid Sept has the best weather in the mountains. The Caucasus get a lot of snowfall (especially its western parts) and winter conditions remain for the most of the spring. Non-high trekkers should wait until the second half of May, when the valleys will be green and flowery, although walking will still be limited to the lower ground. One can do many nice day hikes, but tackling mountain passes could be risky. The cultural areas in the plains are stifling in summer, so it is hard for walkers who want to go high to find good weather for both. Late June and early September are the best compromises.

See the list below for a (currently incomplete – please give us your recommendations!) list of the best walks, treks and hikes in Georgia.  

We intend that our walk pages contain detail and photos on walking, hiking or trekking routes, including books, best times and weather, how to get there, possible problems, walking, trekking and hiking firms, organisers and guides in Georgia, accommodation in Georgia and useful links. But this takes a lot of research, so if they are not "there" yet, please give us any suggestions you may have.

Becho Valley
Think Chinese painting - © William Mackesy Ardoti to Dartlo via Atsunta Pass
View from Omalo - © Nick Ince East above Mestia
Head of Mestia valley, evening light - © William Mackesy

Best walks, hikes and treks in Georgia

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(The rating of walks marked * is currently provisional.)

Region Walk Name Walkopedia Rating Difficulty Day Walk
Possible?

 Greater Caucasus Mts Ardoti to Dartlo via Atsunta Pass
91*
Strenuous No
 Greater Caucasus Mts Greater Caucasus Mountains
91*
Variable Yes
 Greater Caucasus Mts Juta to Roshka via Chaukhi Pass
89*
No
 Greater Caucasus, Around Gudauri Khada Valley and Fire Cross Tower
90
Strenuous Yes
 Greater Caucasus, Around Gudauri To Lomisa Chapel
87.5
Strenuous Yes
 Greater Caucasus, Khevi To Gergeti Glacier
92
Strenuous Yes
 Greater Caucasus, Svaneti Above Ushguli
94
Moderate Yes
 Greater Caucasus, Svaneti Becho Valley
90
Variable Yes
 Greater Caucasus, Svaneti East above Mestia
90
Moderate Yes
 Greater Caucasus, Svaneti Koruldi Lakes
86
Moderate Yes


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