Georgia isn’t a well-kept secret anymore… In fact, it’s the most popular region in the South Caucasus, and it’s perfect if you want to get acquainted with intriguing history and culture, or to sample fine wines in the capital Tbilisi. However, Georgia’s most impressive landmark is its great outdoors. Here, there are endless opportunities to challenge yourself, get pumped with adrenaline, and just have an all-round great time!
In this post, we’ll take a look at the best outdoor activities in Georgia. Hopefully, it’ll make it easier to plan your trip and you’ll really be able to make the most of your time in this stunning country!
Go skiing in Gudauri
The premiere ski resort in Georgia, Gudauri boasts 34.8km of ski runs with 15 ski lifts, and it’s a lot cheaper than similar resorts in Western Europe! But it’s not just the lifts that make this so exciting – Gudauri is a popular spot for heli-skiing! Yes, that’s right, instead of taking a chairlift, a helicopter will whisk you up to 3,276 meters (the highest point at Gudauri) and drop you onto the slopes. If this isn’t a bucket list activity, we don’t know what is! If you’re afraid of heights, you’ll be pleased to know there are some activities that will get your pulse racing just as much without dropping you from an aircraft. Find a professional guide who will show you the best spots to free ride — either on skis or a snowboard!
Paraglide just a stone’s throw from Tbilisi
If you want to take part in a bucket list activity, here’s another great option during your visit to Georgia. Tandem paragliding with an expert guide assures you that you’ll be safe while enjoying one of the most exciting activities you’ll have ever done! Feel the adrenaline as you run off the side of a mountain and catch the thermals to take you higher up into the sky. Just look how small everything is down below! Your expert guide will help you make a controlled descent over 10 – 15 minutes, as you feel the wind rushing through your hair and your smile getting bigger by each moment. There are a number of paragliding spots in Georgia, including Gudauri, Batumi, and Vardizia, and Kakheti. If you want an exciting activity near the capital Tbilisi, you can do it there too!
Camp out on the Khorisar Volcano
There comes a point where skiing or snowboarding is not quite enough to scratch your adventurous itch. But what is there to do in that situation? Well, an exciting option could instead be trekking and camping out on Khorisar Volcano! Although the train is difficult, it’s an extremely rewarding place to explore – the highlight is undoubtedly the blue, glacial lake of Kelitsadi lake, where two mountain passes cross at a height of 3,400m! If you plan to get out onto Khorisar, it’s imperative you go with a guide. But happily, each year Wild Guru has a backcountry camp on the mountain in Spring. It’s an unforgettable experience!
Look out over Georgia and Russia from the summit of Mt. Kazbek
Situated on the Russian border, Mount Kazbek stands 5,034 metres above sea level. This dormant volcano last erupted in 650BC, and it’s possible to climb the mountain from both the Russian and Georgian sides. Ascending Kazbek from Georgia cannot be done in just a day. It’s a multi-day hike, with days planned to acclimatise to the altitude. During the preparation and climb of Mount Kazbek, you’ll be able to see historical sites like Gergetti Church and be awed by natural wonders such as the Gergeti Galcier. All of the prep is more than worth it on day 5 when you can look out over both Georgia and Russia from more than 5km of altitude. Also, if you’re a solo traveller, this is a great opportunity to make friends with like-minded mountaineers and get expert help from a friendly local guide.
Trekking through the Lagodekhi Nature Reserve
If you want to trek in Georgia but don’t fancy getting altitude sickness, then a great alternative is heading to the Lagodekhi Nature Reserve. This remote corner of Georgia is where you’ll find some of the country’s finest wine, but it’s also where you can escape into nature and disconnect from everyday life. The National Park is an ideal trekking adventure, as you don’t need any experience or special training to enjoy the imposing waterfalls, alpine lakes, and green forests. If you’re trekking in summer, this is the ideal cover from the relentless sun, as it’s always cool and fresh when trekking through the park. Wild Guru offers a 5-day trek of Lagodekhi Reserve, which will show you the best and most beautiful parts of the park.
Go off road in the Kakheti Valley
If you’d prefer not to be hiking, trekking, or exerting yourself, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy awesome outdoor activities in Georgia. Last but not least, let’s take a look at a jeep tour in the Kakheti Valley – the valley region of Georgia which is packed full of vineyards and wineries. This is the tour for you if you want to combine the great outdoors with sampling some of the best alcohol the Caucasus has to offer. But it’s not only vineyards you’ll come across, there are several attractions, including Orthodox monasteries, mountain views, and the welcoming hospitality of the heart of Georgia! A three day road trip with Wild Guru is the perfect way to get to the heart of this awesome country!
So, now that you’ve got a better idea of the best outdoor adventures in Georgia…
You’ll want to book your trip. If you’re a bit overwhelmed with the idea of organising and booking a trip, try not to worry there’s help at hand! Wild Guru can offer you help on all of the activities above and more. They’ve even got a hostel in Gudauri, so you’ve got a great place to stay once you arrive too. If you have any questions, they’ll be happy to answer all your travel queries and questions!