This is a simple, interesting and very beautiful passage in the mountains of Georgia, from one region to another. In this hike we will see not only Chaukhi mountain range with Abudelaurskimi lakes, but also visit one of the oldest settlements – Shatili. This single complex has a plenty of towers and performs the function of a defensive fort right on the mountainside. The path to this historic monument lies trough few passes and mountain valleys. Heights of the route: from 1500 to 3300 meters above sea level.
The cost of the trekking program “Chaukhi – Shatili” includes:
- Three meals a day throughout the campaign;
- Guide service;
- The use of boilers and gas appliances for cooking;
- Group first-aid kit;
- Gas cylinders;
- Tbilisi – Juta and Omalo – Tbilisi transfer.
- Flight to Tbilisi;
- Personal equipment;
- Food in the cafe.
Day 1. Meeting of the group in Tbilisi. Distribution of products, equipment, collection of backpacks. Moving to Juta settlement. Sightseeing along the way. From the village of Juta yield sloping path to Chaukhi array. Setting up a camp and rest.
Day 2. The most difficult day. In the morning we gather the camp and move by an average steepness trail to the Chaukhi pass. After we have a rest, we begin to descent to the lake at the foot of the mountain. Setting up the camp and rest.
Day 3. Following flat dirt trail in a nearby valley to the village of Ataba. Next we will have a smooth climb to the grassy clearings where we will stay for overnight.
Day 4. On this day, following the old shepherd’s trails we will reach a ridge with beautiful views of the Chaukhi array. Then we descent into the valley with the river, on whose banks we will have an overnight.
Day5. Following a dirt road with a gentle ascent to the village Shatili. Visit the ancient fort. Transfer to Tbilisi.
The list of necessary personal equipment
- Raincoat or membrane jacket and pants;
- Fleece jacket;
- Fleece pant;
- Base layer;
- Headdress from the sun (buff, bandana, baseball cap);
- Hiking boot;
- Socks (preferably thermal socks);
- Lightweight slipper / sandal / flip flops / shoes for the camp;
- Spare items (t-shirts, shorts, socks, spare fleece, underwear);
- Cup, a spoon, a bowl;
- Flashlight (preferably headlamp);
- Trekking poles;
- Personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush);
- Personal first aid kit (individual drugs, plasters);
- Sleeping bag (comfort about 10);
- Tent (one per 2-3 persons);
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