6-Day Trekking in Racha

Duration: 6 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: More than 1000 m ascent per day

> Spend the night camping under the stars by Udziro Lake
> Try the local cuisine and wines
> Discover the breathtaking landscapes of the Racha Region

This 6-days trekking in Racha is one of the most picturesque trekking tours in Georgia Caucasus. Racha is often called as Switzerland of Caucasus - snow-capped peaks, huge glaciers, hidden valleys, green alpine meadows and majestic views over the Great Caucasus Mountains are main gems of Racha region. We overnight at guesthouses for some days, while doing camping in tents in the wild, unspoiled nature for the next days.

6-day trekking in Racha covers different trekking trails. The first day we travel to Racha region, taste its unique wines, and reach Shovi resort. For the second day, we start trekking. This day we trek to Buba glacier. It is a good preparation trail for Udziro lake. For the third day, we start the most difficult part of our trekking adventure – Udziro lake. The trek starts in Shovi, a famous resort in Racha region which used to be one of the most touristic areas in the past. Nowadays, most foreign tourists do not go to this region which keeps it in its most unspoiled and unexplored conditions. From Shovi we hike up to the mountains, pass the forest and follow the mountainous small rivers and alpine meadows and reach the lake. In good weather, you even can see the peaks of Svaneti (Shkhara, Tetnuldi, and Ushba) from the lake. For the next day, we descend to Glola village and overnight there. For the next days, we trek from Glola village to Chiora village through Notsara Valley.

If you want to experience less touristic places, most spectacular views, unexplored nature, great food and wilderness of the mountains, this trek is for you.



Tbilisi - Shaori - Shovi

In the morning, we will depart for the mountainous region – Racha. It is located 340 km from Tbilisi, and 140 km from Kutaisi in west-north of Georgia. We stop at Shaori reservoir which is one of the beautiful water reservoirs in Georgia surrounded by pine trees and flowered green fields. We stop at Nikortsminda Church which was built in the 11th century and was repaired in the 17th century. The church has a great dome and twelve windows with beautiful decorations and ornaments. The Cathedral is on the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we travel to village Glola and overnight there. Overnight at guesthouse in Glola.



Glola - Shovi – Buba Glacier - Glola

Duration: 06:00 h
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 1010 m
Descent: 1010 m
In the morning, we start trekking to Buba glacier. The trail starts at the resort Shovi and goes along the gorge of river Bubastskhali. After the slope, the route passes shepherds’ summer hut and ascends the ridge, from where we will enjoy an impressive panorama on the Buba Glacier and its vicinity. At the end of the ridge, the trail turns right, descends and finishes at the tongue of the glacier. From the glacier, passing the same way, the trail returns back to Shovi. Overnight at guesthouse in Glola.



Glola - Shovi– Udziro Lake

Duration: 09:00 h
Distance: 11 km
In the early morning, we start our trekking activities. At first, we hike through a forest, then continue into the alpine meadows of the picturesque Chkauri valley. Afterward, we will follow the upstream river and have a lunch in the alpine meadows just below the massive mountain peaks. From here, we hike up the steepest section of this trek: to the Geske pass (3076m). From the top, you can see Udziro lake and surrounding mountain Katitsvera. We descend towards the lake and overnight on the banks of the lake. Overnight in tents.

Udziro lake

Udziro lake
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  • Transfers

    All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, private transport, etc.) as described in the itinerary are included.

  • Accommodation in tents

    During your trek, you will stay in tents. The crew will take care of setting up all camping equipment.

  • Acccommodation in Guesthouses

    During the trek, you will spend your nights in local guesthouses. *Prices are calculated on triple or quadruples room occupancy. The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travelers.

  • Meals

    This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Professional guide

    During your trek, you will at all times be accompanied by an English speaking guide.

  • Muleteer

    A muleteer will be there to assist with transporting all the necessary equipment, luggage, food, etc.

  • Sleeping bag and liners

    Sleeping bags and liners are provided.

  • Luggage transport (optional)

    Luggage transport can be booked upon request. Ask our Trekking Experts about the possibilities.


  • Traveling to and from

    This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.

  • Tipping

    Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Accommodation before and after the trek

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.


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