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6-Day Trekking in Racha

Trek Georgia - 6 days

  • 6-Day Trekking in Racha
  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's Included
FAQ
Safety
Accommodation
Packing List
Trek Georgia
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Overview

> 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.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Tbilisi-Shaori-Shovi  

Driving Distance 340 km, Hours 7 Hours

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.

Day 2: Glola-Shovi – Buba Glacier-Glola

Walking Distance 12 km, Duration 6 hours, starting elevation 1566 m, maximum elevation 2505 m, 1010 m Up & 1010 Down

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

Day 3: Glola-Shovi– Udziro Lake

Walking distance 11 km,  Duration 9 Hours,  Starting elevation 1346 m, maximum 3077

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.

Day 4: Udziro Lake – Glola

Walking Distance 8 km, Duration 6 hours, Starting elevation 2800, Ending elevation 1330 m

This day is relatively easy. The views are majestic. You can see sunrise into the Great Caucasus mountains and look at one of the highest peaks of the Caucasus from the lake. After short walks into the surrounding area of the lake, we descend towards the Glola village. At first, we walk into the alpine meadows but then descend into the forest. The trail is quite steep and requires several hours to reach Glola village.

Overnight at guesthouse in Glola village.

Day 5: Glola-Ghebi-Gona-Lagura Huts-Oni

Walking Distance 14 km, starting elevation 1284 m, maximum elevation 2000m

Our last part of Racha trekking starts on this day. We are hiking towards Shoda-Kedela mountain range. First, we walk on the off-road and reach Gona village.  From here the path becomes small and narrow, but the overall trail is easy and very nice. The views for today are nothing short – Greater Caucasus Mountains, small villages, glaciers, and snow-peaked mountains are highlights of this day. After we reach Lagura huts, being used by local shepherds, we are hiking back to Ghebi village, and drive to Oni.

Overnight at Guesthouse in Oni. 

Day 6: Oni-Ambrolauri-Tbilisi

Driving Distance 310 km, Duration 7 hours

 In the morning, we start our final steps of Racha adventure. We will travel to Khvanchkara village where we taste the famous wine of Racha – Khvanchkara wine factory. Khvanchkara is a single estate semi-sweet Georgian red wine made from unique aborigine varietals “Aleksandrouli” and “Mujuretuli” produced at Khvanchkara Winery according to the ancient traditions. It exhibits a deep ruby color, aromatic taste, and complex structure. It is the "Pearl" among the Georgian wines.

Afterward, we travel back to Tbilisi or Kutaisi. 

What's Included

Included:

√ Transportation
All transportation during the trek is included in the total price. We will meet at Giorgi Leonidze Street 2, Near Freedom Square and from there we start our journey.

√ Experienced tour guides
6-Day Expert Leadership from experienced adventure guides. A knowledgeable, local, English-speaking guide leads all walks and treks. You will have two local guides in case the number of travelers will exceed 10.

√ Food
Breakfast for 5 days, dinner for 5 days, packed lunch boxes for 4 days, and snacks for 5 days are included.

√ Accommodation
3 overnights at a guesthouse with private facilities in Glola (Twins/Double Room) and 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Oni (Twins/Triple Room) are included in the price of this trek. The trekking company will take care of all the arrangements.

√ Camping Equipment
On day 3 you will spend the night camping by Udziro Lake. The trekking company will provide all the equipment necessary, including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cooking gear.

√ Luggage transportation
During the trek, we will transport your luggage from one guesthouse to the next in a private car. On the mountain, horses will carry the camping equipment.

Excluded:

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

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
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 you travel to Georgia.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.

×Trekking gear
Trekking gear such as trekking poles and backpacks are not included, but can be rented.

× Lunches on day 1 and 6
On days 1 and 6 lunches are not provided by the trekking company. However, there will be plenty of restaurants and places where you can get something to eat. You can ask your guide for recommendations.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Georgia?

The most common and easiest way to get to Georgia is to fly to Tbilisi International Airport (TBS). Airlines such as Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Georgian Airways, and Ukraine International Airlines are some of the options to get to Tbilisi.  You can check all the airlines that fly to Georgia here.

Once you arrive at the airport it is very easy to get to the city center either by bus, train or taxi. The Public bus stop is located in front of the Arrival hall and provides transportation to the city center 24/7. One way fee is 0.50 Georgian Lari (0.20 USD). Taxis are available outside the terminal, just at the curbside of the Arrival Hall and it is also available all day. The journey time to the city center takes 20-30 minutes dependent on traffic. The taxi fee is around 30 to 50 GEL (11 to 20 USD). Although the train is a fast and cheap option (0.20 USD), it doesn’t run very often.

Best Season

Mountains of Georgia are very similar to those of Europe – the best period is from the second half of June till late September. If you want to do some serious multiday trekking, you should wait till late June – this is when nature looks its best: flowers bloom and trees get greener. The problem is that May and June belong to the rainy season. In July and August, the weather becomes more stable and dry: this is the best period to trek. These nice weather conditions tend to last until the end of September.

Tipping

It is normal to tip guides while trekking in Georgia. Opinions on how much are divided. It is common to tip 10-15% of the price of the tour. Bear in mind that anything you can give can help them a lot. Try to be generous.

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? This might be influenced by the unpredictable weather conditions. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

One sure way to get fit for trekking and hiking in Georgia is to, you could have guessed it: hike more. Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude before and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Caucasus Mountains

Is this the first time that you are trekking for so many days? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s hike twice a week.

Altitude Mountain Sickness

Altitude Mountain Sickness usually occurs above 2500 m and Symptoms may include headaches, vomiting, tiredness, trouble sleeping, and dizziness. This is why AMS is something to take into consideration before trekking in Georgia. If you want to know everything about AMS, please read our extensive blog post. For now, keep the basics in mind. Make sure you are hydrated properly, avoid alcohol before your trek, and if you are a smoker, you better at least quit for a few days, or else you are going to have a lot of trouble making it through.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

Accommodation

Accommodation

We stay at basic guesthouses in the mountains. Please take into consideration that our treks lead you into the remote areas, and thus accommodation for some treks may not be so comfortable as in Tbilisi or elsewhere. Individual travelers are, in good consultation, classified with other single travelers of the same sex. You can book a single room at the applicable supplement.

3 overnights at a guesthouse with private facilities in Glola (Twins/Double Room) and 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Oni (Twins/Triple Room) are included in the price of this trek. The trekking company will take care of all the arrangements.

On day 3 you will spend the night camping by Udziro Lake. The trekking company will provide all the equipment necessary, including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cooking gear.

Packing List

Packing List

Packing the right clothes and equipment is paramount for any trek. We asked our partner Trek Georgia to prepare a recommended packing list for this trek so there are no unpleasant surprises during the journey:

- Medicines that you use regularly
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Sweaters or fleece jacket
- Fleece pants
- Trekking Coat (warm)
- Thick Socks – ( wool socks )
- 1 comfortable walking shoes (essential)
- Rain jacket (windproof & waterproof) (essential)
- Small Backpack (essential)
- Insect Repellant 
- Laptop/Cell phone’s European charger, or US Outlet Plug Adapter to European 

Trek Georgia

Trek Georgia

Back in 2007, we set off on the mountainous road with backpacks and tents and one mission: to see and explore real Georgia, in its most preserved forms in the remote places of the Caucasus mountains. Today our ethos has not changed a bit. We love hiking, trekking and nature activities, as well as visiting stunning Georgian cultural monuments. The idea to create a travel agency came to our mind when lots of foreign visitors asked us to help them in arranging and suggesting some trekking tours in Georgia.

Since the creation of TrekGeorgia, the main goal of the company is to provide top quality service for visitors willing to explore Georgia’s culture and nature. We offer guided tours, tailor-made tours, special interest groups (Bike riding, horse riding), and transportation services.

All of our staff are trained and certified guides, while drivers are experienced Georgian drivers with years of driving experience in Georgia. Our success is determined by our high professionalism, top quality service, high reliability, and responsibility but most importantly by our motivation. We love traveling and managing TrekGeorgia for us is not just a business but a lifestyle. Co-founders are themselves trekking and hiking guides in remote Mountainous places because of their desire to meet different people from various corners of the world. TrekGeorgia’s distinctive style of travel offers something different from an ordinary guided tour or package holiday.

How to Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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