Georgia’s 10 mountainous places to visit in late autumn
24 November, 2017
Georgia’s 10 mountainous places to visit in late autumn
Before winter creeps silently, there is still left little time to explore Georgia’s natural beauties. Let us guide you to the top mountainous places of Georgia that you can visit in late autumn.

1. Svaneti


Svaneti is always a good idea, but the current season has its own special charm,because you can go to bed in autumn and wake up in winter. Only here you can see the medieval towers, golden forests and snow covered peaks all together. Finding a
place to stay overnight is not a big problem here. Mestia is home to a large number of guesthouses and boutique hotels, which offer accommodations for every budget traveler. The cost of one night starts from approximately GEL 20-25 (USD 7-9). If you do not like long trips and want to save your time then better take a helicopter. 65 GEL is the price of a flight from Natakhtari (an airport near Tbilisi) to Mestia, center of Svaneti.


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2. Gudamakari Gorge

Only one hour’s drive from Tbilisi and you find yourself in a wonderful Gudamakari Gorge. Follow the gorge to the end and visit the village of Chokhi. The valley is almost empty in this period, but locals will still meet you in several villages. You can buy natural products, such as honey, that is particularly good here. On the way back, don’t forget to visit the village of Makartha and see the church of Virgin Mary.

3. Truso Valley

Until the end of the 20th century, ethnic Georgians and Ossetians lived peacefully together in this valley. The trace of this coexistence can be found everywhere: in the remaining towers, old houses and temples.

To see the entire valley, you will need to take a special pass in the Border Police in Tbilisi. But don’t be scared! Take the pass and go in the direction of Kazbegi.
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Truso Valley. Photo courtesy Badri Vadachkoria

After 2 hour drive, you will find the village of Kobi and the view of the Truso Valley will open up to the left from you. The walking distance is of average difficulty.

Visit the villages: Zakatgori, Ketrisi, Okrokana, Abano, as well as historical temples and towers. Enjoy the glacier view and the noise of the turbulent Tergi River. You will be impressed by the golden travertines you meet there.

4. Khada Gorge

This is the best choice for a one-day hike. You can take a minibus to Gudauri at the Didube Bus Station, at 9am in the morning, and after an hour and a half you will be in the village of Kvesheti. This is exactly the place where the 60-tower Khada Gorge begins from. The route is quite easy and you can see villages and towers on the hills. On the road you will also see a mineral water spring, taste it.
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Khada Gorge. Photo courtesy Sopo Butskhrikhidze

To the left of Khada there is a ski resort called Gudauri, and to the right – a beautiful Soncho Gorge. The village of Tskere, surrounded by enormous mountains, is the last settlement in Khada. From here you can see the Mtiuleti Range and the St. George’s church of Lomisi.

5. Racha

Much like Svaneti, Racha is wonderful during all seasons, but if you want to see all the colors in the world and even the ones you didn’t know if they existed at all, the autumn is the ideal time to do it.
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Racha. Photo courtesy Giorgi Nikolava

The road is quite long, so besides car you can get there by helicopter for GEL 40 from Natakhtari airport to the town of Ambrolauri. Shaori water reservoir is particularly beautiful in this period. In Racha you can enjoy the nature, breathe fresh air and explore historical monuments of Nikortsminda and Barakoni. Do not forget to visit Minda Tsikhe fortress near Barakona. Any place in Racha makes you want to see it again and again.

6. Juta

This small village lost in the mountains of Sno Valley has become known to tourists only recently and it is one of the most popular routes today.

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Juta. Photo courtesy khevsuretitour.ge

The main charm of the village is the Chaukhi rocky mountain system. You will need large vehicle to reach the village. The road is open until late autumn and is closed only after the first snowfall. There are several guesthouses and camping places in the village where you can relax and enjoy the Khevi cuisine. The Juta Lake and the waterfall are located in 3 km from the village.You can simply walk around Juta or experience horse-riding in the lap of nature.

7. Ateni Gorge

Those who are scared of high mountains and cold weather can visit the small mountain valley in Shida Kartli. Ateni is known for its historical monuments, such as the Cathedral of St. George, built in the 12th century on the top of the mountain.
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Ateni Gorge. Photo courtesy Lasha Zubiashvili

The route is of a medium difficulty, but when you get a 360° panorama from the mountain, you will realize that it was worth walking 4 kilometers. If you are not able to hike or you don’t intend to see Gori, Tskhinvali and Tamarasheni from above, then just go to the village of Boshuma and visit Ateni Sioni Monastery and the ancient villages.

8. Dzama Gorge

This is one of the best ideas for easy hiking. The gorge is entirely covered with forests. In the middle there is a lake called Bateti. It is especially beautiful in this period of the year. The lake is surrounded by a thick forest. The reflection of colorful trees creates amazing scenery.
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Dzama Gorge. Photo courtesy Seasons Photography

If you find yourself in the Dzama Gorge, you should see Sarkineti, Shatberdi and Ortubani. There are many impressive valleys in Georgia, but the Dzama Valley is truly remarkable with its historical monuments. One day tour can also be enjoyed. Such tours are frequent in the gorge, for which you will need to pay only about GEL 20.

9. Rkoni

This is one of the best places to see in autumn. The place is notable for its strikingly beautiful forest, yet it is famous for its historic monuments as well.
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Rkoni. Photo courtesy Giorgi Edisherashvili

It includes the churches and chapels of the 12th century as well as Georgian Queen Tamar’s Bridge, which is still preserved in its original form. Rkoni is located in Shida Kartli Region and it is good for bike-tours as well.

10. Shuapkho/Ukanapshavi

Ukanapshavi is yet another highly recommended place famous for its beautiful nature, small villages, colorful forests and the turbulent Aragvi River. It’s two and a half hours drive from Tbilisi.
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Shuapkho. Photo courtesy Mariam Tskhovrebashvili

The road in Shuapkho is not closed in winter, so you can visit the gorge at any season of the year. Keep in mind that the road is of dirt and you will need an SUV car.

Source: mtisambebi.ge (agency aimed at promoting Georgian mountainous regions)

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