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Georgia - Hiking and Culture In A Land of Beauty and Intrigue (#2305)

Date and Time

Saturday, June 17, 2023 - Sunday, July 2, 2023

Location

Georgia,
International,
Georgia

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).

Overview

Step back in time to join us for a spectacular 16-day journey to Georgia for hiking in the scenic and undiscovered Caucasus Mountains and exploration of its rich cultural heritage. We will pass medieval towers, churches, and traditional mountain villages as we walk through valleys, across mountain pastures, and traverse mountain ridges with towering peaks all around us. This trip is a mixture of hiking and culture. We will have 8 hiking days, including a 5-day assisted trek, where we only need to carry daypacks, as our luggage will be transported and we stay in small village guesthouses. The other 6 days will be filled with fascinating cultural exploration. We will be accompanied by an English speaking local guide throughout the trip. Georgia is located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country is slightly smaller than Austria and the capital and largest city is Tbilisi. It's dominant feature is the High Caucasus range which forms its northern border. The history of Georgia goes back to the dawn of time and many people have left their mark as seen in the architecture, monasteries, cathedrals, fortresses and cave-cities throughout the country. Our adventure begins in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. From there, we drive to Mtskheta, an ancient capital and religious center and onto Stepantsminda where we will hike to our first peak, Tetu (10,530 ft). The next four days we will explore cave towns, fortresses, monasteries, a spa town famous for its mineral water, waterfalls, and the Prometheus Grotto. We will be immersed in local culture with traditional hospitality and meals in historic authentic villages. We then travel to the Upper Svaneti region where we will begin our 5 day assisted trek, crossing passes, viewing glaciers and high peaks, and walking to remote villages. We will stay in Ushguli (a UNESCO Heritage site), the highest permanently settled village in Europe where time has stopped and centuries-old towers look out to Georgia's highest summit, Shkhara (17,063 ft). At the completion of our trek, we will return to Tbilisi before heading home. This trip is designed for experienced hikers and several of the days are long and strenuous. You must be able to hike at least 10 miles daily with elevation gains up to 3600 ft. while carrying equipment to keep you safe in the event of bad weather or injury. The accommodations provided on this trip are a mix of small hotels, family hotels and guesthouses.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost*

Adult: $3,200 member / $3,300 non-member
*Price includes accommodations, local ground transportation, most meals and the outfitter's services.

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Georgia

Activities

Hiking
Cultural

Status

Wait Listed

Difficulty

Hiking 5 Vigorous to 6 Stenuous

Audience

Adults (18+)


Leader



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Dan is a 3-season leader with the Hiking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He has completed the 48 NH 4,000 footers in winter, the New England 100 highest peaks and hiked the Appalachian Trail mostly as a series of day hikes. He has traveled extensively, having visited 49 states and over 60 countries. He has a passion for photography which he loves to share with Adventure Travel participants. He has led or co-led Adventure Travel trips to Colorado, the Alsace, Yosemite, and Albania.

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Leslie Carson is a four-season hiking/backpacking leader with the AMC Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter. She completed the New England 67 4KFooters in 2017 and has led hikes for AMC's August Camp in the Pacific Northwest for the past seven years. She is certified in SOLO Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Since 2015 she has led/co-led AT hiking/trekking trips in the western US and internationally.