Hiking tours

Friendly.ge Small Germany and Dashbashi canyon

Small Germany and Dashbashi canyon

Elisabethtal was one of the first colonies of Germans emigrants on the South Caucasus. Founded in 1817 by 65 families from Wurttemberg, Germany it was situated near forests and was known for its viniculture. Elizabethtal also used to be home to the second biggest Swabian Lutheran church. After the Soviet invasion, communists demolished the dome, though it is unclear why they left the remaining construction unimpaired. There is also a graveyard on the left side of the church where surfaced gravestones are erected along with each other, forming a mysterious circle that looks like the Knights of the Round Table. In 1941, the Germans were deported to Central Asia, and Georgians were resettled in the empty villages. In Asureti there still exist numerous impressive, albeit poorly conserved half-timbered houses that are a witness to this history.  Canyons of Tsalka or Dashbashi canyons is one of the most impressive natural monuments of Georgia, green and beautiful all year long. The vegetation cover of the surrounding ecosystem is rather sparse, whereas the plants on the steep slopes of the canyon and astounding waterfalls create absolutely different micro-landscape, with characteristic micro-climate, specific fauna etc. It is nice and chilly in summer (but beware of hogweeds this season), it is also exotically green and warmer than Tsalka and Dashbashi village areas in winter, beautiful with its dozens of frozen waterfalls which you will find even more if you follow the canyon up from the main tourist site. Duration Difficulty Type Language English German 10-12 hours Easy Private Russian Includes: Hotel pickup and drop-off (available from Tbilisi, Mtskheta) Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities

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Friendly.ge One-day hiking tour Juta & Truso gorge

One-day hiking tour Juta & Truso gorge

This tour is a superb trek for hikers wishing to explore the Caucasus mountains. The highlights of this hike are the sharp peaks of the Chaukhi massif, the stunning views from the valley. You will depart from Tbilisi early in the morning, in the direction of the Kazbegi region. On the way, there will be some very interesting places to see. Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble is a sixteenth-century castle complex on the Aragvi River. The fortress stands beside the famous Georgian Military Highway, overlooking the large Jinvali Lake. Its high, turreted stone walls protect two churches, a watchtower, and a reservoir. The main church facade is beautifully carved with animal, floral, and Celtic style patterns. The next stop on the way is Gudauri, a remarkable ski resort in Georgia. The resort is at an altitude of 7,217 feet (2,200 meters) above sea level. The first lower lift station is at 6528 feet (1,990 meters ) above sea level and the last, or top, the station is at a 3,306-meter called summit Sadzele. Arrive at the trailhead for Truso Gorge and follow along the Terek River. On this trail, be prepared for absolutely stunning views of the river gorge. The mineral waters give the Truso Gorge a distinct sulfuric smell. Donkeys can be seen rolling around in the mud. Listen and watch shepherd's cracking their whips to maintain their large herds of sheep. Juta, located 2230 m in altitude and in between Kazbegi national park as a fresh and pure air to breathe. The landscape is overwhelming. In summer, the slopes are aflame with wild-flowers, still blooming after their long dormancy under the snow, while rushing streams and cascades are in evidence both on the surrounding slopes and the valley floor.   Duration Difficulty Type Language English 12-14 hours Moderately Strenuous Private Russian Includes: Hotel pickup and drop-off (available from Tbilisi, Mtskheta) Guide Water Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities

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