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Mountain Biking in Georgia

Discover Georgia’s wild heart in this mountain biking adventure in Tusheti. 3 days. 2 days off work.

Discover Georgia’s gorgeous landscapes, rich Tush culture and fascinating history in this three-day mountain biking tour. Experience adrenaline-packed paths and heart-stopping trails as you bike the Abano Pass and through the Kakhetian plains.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days mountain biking
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation during the tour (4x4 support vehicle)
  • Accommodation: All included, as in itinerary.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to the museums and historical sites
  • All meals during trip (excluding breakfast on first day)

Perfect for: Any keen cyclist with rudimental off-road experience looking to experience Georgia’s untouched Abano Pass.

Need To Know

Tbilisi is the closest airport. You can get whatever flights you like, providing you’re there in time for the pre-arranged meeting times.

When booking privately, the minimum age is 16.

The food is freshly made in the guesthouses and is a delicious mix of local tush and national Georgian cuisine including meat, vegetable and some lightly spiced dishes.

Warm – the area reaches an average of 30 degrees in the summer, but nights in the mountains are still prone to be a bit chilly, particularly at night.

No equipment is included, but you can rent everything from your host. They recommend hardtails at 35 GEL, as well as full suspension bikes from 100 GEL. Just let your host know in advance whether you’re bringing your own bike or if you like to rent one.

Your hosts have kindly asked that you bring:

  • Helmet
  • Two inner tubes (unless renting)
  • Spare rear mech hanger (unless renting)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Knee pads/Elbow pads. (Recommended but not compulsory)
  • Spare brake pads (unless renting)
  • Passport
  • Comfortable walking shoes or boots
  • Head torch
  • Toiletries
  • Waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers or shorts
  • Sun cream

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip is designed for adventurous amateurs, so providing you have an average skill and some experience off-roading you’ll be in good stead. Good fitness is also necessary.

You will need to pay for your own flights, medical insurance (which is mandatory) and any alcoholic beverages. You will also need to rent or bring your own bike – refer to the ‘what equipment is included?’ section for more details.

Location

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Georgia lies nestled between the Black and Caspian Sea. Its landscape is wild, unchanged for centuries and marks the border between Europe and Asia. Georgia has previously been marred by wars and instability, but it’s now opening itself up to the world and this lack of development has actually become a positive. Unlike other areas in Europe, its landscape remains untouched by industry and has retained its natural allure. Tusheti, one of the country’s many natural parks, is one of the largest protected areas in Europe and has less than 10,000 visitors per year.

Dubbed the “Gem of the Caucasus”, in addition to its abundance of natural beauty and plethora of trekking trails, it’s also a history lover’s paradise: home to medieval castles and isolated villages. You’ll explore these via jeep tracks, dirt roads and mountain paths. The tour was created for curious and adventurous travellers looking for a destination far from the beaten track.

Start point?
Start time 07.30 in Tbilisi. You will be picked up from your accommodation or airport.

Endpoint?
End time 21:00 in Tbilisi. Alternatively, you can also be dropped-off at the airport.

Getting there and away?
Fly in and out of Tbilisi Airport. You can get whatever flights you like, providing you adhere to the agreed arrival and departure times.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Tusheti Nature Reserve

Meet your guides at your accommodation before hopping in the 4x4 and driving to the Tusheti Nature Reserve. You’ll set off from the Abano pass, a beautiful and mountainous protected region at an altitude of 2900m above sea level. Then bike a thrilling 30km into Tusheti, before heading to Omalo to stay in a traditional guesthouse.

Day 2: Bike through Shenako, Chigo and Dartlo

Wake up early and head to the track. Today you’ll cycle along sheep trails and bridleways with the High Caucasus mountains encircling you. You’ll descend and climb to the remote village of Shenako via a rough, jeep track before reaching a vantage point encompassing views of the Republic of Dagistan. There’s a technical single-track descent and climb to Chigo and into the ancient village of Dartlo.

Day 3: 42km Descent into the Kakhetian plains

Enjoy some breakfast before setting off for the trip’s longest descent: 42km through luscious green mountains and quaint, traditional villages. You’ll then be transferred to Tbilisi, where you’ll have a final dinner together before making your way to the next stage of your journey.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

Accommodation is dependent on availability, but generally, it will be basic, homely, clean and comfortable. They are usually family homes that have been turned into guest houses, which means you’ll get a taste of authentic Tush culture.

The Tush are the native people of the Caucasus mountains and were traditionally sheepherders. You can sample some of their traditional dishes, like Gouda cheese and stews, while you stay in the guesthouses. The houses themselves are built in the traditional Tush style.

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Accommodation · Airport Transfers · Guide · Local Transport · Meals As Described · Happiness Guaranteed · 100% Financial Protection · No Single Supplements

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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4–12

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Mountain Bikes Payable Before Departure
Hardtail £12.00
Full-Suspension £35.00
Additional Night in Tbilisi Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Tbilisi £65.00 Per Person, Per Night

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