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Best Hiking Trails in Georgia

Overview

This small former Soviet Republic has the beautiful Caucasus Mountains and is one of the best of the countries in this area for hiking.  Some of the main regions for hiking include the Svaneti region, containing the popular town of Mestia from which many great hikes leave from; Tblisi National Park; Borjorni Kharagauli National Park; Mtirala National Park; around Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) including up Mount Kazbek; many other areas. The best months to hike in Georgia are June to September. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Georgia. 

Capital: Tblisi

When To Hike in Georgia?

June – September:
October – May: cold and snowy

Climate: The mountains have Alpine-like weather, with lots of snow in the winter.  The areas close to the Black Sea have milder temperatures.  If visiting in the heart of summer (ie. July & August), the temperatures in the cities in the plains and valleys will be very hot compared with in the mountains.

 

Georgia Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are some marked trails (about 160 km) that could be hiked independently but there are many more trails that should be done with a guide.  English isn’t spoken widely and signage is usually in Georgian.  The best thing to do is go to one of the popular hiking regions (outlined below) and hire a guide to take you hiking.

Transportation required: Vehicle required to access most trails

Where to stay in Georgia for hiking: 

  • Mestia
  • Ushgili
  • Kazbegi (Stepantsminda)

Top Places to Hike in Georgia

There are various areas to go hiking throughout the country. The two main mountain ranges are the Greater Caucasus mountains in the north and the Lesser Caucasus mountains in the south. Highest Mountain: Shkhara (5193 m). The most popular areas are in the Greater Caucasus

Filter out hiking places of Georgia by month

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Adjara Region

Samtskhe-Javakheti Region

Kakheti Region

  • June – Sept
  • Least visited because it’s not very accessible (unpaved road requiring a jeep)
  • Tusheti National Park – How to Visit Tusheti National Park
  • Lagodekhi Nature Reserve

Svaneti Region

  • June – Sept
  • Mestia is the main town, 9 hours from Tblisi, great region for hiking
  • Racha-Lechkhum-Kvemo Svaneti Planned National Park 
  • Chaukhi Pass
  • Keli Volcanic Plateau
  • Samegrelo Planned National Park (southern part of this region)
  • Svaneti Hiking Guide
  • Svaneti Trekking

Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region

  • June – Sept
  • Popular area with tourists, 3 hours north of Tblisi
  • Town of Stepantsminda (more popularly known as Kazbegi) is the main base
  • Mount Shino
  • Mount Kazbek
  • Guide to hiking Mount Kazbek

Georgia's Long Distance Trails

  • Trans Caucasian Trail: Transcaucasian Trail
  • Mestia to Ushgili: 2-4 day trek from one village to another; one of the most popular in Georgia – Mestia to Ushgili
  • Omalo to Shatili: 5 day trek from one village to another – Omalo to Shatili
  • Tobavarchkhili Lake Trek
  • Nikoloz Romanov’s Trail – 43 km
  • Panorma Trail – 34 km
  • Many others

Georgia's Walking & Hiking Resources

Georgia Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, by Tom Masters, Joel Balsam, Jenny Smith, 2022, Lonely Planet Publications

 

Georgia Hiking Associations:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Georgia:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices, as there are no published guidebooks:

  • Mestia to Ushgili
  • Omalo to Shatili
  • Juta to Roshka
  • Mazeri to Mestia
  • Chubedishi viewpoint
  • Ushgili to Khalde pass
  • Gorvashi Pass
  • Mount Kazbek

Easy Hiking Trails in Georgia:

  • Zuruldi Ridge
  • Chalaadi glacier
  • Gergeti Trinity Church

 

Georgia Hiking Websites:

 

Georgia Weather Website:

 

Georgia Official Tourism Site:  

 

Georgia Hiking Apps: 

 

Georgia Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Wine (oldest known wine production is in Georgia)
  • Black Sea resorts
  • Ancient Orthodox churches
  • Cave cities

Other Important Points

  • Famous for hospitality, people are very friendly
  • Should know a little bit of Georgian language
  • There are two disputed regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, so travel to these regions is highly inadvisable (and you probably wouldn’t get in)