Tusheti

Description

Tusheti is one of the mountainous regions of the country and part of Akhmeta Municipality in Kakheti region. The territory is divided into four valleys - Pirikita, Gometsari, Chaghma, and Tsova. Tushs are nomadic people, in summer they live in highlands, while during winter months they move to lowlands, especially to Kvemo and Zemo Alvani villages. The road to Tusheti passes through Abano Pass, a curvy, narrow road, which for many years was considered as one of the most extreme and dangerous trails in the world. However, as you drive towards the region, the landscape and weather change frequently - if at one-moment sun shines, the next it could hail. This adds lots of extreme and adrenaline rush for many travelers. Since the region is not easily accessible, it is wild and untouched, where time feels stuck at a decades ago, with culture and traditions still preserved and looked after. Here, you can find the typical architecture of the region, where most of the houses are built with shale stone. It is home to unique cultural and historical monuments, beautiful landscape, medieval defense towers, and villages placed on steep slopes at 1,900-2,400 meters above the sea level. Omalo is the center of the region, while the whole territory is part of Tusheti National Park. The must-see places include Keselo Fortress and its towers, villages of Dartlo, Shenako, Diklo, Girevi, and Bochorna (the highest settlement in Europe at 2,345 meters above the sea level) to name just a few. Village Dartlo, located on the south of Pirikita Ridge at 2,000 meters above sea level, is a popular destination for many travelers. Here, typical Tushetian architecture, residential and defensive towers are very well preserved. It is one of the most distinguished settlements of the area with its architectural complex and natural landscape.

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