Georgia
Vichnashi

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3 travelers at this place:

  • Day6

    Durch den Kaukasus

    October 9 in Georgia ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    Der Kaukasus ist ein etwa 1100 Kilometer langes, von Westnordwest nach Ostsüdost verlaufendes Hochgebirge in Eurasien zwischen Schwarzem und Kaspischem Meer. Es ist Teil des Alpidischen Gebirgssystems und unterteilt sich in die drei Gebirgsketten Großer Kaukasus, Kleiner Kaukasus und Talysch-Gebirge. Der Kaukasus ragt bis zu einer Höhe von 5642 Metern über dem Meeresspiegel auf und hat eine mittlere Höhe von 602 Metern.Read more

  • Day6

    Jeep drive from Mestia to Ushguli

    May 3, 2018 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Waking up in Mestia is one of the most remarkable experiences you can have, especially in the early morning. From the window of our room we can see the snowy peaks of the majestic mountains of the Great Caucasus contrasting with the deep blue sky. Once we get to the breakfast hall, the view gets even more impressive: Mestia is dotted with dozens of defensive towers built over 1.000 years ago both in the town itself and up the slopes of the mountains. It's like being in one of the Lord of the Rings movies!

    After a super early breakfast, we are ready to leave for the our main destination of the day: Ushguli, a fortress-city built up in the mountains at the end of an inaccessible canyon. In order to get there we need to split in groups and get on some jeeps, that will take us to Ushguli in 2-3 hours.
    Leaving aside the fact that I wouldn't drive on these roads for anything in the world and that "road" is not a word I would normally associate to this kind of mule tracks, the 3-hour bus drive to Ushguli is simply spectacular: gorges, waterfalls, defensive towers and majestic mountains all around. So, despite the dust, the bumps and the unimportant detail that two jeeps out of six were abandoned on the way up due to engine failures 😓, everything was just perfect!

    Our jeep driver speaks pretty good English and, considering the rarity of this fortune, I take the chance to ask him a few questions. That's how I find out that we are practically on the border with Russia but that there are no roads leading to it and that, in fact, the whole border area is off-limits. Also, it looks like Russians don't need a visa to come to Georgia, but Georgians need one to go to Russia. Obviously... 😒
    Georgi (yes, there is indeed a Georgi from Georgia) also tells me that his family owns one of the many defensive towers we have seen in Mestia and on the way up to Ushguli and that he speaks English because... he studied Economics and Management in Tbilisi!!! Despite having the chance of a privileged life in the capital or abroad, he instead decided to move back to Mestia and make a living out of his passion for his country by showing it to tourists. Georgians truly are amazing people... and not only for inventing the cheese-filled focaccia that goes by the name of Khachapuri!
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