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Transcaucasian Trail

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14 days
Moderate

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Our team in the Caucasus are based in Yerevan and offer a range of short and longer beautifully scenic treks for small groups. Working with local guides that have a passion for the area and it's unique customs, they will take you along remote treks in the Upper Svaneti region or help you to complete part of the newly developed Transcaucasian Trail. Your safety and the quality of your trips is their commitment. Regular communication by our in...
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Kandoo's view

Georgia and Armenia are the lesser known alpine paradise. Kept secret by those who have the privilege of exploring them. From rugged, snow capped peaks to rolling meadows, vibrant traditions to gentle natured locals it's a miracle this region is still so undiscovered. In recent years, a small group of enthusiastic locals have been creating a trek that takes in breathtaking panoramas, visits hidden delights and celebrates the Caucasian culture. They have named it the Transcaucasian Trail.
We venture into some of the beautiful landscapes this trail has to offer. Beginning in Armenia we discover the sweeping passes and abundant nature of Dilijan National Park, taking in grand monasteries and scenic viewpoints as we trek from point to point. We then cross into Georgia, visiting the ancient sulphur baths in Tbilisi old town before journeying up into the Caucasus mountains. Here we explore the untamed landscape of the Kazbegi region, marvelling at the deep valleys etched into the sides of this mountainous wilderness.

Trip highlights

  • Follow the picturesque route of the little-known Transcaucasian Trail
  • Visit ancient monasteries standing proud along the trail
  • Cross from Armenia to Georgia, taking in the incredible culture of both countries
  • Relax your tired muscles in the soothing waters of the Tbilisi Sulphur Baths

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Welcome to Yerevan

    Welcome to Armenia! Upon arrival at Zvartnots international airport, we will be met by our guide and driver and transferred to our hotel. We will then have the rest of the day at our own leisure.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Day 2

    Yerevan

    After having breakfast at the hotel, we will start this morning with a city tour of Yerevan. During tour, we will visit The Republic Square, where we will see the stone carpet, hiding 3000 years worth of history and the architectural prowess of the Opera and Ballet Theatre, before admiring the enchanting panorama of Yerevan and Mount Ararat from the top of Cascade Monument.
    Afterwards we'll visit the treasury of the Armenian manuscripts - Matenadaran. Founded in 1959, Matenadaran has one of the biggest collections of ancient manuscripts in Armenia. We make a stop at Tsitsernakaberd Memorial, dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide before ending the day with a visit to a local Duduk master. Duduk is a traditional Armenian woodwind instrument known for its impressive sound. We will learn about the history of duduk and enjoy the performance whilst endulging in a coffee in the master’s garden. Our pre-trek briefing will then be held this evening at the hotel.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Khachardzhan - Lake Gosh

    After having breakfast at the hotel, we will set off to the enchanting town of Dilijan, a picturesque settlement in the Tavush Province of Armenia, nestled in the northeastern part of the country. It is often referred to as the "Little Switzerland" of Armenia due to its stunning landscapes, lush forests, and fresh mountain air. After having a short exploration of the town, we will be transferred to Khachardzan village from where our trail begins. Khachardzan is known for its traditional Armenian architecture, charming rural atmosphere, and warm hospitality. From Khachardzan, we embark on a journey through the National Park towards Lake Gosh, a beautiful alpine lake nestled amidst the mountains. The crystal-clear waters and serene atmosphere of the lake provide the perfect backdrop for tonight's camping spot, in the heart of Armenia's wilderness.

    • Hiking time: 5 hours
    • Ascent: 600 m
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Trip information

Difficulty

This adventure is of moderate difficulty. The terrain can be steep and rocky and you will be hiking for 4 days consecutively.  In some months the weather can be very hot and the sun intense, which adds to the difficulty of the hiking. The maximum ascent in a single day will be 1400m. You should be in good physical condition with recent experience of hiking for several days in row with over 1000m of ascent and descent in a day. To ask about your suitability for this trip and what you can do to prepare please feel free to give us a call.

Food & drink

This adventure in the Caucasus is full board whilst trekking. The region's gastronomy consists of rich pastries, meats and cheeses, eaten alongside fresh, vegetable salads. A continental style breakfast is served at your hotel each morning and whilst camping you will be provided with cereals, cheeses, cold meats and fruit along with plenty of tea and coffee. Each day whilst trekking you will receive a picnic lunch for you to carry in your daypack.  Our lunches are all made with fresh local produce and will include fruit, vegetables, cold meats, cheese and lovely fresh bread. Evening meals will be taken at the hotel or in a mess tent whilst camping.  There will be a range of starters, main courses and desserts for you to choose from at the hotels and you will get to try local delicacies such as Gata, Khakali and Chirbuli. Whilst camping, we will provide a three course meal each evening using locally sourced, fresh ingredients. In Tbilisi, Yerevan and Dilijan, your evening meal isn't included. This is an opportunity to head into one of the local restaurants and sample the locals favourites. 


During the trip you will be given 2 bottles of water per day. Any other drinks, including additional water, are your own responsibility. You may wish to carry a water purification system such as a filter or tablets to treat water from natural springs or villages whilst trekking. There are plenty of places to refill your water bottles both in towns and in remote mountain areas, your guide will advise you when and where to refill. Please be aware that tap water in Armenia and Georgia may not be safe to drink, so you may wish to bring a filter/purification tablets to treat this also. 

If you have special dietary requirements please inform us as soon as possible after booking your trip.  We will work with you to ensure your needs are met.

Accommodation

On this trip we will stay in hotels for 10 of the nights. The hotels will be of 4 star standard with double or twin rooms and private bathrooms. Single rooms can be arranged on request and subject to availability.

On the other 3 nights we will be camping in the Dilijan National Park. We provide a high quality 3 man tent per 2 people to allow for maximum space and comfort.  We will also provide a sleeping mat per person and a dining tent for use at meal times and as a communal area. We will be camping in wild spots with no facilities, so on these nights don't expect to be able to get a shower. The toilet situation whilst wild camping will be a case of finding somewhere hidden, away from camp or the path and digging a hole. Please remember to bring toilet roll and a lighter to burn it after use.

Luggage

During the trek, your luggage will be transported by an all-terrain vehicle. You should bring two bags with you, a large 80-100 litre duffel bag and a smaller 30-50 litre daypack. Your duffel bag will be transported by the vehicle each day and made available for you at your accommodation each afternoon once the vehicles have arrived. Your daypack will stay with you at all times and should be used to carry spare clothing, water, suncream, lunch etc.  A flexible duffel bag or backpack is best for your main luggage. 

How do I get there?

You will need to arrive at Zvartnots International Airport (EVN) in Yerevan on Day 1 of your itinerary and fly out from Tbilisi on Day 14. If you would prefer to arrive a few days earlier, we would be happy to book additional hotel accommodation for you on request.

In order to reach Yerevan from the UK, it is necessary to have a stopover in Europe. For those travelling from the UK, Wizz Air and Pegasus offer flights from London and Manchester via Vienna or Instanbul. Air France offer flights from Birmingham via Paris. From Scotland, you will need to fly via London.

From the US, Delta and Air France offer flights from New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta via Paris. From Dallas the flights with the least stop overs are with Qatar going via Doha.

When you arrive in Yerevan, please look out for our guide and driver in the arrivals area, they will be holding a large "KANDOO ADVENTURES" sign. 

Pre-trek briefing

A pre-trek briefing will be held for this trip at 6pm on Day 2 of the trip. Your guide will meet you in the hotel reception area for this briefing. 

Budget & change

The currency in Armenia is Armenian Dram (AMD) and it's symbol is ֏. In Georgia, the currency is the Georgian Lari (GEL) and it's sign is ₾.  For the latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com

The Armenian Dram is an open currency so you will be able to exchange some money before you leave your home country and take it with you. Georgia has a closed currency which means Lari cannot be imported or exported from the country. You can exchange currency at the airport, banks, exchange offices, or with currency exchangers. However, the latter isn't recommended as some exchangers will provide you with counterfeit money.  US Dollars and Euros are the easiest currencies to exchange. The National Bank of Georgia and TBC bank are considered to be credible banks to exchange your money with. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted at restaurants and larger shops in the big cities. If you are planning to carry a credit card for emergencies, please inform your card provider in advance. ATMs are also available in the bigger cities to withdraw cash, if you have a pre-paid card such as Monzo or Revolut this can often be done without exchange charges.

The only way to pay for things in the smaller towns and villages is in cash. Cards are not accepted in these areas so you will need to carry enough cash for snacks, drinks and any personal expenses. 

The average cost of a three course meal is around ֏8000-12000 / ₾60-80 ($20-30). A taxi ride will generally start at ֏300 / ₾2 ($0.75) whereas a one way bus ticket for a 10 minute journey will be around ֏60 / ₾0.4 ($0.15). It is fairly cheap to eat out and travel compared to Western standards and if you are wanting to buy some suluguni cheese or churchellato take home then these generally cost anywhere between ֏2,000-40,000 / ₾15-270 ($5-$100) for gifts that will pack into your main bag. Don't forget you will also need to budget for drinks too. A bottle of water might cost you $1 to $2, while a local beer can be around $2 to $4. We would recommend a budget of $300 for your time in Armenia and Georgia. 

Tips

Tipping when you are satisfied with the service you have received is customary in Georgia. However, it is not mandatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual. We recommend the following tips per person per day:
  • ₾13/֏1950 ($5) - guides
  • ₾8/֏1170 ($3) - drivers
These should be paid in the local currency where possible. 

Formalities & health

Passport

Please double check that your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the date of arrival in Georgia. We recommend that you take a photocopy of your passport and keep it separate from the original, and this will be useful if the original is lost while you are travelling.

Visa

Travelling to Georgia is visa free for up to one year, for UK and US citizens. For other nationalities a visa may be required. Please check this with your embassy.

Vaccinations

There are no specific health risks in Georgia. However, you should ensure that your routine vaccinations and boosters are up to date, such as tetanus and MMR.

Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses. If you are climbing Mount Kazbek, you will need to be covered for trekking up to 5100m and using fixed ropes. We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf.

Medication

Please note that Georgia has a very strict anti-drugs policy. This can also cover prescription and non-prescription medicines commonly available in the UK and US. For example, non-prescription medicines containing codeine are illegal.

If you need to bring prescription medication with you to Georgia, please also bring your signed Doctor’s prescription and the original packaging for the medicine.

Equipment & clothing

Equipment supplied by Kandoo Adventures

  • 3 man tent per 2 people
  • Sleeping mat
  • Dining tent and cooking utensils

Clothing to bring

HEADGEAR
  • Sun hat – preferably wide-brimmed for protection
  • Sunglasses – high UV protection
  • Neck gaiter or scarf
  • Warm beanie style hat – fleece or wool

UPPER BODY

  • Gloves – warm fleece or wool gloves
  • Short sleeve shirt/t-shirt – lightweight, moisture wicking (x2)
  • Long-sleeve shirt/t-shirt – light/medium weight, moisture wicking (x2)
  • Fleece or soft shell jacket
  • Lightweight insulated jacket – down or primaloft
  • Water/windproof hard shell outer jacket
  • Swimming costume

LEGS

  • Trekking shorts
  • Trekking trousers – lightweight – convertible trousers work well
  • Wind and waterproof over trousers (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Gaiters
  • Swimming shorts

FEET

  • Trekking boots – with good ankle support
  • Training shoes or sandals – to wear in the accommodation in the evening
  • Light-weight trekking socks (x3 pairs)
  • Breathable, high-wicking liner socks (x2 pairs)

Equipment to bring

  • Sleeping bag
  • 80-100L duffel bag 
  • 30-40L rucksack with chest strap and waterproof cover - to carry water, packed lunch and personal items each day
  • Trekking poles
  • Water bottle or hydration bag – must be able to carry 2.0L of water
  • Drybags – provide additional waterproofing for the kit in your rucksack
  • Individual plastic tub and cutlery – for your picnic lunch
  • Headlamp (plus extra batteries)
  • Water filtration system or purification tablets
  • Towel

OTHER ACCESSORIES

  • Sunscreen and lip balm (high SPF)
  • Toiletries, including wet wipes, after sun and hand sanitiser
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Personal medication and first aid kit
  • Personal snacks and energy bars – dried fruit and nuts are also good
  • Microfibre towel
  • Ear plugs, if you are a light sleeper

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Price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • All land transportation in a private vehicle with A/C
  • Baggage transfers
  • Professional Kandoo Adventures English speaking Guide
  • 10 nights in hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights camping 
  • 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Entrance to Sulphur Baths in Tbilisi
  • 2 bottles of water per person per day

Price does not include

  • Flights and visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Meals in Tbilisi and Yerevan
  • Evening meal in Dilijan