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Trek the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia 2023

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

When can I go?

7 September - 16 September 2023 On Sale
Duration 10 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $748
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Trek the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia 2023

The Caucasus Mountains boast some of the highest peaks in the world and Svaneti is at the heart of the magic. We’ll trek deep into the remotest parts of Svaneti, where 5,000m summits surround us and ancient cultures survive.

Prepare to put your strength to the test as we tackle steep hills and reach an altitude of 2,800m! We’ll also explore medieval villages and discover the local traditions that have been preserved for hundreds of years.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Your itinerary

Day 1
UK – Tbilisi, Georgia

We begin our adventure at the airport in London, where we catch our flight to Tbilisi in Georgia. Touching down later in the day, we'll transfer to our hotel for a relaxing evening.

Day 2
Tbilisi

Today, we enjoy a full day city tour of Tbilisi. Our amazing local guide fills us in on the city's history as we explore the wonders of the Old Town.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 3
Kutaisi – Mazeri, Svaneti

Our day starts with visits to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia, and Gori, the birthplace of J. Stalin.

Then we transfer to the enchanting Uplistsikhe cave town, before heading to Mazeri, Svaneti, with stops to visit Kutaisi and the magnificent Martvili Canyon.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

 

 

Day 4
Ushba Waterfalls Trek – Mestia | approx. 6 hours trekking

After breakfast we start our trek to Ushba Waterfalls on a challenging climb through the stunning region of Svaneti. Hiking to an awesome 2,450m above sea level, we take some time to admire the clear blue crashing waters and surrounding plant life, before making our descent. We finish our trek in Mazeri and transfer to our hotel in Mestia for a well-deserved dinner.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 5
Mestia – Zhabeshi | approx. 4 hours trekking

After breakfast, we start the day with an exciting visit to the Svanetian House and tower, before taking a cable car to the Hatsvali skiing area and Heshikili Huts. Here, we embark on an approx. 4-hour trek over the spectacular mountain pass (2,300m) with mesmerising panoramas over Svaneti.

With aching legs and memories already packed full of beautiful views, we arrive at the village of Zhabeshi (1,680m) where we relax and enjoy a great night's rest in charming village houses. 

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 6
Zhabeshi – Adishi | approx. 7-8 hours trekking

In the morning, we continue our trek in the heart of the Caucasus Mountains. We trek for 7 to 8 hours and cross the mountain pass over 2,500 metres. After time to soak up the incredible views across the mountains, we descend to the beautiful village of Adishi (2,070m) hidden at the foot of Mount Tetnuldi (4,858m).

After a day's gruelling climb, you're now free to relax before we reunite for a delicious group dinner and a night in local village houses.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

 

Day 7
Adishi – Khalde – Ushguli | approx. 7 hours trekking

Day 7 sees us trekking up to 2,800m on serpentine mountain trails and then down to Khalde Valley. Along the way, we pass the captivating ruins of medieval villages hidden in the mountains.

Hiking up to 7 hours today, we're well and truly exhausted by the time we meet our transport and drive to our night's accommodation in the village of Ushguli (2,350m). This beautiful village is one of the highest permanently inhabited places in Europe, with extraordinary views of Mount Shkhara (5,200m) the highest summit of Georgia.

After arriving at our village houses, you have time to relax and wander the wonderful town before we end the day with dinner.

Day 8
Ushguli – Mestia | approx. 4-5 hours trekking

We've made it to our final day of hiking! After breakfast, we trek through the cavernous valley towards the foot of Mount Shkhara. However, fear not: we don't have to summit this intimidating mountain. Instead, we end our day back in Mestia, with a possible visit to Mestia Museum. 

Tonight we toast our epic achievement with a fantastic Celebration Dinner.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

Day 9
Mestia – Tbilisi - UK

After bidding goodbye to the paradise of Svaneti, we begin our journey home on a long drive to Tbilisi. We spend the night at a comfortable hotel in the city and catch our flight to the UK on Day 10. Arriving in London later in the day, we part ways and you make your own way home, still filled with an unforgettable sense of achievement.

We'll reveal the full details and our full expertly-crafted itinerary very soon.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay the registration fee (£299) and challenge costs (£1,750) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £250).

$2,625

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £299, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £1,750 yourself 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £250), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, guided tours, first-aid trained guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (capped at £250).
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice or make a personal donation.
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee (£299) and airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £250), and fundraise £3,500 or more for your chosen charity.

$5,250

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £299, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £3,500 for a charity or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £1,750 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs (£1,750) cover flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, capped at £250), food, accommodation, transfers and luggage transportation, entry fees, guided tours, first-aid trained guides, and medical support, including a UK-registered doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (capped at £250).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Trek the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia 2023

Our charity trek in Georgia is not about living in the gym. Loads of people who sign up for our non-competitive charity challenges have low levels of fitness when they register. The point is to train, do your best, and reach your fitness goal while making a big difference for the charity that means the most to you.

That said, we strongly recommend you train for Trek the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. We'll face long days of trekking in the mountains, encounter steep climbs and tackle a lot of uneven terrains. Please invest in a pair of quality hiking boots with ankle support to wear during your training and on your trek in Georgia, as these are essential for walking on uneven terrain. We also recommend incorporating hills in your training walks. Our supportive challenge guides and community spirit will help you conquer the trek of a lifetime. You're also likely to improve your mental health and well-being.

Once you register for our trek in the Caucasus Mountains, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for Georgia. You can also check out our top trekking tips here and our indoor training ideas for the days you don't feel like facing the weather!

Everyone who is 18 years old or over by the departure date is more than welcome to join this trekking challenge in Georgia. We'll have adults of all ages taking part to achieve something awesome for charity — one of the many things that make our charity challenges so special

If you would like someone under the age of 18 to join you on our trek, please contact us to discuss (01590 646410 or bookings@dream-challenges.com, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Our challenges around the world are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and lifelong friendships made, as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for our trek in the Caucasus Mountains. Please use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising.

You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your trekking challenge for charity and we will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you have registered, we will send you a Welcome Pack with everything you need to know about your challenge, including the itinerary, an example insurance policy, details about our challenge destination in Georgia and the weather we can expect on our trek, the structure of an average trekking day, a full kit list, and a realistic training plan to help you get fit for the challenge. The training programme builds up gradually as the trek gets closer.

We'll also send you regular updates in the lead-up to the adventure, with more important details and seasonal fundraising ideas. During the trek in Georgia, we'll have a UK doctor with expedition medicine training accompanying the group at all times, along with a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides.

Your non-refundable registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge.

Your challenge costs of £1,750 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, capped at £250).
  • Meals throughout the challenge in Georgia.
  • Accommodation.
  • All transfers and luggage transportation in Georgia.
  • A team of awesome, outdoor remote first aid trained guides and Dream Challenges staff.
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead-up to and during your challenge.
  • Medical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training, who will accompany us throughout the challenge.
  • Your Trek the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia 2023 medal.

You will need a pair of quality walking boots with ankle support — these are essential for trekking on uneven terrain. Please also bring a 2-litre water bottle.

We'll supply you with a full kit list for your overseas trekking challenge well before we leave for Georgia.

In addition to paying your registration fee (£299) and either self-funding your challenge costs (£1,750) or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target (£3,500), you'll need to budget for your:

  • Travel to and from the airport in the UK.
  • Your airport taxes and fuel surcharge (capped at £250).
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.

Yes of course! If you would like to extend your stay in Georgia, please let us know at least 17 weeks before our departure date and we can arrange this for you.

The easiest way to get in touch is by emailing us at bookings@dream-challenges.com or calling us on 01590 646410 (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

Our Dream Challenges are renowned for their camaraderie, but we find that the strongest bonds are formed in smaller groups. We'll travel in a group of around 20-30 people and you're likely to make friends for life! 

Travel Insurance
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Please arrange your insurance as soon as you can after you sign up to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as the challenge.

In your Welcome Pack, you will receive information about an insurance provider that specialises in our type of overseas challenges and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19.

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Georgia. Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your challenge.

Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your charity trek.

Visa
Currently, UK citizens do not require a visa for Georgia, but we'll let you know if this changes before the challenge in 2023.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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