ride trhough the imposing Caucasus mountains, passing old churches, fortresses, glaciers and ancient fortresses.
At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Georgia offers stunning landscapes, cultural and architectural points of interest, adventure and flow.
Day 1 - arrival in Tbilisi
On your arrival in Tiblisi, you will be picked up immediately at the airport. After mounting your bike, we will hit the road, leaving the capital to gradually immerse ourselves into the mountainous and wild regions of the Caucasus. After a car transfer of about 4 hours on a scenic road, during which you will get a taste of the imposing Caucasus Mountains and rural villages, we will get the legs moving. We will ride down a stunning mountain pass to our traditional guest house located in an ancient citadel at the bottom of a valley, which will be an overview of the magnificent landscapes for the days to come. We will visit the historic citadel, with perfectly preserved ancient building and fortresses, before enjoying a wholesome typical dinner at our guest house.
Transfer (4h). Dinner at typical restaurant and night at guest house, wi-fi available.
Day 2 Mtskheta-Mtianeti area
After a hearty breakfast at the feet of the towering mountains to give us the energy for the big day ahead, we will embark on a one-hour car transfer on a sinous dirtroad. We will meet our team of horsemen and faithful horses who will carry our bikes, relieving our shoulders and leggs for a 6-hour walk up to an impressive mountain pass, to let us enjoy the beautiful and diverse landscapes that will unfold as gradually as the climb.
This will be the first stage of a two-day back-packing traverse, which will not only be visually rewarding, but also a great starting point for the two adveture-packed days to come.
You will be stunned by the pristine and lush landscapes of the firs section of the trail, which will become more alpine looking as we reach the pass at 3'500 meters altitude. At the top of the pass, we will be rewarded with an exhilarating descent of unparalelled flow on schist and breathtaking views of a deep valley surrounded by imposing green velvet mountains , which will take us to our camp site for the night a few hundred meters down.
Dinner and night at campsite, weather conditions permitting.
day 3 - Kakheti area
We will greet the caucasus sunrise enjoyig a simple yet energy-packed breakfast whilst admiring the seemingly endless and wild valley before us. It is time to get back on the serpentine trail from the day before. But first we will fold our tents, which our trusty horses will carry to our next guesthouse for the evening, and fill our backpacks with enough food and water to last for the day.
We have an exhilarating yet physically demanding day ahead. The trail, which oscillates up and down the towering mountains, will reward us with incredibly flowy sections but also some attention-demanding technical bits. On occassion, we will need to get our feet wet to cross the river and keep our balance whilst crossing makeshift bridges. No civilization in sight, other than ancient fortresses towering on the side of the trail, you will trully get a sense of being in a remote and wild place. Afterall, this place is known for being one of the wildest regions in Georgia.
At the end of the day, we will arrive in a historic village with stone houses and towers and our hungry bellies will be rewarded at a typical restuarant. We will taste mouth watering local delicacies such as Kinkalis (dumplings) and Kachapuri (cheese-filled bread), with a small glass of Georgian wine or a shot of Cha Cha (for the more adventurous).
Our drivers will pick us up here to take us to our cozy guest house for the evening, where a mouthwatering feast of local food will be waiting for us.
Dinner and night at guest house.
day 4 - Kakheti area
With the thrill of the epic riding from the previous two days still lingering, you will be fresh as a daisy after a comfortable night's sleep in our guest house. Another day packed with adventure and spectacular views awaits. We will horse shuttle on our way up to give our legs a break and save our energy for an exhilarating descent. This time the scenery for our ride will be a pristine alpine lake surrounded by the evergreen rugged mountains, where we will ride down an incredibly flowy trail zigzagging through prairies and pine forests.
Glad that the horses will have relieved our achy legs from hiking our bikes two hours, we willbe able to contemplate the magnificent views of this place, which is a national park and where wildlife abounds. After we reach the summit, we will join the horses and assemble our bikes to attack the fast and flowy descent.
Once at the bottom, we will meet our drivers to embark on a two-hour transfer which will take us to a new mountain pass, from where we will be riding downhill more than 30 kms with plunging views of a vast valley. We will hop back on our vehicles at the bottom for a long transfer of 5 hours to our next guest house, which you will quickly forget the next morning when you discover our next riding spot.
Transfer (5h). Dinner and night at guest house.
Day 5 - Mtskheta-Mtianeti area
Awakened by the delicious aroma of freshly brewed coffee and by the neighing noises of horses, which will be carrying our bikes uphill once again, we will start our hike from a vast plateau which will turn into a steep climb. We will gain altitude quickly following a vertiginous trail with stunning views of alpine lakes and glaciers, under the distant sight of the iconic Mount Kazbeg. The climb will be rewarded with spectacular views of peaks ressembling the Italian Dolomites and with a sumptuous trail, combining just the right amount of flow and technical terrain.
We will finish the day with a short car transfer of 40 minutes to find our next family-owned guest house and enjoy a traditional Georgian meal.
Transfer (40 min.). Dinner and night at guest house.
day 6 - Mtskheta-Mtianeti area
Today is rest day for our trusty horses, and it will be up to us to hike/ ride our bikes uphill. As we push our bikes up and pedal towards an inviting ridge, we will have the time to admire the magnificent landscape with its imposing Caucasus Mountains and a historic monastery overlooking a valley.
As we reach the top, we will be greeted by magnificent views of the iconinc Mount Kazbek with the Gergeti Glacier sliding through its slopes. We will have time to take some pictures in front of this dormant volcano of more than 5'000 meters, an unforgettable moment, before riding along this beautiful ridge plunging down towards the valley.
It is time to load the bikes into our shuttles and hit the road again for a transfer of five hours. Our journey in the Khazbegi region is coming to an end, but it is time to discover a new region.
Transfer (5h). Dinner and night at guest house.
day 7 - imereti / Svaneti area
After a comfortable night at the hotel and a short visit in the city of Borjomi, well known for its spring water, we will hit the road to enjoy a new ride at the foot of the impressive Mount Ushba, which will serve as the backdrop for our next epic rides. In the evening, a succulent Georgian meal filled with culinary specialties and the exquisite aroma of this region will be waiting for us to give us the energy for the long day of riding the next day.
Transfer (3 h). Dinner at restaurant and night at guest house.
day 8 - Svaneti area
After a hearty breakfast, and a quick one-hour transfer, we will be ready for another memorable day, with a long crossing from the heights of a beautiful valley with a lot of pedaling on an alpine singletrack and a few punchy hike a bike sections. As we pedal, we will admire the lushness of the veggetation even at altitude and a set of small alpine lakes with surprising colors. After a last look at the imposing Mount Ushba and surrounding peaks and glaciers, we will drop on a winding and flowy trails with cheeky switchbacks and some technical passages. Once at the bottom, we will find our vehicles for a 30 minute ride back to our guest house where we will remember the highlights of the the day.
Dinner at restaurant and night at guest house.
day 9 - Svaneti area
We have saved the best for last. This will probably be one of the best and most scenic rides of your lives. Accompanied by horses one last time, we will embark on a long hike through picturesque prairies to reach a breathtaking ridge between imposing glaciers and vertiginous waterfalls on one side, and breathtaking views of the valley on the other. All that remains is to let yourself go down this dreamy scenery and enjoy one last time the unparalleled playground and virgin trails of the Caucasus. When we return to the valley, it will be time to get back on our vehicles and head back back to Tbilisi. Get yourselves comfortable as this will be a long transfer.
Transfert to Tiblisi (9h). Dinner at restaurant and night at hotel.
day 10 - Tbilisi
After this fantastic ride across the Caucasus, it is time to put away our bikes and enjoy the culture and night life of the capital with its mix of modern and tradition.
Dinner at restaurant and night at hotel.
day 11 - Tbilisi
It is time to pack our bags and get ready to leave Georgia with the inevitable feeling of having experienced an extraordinary adventure.
Transfer to the airport, depending on your departure times.
This program can be easily adapteted and customized to your needs if you are a group of 4 people or more. Please contact us to organize a custom program.
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What is included
- Expert MTB guide
- Transfers from/to Tiblisi airport
- Internal transfers & private shuttles
- Mechanical support
- Accomodations in guesthouses and hotels
- Breakfast, lunches and dinners (except in Tbilisi)
- Technical tips
- Videos and photos
What is not inclued
- Do you want to stay before or after your Khachapu'Ride trip? We can help you with hotel bookings and informations. Please contact us.
- Want to share your georgian experience with non-practicing family or friends? We can offer a parallel program during the journey.
- You don't have the right bicycle for this trip or don't want to travel with yours? We have recent mountainbike models in excellent conditions for rental.
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