Tusheti Protected Areas
Tusheti Protected Areas is located in the northeastern corner of Georgia, high in the Caucasus Mountain and is accessible for only 4-5 months of the year. Its virgin pine forests, vast alpine pasturelands and snowy mountain peaks host a variety of plant and animal life (East Caucasian Tur, Chamois, Bezoar Goat, brown bear, red fox and wolf), but the principle draw of this region is the unique and symbiotic relationship its people have with nature. Every spring, Tushetians herd their sheep and goats from their lowland winter pastures up to their mountain villages, where soaring stone defensive towers and a rich folk heritage speak of an ancient and distinctive culture. A well-developed network of tourist trails begins in Omalo, the region’s principle settlement, allowing visitors to explore Tusheti’s steep gorges and stone-built villages. There’s even a chance that you’ll catch sight of a golden eagle overhead, while village homestays provide an excellent introduction to local hospitality and culture.
In 2022 UNESCO/EuroMAB designated Three Alazani Rivers Biosphere Reserve in Georgia covering Tusheti Protected Areas as a core zone.