Khevsureti Shatili

Khevsureti Shatili

Tour Overview

Khevsureti – a historical and ethnographic region of Georgia spread on both sides, North (Pirikita) and South (Piraketa) slopes of Eastern part of Georgian Caucasus. Khevsureti, with its neighboring area of Pshavi, are the provinces where the civil code of community remained based on local traditions and values. This mysterious region of Georgia is closed for most of the months of the year and is only accessible during summer season. The views you will be presented on the way are simply stunning. Going up, you drive along the River Aragvi, pass the Datvis Jvari Pass (2768m. above the sea level), and get to the other side of the mighty Caucasus. This remote area is a Must-See destination of Georgia. In the region you can enjoy horseback riding, trekking, hiking, water activities and of course pearls of the local culture: Traditional Khevsuretian Songs, Dances and cuisine accompanied with shots of Chacha – Georgian Grappa.Shatili & Mutso Shatili – This medieval fortress Village hidden in Northern Slopes of Georgian Caucasus is simply stunning. The village is located close to the border with Chechnya and belongs to Khevsureti Province/Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. Shatili is considered to be one of the greatest wonders of the country. Shatili is located in Arghuni gorge at the elevation of 1400 meters above the sea level. The complex contains about 60 flat-rooted dwellings or towers that are built close together and are perfectly incorporated in the landscape. The complex is built with stone and mortar and had moth, residential as well as protective function. The tombs that were used as shelters can still be seen in the village, big enough to keep the entire family. There is a single building called Sapekhyno, which was a place for the village elders would join and discuss important matters for the community. Not far north from Shatili is another amazing, yet beautiful village of Mutso. Located at the elevation of 1880m. above the sea level, Mutso was completely abandoned slightly more than a century ago. The village consisted of about 30 dwellings positioned on a vertical terrace above the Mutso-Ardoti Gorge. Nowadays this abandoned village is presented in old towers and ruins and remains of structures. The village is not easily accessible and can be only reached on foot. Today a popular destination for tourists and mountain trekkers, Mutso is considered to be one of the most endangered historic monuments of Georgia. Although, it has to be said, that much work has been done in terms of the reconstruction of the village and remains of it. Shatili and Mutso are definitely two of a few places in the world, where you will be offline from your cell and internet and feel, really feel the remoteness, tranquility and power of this medieval wonderland.

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