offroad driving & wildcamping in Georgia (country)

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offroad driving & wildcamping in Georgia (country) Reviews

lauro lauro
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offroad driving & wildcamping in Georgia (country) Aug 08, 2017
One of the most thrilling part of exploring the caucasus mountains in georgia is by hiring a 4x4 and finding spots in the country to wild camp.

it is necessary to have a 4x4 because the roads in georgia outside of the main highways are dirt tracks and sometimes with huge holes.

there are no rules regarding wild camping in the country as long as you're out of the main roads or farms. we camped at altitudes over 2100 meters and some people i saw camped near the rivers or abandoned houses.

wild camping is easy if the camp is located near bushes or forests but its hard if its a spot on the plains or steppes specially toilet moments.

for 4x4 driving, from tbilisi to the svaneti region it would take at least 8-9-10 hours to get to mestia, the largest town and gateway of svaneti - the road from tbilisi to kutaisi is good but with lots of detour that you wont understand why and then a serpentine mountain road from zugdidi to mestia and a dirt track (but they are now constructing a cement road) from mestia to ushguli. if you want to drive to the koruldi lakes 2700+ meters - be prepare for the narrow road that goes up there and you need to be an experienced 4x4 driver.

from tbilisi to kazbegi - the road is called the georgian military highway, its a good two lane mountain road and from kazbegi to the gergeti church (2200 meters) - the mountain road isnt as bad as to koruldi but you still need a 4x4 experience.

observations on the ROAD:

- there are a lot of stray dogs on the highways, so many are lying dead as they were hit by speeding cars.

- so many vendors selling stuff on the main highway which is a road hazard.

- signs are in georgian and english.

WILDCAMPING:

- summer is very hot even in the mountains, with bloodsucking flies (specially in ushguli).

- be careful of the caucasian sheepdogs coz some of them really bite (although we only encountered friendly ones)

- some say there are wolves but we never encountered any.

- you can actually light a bonfire coz there are no rules about lighting fires in the forests but we didnt took the risk since it disastrous if it went out of hand but we saw people doing that.

- bring all necessary equipements / gears / medicines / clothing / supplies coz some spots are really remote and no mobile signal.

FOR THE COSTS:

- 0.67 - 0.70 cents (euro) a liter of fuel

- 30-40-50 euros a day for the 4x4 rental

- supermarkets, vegetables, fruits and products are really cheap compared to the euro.

and lastly, camping fuels are not anymore allowed in the airplane to bring. so if you dont want to carry all the heavy equipment and camping stuff - i recommend renting at mogzauri outdoor rental. the shop is located outside of tbilisi center at vasha pshavela avenue. they have everything you need - plus detailed maps of the caucasus regions.

all in all, wildcamping in the caucasus region is fairly safe but be careful if youre in a very remote region specially in the international borders (north ossetia-alania, russia, ingushetia for example) and stick together as a group.
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lauro says:
thanks for the congrats guys - im sorry i havent responded soon - im so tired from work! :(
Posted on: Sep 02, 2017
aloneinthecrowd says:
Congrats on your feature, Lauro :)
Posted on: Sep 01, 2017
HORSCHECK says:
Lauro, congrats on your featured review. Well done.
Posted on: Aug 31, 2017
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