Why travel to Georgia and where to go
Georgia is a strange country. It is an Asian post-soviet country, nevertheless wherever you look there are signs that they would rather be a European country. Nobody can understand the Georgian language, but you can communicate in Russian with everybody. And then there are Caucasus mountains..naturally. I was traveling across the Russian part of Caucasus 15 years ago, and there was an opportunity to visit this area again. This time on the Georgia side. There were two interesting (and famous) areas I intended to visit – the Tusheti area and the Svaneti area. Because of the direct flight from Katowice to Kutaisi I chose the Svaneti area. I wanted to see the famous mountains such as Ushba, Shkhara and perhaps touch a glacier.
How to prepare yourself
Preparation depends on how you want to spent your time in Georgia. If you want to travel across the mountains, sleep in a tent, cook your own food – you should have good travel gear with you. You should know that in July and August there is extremely hot weather in the Svaneti area. So do not take your feather jacket, or winter sleeping bag because you will be sweaty all the time. If you have enough cash with you, than you can sleep and eat in the villages with locals and you will need just a small bag with you. There is a lot of cattle everywhere which also means that there is lot of excrement. Take some water-purification system with you (for example Steripen or Micropur tablets). If you intend to spend most of your time on your feet, you should be prepared for a lot of hill climbing. Every day is the same – you will start in some village and then you will go up, in the middle of the day you will be on the top and then you will go down to some other village – it hurts sometimes. So train your thighs, ass and knees. (more…)