Guidebook

Trail Running in the Caucasus Mountains

10 incredible routes that take you through the Caucasus mountains

Description

Searching for real adventure? Head to the Caucasus.

Georgia's Caucasus boast some of the world's most majestic mountains and untouched wilderness. Wild and raw, sometimes forty kilometres up and over passes of 3000m+ to reach the next village. Run here and you'll feel completely separated from the civilised world, but when you do reach that tiny mountain village by the end of the day, you'll be greeted no doubt with that incredibly warm Georgian hospitality.

Running through the Caucasus is as much an immersion into the culture of the people as it is a real adventure in the mountains, which are in themselves unmistakably beautiful and unique. Comprising two of the most spectacular regions of the Caucasus, you'll need to travel up to ten hours in a Marshrukta (Georgian minivan) just to reach the starting points, but it's well worth the ride. Then it's a multi-day mission to reach a place where you can easily catch a ride back to the capital, Tbilisi.

The trails vary from flowy to quite technical, and some of the passes can be exposed, but boast unreal views. Hillsides are dotted with ancient medieval towers that leave you feeling like you've just entered a fairytale. The lording presence of Mt. Kazbek, standing at 5054m, will leave you breathless. If you are seeking a real adventure in a place well off the beaten path, look no further (although the secret won't stay safe for much longer).

By Kirra Balmanno https://typetworun.com

Omalo to Girevi... the Adventure begins!

Omalo to Girevi... the Adventure begins!

32.9 km
1,972 m
1,779 m
Stage one: Running through the Caucasus
Moderate
Private
Girevi to Mutso - Running through the Caucasus

Girevi to Mutso - Running through the Caucasus

40.3 km
2,067 m
2,600 m
Stage two of the adventure continues over Atsunta Pass (3431m)
Difficult
Private
Shatili to Roshka - Running through the Caucasus

Shatili to Roshka - Running through the Caucasus

43.5 km
2,335 m
1,824 m
Stage three. Dusty roads, epic views and bridges with that 'Georgian charm.'
Moderate
Private
Roshka to Kazbegi - Running through the Caucasus

Roshka to Kazbegi - Running through the Caucasus

43.7 km
1,715 m
1,897 m
Stage four: The road to Kazbegi
Severe
Private
Kazbegi to Altihut - Running through the Caucasus

Kazbegi to Altihut - Running through the Caucasus

10.9 km
1,331 m
117 m
Stage five: solid vert for something a little shorter
Moderate
Private
Zemo Marghi to Nakra - Running through the Caucasus

Zemo Marghi to Nakra - Running through the Caucasus

32.1 km
1,879 m
1,907 m
Stage one through Svaneti on a portion of the Transcaucasian Trail
Moderate
Private
Nakra to Mezeer - Running through the Caucasus

Nakra to Mezeer - Running through the Caucasus

40.7 km
2,579 m
2,136 m
All the hard work to get to pass will be completely worth it. Promise.
Difficult
Private
Mezeer to Mestia - Running through the Caucasus

Mezeer to Mestia - Running through the Caucasus

22.6 km
1,477 m
1,734 m
The "rest" day
Moderate
Private
Mestia to Adishi - Running through the Caucasus

Mestia to Adishi - Running through the Caucasus

26.2 km
1,649 m
1,001 m
The Tourist Trail.
Moderate
Private
Running through the Caucasus: Adishi to Ushguli

Running through the Caucasus: Adishi to Ushguli

30.1 km
1,338 m
1,317 m
The finale!
Difficult
Private