Trekking in Georgia and the High Caucasus
By: John Little, Oxfordshire, UK
Most enjoyed: Small group, going somewhere a little unusual, the lack of other trekking groups, unused nature of the trails, all-inclusive nature of the trip First hotel (Sharden) was better than the second (Tori). The support crew was very keen to please and they were always willing, enthusiastic and friendly Although I had it anyway by booking an extra night, it might be better to start with 2 nights in Tbilisi to allow people time to "recover" from the middle of the night arrival time.
By: Colin Armstrong, South Yorkshire
I really liked the fact that this trip felt very remote - we encountered very few other travellers/trekkers which helped make this a real backwater experience. Clearly a very experienced group leader. Sarah was a very strong leader of the group.
By: Laura Watkin, Manchester
It was a great trip for me first experience of an organised trek. Group leader Sarah was experienced, attentive, and approachable and made sure we all had a good time. The trekking was beautiful and the in-country crew were superb.
By: Sheila Bloomfield, Skipton
A super trip, long trekking days but totally enjoyed. The local agent was running trip for for first time and keen to help. The support crew were very attentive to detail. They wanted to make everything as good as possible. Manala the local translator who came on trek was super and never stopped. Sarah is the best leader I have experienced on KE ventures. She is professional and caring in her attitude and much of the way the group mixed so well is due to her infectious enthusiasm. Her skill in Russian and obvious experience and understanding of Central Asian culture added much to the trip. She is knowledgeable without arrogance. Her care for all group members was outstanding. Nothing was ever too much trouble to Sarah. She sees what needs doing and sorted any hiccups which arose without fuss. She offered advice to less experienced clients for tackling steeper gradients in a gentle firm and encouraging manner. Sarah always had her eye on everything and time for everyone. She related well to the local crew showing them the respect they deserved. Her passion for responsible tourism was clear. She is a great ambassador for KE. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would be happy to return if other routes opened up in the Caucasus. I had not considered Central Asia before but am now keen to explore the area further.
By: Harold Smith, New York, USA
Wonderful guides and group. Camp sites were exceptional and trails were virtually devoid of other hikers. A first rate destination that has yet to be discovered.