Caucasus Explorer | Trail running adventure, Georgia

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Trail running adventure | Caucasus Mountains, Georgia

90km trail running adventure in the Svaneti National Park, located in the Caucasus Mountain range. If that's not enough expect amazing valleys and high mountain tops with local hospitality on this multi-day adventure. Natural beauty in every direction we'll traverse from one village to next in a tale of trail running exploration. Each village has its natural charm as we meander between glaciers, high passes and rivers to get between our bed and board for the night. 

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Races

  • Price per person (deposit) final balance of £750 due 8 weeks before departure
    £250 BOOK

During these unprecedented times, we wanted to let all our Nomadic Runners how important it is for us and the global community to stay safe and look after one another. This is our number one priority to ensure not only our community but those in place we travel remain safe. We appreciate that many people face challenges now and many more will in the future. We are all in this together. We are doing all we can to ensure that our customers are well taken care of in the spirit of the trail running community.

Advice
As you are aware the situation is changing daily across the globe with various countries taking different strategies to deal in a manner they feel best. We are closely watching the situation and take advise from the leading governing bodies, the main one being UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) . This will ultimately govern if a trip will go ahead or not. If at the time of final payment (8 weeks before departure) the FCO is still advising against travel to the destination of the trip we will have no choice but to postpone.

We appreciate that this throws many balls in the air for you and are working hard behind the scenes with our local guides and suppliers to ensure this has as little impact on you as possible, whilst giving you the greatest amount of flexibility. Here's what we're doing:

Contacting each individual directly who's trip is likely to be affected
If you have already booked on a trail running retreat or adventure then we will contact you directly to explain the situation and the options available.

Fully refundable deposits
In the event that a trip is cancelled due to Covid-19 then the initial deposit paid shall be fully refundable. For now, we are utilising this option until the end of 2020 after which we will revert back to our standard terms and conditions. Our hope is that by this time we will have a clear picture going forward into 2021 and can make an informed decision about a future direction.

Greater flexibility
We are allowing for any customers who have booked on a retreat or adventure to reallocate this to a future trip. This means a like for like swap is available in case you decide on a different destination. There will of course be:

  • no additional fees
  • no price change from what it was at the time of booking
  • still have a trail running adventure in the diary to look forward to

Booking will be held indefinitely
Any bookings will be held indefinitely, this means you don't have a time limit on rescheduling your trip. We understand that there is a lot of flux at the minute so don't want to hamper this any further. With new dates and destination in 2021, we hope that this is something to look forward to and a future date can be rescheduled. If this does not work for you then the cancellation terms at the time of booking will apply.

We're adding more dates
We are increasing our offering for 2021, meaning more great destination and more choice for our guests. In addition to this, we are adding more UK specific dates and once travel restriction lapse some more UK day trips.

Keeping you updated
We'll continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and update this page accordingly. We will, of course, reach out to those affected at the point in which we know more.

TRAIL RUNNING: 90KM OVER 4 DAYS

TOTAL ASCENT: 5000M

DURATION: 4-6 HOURS PER DAY

7 nights accommodation at local guesthouses and hotels on a twin share basis (upgrade available)

All meals included, breakfast and evening meal at guesthouses with packed lunch provided for lunch

4 carefully curated runs departing from the guesthouse each day. Through several valley passes, over rivers and through quaint villages. These trails are spectacular in every direction. Designed by runners for runners

Expert running guides throughout. Qualified Leader & Outdoor First Aider and experienced ultra-marathon runner

All transfers during the trip

Fully supported experience off the beaten track. Your bags (small- backpack style preferably) will be driven ahead of you each day and be waiting at that night's accommodation

Training plan prior to departure

Exclusive Nomadic Runner discount on future trips

We plant trees! Instead of providing you with another T-shirt or medal, we mitigate the carbon involved with all are guests flights to the event

Small group - max 12 people (min. 6 people)

DAy 01

Arrive late into Kutaisi International Airport. No need to do anything we will have a driver ready to whisk you away for you first nights accommodation in a local guesthouse/hotel.

day 02

Breakfast at the accommodation before we set off on our longest day of travel high into the Svaneti national park. We lodge for the first night close to Mazeri at local guesthouse. We aim to get here for lunch giving our guest some time to soak in the amazing location.

day 03

After breakfast we head out for our first run of the week a less trodden route and on towards Mestia. This is a hub of local activities and is one of the larger towns in the area. You have the afternoon to explore or just take some time to relax before dinner at the guesthouse.

Day 04

Choosing to avoid the traditional Mestia-Zabeshi and take a route on the otherside of the valley sees us take a steep climb early on, once at the ridgeline we follow this until its natural termination at the next valley. Here we descend back to the valley and arrive in the small village of Adishi.

Day 05

Leaving Adishi we follow the established hiking route to a designated river crossing point. Here we can't avoid getting our feet wet so be prepared, an extra pair of socks should do it. Once passed the river we rise again to Chkhunderi pass before following the river valley for a small amount of time. Choosing to take a more scenic, off the beaten track but much harder route we head to the Pakvlashi river via Lagem pass (weather permitting). This route is not way marked and less travelled giving us even more expansive views. At just under 3000m in altitude we are at the highest point of the whole trip. We descend in view of the Shkaha glacier to the village of Ushguli for our food and board. For a cultural hit here you can spend the afternoon visiting; Queen Tamar Castle, Mother of God church and even a museum. For most hikers this completes the Mestia-Ushguli route, but fortunately because we are able to move quicker we have another cracking day ahead.

Day 06

From Ushgali we have are final day of the trail running journey as we head towards Tekali. Today we head up to the Gorvashi and Latpari pass with an undulating day of trails. We are afforded great views of the Caucasus mountains. Once we finish our days running we are met by our transfer who will take us to a nearby guesthouse/hotel. We have a chance to decompress a bit from all our running journey as we say farewell the trails.

Day 07

We have a well deserved lay in before breakfast. Once we packed up and good to go we start our journey back to Kutaisi City, leaving the mountains behind until next time. After a few scenic hours of driving we arrive at our city based accommodation which provides an excellent base from which to explore the city. An evening meal at a local restaurant provides the perfect antidote for anyone missing the mountains. Your outbound flight should be arranged for the following day.

Day 8

Breakfast in the hotel gives a final opportunity to say by to your new trail running friends and support team.

Private transfers back to Kutaisis International Airport are arranged for you to catch your outbound flight.

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