Saturday, September 02, 2006

Tusheti, Road from Abano-Pass down to Kakheti

tusheti-road-from-Abano-Pass, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Going this road is always an exitement

Friday, September 01, 2006


natia-sheep, originally uploaded by grijsz.

The girl did know, what happens to sheep, but still had a sad time, Cesho, Tusheti, Georgia, Sakartvelo

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Baking Tushetian bread

tushetian-bread, originally uploaded by grijsz.

in a Shepherders camp in Indurta. The bread itselfs takes 10-15 minutes. Its very tasty.

Fresh trout

fresh-trout3, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Drawing of the Tsovata Valley

tsowata-draw, originally uploaded by grijsz.

View from Indurta in the shepherders camp of Irakli Papashvili.

Tushs in Tsovata

tuschen, originally uploaded by grijsz.

We had a wonderful time in Tsovata, thanks to Besso, Valeri, Claude, Tamasi, Irakli and Petre.
Indurta 2006

Thanks to Irakli Papashvili I had the chance to learn some of the Bats Language, some examples here:

Bread- Mekg
Water- Khi
Bridge- Tiv
Horse- Don
Cow- Jed
Dog- Pluh
Village- Pekh
Mountain- Gornak
Wolf- Börts
Bear- Tsha
Shep- Cherle
Fish- Tshar
Eagle- Artsiv
Bird- Hadsuk

Alaia found back in Girevi

alaia-girevi, originally uploaded by grijsz.

I was not sure at all but thanks to Pore and Anton I found my dog Alaia back in the outpost of Girevi in a very good mood and health. I decided to leave her there, in a marvellous place and shepherders paradise and will visit Alaia once in a while.

Photos from Tusheti

pridon-tushet, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Photos by various photographers, collected by Pridon Beroshvili

Monday, July 31, 2006


tusheti-idurta, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Saturday, June 24, 2006


Tusheti. Hans Heiner Buhr 2005, Litho

Treck. Hans Heiner Buhr 2005

Friday, June 23, 2006

In search for Alaia

Alaia on the right

Last October while crossing the Abano pass with local shepherders I lost at nighttime my female dog Alaia, probably she got frightend by strange shepherd dogs of a nearby camp we had to pass. As I sat on horseback she could not find my trace by nose either and she went back to Cesho some 30 km away. I hoped she would find us the same night or the next morning, but not. In the winter local villagers from Cesho told me, that she returned to Cesho on her own, and then maybe joined a camp of border guards near Girevi. This year the passes to Tusheti opened 12 days ago. I hope to be in Tusheti around 18th of July. If she survived the winter, then she probably gave birth to a bunch of puppies. If you, dear reader, find my dog by accident, drop me a comment on where did you spot her.

Alaia is originally from village Arkhoty, Akhieli in Khevsureti, where Dshardshi gave her to me in July 2004 for present. As a puppy she crossed with me Roshka-Pass and Datvis Jvari-Pass to Shatili. I really hope to find her this summer alive in Tusheti. She is now 2 years old, and a very kind dog.

Alaia as a puppy of 2 month

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Join our Journey to Tusheti in July 2006

It's not your last chance, because you can still join us on the very last moment of departure to Tusheti around 18th of July.

We start from Tbilisi
, the capitol of Georgia. Two other Guys from Switzerland will arrive on July,16th in Tbilisi. We spare a day for the town and start the Journey on July, 18th, with a trip through the wineyard of Georgia, Kakheti to the Winter settlement of the Tushetians, Alvani.

We will have a good typical Georgian dinner there with some good wines. On 19th we start the difficult road via the Abano-Pass of 2900 m to Tusheti, with a short stop in the biggest village Omalo. This road takes us 8 to 10 hours, depending on the weather conditions, but the scenery of the wild mountains will indeed impress you.

We follow the Tusheti Alazani River to Dartlo, where we stay at the Guesthouse of Manana. Next day we make a short walk to the next village Cesho, and further on to the villages Parsma and Girevi with its impressing ancient Defendstowers.

Here we saddle our horses and cross the mountain range to Tsova Tusheti, a beautiful wide valley with sheep and dogs and rough herdsmen. We camp with the herdsmen and try to catch some Brown trouts in the evening. If you do not like horse riding, you of course may hiking. We take your luggage on the horseback.

We follow the tiny pathes to Jvarboseli and the Eagle-nest-like small village of Dochu on the rock with a magnificent view down the river. We cross the range again to Cesho and change horses to a 4WD to go to the Northern villages of Shenako and Diklo close to the Dagestanian border.

We have to be back in Tbilisi on August, 1st.

Join the freedom of Tushetis mountain world with us.

Further details on this Journey via

Price: USD 1380.00 from/to Tbilisi, including full board, accomodations, all transports, guides, horses etc.

Best regards, Hans