TOURS OF TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK

TOURS OF TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK

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Duraition: Eco-trails passing duration of 3 hours to 7 days
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Tusheti is bordered by Dagestan to the east and by Chechnya – to the north. Khevsureti is located to the west of Tusheti and Kakheti – to the south. Tusheti, surrounded by the high mountain ranges and summits, is rugged by the numerous gorges, the waters from which flow into the two major rivers of Tusheti – Pirikiti’sAlazani and Tusheti’s (Gometsari) Alazani separated with the watershed of Makratela. Both Alazanis merge near the village of Shenako and then leave Tusheti and the border of Georgia, flows to Dagestan, where this river is called as AndisKoisu and finally flows into the Caspian Sea. 
Tusheti Protected Areas cover Tusheti Strict Nature Reserve, Tusheti National Park and Tusheti Protected Landscape. There total area is about 122 050 ha.
The vegetation of Tusheti is characterized by a high level of endemism. 230 representatives of domestic flora are endemic to Caucasus (more than 20% of total amount of Caucasus endemic species) and 11 species are endemic to Georgia. 
Among endemic species found in Tusheti Strict Nature Reserve and Tusheti National Park the following can be distinguished: TushetianMonkshood(Aconitum tuscheticum), Iberian barberry (Berberisiberica), bellflower(Campanula), bear nut-tree (Corylusiberica), lily (Pancratium), Tushetian Dog-rose (Rosa tuschetica), Tebulo’s buttercup (Ranunculus tebulosus), et al. Some endemic species to Caucasus can be found here, such as: Black or Radde’s birch (Betularaddeana), Caucasian fritillaries(Fritillariacaucasica), yellow Caucasian fritillaries (Fritillarialutea), Juliana Primrose(Primulajuliae), Caucasian rhododendron (Rhododendron caucasicum), squill(Scillaarborea), et al. 
60 species of mammals, about 120 species of birds, 4 - of reptiles, 6 - of amphibians and 1 species of fish are widespread in Tusheti.
These weathered slopes of Caucasus and inaccessible cliffs are the homeland of the East Caucasian tur, chamois and Bezoar goat. Another Caucasian endemic species – the Caucasian Snowcock, is a neighbor of tur. One more beauty of nature – Caucasian Black grouse lives in the Caucasian rhododendron shrubs and birch groves.
Among large ungulate animals Roe deer can be often found in the forests of Tusheti and very rarely – Red deer. Wild boar regularly visits Tusheti from neighboring Dagestan.
Tusheti is rich in carnivores – Red fox and Gray wolf can be found everywhere including even very high areas above sea level. The footprints of Brown beer can be also found everywhere, the population of which is quite stable. Lynx can be also found in Tusheti in sufficient amount and it has many sources of prey including small rodents and hare and chamois and young turs – all these animals are the hunting objects of lynx.
The scientists still hope that the Mountains of Tusheti are still the shelter of ounce, the Southwest Asian leopard.

Note: Price depends on accommodation type and persons quantity.

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