"Shatili / Mutso - One of the TOP Destinations" Shatili by rjaparidze

Shatili Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 27 photos

Shatili - Mythic Place

Shatili is a really fantastic place. And this place until recently has not really been visited by many tourists. Moreover, I tried to look the guidebooks on Georgia, and none of them (including Lonely Planet's newest edition) had information on it... Maybe because it was difficult to visit it :-)...

And indeed, after Tusheti, this is probably most difficult place to visit. Until Barisakho (which is the last settlement in the valley prior to starting up a long ascent), which is around 45 kms from the main highway, the road is ok. After it another 50 something kms takes around 5 hours to pass through. But the trip worth taking on...

Shatili - Zhinvali / Zhinvali

Zinvali is the settlement which is on the main highway and one needs to take a right turn when travelling from Tbilisi. Zhinvali, which was built dozens of years ago, primarily served the huge water reservoir which one can not miss when driving to the north. There one can see a road sign "Barisakho 54 (if I am not wrong) and Shatili 100 kms". Here is where one needs to take to the right side....

Shatili - Barisakho / Barisakho

Barisakho and one village just after that is the last more or less large settlement after which you embark on an ascent... The pass is the highest one after Mamisoni (which basically is not operational as it goest to Russia) totaling to around 2.800 meters.

On our way back we were able to see Caucasus range - including summits of Svaneti.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nature Fantastic, Towers Great, Tourists - Very Few
  • Cons:Very Difficult to Get; Very Little Service
  • In a nutshell:Jee.... It is GREAT
  • Last visit to Shatili: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated Aug 18, 2007
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  • May 16, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    I'm writing a novel which includes a scene in the modern Shatili. Could you describe the new homes for me please? What are the walls, roofs, floors etc. made of? What do people do to sustain themselves? Thanks Smithy100

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    Sep 15, 2007 at 6:15 AM

    Great place! I would really love to visit it when I come to Sakartvelo! When will it be? Hopefully before 2020...


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