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Omalo

Practical information on Omalo

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Horse
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Festivals
  • Archaeological Site
  • Castle and fortress
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
7 hours from Tbilisi in 4x4
When to go
From June to September
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Omalo

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

The little capital of Tusheti has many assets unique to the region. With businesses, social life, festivals, activities, it's its only 'lively' village. Old Omalo has one of the most beautiful collections of defensive towers with a museum.

My suggestion:
Stay in old Omalo which has a powerful historic character and not in the 'new', made up of houses built in the modern era and with a less advantageous location.
My review

Omalo is the modern Tusheti, Many people who live in houses in the distant villages come to spend part of their summer in Omalo where they often have a 'datcha' built in the Soviet era. In short, it's here that you'll meet the best of everybody, speak with villagers, plan trips out to the 'pampa'...Omalo is the life of Tusheti!

The annual festival of Tusheti (Tushetoba) takes place here towards mid August and here you can hear concerts, see jousts, games, horse races and other traditional pastimes. The village is quite central, in the heart of Chagma, but also on the borders of Pirikiti and Gometsari. It's there that you can get your supplies before going out walking.

But watch out! You shouldn't be happy to just see 'new' Omalo in the valley, the most lively and with the most inhabitants, which is a hamlet from the Soviet era where practically every village family has built themselves a villa to live in less rustic conditions. There is, on top of the hill, the old picturesque Omalo, a typical Tush village with a group of defensive towers which are remarkably well preserved and of which one contains an ethnographic museum which is highly exciting to visit.