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Chenako

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  • Hiking / Trekking
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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1 hour's walk from Omalo, 10 minutes by jeep
When to go
Between the end of June and mid-September
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Chenako

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

A pretty Tusheti village made in dry stone, with the region's only old church, which dates from the 16th century.

My suggestion:
Visit the summer village, high up and small, and the winter one, which is low down and spaced out. Chenako is one of the rare places that has managed to preserve some of the characteristics of the time when the Tush people spent their winters in Kakheti and the people from Dagestan were no longer attacking them...
My review

Near to Omalo, in the part of Tusheti where they speak Tchaghma, the steepest valley in the region, Chenako is a bit different to the villages of Pirikiti or Gométsari. 

When I arrived in Chenako I was surprised to find it quite Alpine like, gentler, not as rough as the rocky valleys north of Omalo. Chenako is a perfect Alpine village which encourages you to spend time meditating and contemplating the landscape, especially as there is a small hotel where you can stay there.

In my opinion the principal attraction is Chenako's church. It's a good example of Kakhetian architecture, in dry stones like the rest of the village and it dominates the place from a small promontory opposite the imposing peaks in neighbouring Dagestan. Opposite the village, which is the summer town you can also see, dotted along the little valley, the winter houses where the shepherds spent six long months...