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Andaki

Practical information on Andaki

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Archaeological Site
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A 2-hour walk to Shatili
When to go
From May until the end of September
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Andaki

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

Andaki is a valley, a pass and a village, respectively, constituting one of the historical areas of Khevsureti. Practically uninhabited, with wild and beautiful historic ruins, Andaki is an ideal place for a long mountain trek.

My suggestion:
Embark on a long trek between Shatili and Tusheti, ascending the entire Andaki Valley, taking the Andaki Pass then descending the Gometsari Valley via Dachau then Omalo.
My review

The Andaki Valley is one of the most remote of the Khevsureti mountains. Bordered by Tusheti, and all of its inhabitants evacuated under Stalin's rule, Andaki is a high and wild mountain valley exhibiting magnificent relics from the past.

The Andaki village comprises only a few houses, mostly abandoned; one of which has been renovated and transformed into a cottage to accommodate hikers. Further south, Ardoti and Mutso especially, are magnificent abandoned "auls", North-Caucasian villages with defensive towers, perched on rocky peaks.

The Andaki river, cold and fast flowing, makes its narrow passage through this V-shaped valley, culminating in the beautiful Mutso-Ardoti gorge; rocky, winding and deep.

For romantics, like myself, with its wild, majestic mountain landscapes, the Andaki Valley truly is idyllic. Especially as it is a succession of valleys, each one more beautiful than the last: that of Arghuni where Shatili rises, that of Khonichala... For a trek that crosses the east of the Great Caucasus, the Andaki Valley is a strategic route. After Shatili, it is possible to reach the Andaki Pass (2,887 metres) to the Gometsari Valley in Tusheti, or the Alazani Valley in Kakheti. Via the Atsunta pass (3,431 metres) you can reach Tusheti and Pirikiti.