LOMISA MONESTARY

1 Day / Moderate

A moderately strenuous day hike takes us up to an isolated 9th century monastery precariously situated on a high ridge inhabited year-round by monks who are always happy to see visitors. You will have the opportunity to drink a tea with the orthodox monks (or chacha, their homemade schnapps), experience their way of life, and see the panoramic view over the whole Gudauri region on one side and the breakaway territory of South Ossetia on the other side. This hike is one of the most unique experiences Georgia has to offer, and a must for any visitors to Gudauri. If we’re lucky, one of the monks will even join us for the hike back down!

Distance: 7 km (there and back)
Duration: 5-7 hours
Elevation gain: 750m up and down

Prerequisites

Ability to hike for 4 hours at a time at elevations above 2000m

How to Dress

  • Wool or synthetic clothing (No cotton!)
  • Thermal top and bottom layer
  • Wool socks
  • Fleece, down, or pile jacket midlayer top
  • Waterproof and windproof outer layer jacket and pants
  • Gaiters or pants that tighten around your boots
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat

Required Equipment

  • Snowshoes (included)
  • Trekking Poles (included)
  • Avalanche beacon (included)
  • Avalanche probe (included)
  • Foldable shovel (included)
  • Waterproof hiking boots suitable for snow
  • Water bottle with at least 1L capacity (thermos is best)
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothing for winter hiking
  • Backpack big enough to carry all of this (20-30 L)

Price

from $100 USD

1 Person: $280 USD
2 People: $160 USD per person
3 People: $120 USD per person
4 People: $100 USD per person

Includes: Transportation, guide, equipment rental