Tusheti Photo Gallery

The Stori River valley on the road to Omalo, looking back towards Kakheti

The Stori River valley on the road to Omalo, looking back towards Kakheti

The Alazani River Valley and the road to Omalo

The Alazani River Valley and the road to Omalo

The map of Tusheti outside the visitors centre in Omalo

The map of Tusheti outside the visitors centre in Omalo

Our hotel and their dog Gabi in the warming afternoon sun

Our hotel and their dog Gabi in the warming afternoon sun

Our host Paata plays a traditional Tushetian song before dinner

Our host Paata plays a traditional Tushetian song before dinner

Wildcat, badger and bear skins hanging in the hotel, which is also Paata's family's house

Wildcat, badger and bear skins hanging in the hotel, which is also Paata’s family’s house

The fields of Lower Omalo and our horses for the day's trek to Lake Oreti

The fields of Lower Omalo and our horses for the day’s trek to Lake Oreti

Omalo, with the towers of Keselo watching over

Omalo, with the towers of Keselo watching over

Looking out over the Alazani Valley towards Dagestan from our lunch stop near Lake Oreti

Looking out over the Alazani Valley towards Dagestan from our lunch stop near Lake Oreti

One of the locals in the village of Dartlo

One of the locals in the village of Dartlo

Our host for lunch in Dartlo, Alika, and his son Erekle. The boy would not leave his father's side and, confusingly for me, kept sayng "Mama, Mama!". "Mama" means "father" in Georgian.

Our host for lunch in Dartlo, Alika, and his son Erekle. The boy would not leave his father’s side and, confusingly for me, kept saying “Mama, Mama!”. “Mama” means “father” in Georgian.

An impromptu lunch offer from Alika, who gave us a lift from Omalo to Dartlo. The pizza-looking dish is Khachapuri, a typical Georgian cheese bread. After lunch we and his family piled into his Hilux for the ride to Omalo. They were moving back to Kakheti for the long Tushetian winter.

An impromptu lunch offer from Alika, who gave us a lift from Omalo to Dartlo. The pizza-looking dish is Khachapuri, a typical Georgian cheese bread. After lunch we and his family piled into his Hilux for the ride to Omalo. They were moving back to Kakheti for the long Tushetian winter.

We visited a museum in one of the Keselo towers and a rain storm came through. After it had cleared we stepped out to the sight of afternoon rainbows

We visited a museum in one of the Keselo towers and a rain storm came through. After it had cleared we stepped out to the sight of afternoon rainbows

Rainbow Over Omalo

These houses on the side of a hill near Shenako are where the animals are kept for the winter. Three families in Shenako remain for the winter to look after the flocks.

These houses on the side of a hill near Shenako are where the animals are kept for the winter. Three families in Shenako remain for the winter to look after the flocks.

The frescoes in the little church on the hill in Shenako

The frescoes in the little church on the hill in Shenako

Berries by the roadside on the walk to Shenako

Berries by the roadside on the walk to Shenako

On the walk back from Shenako, a 30-year-old Lada Niva rumbled past and offered us a lift. In the back, in a box, was this Caucasian sheep dog puppy. They cut the ears when days old so they don't impede the dog's hearing.

On the walk back from Shenako, a 30-year-old Lada Niva rumbled past and offered us a lift. In the back, in a box, was this Caucasian sheep dog puppy. They cut the ears when days old so they don’t impede the dog’s hearing.

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29 August, 2013 · 19:51

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