Backcountry Skiing Base Camp in Racha, Georgia

Racha | Georgia
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Top three reasons to go skiing in Racha, Georgia

  • Trip Highlight

    Enjoy truly crowd-free backcountry ski touring

  • Trip Highlight

    Stay in a modern camp with a shower, sauna, and full-board catering

  • Trip Highlight

    Find your favorite line among 10 different alpine and forest areas

If shredding world-class powder for a whole week without seeing a single person on the slopes sounds like your thing, give Racha a go. Secluded atop the Caucasus range at 1,820 m (5,970 ft), Racha is the best-hidden secret of Eastern European skiing, with 6 alpine zones, 4 skiable forest areas, and vertical drops of up to 1,400 meters (4,600 ft). You’ll be skiing out of a comfortable and well-equipped base camp complete with a hot shower and a much-welcome sauna, fueled up on traditional Georgian multi-course meals. If you’re looking for a blend of contemporary comfort and untouched wilderness, Racha’s got ya covered.

Season

December through April

Nearest city

Kutaisi, Georgia, is 2-3 hours away from Racha

Duration

8 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

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Backcountry Base Camp Ski Tour in Racha, Georgia

8 days

Head to the Caucasus mountains for six days of fantastic ski touring, high-altitude leisure, and traditional Georgian delicacies. Ski an endless array of crowd-free fresh lines, both treed and alpine, under the watchful eye of an experienced guide. And when you’re done with the slopes, retreat to your comfy camp for a hot shower, a homemade multi-course meal, and some leisure time in the sauna!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Oni

Fly into Tbilisi or Kutaisi, whatever is more convenient for you. Then, a car will take you from any of these cities to the town of Oni in the Racha-Lechkumi region. The ride takes around 7 hours from Tbilisi and 3 hours from Kutaisi.

When you arrive at Oni, check into a cozy family-run guesthouse. Leave your things in your twin room, enjoy a traditional Georgian meal, and tuck in.

A bird’s eye view of Oni, Georgia.

Day 2: Oni to the base camp in Racha

After a short car transfer, enjoy an easy-going ski tour to your high-altitude tented camp in Racha. Don’t worry about your stuff — a snowmobile will deliver all of your gear to the camp. Get settled, get a good night’s sleep, and get hyped for the days ahead!

A group of skiers traversing along the mountains near Racha, Georgia.

Days 3-6: Touring time!

Get ready to tour the seldom-visited alpine region of Racha from sunrise to sunset! You’ll have direct access to four forest and six alpine areas, with vertical drops of up to 1,400 m (4,600 ft). You’ll find endless fresh lines for all levels of skiers, and all of them are completely crowd-free.

When you’re done for the day, retreat to your cozy camp for a hot shower, some you-time in the sauna, and a multi-course meal in the shared dining module. The camp has fully-furnished modules, electricity, Wi-Fi, and full-board catering — perfect for après-ski relaxation.

A skier turning in deep powder near Racha, Georgia.

Day 7: Return to Oni

Pack your gear in advance. Take the chance to do some farewell freeriding before returning to civilization, a.k.a. your guesthouse, around 3 pm. Share stories of your greatest exploits from the tour over another classic Georgian dinner before hitting the hay.

Skiers eating, drinking, and relaxing in a family-owned lodge in Oni, Georgia.

Day 8: Farewell

Pack up your stuff. A car will transfer you to Tbilisi or Kutaisi where you can catch a flight home. See you again!

A sunset in the Racha mountains.
Reviews

Reviews (9)

Rodolphe B. about WildGuru on Google

Amazing trip in Racha! Skiing fresh powder for an entire week, steep forest runs, alpine terrain, fantastic views, everything is there. The camp is a unique experience with an incredible comfort level. Having an après ski sauna in the middle nowhere up a mountain, followed by a great dinner feels really special. The guides work really hard to keep everyone safe whilst skiing some steep lines. They perfectly manage the group so that everyone can go at their own pace depending on ability.

Florian B. about WildGuru on Google

One of the best ski touring and free-riding adventures I have done. The entire setup of the camp is mind-blowing, considering it is in the middle of absolute nowhere. There is nothing you will miss, steep alpine lines, forest skiing in neck-deep powder? you got it! Thanks for everything and we will see you soon!

Mats A. about WildGuru on Google

Incredible camp! I felt so spoiled staying there. Really good food and a hot sauna. Comfy beds, etc.
The snow was amazing! And the snowboarding guide is really good! The second time I board with him. But not the last! I totally recommend wild guru!

Will N. about WildGuru on Google

Great adventure and backcountry splitboarding camp in Racha. Have ridden with Sergey (the main guide and founder) a few times and he always safely manages to find the best skiing for the group even in snow conditions where you wouldn’t believe it to be possible… The camp is very comfy with heated tents and good food, all you need after a day of ski touring!

Stephen P. about WildGuru on Google

5 stars aren’t enough. Unreal set up in the mountains. Heated tents to keep you warm at night, soup when you arrive back to camp after a day skiing powder in the alpine, or blasting some fun tree lines. Breakfast and dinner each night followed by some cha cha( local drink not the dance!!). Unique experience which should be experienced at least once in your life( hopefully not for me as I’ll definitely be back)

Elena B. about WildGuru on Google

Unforgettable ski touring experience! Absolute wilderness, tons of powder, no people — all this while staying in warm tents, having a sauna, and enjoying prepared meals. The lead guide Sergey is very experienced and took great care of our group, making sure we ride safely with all the fresh snow.

Dominique T. about WildGuru on Google

Absolutely amazing experience. Deep stable snow in untracked steep tree runs. Amazing camp, incredible guides and cook! A true splitboard and cultural adventure. Can’t wait to go back.

Aleksandra B. about WildGuru on Google

The best place for a ski touring experience in Georgia! Fantastically cool Backcountry camp and very experienced team. Thanks, it was unforgettable!

Yuri I. about WildGuru on Google

If you are looking for a week-long (or potentially longer) escape from reality into this luxurious mountain paradise with comfy beds, delicious food, the most welcoming and friendliest guides, a sauna, stunning views, and fantastic snow, don’t wait any longer — book your trip with WildGuru right now!

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Covid measures in Racha, Georgia

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Racha, please refer to the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ entry rules for foreign citizens

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Six days of backcountry ski touring and freeriding
    • Car transportation from Tbilisi or Kutaisi to Oni/Racha and back
    • Transportation in Racha for the duration of the tour
    • Two nights of guesthouse accommodations in Oni
    • Five nights of basecamp accommodations in Racha
    • Snowmobile shuttle for your gear to the basecamp and back
    • Use of saunas and showers in the base camp
    • Three traditional Georgian and European meals a day

What’s not included:

    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Transportation to Georgia
    • Accommodations and meals in Tbilisi or Kutaisi

How fit do I need to be?

To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for 6 full days, covering 600+ meters (2,000+ ft) of daily vertical gain and vertical drops up to 1,400 m (4,600 ft). You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs, as well as be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner-friendly, meaning anyone with solid blue-level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
    • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • Lightweight snow shovel
      • Avalanche probe

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Helmet
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Gloves and hat
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Down jacket or vest
    • Clothes for five days of backcountry ski touring
    • Spare warm clothes for camp
    • Crocs, rubber clogs, or equivalent for the sauna
    • High boots for camp
    • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
    • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
    • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
    • Water bottle and 1L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • First aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Personal sleeping bag rated at 0°C (32°F)
    • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
    • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent: 

    • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel, and probe from MPlus
    • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from MPlus
    • Splitboards can be rented from MPlus.

Ski rental locations are in Tbilisi and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and pricing:

    • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 6:1. All prices are per person.
    • If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Ski touring in Racha, Georgia, can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety (90) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
    • For cancellations thirty (30) to eighty-nine (89) + calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
    • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Racha, Georgia, most people fly into Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport in Tbilisi, 5 hours away from Racha, or David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport in Kutaisi, 2 hours away.

Your guide will arrange private car transfers from Tbilisi or Kutaisi to Racha, and back to your choice of airport after the tour.

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