3: The Transcaucasian Trail (TCT), Georgia and Armenia
Winner of Wanderlust’s ‘Innovation of the Year’ award at the Adventure Travel Conference 2017, the Transcaucasian Trail (TCT) is the first and only long distance hiking trail in the Caucasus mountains. Currently covering Georgia and Armenia, with a future extension planned to Azerbaijan, this is a fascinating 932-mile journey, with peaks over 5,000 metres high and churches over 1,500 years old along the way.
The whole trail, when complete, would take three months to complete, though sections of up to 10 days are already walkable, including a section in Svaneti.
The trail will pass through a diverse range of natural and cultural landscapes, from the glaciated peaks and dense forests of Georgia, guarded by ancient defensive towers, to the high volcanic plateau of Armenia, home to some of the oldest Christian churches in the world.