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When is the Best Time to Visit Georgia?

Georgia is one of the few places that is great to visit at most times of the year; its climate brings a lot to the table for visitors of all stripes.

Wine harvests in the autumn, skiing in the winter, and, of course, trekking in the Caucuses in the summer; there’s something to do at all times of the year in Georgia!

The climate in Georgia tends to be pretty temperate and has a lot to offer travelers throughout the year, but there are still some seasons that are better to visit than others. It can be a bit of a toss-up deciding when to visit Georgia depending on what you’re looking for.

This article will break down the best time to visit Georgia, how to keep away from the throngs of tourists swarming some parts of the country, and equip you with the knowledge you need to trek through the Caucasus.

Climate in Georgia

 Perched on the edge of Europe and Asia, Georgia’s climate is fairly moderate and never gets too extreme in most places you’ll visit. Summer can get hot and Winter is dreary: gray, rainy, and usually just above freezing at the lower altitudes.

Year-round, the weather in Georgia has a lot of range to it: Autumn is blissful with cool temperatures and stunning colors, while Spring brings unpredictable weather that can swing back and forth between clear skies and intense rainstorms in an hour or less, particularly in the month of May.

The northern mountains experience pretty warm temperatures in the summer months during daylight hours and get cool or even cold at night, and winter is naturally freezing at higher altitudes.

Credits: Nathan Jordan

Best Time to Visit Georgia for Weather

Seasonal activities in Georgia are abundant in nearly every season, with wine tasting being a year-round option and Tbilisi’s vibrant expat and nightlife scenes buzzing throughout the year.

The best temperatures in Georgia can be found from June to September. At this time of year, the rain has mostly stopped, the paths are clear, and the roads are open. Hiking is easy and getting around is relatively comfortable and fast. Most of the most popular places to visit in Georgia will be accessible as well.

July and August can get uncomfortably hot – even in the mountains – and tourist crowds can be overwhelming to wade through. Spring is wildly unpredictable with sudden rainstorms and winter can be tough to deal with, so if you plan on trekking during these seasons, you need to prepare accordingly.

If you’re planning on visiting more remote regions like Tusheti, summer is the time to do so because that is the only time of year those roads are in drivable condition, and crowds will never be an issue as regions like this get very few visitors to begin with.

SeasonAverage LowAverage HighMonthly SunshineMonthly Precipitation
Winter0°C (32°F)7°C (45°F)~110 hours27 mm (1.1 inches)
Spring10°C (50°F)19°C (66°F)~170 hours53 mm (2.1 inches)
Summer19°C (66°F)30°C (86°F)~287 hours50 mm (2.0 inches)
Autumn10°C (50°F)20°C (68°F)~163 hours57 mm (2.2 inches)

Visiting Georgia in the Summer

Georgia’s high season runs from June through the beginning of September and is by far the easiest time of year to visit Georgia. The roads are clear, the paths are easy to hike on, and countless guesthouses open their doors to await travelers. There are more tour options available and most of the country is readily accessible during summer.

Warmer temperatures make it easier to pack light and enjoy the hike without having to carry too much weight, and the logistics of getting around are less complicated.

This is also the time of year when Georgia’s mountainsides erupt with color. Wildflowers are in full bloom and the colors of the fields mixed with the deep, lush greens of the background can be mesmerizing.

Credits: Nathan Jordan

But keep in mind that this season does come with some notable downsides: thick tourist crowds and higher prices. Certain areas like Tbilisi and Kakheti can get overwhelmed by masses of tourists and it can be difficult to find some peace and quiet. The number of visitors exploring Georgia climbs every year and escaping those hordes becomes more of a challenge each season.

Thunderstorms are also more common in the alpine regions. You’ll want to finish the day’s hiking at a reasonable hour (before late afternoon) and seek shelter in a guesthouse or tent. Being caught in a storm could be a serious situation so, as always, be prepared when venturing into the wilderness.

Visiting Georgia in the Autumn

The easiest time to visit Georgia isn’t necessarily the most beautiful. Summer has its wildflowers, but Georgia’s mountains are at their most colorful during peak foliage in Autumn.

You’ll scarcely see a greater smorgasbord of alpine colors than you will while venturing through Georgia during this season. The trails are usually devoid of tourists, and there’s no need to make reservations in advance to guarantee you’ll be able to grab a spot in a guesthouse.

This is the perfect season for getting some peace and quiet in the mountains while also avoiding the harsh conditions of winter. Daytime temperatures are unbeatable for hiking, and you might even have the entire trail to yourself.

Credits: Nathan Jordan

However, we still have to talk about the downsides of exploring Georgia this time of year: The Caucasus is a very wet mountain range, and while it won’t rain all the time you can expect many sections of trails to be in a boggy state. 

Snow is also possible at this time of the year even in September. By October, it should be expected albeit not very deep yet.

Most guesthouses have closed down for the season by late October. Some remain open until the beginning of winter proper, although they will be surprised to see tourists so late in the year and may try to charge you an excessive price for room and board.

Visiting Georgia at the beginning of the cold season undeniably has its downsides, but if you’re willing to brave those obstacles it’ll be worth the effort.

Visiting Georgia in Winter

Georgian winters aren’t as vicious as winter in Mongolia, for example, but it can still get very cold, windy, and wet. This is a more difficult season to visit and there are several challenges you’ll have to be ready for when visiting Georgia in winter.

Most guesthouses in the high mountains (all of them, in many villages) have closed for the season and it will be difficult, if not impossible, to find a place to stay and get some food. If you plan on trekking in Georgia in the winter, you need to bring full camping supplies with you and be ready to deal with thick snow at higher altitudes, strong winds, boggy paths, and conditions that can quickly worsen without warning.

Want to take a walk on the wild side of Europe?

Consider visiting Georgia with us! We organize yearly trekking tours in some truly remote parts of the country.

At lower altitudes, the climate is much more manageable and doesn’t get nearly as much snow or ice, but it’s still important to be prepared should the weather take a turn for the worse.

All that said, winter in the Caucasus is achingly beautiful, and you will most likely have all these majestic sights entirely to yourself.

Visiting Georgia in Spring

Visiting Georgia in the spring is a bit of a mixed bag. While this transition season brings warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, the weather is still highly unpredictable. Frequent and sudden rain showers can disrupt travel plans and outdoor excursions. Furthermore, many high-altitude areas can remain snow-covered or muddy, limiting access to hikers and making roads totally impassable.

That being said, there are still things to do in Georgia during the spring. Lots of high-energy cultural festivals, such as Easter and the Tbilisi Jazz Festival, take place during this period. The arid lowlands are also more comfortable at this time, which is where many of Georgia’s most famous monasteries are located, such as Vardzia and Bodbe.

Credits: Nathan Jordan

The Best Time to Go Hiking in the Caucasus

The high Caucasus stretch across Georgia’s northern regions and showcase breathtaking scenery from end to end. This is a hiker’s paradise that holds a ton of possibilities for adventurers!

In the mountains, you can expect lush, green scenery that sees a lot of rain, mosquitoes, and occasionally slippery trails. Windy conditions do occur but not too often, at least in the warmer months.

Credits: Nathan Jordan

July – September are glorious times for hiking in the mountains. Temperatures are perfect when the sun is out, the trails are in good condition, and bad weather is infrequent. If you want maximum chances of experiencing the best of Georgia without meteorological interruption, this is the perfect time to go hiking.

If you plan to hike in the mountains during the shoulder seasons, be prepared for nasty trails. Muddy, unkempt paths are difficult to walk on, especially at an incline. You’ll need to be in good shape.

The south of the country tends to be quite dry which makes the trails easy to hike on, but it gets scorchingly hot in the summer months and wind gusts can get pretty intense on those wide-open, sweeping landscapes. For this part of the country, the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn are preferable.

Wrap Up: Best Time to Visit Georgia

Georgia has a lot to offer travelers throughout the year, and you should keep that in mind when you’re planning your trip! Each season gives a different experience; from the easy, warm treks of summer to the brisk, breathtaking landscapes of Autumn and winter.

This tiny country has a surprisingly diverse range of regions to explore with climates that rarely get too extreme. The temperature by month in Georgia has enough variance to give a unique experience at different times of the year while also not forcing you into a position where you need to prepare for a harsh climate.

Credits: Nathan Jordan

We chose the summer to visit Georgia because it offers the most stable climate. Sure, the streets will be a bit more packed but we’re heading to the mountains anyways. And besides, Georgia is still a hidden gem amongst the treasure trove that is Europe. It will still not be nearly as busy as the Alps or Pyrenees. 

If you’re interested in hiking in the Svaneti with us, please don’t hesitate to reach out about our upcoming trips! Rain or shine, we climb! (And then maybe some wine.)

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Hailing from the Toronto region of Eastern Canada, with a background as a former standout athlete (hockey of course) and a  love of mountain adventure, Clark is a welcomed addition to the Epic team.

In addition to being a keen photographer and adventurer, Clark brings his brilliant sense of humor, leadership skills, and positive attitude to everything he puts his mind to. 

When he is not leading trips, he is working on taking over the hard apple cider game in Canada as a skilled craft brewer. 

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Noemi grew up in the mountains of German-Speaking Switzerland where she naturally developed a deep love and respect for mountain environments.

She is a talented photographer, aspiring climber, and speaks at least 5 languages fluently including Arabic (and probably a few more that we don’t know about), which she taught herself in a matter of months by watching YouTube videos. 

Noemi has spent the last several years traveling, hiking, and photographing her way around many different countries in the Middle East, South and Central Asia, and Europe, and we could not be more stoked to welcome her to the Epic team! 

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As our man on the ground in Mongolia, there is not much this legend can’t do. As a native the Bayan-Ölgii province of the Western Mongolia Altai, Syerik has been working as a guide and tourism entrepreneur…

for the past several years and is one of the rising stars in Mongolia adventure travel industry. 

He is currently building a beautiful Ger (Yurt) camp near his hometown where he will host Epic Mongolia team members on our trip as well as other travelers from around the world! 

He is the perfect guide for your trip to Mongolia. Serik did an amazing job giving us a well rounded experience in the Altai NP region and down in the Gobi…
The food was fantastic and Serik gave us many opportunities to learn about the Kazakh culture in that region including traditional meals. (I can’t recommend enjoying the milk tea enough!)

– Coastal

Head of canine operations

Choriza started off life as a care-free vagabond on the streets of Madeira Island without any place to call home. From the moment we met her, we knew this dog was just different, and it was pretty much love at first sight. 

She gave up the dog street life in favor of joining her new dad Chris to become a full-time member of the Epic family towards the end of 2022.

These days she can be found listening in on the fringes of important Epic business meetings while half-asleep on the couch. She is a keen hiker, lover of mud, rare steak, and might just be the sweetest little dog we have ever seen. 

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An experienced trek leader and
IFMGA aspirant ski guide, avid alpine climber, devoted adventure photographer.

Organized and guided trekking expeditions, climbs and ski tours in Tajikistan’s Pamirs, Patagonia, Peru, Morocco, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Georgian and Russian Caucasus and Kamchatka.

A full member and meets the organiser of the British Alpine Club. Visited over 40 countries, lived in the UK for four years. Certified first-aider.

We joined Andrew on a fantastic trip to the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan, pure nature and magnificent scenery! Andrey was super prepared and led us safely up and down numerous passes and through some rough and icy cold rivers. Thank you for a very memorable trip, your planning and prep was excellent!

– Monika Steinlechner

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Adventure Guide

Our man in Nepal, Sandip is what we like to call a “Swiss Army Knife”. There is not much Sandip can’t do when it comes to helping Epic to run our expeditions smoothly in Nepal.

His tireless work ethic, passion for all things trekking in the Himalayas, and smart decision-making mean that Sandip is a truly invaluable member of our team.

Sandip is passionate about showing visitors to his country an amazing time, and he goes above and beyond to make sure that happens. 

His company Himalayan Masters is Epic’s trusted partner in Nepal and one of the country’s top new tour agencies.

We really enjoyed the entire journey, and I would like to say that Sandip is truly professional. He guided us and he is a hardworking person, providing us with the best service and taking care of each one of us. Plus, he is super funny! The kind of professionnal you always want to find on your path for your explorations! 

– Alexandra Ruth

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#1 Sunrise from Reflection Lake

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#2 Hiking to Nanga Parbat Base Camp

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#3 Playing cricket with the locals

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Trips Where We Visit Fairy Meadows

Our flagship Pakistani adventure tour.  Road trip with some  hiking and cultural immersion.

A trekking-style tour that features some very remote locations, inlcuding a K2 viewpoint.

Adventure Guide

João has born in the mountains of Madeira Islands in Portugal. Nature lover, writer, musician, guide, for him, a day without contact with outdoor vibes is a nightmare. 

With a degree in Cultural Studies in Portugal and a Master of Arts in Global Cultures and Creativity in the U.K.

João found out what really matters in life can be found on the trails, and in the contact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Guiding, crazy trekking missions, and sharing observations about the natural world, – these are some of João’s passions. 

After trekking to K2 Base Camp and exploring all over Northern Pakistan, he fell in love with the country and the local people. His experiences resulted in his desire to share these feelings with the world.

João is one of the most experienced guides at Epic and his skillset and positive mindset in the mountains is second to none

When not in Pakistan, João is  guiding and exploring in the Madeira Islands trails –  discovering some of the hidden treasures on his Portuguese Island.

João I can not thank you enough for the off the beaten paths and views you keep giving. Definitely one of the most challenging and amazing hikes we did 1200m meters all the way up to Fanal forest and circling back to the hidden village. Wow!

– Jeffery 

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Sohail is the newest addition to the Epic team and we are beyond stoked to have him on board. As a veteran of the Karakoram and a native of Karimabad in Hunza, there is not much Sohail can’t do in the mountains. 

Besides having the ability to speak more languages than we can count, Sohail has explored every corner of Gilgit Baltistan and logs more trekking miles 

in a year than most people will do in a lifetime. As of the summer of 2022, Sohail has summited Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2, and K2 – three of Pakistan’s five 8000-meter peaks. Sohail guides several trips including our annual bespoke expeditions but specializes in Hunza Valley tours.

Chris and Sohail, and the team at Epic are FANTASTIC! Highly recommend anyone to do a tour with ‘Epic’. They have the perfect balance of fun, excitement and wild adventures, tied in with being super professional and ensuring your safety/health in a foreign environment. Don’t waste a moment and book a tour with these guys as the value for money is UNREAL!

– Borgan

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Pedro’s been traveling all around the globe since 2009. His keen interests in documentary photography, rural life, and local people from different ethnic groups have been the focus of many of his professional projects.

Since 2012, he has developed his passion for travel and awesome shared experiences into a full-time adventure photography tour leader position.

Pedro has found himself continuously going back to the Middle East, with his likely favorite destination being Iran. Pedro lead his 11th tour in Iran with Epic in spring 2020

When Pedro’s not traveling the world with Epic Expeditions, you’ll find him based in the western south of Portugal planning he’s next adventure missions, logistics and working out his photos in local exhibitions.

 I loved the combination of hiking, camping around breathtaking scenery mixed with the cultural aspects. The guide (Pedro) is knowledgeable and work very hard to make the trip as memorable as possible. All in all an epic adventure with some extremely epic individuals! Go for it, you won’t regret it!

– Coastal

Diane Bouvet

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After fleeing from the corporate fashion world in Paris towards the start of 2020, Diane has been working as a web developer and graphic designer remotely from various bases across the globe

She brings all of her incredible design and organizational power to Epic Expeditions and is responsible for many of the beautiful behind-the-scenes design elements. 

Diane has been to Iran and to Pakistan twice including all over Gilgit Baltistan and KPK.

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Head of Operations | Guide

A veteran of Pakistan travel, Ralph is an experienced guide, photographer and writer who specializes in documenting remote locations. 

Not one to simply go where everyone else does, he insists on exploring new and lesser-known areas.

Together with Epic Expeditions, he shows people parts of Pakistan that most other operators don’t even know about. He is particularly fond of the village of Barah, which he believes will become just as famous as Hunza one day.

Just got back from EBT’s Trekking Amongst Giants 15 day tour. The experience was first class. Ralph, our head guide, ensured that the entire trip ran smoothly and relatively on time (a bonus for anyone travelling in Pakistan). We had so many unforgettable days on the tour and the trekking was well-planned, safe but also a rewarding challenge. 

– Calvin

Traveling to a non-tourist destination can be a little intimidating but EBT takes all of the worry and trepidation away. From the pre-trip call to meeting the wonderful staff in person you can tell that you are dealing with a company that has a passion for what they do each and every day. Ralph, Zahid, and Khan were supportive, kind, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everyone on the trip was getting what they wanted out of the experience.

– Katrina 

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Founder | Adventure Guide | Director

Since he started exploring the world, Chris has been seeking out every shade of adventure in various parts of the globe and had visited more than 70 countries along the way. 

Over the last 10 years, Chris has logged more than 7000 trail miles across five continents and climbed multiple 6000 + 7000 meter peaks in Pakistan and Nepal.

A few years back, a distant dream and a deep passion for the mountains and the people of Pakistan led Chris to co-found Epic Expeditions at a time when foreign adventure tourism in Pakistan was almost nonexistent. Since then, Chris has guided more than 20 expeditions to various parts of Northern Pakistan.

Chris believes in using photography and powerful adventure experiences to dismantle negative stereotypes regarding what mainstream media considers “dangerous” countries while facilitating unique and meaningful memories in the mountains for countless people from around the globe. 

For him, an ideal start to the day begins with a steaming cup of good coffee, the beam of a headlamp, alpine boots, and a camera in hand.

He lives in Madeira Island when not leading expeditions in far-flung lands. 

Chris also works as a writer and photographer on his blog Off the Atlas – an adventure travel blog all about Pakistan.  

Read this interview our staff did with Chris to learn more about him!

Chris believes in Pakistan and its people, and he believes in the value of journeys shared with others and family cultivated on the road. Honesty and integrity are at the heart of what he does, and this really shines through in his work as a guide. He also makes great coffee – whether at 5am in an empty guesthouse or half way up a Himalayan peak.”

– Will De Villers

Pakistan is a magical country! Had 3 of the best weeks of my life thanks to Epic Backpacking Tours with owner, and one of our awesome guides, Chris. From detailed itinerary, preparation with an equipment list, and visa assistance. To amazing food, great porters, helpful guides, and great accommodations. Epic really hit home run after home run. […]

Their desire for adventure and amazing trip is just as high as yours. Bring a good pound of coffee for the trip. French press coffee every morning and no average tin coffee, plus you’ll be in your guides good books.

– Clark Tyler

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