THE FOUNDERS

Caucasus Trekking Company is a Georgian company founded in 2006 by Gia Bakuridze and Audrey Bogini.


AUDREY BOGINI
Audrey is French and originally from the South Alp. Having a wanderlust she has explored some of the more isolated regions of our planet crossing on foot or horseback the mountains chain of Papua, Pamir Kyrgyz, the Carpates, a part of the Andes, the Caucasus. She also trekked through Mongolia, Patagonia and a few islands lost in the archipelago of Maluku and Celebes, Philippines, Lofoten or Australes Islands; she is equally at home in the Jordanian desert, by the Euphrates in Syria, in the fjords of New Zealand. She spent several weeks canoeing on the Amazonian rivers in French Guyana or Surinam. In between trips she worked 3 years in South America and then in Germany.

Since then, passionate about ethnic Caucasians and the history of the Tush people, the last semi-nomads of Georgia, she decided to move to Tusheti, in the Caucasus, where she and Gia founded ‘Caucasus Trekking Company’. After a break she started again her activities from spring 2017 with some pioneering expeditions and self sufficient treks extended to the whole Southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains. She recognized each itinerary she offers from Azerbaijan to Abkhazia. She guides you through amazing, remote and very secluded places, plenty of beauties with historical and ethnical interests.



GIA BAKURIDZE
Gia   is a member of a very ancient Tush family. He spent his youth in the High Caucasus and studied in Tbilisi. After the Soviets left Georgia went through a sombre period; it was during this time that Gia worked with his father as a shepherd and horse breeder. Gia knows every corner of the Tusheti, the history and the mysterious legends. He is an incredible horseman, a mountaineer as well as a tested alpinist. Gia is very interested in the ancestral rites and traditions which are, mainly, rooted in paganism. They still own the horses together with Audrey but he decided to go abroad for new adventure. 



SPIRIDON BAKURIDZE
Vardeni is the father of Gia and the dean of the shepherds. He was called Kudala among the shepherds and Spiridon in the plain. He died on 2/12/2016 in Laliskhuri, Georgia. I pay tribute here to him, a profoundly good and generous man who has inspired many people. He was born in Tusheti in the village of Gogrulta, lived all his adolescence in this magnificent and rugged area and first discovered the plains as a shepherd at the age of 16 years. At that time, they transhumed to Dagestan for the winter. He knew the last Kadag Touch (preacher) and during the transhumance was the one who was asked to know the right moment to cross of the pass Abano. Spiridon’s endorsement marked the beginning of these magnificent movements of flocks, regular and fluid. The languorous progression of sheeps, goats and horses that rise them towards the heavens ... just like the departure of spriridon’s beautiful soul ....

 







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