After 2 hours of climbing through the snowy fields we could not follow the trail anymore as it was all covered in snow. We made it finally to the Chkhunderi pass (2655m) but not till after Gabs suffered a panic attack on top of the snowy ridge on the very peak of this pass.
After this we heading down into an immense valley where the ruined Khalde village lies. Only one Russian family lives there, running a guesthouse. The views of the glaciers was mind blowing. There was no shortage of food here, his wife filled the table with delicious traditional cooking and lots of homemade wine.
Day 4: Iprali – Ushguli (12.4km)
On our last day we constantly climbed through forests and across streams. Gabs was so pleased to have made it, her feet were extremely sore (don’t go climbing in your cycling boots). She took off her boots to relieve the pain and walked the last few meters in her sandals only to be told that we had 3 villages to go!
We finally made it and stayed with a great couple who welcomed us into their guest house and lavished us with homemade food and wine. It was perfect. Gabs said that it was the best four days ever for her.
Chris & Gabs
Chris O’Hare and Gabriella Gratrix are no strangers to a challenge, but this year will see them face the biggest challenge of all, as they set off to cycle around the world for Prevent Breast Cancer. This epic journey will see them cycle over 100,000 km across 7 continents, and will take around 7 years. If just reading those figures leaves you breathless, pencil in the fact that many areas won’t have roads, and some mountain passes are almost impassable, even harder given the fact that their bikes will weigh over 55kg when loaded with kit! Now, that’s some going!