Heli-biking in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

Heli-biking is a form of active recreation that entails flying to the mountains in a helicopter and then cycling down. Bikers attach their bikes to the outer part of the helicopter and take it up to a predetermined mountain. Heli-biking has grown in popularity over the years and more routes are added to promote the emerging sport. Although it is primarily done on hiking paths, more separate paths for heli-biking are being created.

The location and routes 

The helicopter is stationed in Stepantsminda and flights depart to several destinations. The Chiukhi Pass, 3,338 meters above sea level, is one of the first routes. There are three descent options: 

Heli-biking is also available on the following trails in Mtskheta-Mtianeti: 

  • Tanie Lake;

  • Borbalo Mountain;

  • Akhieli Village;

  • Sioni Area;

  • Altihut to Stepantsminda. 

A certified guide selects the paths according to the cyclist's experience level and physical condition. Heli-biking is most enjoyable from June to September.

Things to take into consideration

Hire a knowledgeable guide before hitting the trails. Tourists should not be moving around the paths you take and sheep herding areas should be avoided. Take caution around dogs and other animals. 

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