According to the Tushetian tradition, it is forbidden to make pork meat or any dish prepared with pork.
There are several places in Tusheti where women are not allowed (ask locals when in doubt ).
There is no ATM and currency exchange but guesthouses can often arrange for payment of services.
There is no pharmacy and access to emergency medicine is often limited. ( always bring essential medications ) There is only one hospital in Lower Omalo Omalo with one ambulance and critical transport can be arranged by the military via helicopter.
There are no petrol or car repair services in Tusheti if you decide to go with your car be prepared.
There is no supermarket in Tusheti. There are only a few small shops. Before you go to Tusheti, it is better to ask your host what you can buy in the nearest store.
If you have food allergies or restrictions there is not enough food options (if you stay in a hotel or guesthouse tell your host before you go).
If you are a hiker be prepared before you will go, you cannot resupply at each village.
If you bring a water purifier it is advisable to carry spare filters, sometimes, on rainy days the water is full of particulates.
You will need summer clothes and warm clothes also. Weather is changeable and nights are cold - always carry layers.
Most Tushetian drivers are experienced on the mountain passes (all our drivers have many years of experience on the Tusheti road).
Guesthouses have water heater/solar panels as well as wood stoves. Some hotels only have solar panels and if weather changes there may not be hot water.
Some of the guesthouses have no washing machines.
Georgia’s mobile signal coverage is limited in Tusheti and only reaches about 40% of the 52 villages in the region.
Shepherd dogs guard the flock of sheep, the shepherd's shelter, and the cattle. So if you do not cross their territory they are not aggressive and only swarm to warn you, but if you cross their territory they get very defensive. Avoid walking on their territory as much as possible. If you have no other choice and have to go through their territory show the dog that you are not afraid of him -just defend yourself and always get advice from locals about how to manage the animal encounters.
It is better if you arrange a car in advance, especially in May, June, September, and October. Sometimes it is a challenge to find a car at that time.