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Beta-test the Transcaucasian Trail through the Caucuses Mountains
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Beta-test the Transcaucasian Trail through the Caucuses Mountains

Envision an epic 1,865-mile trail connecting two-dozen national parks and reserves across one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions of the world. This is the dream behind the future Transcaucasian Trail, a first-of-its-kind long distance hiking trail through the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Co-founded by two former Peace Corps Volunteers, the project now has a growing international team that’s gearing up to welcome everyday hikers with a series of one-off fundraising treks this August and September to beta-test new trails in Svaneti, Georgia, and Dilijan National Park, Armenia. Those with extensive backcountry experience can similarly sign up for two-week trail-building camps, or help explore and map uncharted areas of the heavily forested Caucasus Mountains in search of routes that may become part of the future trail.