Datvisjvari Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.689m (8,822ft) above the sea level, located in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of eastern Georgia.
The road to the summit, located in the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. It links the historic highland village of Shatili and Gudani. The pass gets usually blocked by snow in October and becomes passable again in May. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. You might want to take this into consideration if you have passengers that don't like heights.
The road was built in 1970's. The serpentine road to the summit, also known as Datvi-Jvari Pass, Datvis-Jvarisghele or Datvis jvari (engl. "bear's cross"), is used for transportation from one side to the other. 4x4 vehicle recommended. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Be prepared, this road is not for the faint of heart or ill prepared. One mistake can have serious consequences.
The drive is definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! At the summit there are beautiful views. There are plenty of dangerous drops apart from this pass,as well as ancient villages and fortresses along the way. After Shatili it continues to Mutso and ever more remote villages in the Andaki valley.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Pre S2