SVANETI TREKKING TOUR
270 EURper person
Again, we took a well-established trek – Svaneti Trekking Tour, extended it and improved it as much as possible. In this case, even the “basic material” is more than solid – “Mestia to Ushguli” is the most famous Georgian trek, and for a good reason. It offers excellent views, passes through several traditional Svan villages and doesn´t involve any complicated logistics. Svaneti trekking tour can be the best and most suited option for most of our guests.
Svaneti Trekking Tour
So what was improved? Most importantly, day 4. While the classic trail follows a river valley, we will take an alternative, virtually unknown route through the mountains and cross another 3000+ pass right beneath Mt. Shkhara (if you wish so, there is also an option 2 ). Also, while many people after reaching Ushguli make a short stroll around a village and hurry back to Mestia, we think it would be a crime not to spend a night here. So we added one more day – you can use it to climb Svaneti or Chubedishi ridge so you can enjoy the whole panorama of Greater Caucasus.
|04. 07. – 08. 07. 2022||7 – 15 (AVAILABLE)||5 days||not necessary|
|25. 07. – 29. 07. 2022||7 – 15 (AVAILABLE)||5 days||not necessary|
|08. 08. – 12. 08. 2022||7 – 15 (AVAILABLE)||5 days||not necessary|
|15. 08. – 19. 08. 2022||7 – 15 (AVAILABLE)||5 days||not necessary|
|22. 08. – 26. 08. 2022||7 – 15 (AVAILABLE)||5 days||not necessary|
|05. 09. – 09. 09. 2022||7 – 15 (AVAILABLE)||5 days||not necessary|
|12. 09. – 16. 09. 2022||7 – 15 (AVAILABLE)||5 days||not necessary|
IF NEITHER OF DATES ABOVE FITS:
This tour can be organized also privately for any group of hikers outside of the dates listed above. In this case, the itinerary can be adjusted according to your wishes and group size limitation doesn’t apply. However, there are two differences compared to the tour described here.
1. The route on day 4 – the alternative route through Lagem pass is still little-known and in Svaneti, there are very few guides familiar with it. Therefore, on custom dates, we usually offer classic Mestia – Ushguli route with sleepover in Iprali. Of course, if yoiu are interested in Lagem pass variant, len us know and we will do our best.
2. The transport of luggage – in case of a small group, the costs of a car and driver for 5 days can greatly increase the costs per participant. Therefore, in a default offer for a custom dates, we don´t include the luggage transport into the price calculations unless client specifically request so. Hikers usually don’t need it anyway – if they have heavy stuff, they leave it in Mestia and then hike only with a daypack.
SVANETI TREKKING TOUR DIFFICULTY:
This is a trek of a moderate difficulty. The basic Mestia – Ushguli trek is not hard but we will use a more scenic (and difficult) alternative. Therefore, you need to be fit and used to hiking – you should be able to walk 6-7 hours a day for a several days.
On some days, you will have to cover significant elevation difference, like 1000m up and down – nothing a fit tourist wouldn’t handle, but someone without training might struggle. You also should be used to some steep uphill walking and have good hiking shoes. If you are not sure if this trek is for you, please contact us and we will try to find out 🙂
Day 1 - From Mestia to Zhabeshi
First day of the trek mostly follows the dirt track which snakes through the pastures and slowly climbs onto forested Chkhuti ridge. Then it descends into Mulkhura valley, passes several beautiful villages, crosses the river and ends in Zhabeshi. Night at the Zhabeshi guesthouse.
Day 2 - From Zhabeshi to Adishi
Before noon, steep climb towards the Tetnuldi resort. Then, a walk through the alpine pastures will take you to the Adishi village, hidden at the bottom of Adischala valley.
Day 3 - From Adishi to Khalde
Trek deeper into the valley, towards Adishi glacier. Crossing of Adischala river with the assinsance of a horse and climb towards Chkhunderi pass (2600m). Descent to Khaldechala valley. Night at the Khalde guesthouse.
Day 4 - From Khalde to Ushguli
Today, we will be joined one more guide and our group splits into two - it will be up to you which route you would like to take. If you are up for a challenge, you will cross Khaldechala river and climb Lagem pass. From here, you will enjoy great views of Mt. Shkhara, the highest Georgian mountain. Then you will descend to the Inguri valley and reach Ushguli. Night at the Ushguli guesthouse.
If you want to take it easy, you can also follow the classic route to Ushguli which follows the Enguri river. Both groups will rejoin in the afternoon at Ushguli, where you will explore the village and then have dinner at cozy local guesthouse.
Day 5 - Trip to Svaneti range
After breakfast, you will get an opportunity to climb one of viewpoints around the village. The most popular trail heads south, towards the Gorvashi pass, but there will be also an option to climb Chubedishi viewpoint northeast of the village. From here, you can enjoy the wonderful mountain panorama of the Greater Caucasus. After a short hike on the ridge, return to Ushguli.
Alternatively, since this is a roundtrip, this walk is not mandatory and you can also make your own program. For example, if you are interested in horse trip to Shkhara glacier or Zagar pass, our guide will help you to find providers of the service and negotiate it. Or you can just stay chilling in the village if you are really tired after previous four days. Either way, you will meet all again around 3 pm and be transported back to Mestia.