• Georgia
  • 8 Days

Trekking in Svaneti: Caucasus Mountains

  • Multi Destination Journey
  • Active Adventure
  • 8 days; 7 nights
  • 1 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in T'bilisi
Covered in some of the world's most stunning alpine landscapes, the Caucasus is a mountainous area nestled between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, consisting of southern Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Defined by breathtaking natural beauty, deeply hospitable people, quaint rural backwaters and cosmopolitan capitals, Georgia is an inspiring and lesser-known gem in Eurasia. This journey will take you by foot from Mestia to Ushguli in Svaneti, one of the most awe-inspiring and iconic regions in the Caucasus. Hiking day after day through flower-strewn alpine meadows, over alpine passes, with one of the highest mountains in the Caucasus – Shkhara (5152 m), Janga (5059, Tetnuldi (4858m), Ushba (4710), you will enjoy some of the most picturesque scenery in the region. This 8-days trekking trail is exceptional, offering overnights at local guesthouses in remote villages of Svaneti. The villages in this region have a unique architectural style and are included in the UNESCO world heritage sites. With soaring mountains, gorgeous trails, and most preserved centuries-old towers, a week in this wild will inspire you deeply.read more

At a Glance

Creature comforts

no frills


Physical activity

significant


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Mountains
  • Forest
  • Village Life

Practicalities

  • For ages 12+
  • Proficient english

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Trekking

Your Local Expert

Dimitri Kaulashvili

We are trekking guides, have been trekking and exploring the Caucasus Mountains for the last 10 years. I am a local guide and with my fellow friends, we organize everything ourselves. We stay at our friend's guesthouses, ride our horses, and drive our cars on the off-road. We aim to create a unique experience and introduce true Georgian local to our guests.

The Journey

Day 1

Day 1: Tbilisi- Enguri Dam -Mazeri

10 Hours Driving In the morning we travel to Svaneti. On the way, we stop in Zugdidi and visit Dadiani palace which was a place of local lord governing the significant part of Western Georgia. Afterward, we depart for the Enguri dam which is one of the highest arch dams in the world(a height of 271.5 meters). Then we drive to the region of Upper Svaneti which is an outstanding example of an exceptional mountain landscape composed of highly preserved villages with unique defensive tower houses, examples of ecclesiastical architecture and arts of medieval origin. We drive to Mazeri village and overnight there.read more

Day 2

Day 2: Mazeri-Ushba Waterfalls-Mazeri

Moderate, Walking Distance 14 km, duration 5 hours In the morning, we will start our hiking from the village Mazeri. We will follow upstream to Dolra river. The path passes mineral water springs, a small church with a picturesque location, beautiful meadows, then ascends slowly in the path of beautiful pine forests until it reaches the border post from where the last ascent starts. Afterward, we will return to Mazeri village. Overnight in Mazeri.read more

Day 3

Day 3: Mazeri-Guli Pass – Koruldi Lakes – Mestia

Hard, Walking Distance 16 km, hours 8 ​In the morning, we will start another marvelous hike. We hike to Koruldi lakes through Guli Pass. Guli pass is at the elevation of 2960m and needs good physical effort to ascend. After Guli pass, we descend into another valley and reach easily to Koruldi Lakes. Koruldi lake is a small alpine lake but is surrounded by great impressive mountainous peaks including Ushba. Overnight at a guesthouse in Mestia.read more

Day 4

Day 4: Mestia – Zhabeshi

Moderate, Walking distance 16 km, 6 hours In the morning, we will start actual trekking. We will hike to the Mulakhi community of Zhabeshi village. The route is easy, follows an off-road car and well-marked trail. Overnight at a guesthouse in Zhabeshi with shared facilities.

Day 5

Day 5: Zhabeshi – Adishi

Moderate, Walking distance 10 km, 6 Hours After breakfast, we start our journey into the wilderness. We hike up to the slopes of Tetnuldi mountain, pass ski resort and descend into the forests of birch trees and rhododendron bushes. After passing a mountainous small river, the alpine meadows will be in front of us. Here is located Adishi village which consists of stone towers and houses built several centuries ago. Its beautiful location, just below Tetnuldi mountain, on the right bank of the roaring mountainous river and between the high mountains with local architecture makes this village so special and picturesque. Overnight at a local guesthouse with shared facilities.read more

Day 6

Day 6 – Adishi – Iprali

Hard, Walking Distance 17km, 8 Hours In the early morning, we will start our Svaneti Adventure. Here we follow upstream to the river. After one hour of pleasant walking across the river, we need to cross the roaring Adishi river. For our safety, we will get on horseback and cross the river. Afterward, we will climb up to the Chkhunderi pass (2655m). From here you can enjoy majestic panoramic views of the picturesque Adishi Glacier. After having lunch on the top of the ridge and enjoying with views, we will descend into the valley of the Khaldechala river. After two hours of easy walk, we reach Khalde village which was destroyed in the 19th century by the Russian soldiers. From here our pass will follow an off-road to Iprali village. Overnight at a local guesthouse with shared facilities in Iprali.read more

Day 7

Day 7– Iprali -Ushguli-Mestia

9 Hours Driving In the morning, we trek through traditional Svani villages. After passing by Kala and Davberi villages, we are trekking through forest and reach Ushguli from above. Ushguli is located at the foot of mount Shkara and at the confluence of the rivers Enguri and Kvishiri. The highest permanent settlement in Europe (2200 m) with the outstanding mixture of the mountainous landscapes and the medieval-type towers and churches will astonish visitors. Here you will visit the Ushguli Ethnographic museum located in the 12th-century old Svanetian tower-house. We also visit a medieval Lamaria church ( of the assumption of the Mother of God). Overnight in Mestia.read more

Day 8

Day 8 – Mestia-Tbilisi

After breakfast, we will depart to Tbilisi. On our way, we will visit Chalaadi glacier. We will follow upstream of Mestiachala river and after 1,5 km, we reach our finish, a place where the river is born. Afterward, we travel to Tbilisi.

Included

  • Lodging

    2 overnight at a guesthouse with private facilities in Mazeri (Twin/Double Rooms); 2 overnight at a guesthouse with private facilities in Mestia (Twin/Double Rooms); 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Zhabeshi (Twin/Double Rooms); 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Adishi (Twin/Double Rooms); 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Iprali (Twin/Double Rooms);

  • Meals

    Breakfast for 7 days; Dinner for 7 days; Packed Lunch Boxes for 6 days

  • Transportation

    All Ground Transportation; Fuel surcharge; Luggage transportation

  • Guide

    English Speaking Trekking Guide service for 8-Days

Not Included

  • Lunch

    Lunch for Day 1 & Day 8

  • Hotel

    Hotel in Tbilisi for the last day

  • Insurance

  • Trekking Gear

    Trekking Poles, Backpacks, Raincoat

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