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We offer to explore one of the most beautiful and accessible mountain part of Georgia, Svaneti. Svanetia is the land of a thousand towers and the mythical Golden Fleece. This is the most picturesque, diverse and accessible region of Georgia, equally interesting for hikers and tourists.
Our hike in Svaneti suits everyone who wants to see the best of the region without having to carry heavy backpack. With overnight stays in guest houses all you need is just some good and clothes.
This is a trekking tour of medium difficulty. It includes a couple of passes up to 3000m and big elevation differences. Therefore, we do not advise it to beginners, while experienced hikers should get into shape. In general, this trekking tour is a mixture of hiking, excursions and a master-class on the natural and cultural features of Svanetia.
|1: Meeting and transfer to Mestia (height 1500m)|
We meet in Kutaisi at 10:00 and leave to Mestia, the administrative center of Upper Svaneti. On the way to it we stop to see the giant hydroelectric dam, have a lunch and taste natural carbonated water (narzan). In Mestia we check in a guest house and walk along the old streets between the famous towers. Dinner in the restaurant.
|2: Mestia – village Zhabeshi|
In the guest house we leave the staff not needed in a hike and start our tour. Gradually climbing, we reach the 1890m high pass. From here we enjoy panoramic views and snowy peaks: Tetnuld (4850m) and Ushba (4700m). In the evening we arrive to village Zhabeshi and stay in a guest house.
|3: village Zhabeshi – village Adishi|
The morning starts from a small climb, then the path brings us down to the village Adishi where everything is the same as 500 years ago! Narrow streets of manure and stones, smoked towers and houses, stone fences without a mortar, pigs and cows. Here, in this middle ages, we spend the night.
|4: village Adishi – pass Chhunderi (2740m), village Khalde (2040m), village Iprali|
Today we cross the mountain river by rope railing. This day we see the largest icefall of Georgia – Adishi. Its height is 1.5 kilometers! The ascent to the pass is not easy, but we will be rewarded with the fantastic panorama of the mountains. On the way down we pass a high waterfall and swim in it.
|5: village Iprali – village Ushguli|
In village Ushguli we find ourselves in the medieval world of towers and temples. Ushguli, located at an altitude of 2200m, is the most elevated permanently inhabited village in Europe, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved medieval architecture. The oldest buildings date back to the IX-X centuries.
|6: Latpari Pass 2830m, Svaneti Range, mountain lakes|
This day we climb the ridge dividing Svaneti into Upper and Lower, and from the Latpari Pass (2830m) you can see the peaks of the Main Caucasus Range, even Elbrus. Return to Ushguli
|7: village Ushguli - Mestia|
Transfer to Mestia where we can visit the stunning ethnographic museum of Svaneti, or take the cable car to get to observation deck (2350m) with stunning views of Ushba and other mountains! In the evening we enjoy a traditional dinner in the restaurant (included in price).
|8: Transfer to Batumi, Kutaisi, Tbilisi|
In the morning we go to Zugdidi, from where you can continue your trip to resort town Batumi, historic town Kutaisi, or capital city Tbilisi.
accommodation (breakfast and dinner) in guest houses
snacks for lunch
transfers on the route (Kutaisi (Zugdidi) -Mestia, Ushguli-Mestia, Mestia-Zugdidi)
flights to and from Georgia
transfer Tbilisi-Zugdidi ($8), Kutaisi-Zugdidi ($3), Batumi-Zugdidi ($3) and back.
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