5 Day Hiking in Svaneti

5 day hiking in Svaneti is a good combination of outdoor activities with cultural sightseeing. We visit all major destinations in Svaneti and take small hiking trips into the wild nature.  A unique blend of mountains scenery and local traditional architecture and traditions creates a majestic fairy-tale for visitors.  Svaneti region is probably the most beautiful places in Georgia, and a hiking in Svaneti is the vacation of a lifetime. 


Day 1: Tbilisi- Enguri Dam -Mestia

Driving Distance 460 km, Duration 8 hours 

  • Tbilisi-Enguri Dam: We will meet at your hotel and drive to Svaneti. After 4 hours driving, we stop at 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. Visit the Museum of History and ethnography and Svanetian Architectural Museum in Mestia and explore the small town by walking into the narrow streets, visiting small cafes and local souvenirs shops. 

  • Overnight at guesthouse in Mestia. (Twin/Double room with private bathroom)

Hiking in Svaneti

Day 2: Mestia-Ushguli -Mestia

Driving Distance 92 km, Dur. 5 hours, Walking Dist. 16 km, Dur. 5 hours 

  • After a hearty breakfast at our local guesthouse, we will depart to the Ushguli which 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 mountainous landscape 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. Wee also visit a medieval Lamaria church ( of the assumption of the Mother of God). Afterward, you can take an optional hike to Shkhara glacier. The way is long (8 km one way) but easy. We just follow upstream of the river Enguri towards Shkhara peak.  

  • Overnight at guesthouse in Mestia. (Twin/Double room with private bathroom)

Day 3: Mestia-Koruldi Lakes-Mestia

Walking Distance 18 km, Starting elevation 1,695 m, ending elevation 1460, maximum elevation 2500 m

  • We start hiking in the early morning. We hike up towards mount Ushba and reach alpine lakes of Koruldi. Koruldi Lake is a small alpine lake but is surrounded by great impressive mountainous peaks including Ushba.  For this day, we can hike to the Koruldi lakes, but if some members from the group have some walking difficulties, we will offer a 4X4 drive to the lakes. Afterward, we hike back to Mestia.

  • Overnight at guesthouse in Mestia. (Twin/Double room with private bathroom)

Koruldi Lake

Day 4: Mestia- Mazeri – Ushba Waterfalls-Mazeri-Mestia

Walking Distance 14 km, 7 hours, Starting elevation 1,648 m, Maximum elevation 2113m, 506 Up, 506 m Down

  • In the morning, we will drive to Mazeri village from Mestia (40 minutes), and start our hiking from Grand Hotel Ushba, crossing the bridge over the river Dolra left from the hotel. The path passes mineral water springs, a small church with the picturesque location, beautiful meadows, and then ascends slowly in the path of beautiful pine forests until it reaches the border post from where the last ascent starts. The trip is 7km long and takes around 3-4 hours one way. Afterward, we travel back to Mestia.

  • Overnight at guesthouse in Mestia. (Twin/Double room with private bathroom)

Day 5: Mestia- Chalaadi Glacier –Tbilisi

Driving Distance 480 km, 8 hours, Walking Dist. 5 km, duration 3 hours 

  • After an energizing breakfast and morning beverages, we travel to the 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.

Tour Price Includes:

✅ Trekking Guide/Driver Service

✅ Transportation by comfortable vehicle

✅ Fuel Surcharge

✅ 4 overnight at a guesthouse in Mestia

✅ Breakfast & Dinner for 4 Days

 Price Does Not Include : 

✘ Lunches

✘ Travel Insurance

✘ Trekking Gear

✘ Overnight in Tbilisi for Day 5

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