8 day trekking in svaneti
8-Day Trekking in Svaneti is the most popular and beautiful trekking tour in Georgia country. Our small-group tour coves all the iconic hiking trails in Svaneti and is an ideal destination for people who wants to experience nature and culture altogether. You will hike 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 Caucasus.
This 8-day trekking in Svaneti is also exceptional, it offers 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, and houses, trekking from Mestia to Ushguli is an exhilarating trek that lives up to the highest-class reputation.
Day 1: Tbilisi- Enguri Dam -Mazeri
Driving Distance 440 km, 8 hours
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.
Overnight in Mazeri
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.
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.
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: 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.
Day 6 – Adishi – Iprali
Hard, Walking Distance 17km, 8 Hours
In the early morning, we will start our trekking in svaneti again. 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.
Day 7– Iprali -Ushguli-Mestia
Moderate, Walking Distance 10 km, 5 Hours
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.
Day 8 – Mestia-Tbilisi
Easy, Walking Distance 5 km, 3 Hours
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.
Guli Pass is passable only from July, therefore, in June we will go to Koruldi lakes not via Guli Pass but from Mestia.
Your luggage will be transported from a guesthouse to the next guesthouse for each day during the trekking in Svaneti.
Tour Price Includes:
8-Day Expert Leadership from experienced adventure guides
Transportation by comfortable vehicle
Luggage Transportation for each day.
Breakfast, Lunch boxes and Dinner for 7 Days
2 overnight at a guesthouse in Mazeri
2 overnight at a guesthouse in Mestia
1 overnight at a guesthouse in Zhabeshi
1 overnight at a guesthouse in Adishi
1 overnight at a guesthouse in Iprali
Price Does Not Include :
✘ Travel Insurance
✘ Pick up & drop off
✘ Lunches for Day 1 & Day 8
✘ Trekking gear (backpack & poles) – can be rented
✘ Overnight in Tbilisi for the last nightin
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