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6 days of adventures in Svaneti

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Group tour dates: July 18-23  /  August 7-12  /  August 22-26  /  September 21-26

Please note, that you can book the private tour on any date during the hiking season

 

6 days of unforgettable adventures in Svaneti

Hiking, horse riding, off-roading and much more you can experience on our adventure tour in Svaneti.

 

 Start point: Kutaisi, Batumi

 

Tour details:

This tour is for experienced hikers, who have done similar activities before.  We start the tour from Batumi and Kutaisi at 08:00 AM and drive towards Svaneti, after 3 hours of driving we will reach our first destination, Enguri Dam, the world’s third-highest dam. Soon we continue our journey through the gorgeous mountains of Svaneti. We’ll reach Mestia, the main town of Svaneti in the afternoon and start hiking to the Chalaadi glacier.

The Shdugra waterfalls hike and Koruldi lakes hike are the next two days' plans. Besides these activities, we will have time to climb the old Svaneti tower, take a journey with a cable car journey to Hatsvali and enjoy the gorgeous view from Heshkili.

The next day we will drive to Ushguli, where we will start hiking to the Shkhara glacier, also you can go horse riding and hiking. (the same trail). Next day We will visit Ushguli village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the highest inhabited place in Europe. After visiting the medieval village, we drive through Zagaro Pass, one of the most beautiful roads in Georgia and drive back to Batumi late in the evening.

 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1

Our first day of exploration begins with a scenic drive through the majestic mountains towards the ancient town of Mestia - the historical and cultural centre of the Svaneti region. On our way we'll stop by the Enguri Dam - the second-highest dam in Europe (271m) - this is the first of many breathtaking photo opportunities that await us. We’ll also have the chance to visit a colourful local market.

Day 2

 

Hike: Chaladi glacier

o Difficulty – easy/moderate

o Distance - 6 km

o Duration - 3 hours

o Altitude change - 200 m

Today we are hiking to the spectacular Chalaadi Glacier which lies in a valley with jagged Caucasus Mountains peaks towering over it. We will hike through tranquil green pine forests right next to the Caucasian range before we venture into a captivating rocky gorge. We reach an altitude of 1850m to see the Chalaadi Glacier - a fascinating treat for the eye and the source of a rushing river. This is a fairly easy hike with a few rocky sections that allow us to fully relish and take in the surrounding scenery. On the same day, you will have enough time to explore Mestia, the main town of Svaneti and climb inside one of the towers, as well as enjoy the giant swing with a panoramic view.

Day 3

 

Hike: Ushba Waterfalls

o Difficulty - Moderate

o Distance - 9 km

o Duration - 5 hours

o Altitude change - 400 m

Today we’ve planned a scenic hike that leads us to one of the highest waterfalls in Georgia - Ushba. Our trail crosses a small river and continues deep in the wonderful pine-smelling woodlands. Weather dependent, there's a possibility for a cable car ride with a view of Ushba. Our day finishes with a special treat - dinner at a local restaurant with a typical folklore program.

Day 4

 

Hike: Koruldi lakes

o Difficulty – moderate/hard

o Distance - 18 km

o Duration - 7 hours

o Altitude change - 1400 m

Our next conquest is the beautiful alpine Koruldi lakes - nestled at the foot of the 4710m high Ushba peak, known as the ‘Matterhorn of the Great Caucasus Mountains’ for its spire-shaped double summit. Our hike follows a steep path that elevates to an awe-inspiring viewpoint at 2500m. On our way, we pass green forests and lush meadows followed by the idyllic sounds of cowbells. It’s one of the most challenging trails in the area and very tough, but extremely rewarding with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Great Caucasus Mountains.

Day 5

Hike: Shkhara Glacier

o Difficulty – easy/moderate

o Distance - 15 km

o Duration - 5 hours

o Altitude change - 300 m

Save your breath for this venture to the foot of the highest peak in Georgia - Mt Shkhara (5193m). We will have the chance to relish the majestic Shkhara glacier that feeds the main river in the area - Enguri. We'll admire the gushing river and enjoy the view over the ice mass and towards the summit. If you feel venturous, you can do part of the hike the genuine Georgian way - by horse (optional).

Day 6
We will have enough time to explore the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe - Ushguli (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This charming place is home to the unique historical Svan towers with uniquely preserved architecture. Being that high in the mountains it rewards us with awe-inspiring panoramic views towards the rugged tops of the Great Caucasus Mountains. After this magical visit, we'll head back to Kutaisi for our last night in Georgia.

 

What activities can you do additionally:

Cable car in Hatsvali

Horse riding in Ushguli

Historical Museum in Mestia

Please note: these are optional activities and are not included in the tour price

  

 What is included:

 Accommodation in the lovely family hotel

 Delicious Meals: Breakfast, dinner and lunch boxes

 Full transportation with 4X4 vehicle

 Professional trekking guide service

 

What to take:

Hiking shoes 

Individual backpack

Raincoat

Sunglasses

Sunscreen 

 

 More about Svaneti

Svaneti is located in the northwest part of Georgia, in the Greater Caucasus mountains. The region has been saved by its inaccessible location, which helped to preserve its timeless feel. The main town of the region is Mestia, known as the place of a thousand towers, famous for its hospitality and delicious cuisine. Mount Ushba known as the “Matterhorn of the Caucasus” is near Mestia. Shkhara is the highest peak in Georgia, located not far from the village of Ushguli which is the highest inhabited settlement in Europe, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

 

Join us for an unforgettable experience.