4 days 3 nights
Our company offers you a 4 day hiking tour in Svaneti. Breathtakingly wild and mysterious, Svaneti is an ancient place, landlocked in the Caucasus, so remote that it was never tamed by any ruler. Uniquely picturesque villages and snow-covered, 4000m-plus peaks rise above flower-strewn alpine meadows, providing a superb backdrop to the many walking trails. Svaneti’s emblem is the Koski: a defensive stone tower. Around 175 ‘koshkebi’, from the 9th and 13th centuries, still survive here today.
Not so long ago, Svaneti was still well off the beaten track. But recent tourism development has brought ski resorts, flights from Tbilisi, a paved road from Zugdidi, and a huge increase in accommodation options. To the point where Mestia, Svaneti’s only town, can get pretty busy in summer. Svaneti’s mystique and beauty, however, are in no danger of wearing thin.
On this tour, you will first visit Mestia, the administrative center of Svaneti. Tucked among high mountains and glaciers, this city stands proudly with tall medieval towers. They look like soldiers ready to have one more battle against the enemy. On this day, we will also visit the Renewed Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography.
On the next day we will hike around the Ushba Waterfall. It is the most affluent waterfall in Georgia, located near Mazera village.
On the third day, we will visit one of the highest villages in Europe – Ushguli. Here you will have a light hike to the footstep of the highest mount of Georgia – Shkhara. As a bonus, we will take you to the village Tsvirmi, which has preserved the spirit of Svaneti’s past to this day.
On our last day, we will have a short trek to the Chalaadi glacier. And finally we will drive back to Tbilisi.