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8-Day Trekking in Svaneti

Trek Georgia - 8 days

  • 8-Day Trekking in Svaneti
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's included
FAQ
Accommodation
Packing List
Safety
Trek Georgia
How To Book

Overview

> Visit Dadiani palace
> Get to see the Adishi Glacier
> Delve into local life and customs

Trekking in Svaneti is the most popular and beautiful trekking tour in Georgia. During this hiking adventure, you will trek day after day through flower-strewn alpine meadows, over alpine passes and you will be surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the Caucasus – Shkhara (5152 m), Janga (5059, Tetnuldi (4858m), Ushba (4710). On your way, you will enjoy some of the most picturesque scenery in the Caucasus. This 6-day, exceptional trekking trail offers overnights at local guesthouses in remote villages of Svaneti. The villages in this region have a unique architectural style and are part of the UNESCO world heritage sites. With soaring mountains, gorgeous trails, and well preserved, centuries-old towers and houses, this Svaneti trek lives up to the highest-class reputation. TrekGeorgia offers you a real adventure while trekking in wonderland Svaneti.

Note: all treks in Georgia are only available from May to November for climatic reasons.

Route

What’s the plan?

Day 1: Tbilisi- Enguri Dam -Mazeri

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 Mestia.

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 Svaneti Adventure. 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.

 

What's included

Included:

√ Transportation
All transportation during the trek is included in the total price.

√ Experienced tour guides
8-Day Expert Leadership from experienced adventure guides is included in the price of this trek. A knowledgeable, local, English-speaking guide leads all walks and treks. You will have two local guides in case the number of travelers will exceed 10.

√ Food
Breakfast for 7 days, dinner for 7 days, packed lunch boxes for 7 days, and snacks for 7 days are included.

√ Accommodation
4 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Mestia, 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Zhabeshi, 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Adishi, 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Iprali are included.

Luggage transportation
During the trek, we will take your luggage from one guesthouse to the next. You will only have to carry your day bag with the items you will need during the day. 

Excluded:

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Georgia.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.

×Alcoholic drinks
Alcoholic drinks are available for purchase but are not included in the price of the trek.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Georgia?

The most common and easiest way to get to Georgia is to fly to Tbilisi International Airport (TBS). Airlines such as Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Georgian Airways, and Ukraine International Airlines are some of the options to get to Tbilisi.  You can check all the airlines that fly to Georgia here.

Once you arrive at the airport it is very easy to get to the city center either by bus, train or taxi. The Public bus stop is located in front of the Arrival hall and provides transportation to the city center 24/7. One way fee is 0.50 Georgian Lari (0.20 USD). Taxis are available outside the terminal, just at the curbside of the Arrival Hall and it is also available all day. The journey time to the city center takes 20-30 minutes dependent on traffic. The taxi fee is around 30 to 50 GEL (11 to 20 USD). Although the train is a fast and cheap option (0.20 USD), it doesn’t run very often.

Best Season

Mountains of Georgia are very similar to those of Europe – the best period is from the second half of June till late September. If you want to do some serious multiday trekking, you should wait till late June – this is when nature looks its best: flowers bloom and trees get greener. The problem is that May and June belong to the rainy season. In July and August, the weather becomes more stable and dry: this is the best period to trek. These nice weather conditions tend to last until the end of September.

Tipping

It is normal to tip guides while trekking in Georgia. Opinions on how much are divided. It is common to tip 10-15% of the price of the tour. Bear in mind that anything you can give can help them a lot. Try to be generous.

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? This might be influenced by the unpredictable weather conditions. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

One sure way to get fit for trekking and hiking in Georgia is to, you could have guessed it: hike more. Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude before and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Caucasus Mountains

Is this the first time that you are trekking for so many days? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s hike twice a week.

Altitude Mountain Sickness

Altitude Mountain Sickness usually occurs above 2500 m and Symptoms may include headaches, vomiting, tiredness, trouble sleeping, and dizziness. This is why AMS is something to take into consideration before trekking in Georgia. If you want to know everything about AMS, please read our extensive blog post. For now, keep the basics in mind. Make sure you are hydrated properly, avoid alcohol before your trek, and if you are a smoker, you better at least quit for a few days, or else you are going to have a lot of trouble making it through.

Accommodation

Accommodation

4 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Mestia, 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Zhabeshi, 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Adishi, 1 overnight at a guesthouse with shared facilities in Iprali are included.

We stay at guesthouses. All of the accommodation offers private double/twin rooms with shared bathroom. Individual travelers are, in good consultation, classified with other single travelers of the same sex. You can book a single room at the applicable supplement from US$ 180.

Packing List

Packing List

Packing the right clothes and equipment is paramount for any trek. We asked our partner Trek Georgia to prepare a recommended packing list for this trek so there are no unpleasant surprises during the journey:

- Medicines that you use regularly
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Sweaters or fleece jacket
- Fleece pants
- Trekking Coat (warm)
- Thick Socks – ( wool socks )
- 1 comfortable walking shoes (essential)
- Rain jacket (windproof & waterproof) (essential)
- Small Backpack (essential)
- Insect Repellant 
- Laptop/Cell phone’s European charger, or US Outlet Plug Adapter to European 

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

Trek Georgia

Trek Georgia

Back in 2007, we set off on the mountainous road with backpacks and tents and one mission: to see and explore real Georgia, in its most preserved forms in the remote places of the Caucasus mountains. Today our ethos has not changed a bit. We love hiking, trekking and nature activities, as well as visiting stunning Georgian cultural monuments. The idea to create a travel agency came to our mind when lots of foreign visitors asked us to help them in arranging and suggesting some trekking tours in Georgia.

Since the creation of TrekGeorgia, the main goal of the company is to provide top quality service for visitors willing to explore Georgia’s culture and nature. We offer guided tours, tailor-made tours, special interest groups (Bike riding, horse riding), and transportation services.

All of our staff are trained and certified guides, while drivers are experienced Georgian drivers with years of driving experience in Georgia. Our success is determined by our high professionalism, top quality service, high reliability, and responsibility but most importantly by our motivation. We love traveling and managing TrekGeorgia for us is not just a business but a lifestyle. Co-founders are themselves trekking and hiking guides in remote Mountainous places because of their desire to meet different people from various corners of the world. TrekGeorgia’s distinctive style of travel offers something different from an ordinary guided tour or package holiday.

How To Book

How does it work?

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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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