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THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA

CAUCASUS / SVANETI TREK

THE CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS: SVANETI TREK
​(REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA)
(​11 DAYS)
TRIP DATES FOR 2019
June 1-11
June 15-25
June 29-July 9
July 6-July16
July 13-July 23
July 27-August 6
August 3-August 13
August 17-August 27
September 7-September 17
September 14-September 24

Situated in the north of the country Svaneti is bordered by both Karachay-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Bakaria in the Russian Federation. It is home to some of the highest mountains in the Caucasus.  This historical region is brimming with ancient villages and the locals known as Svans have largely retained their culture and heritage for centuries. Characteristic of this region are the Svan towers (koshki) built in the medieval period to act as defense and signal towers against invading armies. Trek through the beautiful mountains to explore the medieval towers and Churches of Svaneti, be awe struck by some of the highest peaks in Europe and prepare to be immersed in local mountain culture. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek to Ushba Waterfall at the foot of Mt Ushba which stands at 4700m.

  • Discover ancient defense towers and villages with churches dating back to the 9th Century.

  • Explore alpine pastures, villages and valleys in the shadow of 4-5000 meter plus mountains.

  • Visit Mestia’s ethnographic museum and discover the treasures and artifacts of this ancient people. 

  • Ascend to 2070m to witness the stunning Chalaadi Glacier.

  • Trek to Shkara glacier, one of the highest in Georgia.

  • Enjoy the sight of Mt. Shkhara (5068m) and Mt. Tetrnuldi (4617m) towering over the Greater Caucasus mountain range.  

 ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Transfer to the hotel in Old Tbilisi.
 Free day.  Overnight- hotel in Tbilisi.
 
DAY 2 - Transfer from Tbilisi to Becho, Svaneti.
Transfer to Svaneti. En route we visit Enguri Dam with a height of 271 meters (the highest dam of this type in the world). The Dam forms a water-storage reservoir in the picturesque gorges of Samegrelo and Svaneti’s mountains. It's time to get ready for the most exciting part of the trip - a journey in Svaneti, a region with the highest mountains and glaciers and the most abiding ancient traditions.

 

Overnight guesthouse in Becho 
Lunch and Dinner.
Shared facilities
 
DAY 3 - Trek to Ushba Glacier.
In the morning we start our trek from the guesthouse through woods to the foot of Mt. Ushba at (4700m). A beautiful trek will bring us to the waterfalls and we can enjoy the spectacular view of Ushba glacier. The first 2 hours is comparatively easy, but the next 3 hours gets a bit harder. On our way back we meet our local transport near a bridge and return to the guesthouse.
Military Base ↑↓ 400m, (walking time 4 hours) 12 km
1st Waterfall ↑↓ 650 m (walking time 5 hours) 16 km
Glaciers ↑↓ 1050m (walking time 7 hours) 20 km
 
Overnight guesthouse in Becho 
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Shared facilities
 
DAY 4 - Becho, Mestia , Chalaadi , Mestia  
In the morning we transfer to Mestia (1 hour) and start with a visit to Mestia’s ethnographic museum and old watch towers. 
After this we drive (20min) to Lavladashi and trek to Chalaadi Glacier. We follow beautiful valleys and trek through lush forests before we get a glimpse of the glacier. Then we trek up to an altitude of 2070m. Trek down to a foot bridge over Mestiachala, from here we take our transport back to Mestia.

 

Walking distance 12 km
 ↑↓500m (waking time 5 hours)
Overnight in Mestia 
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 
Privet toilet and shower in rooms.
 
DAY 5 - Trekking from Mestia to Jabeshi 
 The trail starts at an elevation of 1500m above the sea level, the maximum elevation is 1900m and ends at 1600m.
Total distance 14 km. Time needed 6-8 hours. Through alpine meadows and along rough jeep tracks following Jabeshi starts a hard climb up toward the village of Adishi.  
 
DAY 6 - Trek from Jabeshi to Adishi. 
 The ancient village of Adishi is located several kilometers away from Ipari under Mount Tetnuldi. The village has four churches: the Church of Christ, the Church of the Archangel, and two churches of Saint George. The Church of Christ held icons from the 11th-14th centuries (now stored at a museum), as well as a manuscript of Shatberdi dating back to 897, which includes detailed artwork known as the four chapter book of Adishi. The trail leads from the valley Mulakhura to Adishischala.   Trail ends at elevation 2100m. 
 
Total distance: 10 km 
Duration:  6-7 Hours 
Altitude: 
Start 1650m
Highest point: 2500m 
End: 2080m 
 
Overnight in Adishi 
Breakfast, lunch and Dinner 
Shared facilities
                                                                                                    
DAY 7 - Adishi - Iparali
 Start trekking to the village of Ipari. The biggest and most decorated church in this community is the Nakipari Church, built in the 10th century. Theodore, King David the Builder’s painter, painted artwork in this church. The church also contains an 11th century icon of Saint George carved in gold and silver. 
 
Total Distance: 14 km 
Duration: 6-8 hours   
Altitude:
Start: 2080m
Highest point: 2722 m 
End: 1950m 
 
Overnight in Iprali
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 
Shared facilities
 
DAY 8 - Iprali- Ushguli.  Transfer to Ushguli by vehicle. 
 Ushguli’s medieval constructions are under the protection of UNESCO. A historical settlement located in the very East of Svaneti, Ushguli is one of the highest settlements in Europe (2,000-2,200m above sea level). It was part of the so-called “Free Svaneti” as for centuries the people here defended the region against numerous attacks. The Church of Saint Mary is located on one of the highest points in Ushguli and it is also the home to the remnants of one of the most ancient fortresses of Svaneti with 37 towers, dating back to the reign of Queen Tamar. The views and surrounding landscape are stunning.  
 
We have a superb trek in the afternoon which takes us through the mountains to Shkhara Glacier where the Enguri River starts. After which we return to Ushguli.
Elevation gain and loss 300m (5-6 hrs)
 
Overnight in Ushguli 
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
Private facilities
 
DAY 9 - Trek to Mount Guri
We leave the village Ushguli and continue towards Mount Guri (2970 m). We walk on a serpentine slope and then the path disappears. The last 50 meters are the most difficult to climb but when we reached the top the views are stunning. If the weather allows, we will have the chance to see not only the village of Ushguli (which actually consists of 3 small villages) and is listed by UNESCO but also the tops of Mt. Shkhara (5068m) and Mt. Tetrnuldi (4617m). After which we transfer back to Mestia. In the evening we take the cable car up Hatsvali Mountain where we have dinner at the highest restaurant in Mestia.
 
Total distance: 10km
↑ ↓ 800m. (Walking time: 4-5 hours)
 
Overnight in Mestia 
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
Private facilities
  
DAY 10 - Transfer back to Tbilisi via Gori and the Stalin Museum.   
In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner in the form of a traditional Georgian Supra.
Overnight Hotel in Tbilisi
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  
DAY 11 - Depart home
Say goodbye to Georgia and head home trek-happy!  Airport transfer included.

TREK STYLE: This is a STRENUOUS trek.  Recent hiking and/or backpacking experience is highly recommended.  You will need to prepare in terms of cardio workout and consult with your doctor prior to joining the trip given the high altitude.  You will be required to familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking, sign a liability waiver and terms & conditions forms.  A medical certification from your doctor may be required if Peak Explorations deems it necessary prior to joining this trip.

PRICE: $1995

(Minimum group size of 4 required) 

Single supplement:  $375

BALANCE DUE DATES:  45 days before the trip

DEPOSIT: $ 650.

 

Note on Specific Refund Policy for this trip:

Your deposit is refundable IF we do not meet the required minimum group size of 4. 

Otherwise, the deposit is nonrefundable. 

 

Please read the TERMS & CONDITIONS and LIABILITY WAIVER before booking. Click on Book Now below to book.

INCLUSIONS: 

  • Transportation: 2 x airport transfers

  • Transportation: by 4x4 (support vehicle) during the tour

  • Accommodation: All included, as per itinerary

  • English-speaking professional guide as per program

  • Entrance fees to the museums and historical sites

  • Meals: as in itinerary


EXCLUSIONS:

  • Flights

  • Medical, emergency evacuation and travel insurance.

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Mountain equipment (eg sleeping bags, trekking poles etc.)

  • Any personal expenses (such as laundry, souvenir shopping, alcoholic beverages, etc) 

  • Extra activities

  • Visa fees

  • International flight tickets 

 
FLIGHTS:
International flights are excluded.  Clients must book their own flights and send a copy of their flight itinerary by e-mail to bgtrekker@peakexplorations.com no later than the trip balance due date.

TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIRED:
After making a deposit, you are required to obtain appropriate travel insurance through Travel Guard or other insurance of your choice that should cover at a minimum 100% of the trip cost (land & air), emergency medical and evacuation for high altitude trekking of up to 4000 meters.  Proof of travel insurance must be provided via electronic mail to bgtrekker@peakexplorations.com no later than the trip balance due date.  Failure to obtain travel insurance by the trip balance due date will result in cancellation and no refund of your trip deposit and/or applicable cancellation fees as noted in the Terms & Conditions.

Note: If you opt to buy your insurance from a company other than Travel Guard, please ensure that the insurance you purchase covers high altitude trekking as there are only a select number of companies that provide such type of coverage.

VISA:

Please check ahead of time as to the visa requirements for the country of your choosing.  You are responsible for securing your own visa, if required.

TRIP NOTES:

Upon booking, you will receive trip notes that include the recommended gear list.

meet your guide

James

Trek Coordinator

meet your guide

Levani

Trek Guide