Hiking Tour in Svaneti

Wanderreise im Oberen Swanetien
Hiking trip in  Svaneti – crown of the Caucasus

Hike with us in the beautiful mountains of the Great Caucasus region of Lower and Upper Svaneti in the months of May, June, July, August and September. Enjoy the scenery, the mountains, Svanetian hospitality and find unexpected moments of happiness! Svaneti is the highest inhabited area in the Caucasus. Four of the 10 highest peaks of the Caucasus are located in the region. The highest mountain in Georgia, Mount Shkhara at 5,201 meters (17,059 feet)- we will be hiking close to it from the village of Ushguli.

Trip Duration: 11 days (departure from Tbilisi)

Hike Duration: 9 days

Travel dates 2015

23 May – 2 June
20 June  – 30 June
18 July – 28 July
15 August – 25 August
5 September – 15 September

Daily hikes: 12 – 23 kilometers and from 500 to 2000 meters in altitude per day

Number of participants: 4-9

Tour guide: Giorgi L. (in English)

Accommodation: Friendly local Svanetian family hotels

Luggage: You carry only a small day pack for travel, your main luggage will be transported by vehicle

Swanetien Wanderreise Kaukasus-Reisen
Svaneti Hiking Tour

Itinerary

Day 1 Departure from Tbilisi at 9 am to Kustaisi in Western Georgia with short stops on the way at interesting places. Snack on the go. From Kutaisi we drive north to the region of Lower Svaneti passing Tsageri and Lentekhi. Dinner and overnight stay at a nice family in a village near Lentekhi. Lunch, Dinner

Day 2
Beautiful hike for acclimatization of two 8 km trips to mountain Labrachi with exotic views on the shepherds’ huts on the pass to the Upper Svaneti and the Greater Caucasus. Picnic in a shepherd’s tent. Overnight stay in Lentekhi. B,L,D
Day 3  Short transfer to Mami. Hiking tour from Mami to Ushguli along incomparably beautiful mountains. Distance 22 km. Pass crossing at 2995 meters. From the pass we go down to the famous village of Ushguli at 2300 meters. Overnight stay at our home in Ushguli. B, L, D

Day 4  Today it’s off to Ushguli in a beautiful wide valley at the foot of Mt. Shrara, the highest mountain of Georgia. Distance 2 x 8 kilometers (16 km) Overnight stay at our home in Ushguli. B, L, D

In Ushguli - Blick auf die  Lamaria-Kirche
In Ushguli – view to Mount Shrara and Lamaria Church

Day 5  15 km hike from Ushguli to Khalde, a historically important village below the main chain of the Greater Caucasus. In the 19th century this village gave the Russian invaders a hard time with their heroic resistance and was completely destroyed as retaliation. Dinner and overnight stay in Khalde. B,L,D

In Swanetien
In Svaneti

Day 6 15 km Hike from Khalde to the village of Adischi. Dinner and overnight stay at our host family. B,L,D

Day 7 12 km hike from Adischi to the village of Jabeschi. Dinner and overnight stay at our host family. B,L,D

Day 8 Partly hiking trip – partly transport by vehicle from Jabeshi  to Mestia, the regional center of Upper Svaneti. In the second half of the day we will explore Mestia and its surroundings. Overnight stay in our Hotel in Mestia. B,L,D

Day 9 Hiking trip from Mestia via Mazeri to Becho. 19 km. Overnight stay at our host family. B,L,D

Day 10 20 km hiking trip from Becho to the Ushba waterfalls and back to Becho. Overnight stay in Becho. B,L,D

Day 11 Transfer from Becho to Tbilisi. Departure at 9.30 am via Jvari and Zugdidi to Tbilisi. If you want to travel in direction of Batumi at the Black Sea individually, you can get off in Zugdidi and take a marshrutka (minivan cab) to Batumi.

Our Services

Travel arrangements
All transfers from / to Tbilisi
Walking tour as per itinerary with English speaking guide
All accommodations in standard local family guest houses and hotels
Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Travel Price: EUR 1280,00

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Eine swanische Dame in Jibiani
A Svanetian woman
Bergsee in Swanetien
Mountain lake in Svaneti
Wehrturm in Ushguli, Swanetien
Defense tower in Ushguli, Svaneti
Porträt eines swanischen Fürsten aus dem 14.Jahrhundert in Lagami
Portrait of a Svan Count from the  14th century in Lagami