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Trek Georgia's Historic Svaneti Region in 10 Days

Lose yourself in the wonder of the Caucasus mountains and Georgia’s untamed Svaneti region. 10 days.

DURATION
9 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Active
COMFORT
Comfortable
LOCATION
Georgia
SEASON
May—September
NEAREST AIRPORT

Despite Ottoman and Soviet Empires seeking to conquer it, this stretch of untouched land remains remote and untamed. Traverse through medieval villages, count their symbolic Svan towers and hike alongside the region’s sweeping, snow-capped summits.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • Airport transfers
  • 8 days trekking
  • Qualified, English-speaking guide
  • All transportation by 4x4 during the tour
  • 9 nights accommodation in hotels and guest houses
  • Entrance fees to the museums and historical sites
  • All meals as specified in itinerary

Perfect for

Any adventurous hiker looking to discover a hidden corner of Georgia. Good fitness is required but you don’t need any technical experience – just a love of trekking and ancient, mountain cultures.

Need To Know

On private trips, children from the age of 16 can join this adventure.

You will need to pay for your own:

  • Flights
  • Medical insurance (mandatory)
  • Alcoholic beverages

Like most of central Europe, it enjoys pleasant and warm summers and cool autumns, with temperatures often reaching 30 degrees in the summer. Nights in the mountains are still prone to be a bit chilly, so make sure you pack a couple jumpers, too; especially if you’re travelling in September and October.

You’ll be doing a lot of trekking so while you won’t need any hiking experience, you will need good physical fitness.

Food is a delicious mix of local “Svan” and national Georgian cuisine, cooked with fresh produce grown or reared by the guesthouse owners. Georgian cuisine is world renowned for its mix of east and west flavors, aromas and colors. It can be slightly spicy and consists mainly of meat, vegetables, cheese and fruit. There are plenty of traditional dishes without meat so vegetarians can be well catered for. Lunches will be picnic style in the wilderness.

The terrain on the trails is mixed from easy trekking paths to rough rock strewn climbs close to the Glaciers. Good trekking boots are recommended.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Fly in and out of Tbilisi Airport. You can get whatever flights you like, providing you adhere to the agreed arrival and departure times.

Georgia is a very safe country to travel in especially when in a group with a guide. The people are generally friendly and welcoming to foreign travellers. For up to the minute information please check your Embassy’s website.

Your hosts have kindly asked that you pack the following:

  • Backpack and daypack (the former will be transported in the support car.
  • Down/fleece jacket and jumpers
  • Waterproofs
  • Hiking shoes and clothes
  • Sun protection (hats, sun cream, sunglasses)
  • Toiletries
  • Trainers
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking poles (optional)

Location

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Georgia is found at the meeting point of the Black and Caspian Sea. It marks the border between Europe and Asia, and while it was previously plagued by wars and instability, it’s now opening its doors to the world. These disrupted years have resulted in an unexpected positive; much of the country’s landscape remains unchanged and enriched with flora and fauna. Alongside outstanding scenery, remote, medieval villages, dramatic, snow-blanketed peaks and gentle mountain meadows, you’ll be immersed in a vibrant culture uniquely found in this region.

Svaneti itself is an ancient region long warred over but never won. Everyone from the Ottomans to the Soviets have tried their hand at claiming this land, but all have failed – mainly owing to their Svan towers (known locally as koshki). These stone towers were built to defend local villagers from raiders and some date back as far as the 9th century. As many as 175 still stand.

Start point

You’ll be met at around 07.30 in Old Tbilisi. Your host will be in contact to finalise the details.

Finish point

You’ll leave Old Tbilisi between 17.30 and 18:30.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Tbilisi

Meet your guides at the airport before hopping in the jeep and travelling to Svaneti. You’ll take a brief stop for lunch and to see Enguri Dam, found in the gorgeous gorges of Samegrelo’s and Svaneti’s mountains. Then head to your guesthouse in Becho; settle in, unpack and rest ahead of tomorrow’s hike.

Day 2: Trek to Ushba Glacier

Wake up early and walk through the woods to the foot of Mt. Ushba at (4700m). On your way to the Ushba glacier, you’ll pass waterfalls and forests. Hike back to the guesthouse in Becho, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night.

Day 3: Explore Mestia and the Chalaadi Glacier

Transfer to Mestia (one hour) to see its ethnographic museum and old watchtowers. Then drive to Lavladashi and trek to the stunning Chalaadi Glacier. Follow the trail through luscious valleys and thick woodland, before trekking across a footbridge to Mestiachala, where you’ll then be transported back to Mestia.

Day 4: Hike from Mestia to Jabeshi

Today is a tough one – you’ll start from an elevation of 1500m above the sea level and reach a maximum elevation of 1900m. You have a long hike ahead, so pack comfortable shoes (and lots of water). You’ll walk towards Adishi, before returning to a guesthouse in Jabeshi.

6 to 8 hours hiking over 14km

Day 5: Discover the Ancient Village of Adishi

Adishi is found on the slopes of Mount Tetnuldi. This old, ramshackle village is known by its four stone towered churches – the Church of Christ, the Church of the Archangel, and two churches of Saint George. Some are as old as the 11th century. You’ll follow the trail through the Mulakhura valley to Adishischala, before going back to Adishi for dinner and rest.

Day 6: 10th-century Churches and Isolated Mountain Villages

Today you’ll hike from Adishi to Iparali, a remote mountain village set against the backdrop of snowy, serrated black mountains. You can have a wander around the village and suck in its history. One spot worth visiting is the village’s ornate Nakipari Church, which was built in the 10th century and is home to an 11th-century icon of Saint George carved in gold and silver.

Day 7: Experience Ushguli, a World UNESCO site

Jump in the jeep and travel to Ushguli, a World UNESCO site. Its primary historical settlement is found in the very East of Svaneti and is one of the highest inhabited places in Europe (2,000-2,200m above sea level). You can find the remnants of a fortress from the 11th century. Its 37 towers were built by Queen Tamar, Georgia’s first queen. She ruled the country throughout its Golden Age.

Then trek through the mountains to Shkhara Glacier, the source of the Enguri River. Return to Ushguli for the night.

Day 8: Trek to Mount Guri

Follow a winding path from Ushguli to the summit of Mount Guri (2970 m). It’ll be a hard climb, but – weather permitting – you’ll be rewarded with views of Ushguli and the peaks of Mt. Shkhara (5068m) and Mt. Tetrnuldi (4617m). Return to Mestia, before taking a cable car up Hatsvali Mountain for dinner at the highest restaurant in Mestia.

Day 9: Transfer Back to Tbilisi via Gori and Visit the Stalin Museum

You’ll travel back to Tbilisi. Spend the day exploring the city, before enjoying a final, farewell meal with your guides and co-travellers in the form of a traditional Georgian Supra. You’ll stay overnight in a hotel here.

Day 10: Departure Day

Time to say goodbye to Georgia. Wake up, hop in the jeep and get transferred to Tbilisi Airport.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

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Additional Night in Tbilisi £65.00 Per Person, Per Night

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