Highlander travel offer the most popular Svaneti trek, during this tour on the way tourists will see picturesque ranges, alpine valleys and the most interesting cultural sites as ancient houses, towers and churches with beautiful frescoes, which usually are leaved out of typical tourist trails. Guide knows a lot of old stories and legends to share them with guests during trekking. On the route tourists may stay in guesthouses or in tents. Svaneti trekking tour remains the bestseller of summer season!
Itinerary of Classical Trekking in Svaneti:
Day 1 Arrival in Mestia by car or by plain from Tbilisi. You can order individual transfer for additional fee. After check in guesthouse travelers will enjoy walking around Mestia to get familarized with Svaneti. Tour will include visit Margiani’s ancient living complex and history museum of Svaneti. Finalize trek preparations with guide and enjoy dinner in the guesthouse.
Day 2 Trekking starts. Trekking from Mestia to Jabeshi. Sleep in Jabeshi guesthouse or camp there. Total distance 12 km. Time needed 6-7 hours. Trail starts at elevation 1500 m above the sea level, maximum elevation is 1900 m and ends at 1650 m.
Day 3 Trekking from Jabeshi to Adishi. Sleep in guesthouse or camping. Trail leads from the valley Mulakhura to Adishischala. Trail starts at altitude 1656 m, maximal altitude is 2540 m and ends at elevation 2100m. Walking time around 6 hours.
Day 4 Trekking from Adishi to Iprali village in Kala community. Sleep in guesthouse or camping. Starting at altitude 2100, maximal elevation at Ckhutnieri path is 2700 m. Trail ends at elevation 1900 m.
Day 5 Drive from Iprali to Ushguli. Walk in Ushguli hike to Shkhara glacier. Return to Mestia by car. check in guesthouse.
Day 6 Flight or drive to Tbilisi.
Best season for Svaneti trek: From May to October.
Map of the tour:
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Tour includes: Accommodation in Mestia and all villages with FB meals (except first and last day when lunches are not included). Entrance in museum of history in Mestia, guide, transport from Ushguli to Mestia.
Tour price does NOT include: Any personal expenses. Luggage transportation from village to village. Main luggage can be left in Mestia guesthouse and travelers can go in trek with small backpack only.
How to arrive to Mestia?
You can order private transfer from Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi or Batumi.
- Tbilisi – Mestia: 280$
- Kutaisi – Mestia: 150$
- Zugdidi – Mestia: 100$
- Batumi – Mestia: 220$
Price is given per minivan, maximum 6 PAX, one way tranvel. for other kind of transport please contact us.
- Public minibus from Tbilisi, Zugdidi or Kutaisi.
- Train from Tbilisi to Zugdidi.
What to do with luggage
Luggage transportation is not included in tour price. Tourists are encouraged to leave main luggage in Mestia guesthouse, and take only what is necessary.
What we must have during trek with us?
Necessary is: good trekking boots, rain coat. warm jacket, water bottle, good to have trekking poles. Do not leave passport and money in Mestia. You don’t need sleeping bag.
What is weather like
In end of May and June it is pretty cold and can be rainy. In July and August rains are less expected but in mountains weather is pretty unpredictable, so you must be ready for rains. Weather will be warm at daytime and cool in the evening. In September nights will be chilly.
Photos are taken by guide Merab Mchedliani