Shkhara glacier trek starts and ends in Ushguli village. Major river of Svaneti – Enguri starts from Shkhara glacier. Mt. Shkhara is the highest mountain in Georgia, located in the very east of Svaneti, near village Ushguli. Trail is 7 km long one way, but not very difficult and starts at Lamaria church in Ushguli. Shkhara glacier trek is also perfect destination for horse ridding from Ushguli. Village Ushguli included in the World heritage list by UNESCO because of it’s medieval architecture, is recognized as highest permanently inhabitant village in Europe. Drive from Mestia to Ushguli normally takes 2 hours one way. Trek can be shortened if jeep will take tourists half way deep in Enguri valley, the last point where car road ends.
Along trekking or horse ridding visitors will have opportunity to walk in Ushguli vilage, see ancient houses, visit local museums. There are several cafes in the village.
Shkhara glacier trek description
Trek starts at altitude 2200 meters above the sea level. Maximal altitude is just 2500m, so there is ho climbing, just walking in the valley toward glacier. Getting too close to the glacier is not recommended because of falling rocks. Total timing is around 6 hours both ways. for horses less.
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Price includes transfer to Ushguli, return to Mestia and guide service.
Transfer until end of car road will cost 20$ more per jeep.
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Price includes transfer to Ushguli, return to Mestia, guide service and horse rental.