Walk through a hiker’s paradise across the country’s highest mountain range filled with UNESCO historical sites, caves, glaciers and streams. You will stay in comfortable guesthouses with the mountain communities located along the Transcaucasian Trail. Few places in the world can rival the spectacular beauty and unique culture of Svaneti, and our guaranteed departure hike explores the lesser trodden part of the region.
£815 per person
15 July – 21 July 2019
+ optional extension 21 – 24 July 2019
Day 1 / July 15 2019: Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Chuberi
In the morning meet your guide and travel to the region of Svaneti, arriving at the village of Chuberi (6 hrs). The drive is magnificent, along a road surrounded by coniferous forests and snow-capped mountains. En route to Svaneti, we’ll stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Mtskheta with its wonderful Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Dinner and overnight at your guesthouse in Chuberi (sharing, basic facilities). Dinner included.
Day 2 / July 16: Chuberi - Nakra
In the morning, we meet our mountain escort (non-English speaking), taking a 4WD to drive 8km to the starting point of our 5 – 5.5 hour / 15 km hike. When Nakra village is visible we will be met again by our vehicle to drive another 8 km to reach the village. Luggage will be transported in the vehicles. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Nakra (sharing, basic facilities). Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included.
Day 3 / July 17: Nakra - Etseri
This morning, we continue our walk to Etseri (distance 25 km; time 8 hours). Luggage will be transported in the vehicles, while we walk through landscapes of forest and abandoned houses. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Etseri (sharing, basic facilities). Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included.
Day 4 / July 18: Etseri - Bakhi Pass - Becho
In the morning continue walk to Village Becho via Bakhi Pass (distance 15 km; time 5 hours). Luggage will be transported in vehicles. We will enjoy our walk towards Becho with stunning views of Ushba Glacier. Dinner and overnight at a family hotel in Becho. Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner included.
Day 5 / July 19: Becho - Guli Pass - Mestia
Today, our walk goes up through the forests (distance 20km; time 10 hours) to reach an open view of the Greater Caucasus Mountain summits. Dinner and overnight at a family hotel in Mestia. Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner included.
Day 6 / July 20: Mestia
In the morning, we take a short walk in central Mestia and then visit a traditional Svanetian house and tower. Later, we visit the wonderful Svaneti history museum to discover more about their unique culture. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the charming town on your own. Overnight a family hotel in Mestia. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 7 / July 21: Mestia - Tblisi or Kutaisi
After breakfast, 8 hour transfer to Tbilisi. Alternative arrangements possible to Kutaisi airport upon request.
Hike from Mestia to Ushguli, spending nights in the villages of Adishi and Khalde. Enjoy the sites of Adishi glacier and the iconic Mount Ushba as you cross vivid green fields and alpine flowers, plus, views of Mount Tetnuldi as we cross Chkhutnieri Pass. We reach the one of the highest inhabited villages of Europe, Ushguli (2200m). We leave Mestia for your preferred airport on 24 July. Further details provided upon request.
Guesthouses and family hotels in Chuberi, Nakra, Etseri, Becho, Mestia
Accommodation in double/twin room (optional single supplement)
Professional English speaking guide
Non-English speaking mountain guide on hiking days