Trekking in Southern Caucasus

”A trip into the Great Caucasus along Georgia’s northern border is a must for anyone who wants to experience the best of the country. Spectacular mountain scenery, wonderful walks and picturesque old villages with strange, tall defensive towers are all part of a trip to the Great Caucasus.” (Lonely Planet)

For 12 years we have been going to the Southern Caucasus (Georgia) for the incredible trekking tours in Svaneti, Tusheti or Borjomi – Kharagauli and not only.

Georgia is a neighborhooding country, just on the other side of Black Sea. Working with our georgian partners we developed a huge bridge over the sea, connecting Carpathians Mountains with Caucasus Range: two great and exotic mountain ranges, away of the crowd and still full with true hiking gems!

Between July 10 – 19, 2020 we organize a trekking tour in Svaneti (> 3,000m alt.), at the foot of the main ridge of Caucasus, in one of the most beautiful mountain areas in Georgia.

Please contact us for details

Length: 70km

Height to gain: + 3,761m / – 4,535m.

Difficulty: medium

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Svaneti is an excellent trekking destination, offering a wide range of routes of varying length and difficulty. One of the biggest advantages of hiking in this area is that the mountain villages, although isolated and small, are located dense enough to allow day trips (8-10 hours) from one village to another, without being necessary to use the tents for camping.

In addition to trekking along the main Enguri valley, above rises the main ridge with snowy peaks. Here is Shkhara (5,193 m), the highest peak in Georgia, part of the famous “Bezengi Wall” and double Ushba peak (4,710 m), which is considered to be the deadliest mountain in the Caucasus.

Our trek is connecting two villages in the upper area of ​​the Svaneti region: Mestia with Ushguli (UNESCO heritage).

For whom?

UIMLA badgeThe trekking tour will be led by an International Mountain Leader (IML) and is aimed for trekkers who have medium experience of hiking and a decent physical condition.

The accommodation is in local houses, basic but clean enough,  in double rooms or in dormitories with 4 -6 beds, with access to toilets and showers.

English is useful in cities but totally useless in rural areas, where locals speak only Russian as a foreign language.

The trek is mostly on footpaths and forest roads. On certain days, depending on the weather conditions, it is necessary to cross water torrents on small bridges or directly through the water (by horses, if available).

Ushguli village – one of the major objectives of the trekking tour (UNESCO heritage), is located at an altitude of 2,100m at the foot of Shkhara peak. In the village live about 70 families (200 people), enough to support a small school. The area is covered with snow for 6 months of the year and often the road to Mestia is inaccessible.

The trek between Ushguli and Mestia takes place at an altitude between 1,500 – 3,000m and requires a decent physical condition to cope with physical exertion for several consecutive days.

A list of the minimum required hiking equipment is provided to those enrolled in the program.

Please contact us for details.