Trekking in Georgia: Light Hikes Through Svaneti
Svaneti - one of the most interesting regions of the Caucasus - awaits you! Our trekking route runs along the most important trails of this mountainous region. We will pass through Upper Svaneti down to Lentekhi, the capital of Lower Svaneti. On the way, we will see Svan defensive towers, the villages of Adishi and Ushguli, or the beautifully renovated Mestia. The trip is not very demanding, so we encourage active people of all ages to get a taste of the real life in Caucasus!
Most of the baggage will be transported for us by an assistance car, which means we will go lightweight. Each day we will cover a distance of about 15 km, the daily ascend will be about 700 meters with an average of 7-10 hours of walking a day (including breaks). The only exceptions will be on the first and last day of trekking when the ascend will be over
1 000 meters.
Night-time we will be spending in the remote villages of Svan people, tasting their food and learning their way of life, while they cook and talk about the olden days and perhaps even sing to us. The trek will come to an end with a well-deserved rest at the Black Sea. Join us now!
Departure from Warsaw. Arrival to Georgia. Straight from the airport we will go to the place of accommodation - a guest house in the picturesque Georgian village of Gelati, where we sit at the welcome supra dinner. Supra in the hosts' house will be enriched by the informal concert of the Georgian male choir.
After breakfast, we will visit the monastery complex of Gelati (UNESCO) and the smaller, but equally beautiful and picturesque monastery of Mocameta. We will also visit the historical center of Kutaisi, with the recently restored Bagrati cathedral. We will be able to buy local products on a typical Georgian market that captivates with the richness of colors and fragrances. In the afternoon we will drive to Upper Svaneti (UNESCO).
The first part of trekking leads to Mestia, the capital of Svaneti. The trail leads through the gorge of the river Becho from the village of Mazeri located at the foot of the magical Ushba (4700m above sea level), which has been attracting mountaineers from all over the world for decades. After reaching the capital of the region, Mestia, we will visit the traditional Svan buildings with preserved defensive and representative towers.
Passage through the mountains of the Caucasus. On the way, we will visit and spend the night in characteristic villages with interesting architecture and defensive towers. From Mestia we will go to Cholashi. From there we get to the isolated village of Adishi. On the way we will pass probably the most beautiful peak of Svaneti – Tetnuldi which resembles a pyramid (4863m above sea level). From Adishi, crossing the river and the picturesque pass, we reach the deserted village of Iprari.
In the morning we will visit Lagurka, the church of Saint Kyrikos and Julitta, with beautiful frescos and sacred art and a breathtaking view on the Enguri river valley. We will reach the picturesque Ushguli (UNESCO), where time has stopped and the climate of old eras still is visible. We will get lost (in a controlled way), in the maze of stone towers and fortifications. We will go to the glacier at the foot of the highest Georgian mountain, Shkhara (5068m above sea level) and majestic Jangi-tau (5 058 m above sea level). After a day of rest in the highest situated village in Europe, the last, longest but probably the most beautiful part of trekking awaits us. We will start it form the hills with rhododendrons to pass the tower of Queen Tamara and reach the ridge, where you can see (in good weather) the highest mountain of all Europe - Elbrus (5642 m above sea level). The trail will lead us to Lower Svaneti.
In the morning we will go to the Black Sea. We will rest on the beach and in the shade of eucalyptuses. We will also visit Batumi. In the morning, we will go to the airport to return to Poland.
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• a plane ticket to Georgia in two directions with all fees
• care of a English-speaking guide
• care of the Svan guide during the trekking part
• local transport (minibus, off-road car, horse)
• an assurance car for luggage transport
• accommodation: guest rooms in the Georgian families' houses
• board (11x breakfast + 9x dinner + 5x dinner packages)
• information packages, maps
• obligatory insurance guarantee for the travel agency
• NNW and KL + insurance of luggage up to 200 Euro
• a mandatory fee for the State Tourist Guarantee Fund (TFG) for each person
The participants of the expedition are accompanied by an assurance car in which luggage is transported. On the trekking we take only a small hand luggage. The car can transport participants who will want to take a break from trekking or are injured.
We are accommodated in family guest houses adapted for tourists. Clean rooms, bathroom with shower and hot water shared by several rooms. The rooms are double (however, a group of friends or individual travelers of the same sex can also be accommodated in three or four-bed rooms).
Local Georgian and Svan cuisine - also friendly for vegetarians (2x dinner at the Black Sea, payable on client’s own) 11x breakfast, 9x supra supper. Food in abundance. On the way, lunch packages (bread, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, khachapuri, pastries ...)
We travel in small groups. The minimum number of people on the trip is 6, maximum 15.
• Days and program entries may change depending on the date of departure or as a result of the situation on the spot.
• The organizer of the trip is Active Travel Agency Barents.pl.