GEORGIA

The Magical Caucasus


SVANETI & BATUMI

DISCOVER THE scenic BEAUTY OF SVANETI


One of a kind trekking tour in Georgia for those looking to awaken the ultimate spirit of adventure

Embark on trekking in Svaneti, Georgia, and experience:
- virgin nature
- majestic 5000-m mountains, glaciers and rocky gorges that make for a perfect trekking setting
- deep relaxation and oneness with nature
- an exotic culture and the hospitable people of Georgia

The Magical Caucasus - Svaneti and Batumi


Trip dates:

July 23rd – August 3rd, 2019


Duration:

12 days (11 nights)


Meeting point:

Kutaisi airport (KUT)


Team size:

7-15 members per group


TRIP PRICE: 445 €



Travel plan:


DAY 1

Arrival to Kutaisi. Check-in to the hostel. Evening walk around the city

You can spend this day to get some rest after your trip to Georgia, prepare for trekking starting on the following day and discover Kutaisi.

We advise you to buy a local sim-card ( the best choice is Magti operator) and exchange currency if you arrive during the business hours.


DAY 2

Kutaisi - Mestia

Group meeting at the hostel around 11 a.m. If you had no chance to exchange currency and/or buy a local sim card the day earlier, you can do it before 11 a.m.

11 a.m. boarding a minibus and heading for Mestia - the capital of the mountainous region Svaneti. The trip will be long but an exciting one because it passes through a scenic region.

For lunch, we’ll make a stop at The Enguri Dam - the largest hydroelectric dam in the Caucasus. Its length is 700 m and its height is 272 m which makes the dam 6th highest in the world.

Further on the road will pass through a deep and cliffy Enguri River gorge. We will go along a breathtaking 140 km long winding road with hundreds of hairpin bends and dozens of tunnels.

In the afternoon, we will reach Mestia making an elevation of 1500 m by car. We’ll pitch tents on a campsite located on the property of a very hospitable local family. Those who are willing to sleep in a bed can stay in the guesthouse. We will spend 2 nights there. We’ll cook dinner and after it gets dark, we’ll climb a roof of one of the ancient towers - the symbol of Svaneti. We can observe the starry sky and the lights of Mestia by night.






DAY 3

Trekking to a panoramic viewpoint of Mestia and back

Journey time: 4-6 hrs; distance 10 km; ascent: 800 m, descent 800 m.

After breakfast, we’ll take lunch packs and go on a hike to the mountains. Today we will explore dramatic landscapes and all of the mountain ranges surrounding Mestia. At these heights, we’ll be able to see our further route ahead, and the guide will elaborate on the places we’ll see during the upcoming trekking event. We’ll get a perfect view of Ushba - a mountain veiled in mystery and surrounded by legends. Ushba is the symbol of Svaneti and one of the most difficult ascents in the Caucasus. Alpinists consider this mountain as hardly accessible and very dangerous. Only the most experienced and world-class skillful alpinists are able to climb it.

If we have time and the weather is good, we will hike up to see Koruldi lakes. They are located at the altitude of 2700 m and are surrounded by the blooming meadows.

After the descent from the panoramic viewpoint, we will visit a house museum of one of the best Georgian mountaineers – Mikhail Khergiani who was a 7-time USSR climbing Champion and was called Tiger of the Mountains for his outstanding ability to quickly pass through the most difficult routes. We will see the house in which the alpinist lived, his gear and medals. The house represents a typical Svan dwelling called “machube”. We’ll learn from the guide how ancient Svans lived.

In the evening you can enjoy your free time and visit a famous local cafe “Koshki” (which stands for “Towers” in Svan) where you can enjoy live Georgian music and lively dances. You are encouraged to try the local specialties.







DAY 4

Mestia - Ushguli - Svaneti Range

Journey time: 3 h; distance 3 km; ascent: 600 m, descent 0 m

Today we will go on a trip to Ushguli and will climb the Svaneti range that provides jaw-dropping views of the Greater Caucasus located across with its high mountains and more demanding peaks.

Ushguli is the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe. It is located at the altitude of 2200 m and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The village is nestled at the Inguri river head and at the foot of Shkhara summit (5193 m) – the highest mountain peak in Georgia.

Starting from Ushguli, the ascent will be quite steep but the path we will follow is well beaten. We will make the ascent in two days in order to make it easier. Besides, for an overnight stop, we will stay near the spring, and there is hardly any water on the mountain range.

The views from this place are amazing!





DAY 5


Trekking in Svaneti Range, 3080 m summit ascent

Journey time: 6 h; distance 8 km; ascent: 430 m, descent: 200 m.

This is going to be one of the most beautiful days as far as the views go. The mountain range is only a short distance away, and we will easily climb it with vigor. The path along the range is picturesque, and it will amaze us with a plethora of beautiful and magnificent scenes. We will walk along high altitude lakes, take a swim in them while the ever-white 5000 meter-summits will serve as an amazing background. Stunning pictures are guaranteed, and reaching the 3080 m summit with its breathtaking views will be the cherry on the cake of that day and the whole trekking trip.

Happy and filled with a myriad of emotions, we will descend the summit and will put up tents at the Latpari pass.

In case the weather is not the best on this day, we will climb the summit at dawn on the next day. We’ll pitch the tents at the pass, and will speed up in the morning to see the birth of a new day. The rising sun, the clouds underneath our feet, and the morning coffee on the summit - all of this will make you feel heavenly good.





DAY 6


Latpari pass - Lalhori village

Journey time: 4-6 h; distance 11 km; ascent: 0 m, descent 1050 m.


Wecanobserve the sunrise from the top of the mountain and enjoy the mountain landscapes at dawn from a bird’s-eye view - 3000 m. After a cup of tea or coffee on the summit, we will go back to the tent camp at Latpari pass. Today we’ll have an easy day with no ascents. We will walk down to the village of Lalhori. The walk will take us along an unmade road with stunning views. Down below there will be steep-sided gorges carved by the streams while the snow-capped mountains will stand out against the skyline. After we walk down the Inguri river gorge, we can take a hot shower at the camping.





DAY 7

Lalhori village - the Khaldeschala river gorge

Journey time: 6 h; distance 9 km; ascent: 500 m, descent 0 m.

Today we will make an ascent along the Khaldeschalariver gorge close to Chhutnieri pass. As we rise halfway, we will come to the refreshing 30-meter high waterfalls which can serve as a refreshing natural shower. The raging river Khaldeschala resounding from the deep canyon flows out of the Khalde glacier.

Round one of the corners, we will discover a dazzling view - Khaldeschala gorge crowned with the snow-capped 5000 m mountains of the Bezengi Wall.

We’ll stay for a night in this gorge and enjoy the sunlight cast on the icy mountain caps at dusk.





DAY 8

The Khaldeschala river gorge - Chhutnieri pass - the Adishchala River.

Journey time: 4 h; distance 5 km; ascent: 500 m, descent 500 m.

Today we will climb the mountain pass that leads to the Adishchala river gorge. To reach the range, we will walk along a path and the magnificent views of the Bezengi Wall will open upon us. Steep cliffs, aretes and ice cliff glaciers will impress you immensely. Once we reach the pass, we’ll leave our backpacks and walk to a viewpoint located at the altitude of 2811 m that gives a stunning panorama. We’ll see the 5000 m mountains which, it seems, are within a hand’s reach. The huge Adishi Icefall that stretches for 2 km will be in full view. And the pictures against such a background are striking!

We will hate to leave this place but will need to carry on and gain new amazing impressions.
Now we need to descend the pass and make an overnight stop at the Adishchala river bank.






DAY 9

The Adishchala river gorge - Adishi village - Tetnuldi Ski Resort.

Journey time: 6 h; distance 11 km; ascent : 450 m, descent: 300 m.


We’ll get up early in the morning before the Adishchala river rises due to the snow and ice melt. We will have to wade across the river at low water and walk along the Adishchala river gorge to another village called Adishi. As we walk along a well-trodden path, we will see the ancient high towers of the village in the distance.

Adishi has St. George's church renowned by all the Svans.

A gentle ascend from Adishi village - and we will get to one of the Tetnuldi spurs that hosts a recently built ski resort. We will walk along a path in the shade of the trees that at certain points crosses meadows. We will see a couple of streams that flow down the mountains. One of them makes for a perfect natural jacuzzi with refreshing water that helps to cool down on a hot summer day. We will put our tents at a place with amazing views





DAY 10

Tetnuldi Ski Resort - Chvabiani Village- the Mulkhura River - Mestia - Batumi

Journey time: 3 h; distance 8 km; ascent: 0 m, descent 1000 m

Today’s the last trekking day. We’ll descend from the pass to the Mulkhura river where a minibus will be waiting for us to take us to Batumi.

We’ll have to pack our stuff and walk down a forest path to Chvabiani village and then to Majvdieri village. There we can try the best matsoni (natural yogurt) in Svaneti. Three hours later we will have to come down to the bridge across the Mulkhura river. Having had lunch, we will get on the bus and in the evening we will relax in the warm waters of the Black sea.





DAY 11

Sightseeing in Batumi - relaxing at the seaside


After a long trekking we can indulge ourselves and do whatever suits best: swim in the Black sea or enjoy a leisurely stroll in Batumi - Georgia's second largest city.





DAY 12

Check out - transfer to Kutaisi airport


On the last day of our trekking holiday in Georgia, we will check out of the hostel and travel to the airport in Kutaisi.









* This is an example itinerary of a typical trip we organize. Journey times are estimated and the programme may be altered depending on weather conditions.

The price includes:


  • Trekking with an experienced local mountain guide
  • Accommodation (1 night in Kutaisi, 2 nights in Batumi) in a hostel/guesthouse with breakfast included. Rooms for 2-4 people with a shared bathroom
  • Camping in a tent - 3 nights at a campsite with access to a shower (alternatively you can stay at a guesthouse for an additional fee) and 5 nights in the mountains
  • Transfers in minibuses/taxi - organized by the guide
  • Meals and snacks throughout the whole trekking trip - cooked at the campsite
  • Standard travel insurance cover *
  • Dream Team staff members’ assistance and advice onsite


*We are obliged to provide basic travel insurance cover but please bear in mind that you should also have your own travel insurance policy with suitable cover for relevant activities as a condition of your booking


Not included:


  • Flights
  • Personal expenses



Optionally:

  • 3 nights at a guesthouse at the campsite: 12-15 € (subject to availability at the time of booking)

We recommend taking the following things for your trekking trip in Georgia


Trekking backpack – min. 75 L

Trekking poles (1 or 2)

Sunglasses with preferable protection UV-400 (or min. 300)

Knife

Spoon

Mug


Clothing for everyday trekking (packed in a separate plastic bag):

Hiking bucket (sun) hat

Quick-drying hiking pants

Quick-drying T-shirts (for example, CoolDry, Coolmax, etc. - the best if a shirt has no seams on the shoulders) x 2 pcs

Fleece jacket

Long-sleeve shirt


Clothing for rainy weather:

Boot gaiters

Membrane pants

Membrane jacket

Rain cover


Sleeping clothes (packed in a plastic bag):

Cotton T-shirt

Cotton pants

Thermal Underwear: trousers and shirt

Warm socks





Trekking boots (optimal weight: 1-1,5 kg)

Hiking sandals for walking at the campsite

Polar gloves

Polar beanie

Down jacket (optimal weight around 500 – 600 gr)

Underwear

Socks (2-3 pairs)

Bathing suit/swimming trunks

Bandage (1-2 pcs)

Backpack rain cover

Toilet paper (packed in a plastic bag)

Toothpaste, toothbrush

Soap

Lip balm

Head torch

Matches (packed in a plastic bag)

Hairbrush

First aid kit (bandage for wounds and elastic bandage - 1-2 pcs)

Sunscreen lotion (in a small package)

Insect repellent

Powerbank

Wallet

Shampoo (in a small bottle)

Microfiber Towel

Sewing kit

Sleeping bag (with weight up to 1,5 kg)

Tent (for 2-3 people)

Sleeping pad

Sitting pad


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