Svaneti region is probably the most beautiful places in Georgia, and hike in Svaneti is the vacation of a lifetime. Crowning Georgia’s northern border, Svaneti is a truly majestic place where vivid green alpine meadows nestle against vast forest areas and snow-covered mountains. Here is located one of the highest peaks of Caucasus mountains (Shkhara 5,201 m; Janga 5,059m), medieval-type villages and tower-houses. A unique blend of mountains scenery and local traditional architecture and traditions creates a majestic fairy-tale for visitors. Three days hiking tours in Svaneti is a good combination of outdoor activities with cultural sightseeing. We visit all major destinations in Svaneti by car but also take some small hiking trips into the wild nature. This tour is for visitors wanting to relax in the wild nature but also not to take long and difficult outdoor activities.
- Enguri Dam
- Mestia Town
- Museum of History and ethnography in Mestia
- Svanetian Architectural Museum in Mestia
- Chalaadi Glacier
Day 1: Tbilisi- Enguri Dam -Mestia
Tbilisi-Enguri Dam : We will meet at your hotel and drive to Svaneti. After 4 hours driving, we stop at Enguri dam which is one of the highest arch dam in the world(a height of 271.5 metres). Then we drive to the region of Upper Svaneti which is an outstanding example of an exceptional mountain landscape composed of highly preserved villages with unique defensive tower houses, examples of ecclesiastical architecture and arts of medieval origin. Visit the museum of History and ethnography and Svanetian Architectural Museum in Mestia and explore small town by walking into the narrow streets, visiting small cafes and local souvenirs shops. Overnight in Mestia
Day 2: Mestia-Ushguli-Mestia
After a hearty breakfast at our local guesthouse, we will depart to the Ushguli which is located at the foot of mount Shkara and at the confluence of the rivers Enguri and Kvishiri. The highest permanent settlement in Europe (2200 m) with the outstanding mixture of mountainous landscape and the medieval-type towers and churches will astonish visitors. Here you will visit the Ushguli Ethnograpic museum located in the 12th century old Svanetian tower-house. Wee also visit a mediaval Lamaria church ( of the assumption of the Mother of God). Afterwards, you can take an optional hike to Shkhara glacier. The way is long (8 km one way) but easy. We just follow upstream of the river Enguri towards Shkhara peak. Overnight in Mestia
Day 3: Mestia- Chalaadi Glacier -Tbilisi
After an energizing breakfast and morning beverages we travel to the Chalaadi glacier. We will follow upstream of Mestiachala river and after 1,5 km, we reach our finish, a place where the river is born. Afterwards, we travel to Tbilisi.