Georgia Trek Adventure

Visit the most attractive locations of the ancient city of Tbilisi, and head of the beaten path to Zuruld Massif, Shdugvra Waterfall, and many more.

Georgia, a country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is a former Soviet republic, home to authentic Caucasus Mountain villages and Black Sea beaches. It is famous for Vardzia, an extended 12th-century cave monastery, and the ancient Kakheti wine-growing region. The capital, Tbilisi, is known for its diverse architecture and cobbled streets of its old city. During this tour, we’ll visit the most attractive locations of the ancient city of Tbilisi, then take a local flight to Mestia, where the real adventure begins. We’ll visit the Zuruld Massif, Svaneti and Margiani Museums, Korduli Lakes, Shkhara Glacier, Shdugvra Waterfall, the famous Mkheri Church, and finally a trip to Kakheti where we’ll visit the most famous Georgian wineries.

Itinerary

Day 1

TBILISI

Meeting at Tbilisi airport. Transfer and hotel accommodation. Sightseeing of the city with a trip to the old part of Tbilisi. We’ll visit Metekhi Church; Old baths; Chardin Street; Old caravanserai; Narikala, Sioni Cathedral; Mtasminda, and Ethnographic Museum. Later in the day, we’ll depart to Mtskheta – Georgia’s oldest capital (Jvari Monastery; Svetitskhoveli Cathedral), for lunch and evening return to Tbilisi. Free time. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 2

TBILISI - MESTIA

After breakfast, we’ll pack and fly to Mestia. Here, we’ll go on a short trek tour around Mestia. A tour of the Zuruld massif for a total of 6 km in duration – max 3h walking. Part of it is by cable car. We’ll arrive at 2,455m, overlooking the surrounding peaks. It offers a phenomenal view of some Caucasus’ most prominent mountains, such as Ushba, Tetnuldi, and Laila. After a few photographs, we return to Mestia, for a visit of the Svaneti Museum, or Margiani Tower Museum. Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

MESTIA - KORDULI LAKES - MESTIA, 21 km, 1500 m ascent, altitude 2.749mnv

After breakfast, we set off on a trek to Korduli Lakes. This is a trek that goes to a group of lakes that lie beneath Mount Usba, one of the more fascinating mountains of this region. The mere reflection of the massif in the lake is an experience worth the effort.

If we have enough strength left in the tank, we’ll embark through the Korduli Pass, located 200 meters above the lake, offering perfect views of the surrounding peaks. Return to Mestia and free time to rest. Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

MESTIA - USHGULI - SHKHARA GLACIER - USHGULI, 16 km, total ascent 540m

After breakfast, we leave the hotel and board the famous marshuts, a type of public transportation that exists only in Georgia. We drive to Usguli village. From here, we’ll take a relaxing walk experiencing the beautiful glaciers around us. After our brief glacier tour, we return to Ushguli for a well-deserved break. And what better way to end the day with a well-deserved drink at the bar offering a perfect view of the surrounding mountains.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

USHGULI-MAZERI - SHDUGVRA WATERFALL - MESTIA, 14 km to the waterfall

Breakfast. We grab the popular marshutka and drive to the village of Mazeri, where our trek starts. The road takes us through beautiful coniferous forests, mountain streams overlooking the peaks of Usba. There are two ways to get to the waterfall. The longer and more attractive version starts at the Grand Hotel Ushba, crossing the bridge over the Dolra River to the left of the hotel. The trail passes through springs of mineral water, a church with a picturesque location, and beautiful meadows. Then slowly ascends along the path of pine forests until it reaches the boundary pillar from where the last climb begins. It would be best if you had your passport with you because sometimes border guards ask for it.

The trek is 7 km long and takes about 3-4 hours in one direction. The waterfall can be reached both from above and from below. It cannot be fully accessed as it creates constant rain and wind.

If we have the strength and time, we can continue the steep climb near the waterfall and hike to the Ushba Glacier. We’ll take an additional 3 km and 2 hours of walking for a more demanding trail. If good weather serves us, we’ll be rewarded with a great view of the peaks at Ushba (4,000 m high). After a busy day, we return the same way to our base in Mestia, for relaxation. Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

MESTIA - MKHERI CHURCH - MESTIA, 16 km, total ascent 1,500 m

After breakfast, we’ll depart to Mkheri church. The trek starts a few km from our accommodation, so we’ll take a taxi to the starting point of the trek. If you want to see something truly memorable and unique, the 360-degree panorama of the Caucasus Mountains from Mkheri Church will offer precisely that. Just grab a hat, bring some food, 2 liters of water, and get ready for a 5-hour walk through the woods, to one of the highest European churches at an altitude of 2500 m.

Mkheri Church is at the top of a panoramic alpine hill on the edge of the beautiful peak of Lahili (4,000 m) overlooking the peaks of the Greater Caucasus Mountains on the other side.  When the day is sunny, all these peaks are visible: Lahili, Ushba, Tetnuldi, Shkhara, and others. Return to Mestia. Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

MESTIA - TBILISI

Breakfast. Flight from Mestia to Tbilisi. Arrival in Tbilisi for some free time. Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

TBILISI - KAKHETI TOUR - TBILISI

After breakfast, we’ll go on a Kakheti tour. Tour of the Bodba Monastery, then the city in Signagi, visit the Tsinandali Museum, with included lunch and wine tasting in the wine cellar in Nafareuli. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 9

DEPARTURE DAY

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Dates & Prices

September 3rd, 2020
Spots available: 7 990 €, Per Person

What’s included in the price?

  • All airport shuttle transfers – hotel – airport for both flights
  • Minibus and local transportation on all routes
  • Trip: Tbilisi Old Town + Mtskheta with lunch and tickets included
  • Kakheti Lunch Tour, Tsinandali & Napareuli Museum Tickets and Wine Tasting
  • Tickets: Swan Museum of Places & Cable Car Tickets
  • Accommodation in 3 * hotel in Tbilisi and Mestia, 1/2 rooms, bed and breakfast service
  • Accommodation in a guesthouse in Ushguli in 1/2 rooms, bed and breakfast service
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide for the duration of the tour

What isn’t included in the price?

  • Airline tickets to and from Tbilisi
  • International health & travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner as noted on the itinerary
  • Drinks and personal expenses

Note: The 4* hotel supplement fee is € 240 for the duration of the tour.

FAQ

What are the hikes like?
Every hike for the duration of the tour is light, with around 10 – 20km per day on an easy pace. You will mostly walk on a safe and marked mountain trail. It can be windy and rainy because the weather in Georgia is variable. Please dress accordingly.

What’s the city tour like?

All-day city tour is organized with our guide and transportation. We will see the most important cultural and historical monuments in Tbilisi.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?

You need moderate fitness level. The previous hiking experience at altitudes up to 3000 above sea level is not mandatory. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start.

What do I need to bring with me?

Recommended equipment:

  1. Backpack 30l-40l
  2. Travel bag to leave your stuff in the hotel while on the trek
  3. Trekking pants (twill or the like) x 2
  4. Gore-tex jacket (or something waterproof)
  5. Hiking Shoes
  6. Socks – thermal + regular
  7. Cotton T-Shirts x 5
  8. Base Laundry
  9. Woolen hat (or polar)
  10. Hat (Sun protection)
  11. Polar sweatshirt
  12. Gloves
  13. Hygiene accessories
  14. Sunglasses
  15. Headlamp
  16. 2 x 1L thermos
  17. Medicines, vitamins
  18. SPF 50 Sun Cream, Lip Balm
  19. Hiking poles

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by a qualified and licensed UIAA guide.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and is freshly cooked, hearty local meals. We can organize your meal in any way you like, if the restaurant/accommodation allows it. Drinks are not included.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

What’s the weather like?
Summer and Autumn are the best periods to visit this region, due to sunny and stable weather. In spring the average temperature in Georgia can be around 20-25 degrees Celsius, but on the mountain is colder and the temperature is around 15 to 20 degrees Celsius.

Which flights should I book?
You should book flights to Tbilisi airport.

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before traveling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or canceled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of six or more, the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended or changed to suit your needs. Enquire now for a private trip.