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12-day Mount Ushba Ascent in Georgia

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Join Ilia, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, for this 12 day privately guided trip to the summit of Mt. Ushba, an impressive peak of the Caucasus!



12 Days

Jul - Sep




* Climb an iconic mountain of the Caucasus

* Difficult objective perfect for advanced mountaineers looking for a challenge

* Climb with a local guide who knows the area well


Climb Mt. Ushba, one of the most impressive peaks of the Caucasus, during this privately guided 12 day journey!

Considered a classic of the Caucasus, the double spire peak of Mt. Ushba is instantly recognizable as having a similar profile to the Alp’s famous Matterhorn. Located in the northern Georgian region of Svaneti near the border with Russia, Mt. Ushba rises to an impressive 4,710 m/15,450 ft, making it even taller than the Matterhorn! In fact, it is frequently said to be most challenging climb in all of the Caucasus due to the steep angle of its slopes and fickle weather conditions.

During this 12 day expedition, I will guide you to the summit of this impressive objective. We typically start in the small picturesque village of Mestia before we head to Becho Village, where the approach to base camp begins. We spend a day  acclimatizing on the mountain and exploring Usbha Glacier before we head to Ushba Plateau. From the plateau, we launch our summit attack. Once we celebrate our summit, we head back to our camp on Ushba Plateau for the night, before returning to Mestia. The itinerary also builds in several extra days in case we get delayed due to bad weather.

This is a challenging climb meant for those with advanced mountaineering skills and plenty of experience. It will also require a great fitness level to climb at high altitudes carrying heavy packs.

Book now and it will be a tough, yet rewarding, ascent of an impressive mountaineering objective – Mt. Ushba, one of the most beautiful peaks of the Caucasus!

If I’m not available to guide you, one of my 3 teammates, all of them GMGA mountain guides, will be happy to do so.

Check out a few of my other programs in the Caucasus, including Climbing Mount Kazbek in Caucasus, Svaneti, Georgia, Guided 11 Day Splitboard Tour, or Bakhmaro 7-day Catskiing tour!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I'm a fully certified IFMGA / UIAGM mountain guide from Tbilisi, Georgia. I have the GMGA (Georgian Mountain Guides Association) certificate and I'm a member of the Austrian Mountain Guide Association.

I'm a professional mountaineer, national team member of Georgian Mountain Federation. I am actively climbing in the Caucasus mountain range.

The programs I guide more often are:
- Mountaineering = Mt. Kazbek, Mt. Tetnuldi, Mt. Ushba, Chaukhi region.
- Ski Touring = Gudauri, Svaneti, Kazbegi regions.
I also manage large expeditions and base camps for Caucasus Mountains.

Please get in touch with me if you plan to come to Georgia. It will be my great pleasure to help you and to guide you in our awesome mountains.

I am leading a Guide Office in Georgia, and work together with my colleagues George, Lasha and Leri (National certified Mountain Guides). In case I'm not available, one of them will be your guide.


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What people are saying about Ilia



Unfortunately, Ilia couldn't accompany us as the guide and recommended a colleague 2 days before the start of our trip. His replacement, Bekar, was very knowledgeable and although we weren't able to complete the Kazbek ascent, was able to offer us a good replacement itinerary. We found communication with Ilia quite difficult and had to prompt him repeatedly for updates about the trip and itinerary.



Global warming is upon us. This trip was too late in the season, the snow was too warm and slushy. There was no hut to hut skiing as it was too late in the season. It was a Sunday start and Sunday finish trip, leaving 6 days between. The impression that we had from your accompanying written material is that the destination was half a day travel from Tbilisi . In actuality, the drive is 8 to 10 hours each way, which is a considerable amount of time in a one week holiday. The guide (Lasher) was excellent, the accommodation good, the people friendly.



Local guide Misha was excellent. Explore Share did not pay for sleeping bags as advertised, we had to rent these at location, not compensated, the sleeping bags and food were advertised to be transported by horse, this did not happen, also not compensated. One meal at mountain hut consisted only of one bowel of soup following 7 hour hike. Mountain it's self was great. Money also deducted from my credit card without prior authorisation by Explore Share. Disconnect apparent between Explore Share and guide regarding what trip consisted of.


Mestia in the Svaneti region will not remain an idem gem for long. It's got it all: alpine descents, all-you-can-ski powder and remote villages charged with history. Illia was a great guide both in and out of the slopes; safe, fun and knowledgeable. And do not worry about the food, it is amazing!


Ilia is a very calm, considerate and helpful guide who goes the extra mile to provide his clients with exceptional and unique experiences in his stunning Georgian mountains. His calm authority is exactly what's needed when the going gets tough or plans need to change unexpectedly. Humble yet more than competent I strongly recommend Ilia for any Georgian adventure.

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