12-day Mount Ushba Ascent in Georgia

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!




Trip Duration

12 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip



  • 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!

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Price per person

Group of 1
2500 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required



We will camp while we're ascending the mountain


About the 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 Berulava Guiding Team


Guide Vano was very good. Proficiency in English would be beneficial. Trip to Mount Kazbek was good, but time schedule for eating would be useful. Because when reaching the top we discovered that we were starving. The food what they offered in the basecamp was awesome. The toilet in the basecamp was terrible. First, it was too far from the main house, because if you had to go at the middle of the night then you had to put all your clothing on. And second, the cleanliness. Someone should keep an eye for it. And at all the basecamp rooms where not that clean.
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Halmar Heinmets
Hello Explore Share, Thanks for giving me the opportunity to rate your service. Here is a brief feedback : - Misha (our guide) was truly extraordinary : sincerely, he is a really top guide, not only technically, but also regarding his human qualities. If I could I would give him 6 out 5 stars ! - the trip was great : we had problems because of an accident that happened to another team the day before our ascent, but this is \"mountain life\", this can happen. - your service : I would rate it 2.5/5. It is not that it is not a good service - you link people like me with guides around the world, and the girl I had on the phone before the trip was really nice and perfectly answered my questions - but in our case we find it extremely expensive : we paid it 2900 euros in total, for a 2-day trip, which is more expensive than two guides and food and accomodation in the Alps for a trip this long. We were in Georgia, and life is way cheaper than in western Europe. If I do the calculus : - accomodation : two rooms for 2 nights (we were 4) : around 500 GEL ~ 160 euros - food : I don\'t know exactly, but knowing the prices there it was max 50 euros for 6 people (us 4 + 2 guides) for 2 nights - guides : there were 2 people, but 1 was not exactly a guide, in total for 2 days this would make maximum around 1200 euros => this makes a total of 1410 euros, which is half what we paid. I understand there is Explore Share\'s commission to pay the service, but I can\'t imagine it represents half the total price. Once again, globally the trip was good, but I think the price is really too high. Regarding what we had which was a 2-day trip, I would really expect a goodwill gesture from you, because without it I don\'t think I would recommend Explore Share to my friends. Best regards, Alexandre
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Alexandre Hudavert
Thanks for an extraordinary glimpse into the world of mountaineering in Caucasus Georgia. Guide Ramez was a perfect match for our family group of four to the summit of Kazbek.
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Håvard Hu
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.
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