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9-day Hiking in Racha and Upper Svaneti, Caucasus Mountains

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Enjoy hiking in Racha and Upper Svaneti with local guide Tinatin on this unforgettable 9-day adventure in the Caucasus Mountains. Marvel at the Georgia nature and wildlife as you explore some of the country's most stunning spots!

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Caucasus

9 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Fit

All Levels


Highlights

  • Discover the unique culture of the Georgian mountain villages.
  • Experience the beauty of the stunning Caucasus wilderness.
  • Spend 9 amazing days hiking in Racha and Upper Svaneti with a local guide.

Description

Enjoy hiking in Racha and Upper Svaneti, situated in northwestern Georgia, on an unforgettable outdoor adventure in the Caucasus Mountains!

During this 9-day hiking adventure, you will discover the stunning mountains, alpine meadows, forests, and lakes of the Racha and Upper Svaneti region in Georgia. Additionally,  you will also get to know the local culture, taste exquisite local cuisine and wine, and experience the hospitality of the people.

In Racha, we will have the chance to explore a wide variety of beautiful trekking routes, as well as drink from the healing mineral water springs that the region is famous for. In Upper Svaneti, we will trek 65km through the mountains over the course of three days while encountering the unique local villages and culture. All throughout, I will guide you and share all of my knowledge and passion for the place with you. This is an experience you will never forget!

So, are you ready to join me to discover the wonders of Georgia? Then contact me now and let’s go hiking in Racha and Upper Svaneti together! I will be happy to guide you!

You can also check other hiking programs I offer in the Caucasus Mountains, like this unique hiking adventure in Kazbegi, Khevsureti & Tusheti, located in eastern Georgia!

Itinerary

Day 1: Tbilisi - Oni

Transfer to Oni. Optional visit to Uplistsikhe cave town and Stalin museum on the way.

  • Total distance by car: 320km

Day 2: Oni – Glola – Katitsvera

Early morning breakfast and transfer to the village of Glola. Walk up to the Udziro lake at the foot of Katitsvera rock massif. Camp at the lake.

  • Lowest elevation: 820m

  • Highest elevation: 2900m

  • Total walking distance: 13km

  • Difficulty: hard (only ascent)

Day 3: Katitsvera – Shovi – Oni

On the way back we’ll descend to a different route than the previous day. As soon as we start we’ll ascend to the 3300m high pass and the descent from the pass is off the trail and quite steep.  Overnight in Oni at the guest house.

  • Lowest elevation: 820m

  • Highest elevation: 2900m

  • Total walking distance: 12km

  • Difficulty: hard (only descent)

Day 4: Oni – Shovi – Buba – Oni

 

  • Lowest elevation: 820m

  • Highest elevation: 2780m

  • Total walking distance: 18km

  • Difficulty: hard

Day 5: Oni – Ambrolauri – Orbeli pass – Lentekhi

The laziest day during the tour!
Late breakfast in Shovi, and then departure to Ambrolauri where we will visit a small family winery and continue on an easy hike to the Sairme rain formation pillars. After 2-3 hours hike, we’ll have a lunch picnic and continue to Lentekhi via Orbeli pass.

  • Lowest elevation: 520m

  • Highest elevation: 730m

  • Total walking distance: 8km

  • Difficulty: easy

Day 6: Lentekhi – Latphari pass – Ushguli

From Lentekhi we’ll be transferred to Latpari pass by 4WD car, where we continue walking on the ridge, in direction of Ushguli with amazing views on upper Svaneti and its snow-capped mountains and rock massifs of Bezengi wall, on which lies the highest peak of Georgia – Shkhara (5200m).
We’ll have lunch on the ridge at the alpine lake.

  • Lowest elevation: 740m

  • Highest elevation: 3010m

  • Total walking distance: 16km (mostly descent)

  • Difficulty: medium

Day 7: Ushguli – Khalde – Adishi – Mestia

From Ushguli we’ll be transferred to the village of Khalde By car, where we start walking towards Chkhutnieri pass. while walking in Khalde walley towards the pass we’ll have the viow Khalde glacier. After the pass we’ll descent to Adishi valley with the views on Adishi glacier. After getting down into the valley, we’ll cross the river by horse. In village Adishi we’ll be picked up and transferred to Mestia

  • Lowest elevation: 2060m

  • Highest elevation: 2780m

  • Total walking distance: 12km (mostly descent)

  • Difficulty: hard

Day 8: Mestia – Guli pass – Becho

This is one of themost special route, that takes you as close to Mt. Ushba as trekkers can. We’ll be transferred to Koruldi lakes by the car. Afther the lakes we start asending towards Guli pass (2930m). Lanch picnic on the pass (depending on the weather).

Overnight in Vilg. Becho at the guest house.

  • Lowest elevation: 2930m

  • Highest elevation: 1420m

  • Total walking distance: 14km (mostly descent)

  • Difficulty: hard

Day 9: Becho – Tbilisi

Car transfer to Tbilisi.

On the way we’ll have several breaks.

  • Total distance by car: 460km

 

Details

Meeting point

Tbilisi International Airport

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About the guide

Hiking and horseback riding guide.

I'm Georgian, native Tushetian. As a girl, I lived in the main wine region of Georgia – Kakheti, spent every summer in Tusheti – outstanding and authentic mountain region for its location, ethno-culture and nature. In 2014 I became certified sightseeing guide and started guiding all over Georgia. The more I travelled and learnt about Georgia’s rich cultural landscape, the more I grew to love my home country.

In 2017 I got certifications in trekking and in 2019 in horseback riding guiding. My main purpose is to use my experience in adventure tourism and offer unpopular, least crowded and still least popular activities such as agro tours, equestrian trekking and many others. My passion is to share the many undiscovered and unspoiled regions that make Georgia so special, adventurous and worth to discover.


Deal opportunities

Join an existing group and pay much less

Aug 24, 2022 - Sep 01, 2022

EUR 1588 per traveller

Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 02, 2022

EUR 1588 per traveller


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Prices per person

Group of 3

EUR 1836 Each

Group of 4

EUR 1836 Each

Group of 5

EUR 1836 Each

Group of 6

EUR 1836 Each

Group of 7

EUR 1588 Each

Group of 8

EUR 1588 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment sleeping pad

Price details

INCLUDES:

• All 4x4 car transfers Tbilisi

• 7 overnights in cozy guesthouses.

• Full board during the tour.

• Certified English-speaking guide

• Pack horses

• Camping tents

• Sleeping mats (not inflatable)

• All kitchen equipment

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

• Alcohol drinks

• Overnights in Tbilisi

• Sleeping bags

• Tips

Price for groups of 11 or more is €965/per participant. Minimum 3 participants.




 

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