Join a certified local guide on an unforgettable 10-day Svaneti hiking adventure and discover some of Georgia's most amazing spots. Explore the wild nature of the Caucasus and the unique Georgian culture.
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Join an amazing 10-day Svaneti Hiking Adventure and discover some of the most stunning spots in Georgia!
On this unforgettable trek, we will cover around 100km on foot. The path will take us through the historical villages of Svaneti, where we will meet the locals and hear their stories. We will also enjoy traversing through some of the stunning landscapes of the Caucasus mountains and catch sight of waterfalls and glaciers. In the evenings, we will have the chance to taste original Georgian food and listen to local folk music.
To start our adventure, we will pick you up at the airport and spend one night in the city before heading to the start of our hike at Etseri Village. Over the course of ten days, we will hike to different villages in Svaneti and explore some of the amazing mountainscapes as well. You can find a detailed itinerary below.
Every day we will hike around 10 to 20km. Therefore, you will need a good fitness level to join this Svaneti hiking adventure. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you on the way!
So, are you ready to explore the gorgeous Caucasus mountains of Georgia? Then contacts me today and let’s start planning this amazing hiking tour.
Meeting in airport, transfer to the city and spend a night there, (Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi)
Transfer to village Etseri, this village is the first location where our hiking begins. Overnight in Etseri.
From Etseri we will start trekking to Mazeri village, 14 km, 6-7 hours, elevation +/- 700m, highest point +/- 2400m.
Overnight in Mazeri.
Shdugra waterfall and Glacier is located to the north-west side of Mazeri, on the foot of mount Ushba, 18 km,
7-8 hours, elevation +/- 600m, highest point +/- 2400m. Overnight in Mazeri.
On the fifth day, we will move to Mestia over Gulli Pass, Gulli is an old village which is ruined almost a century ago. 19km, 9-
10 hours, elevation +/- 1300m, highest point +/- 3000m. Spend a night in Mestia.
On this day we will move to Zhabeshi Village over Kakhri pass from Mestia, 12km, 5-6 hours, elevation +/- 500m, highest point +/- 2000m. Spend a night in Zhabeshi.
Hadishi is the village where you can really feel the old Svanetian lifestyle, architecture, and culture. 14km, 6-7 hours,
elevation +/- 700m, highest point +/- 2400m. Overnight in Hadishi.
This day is one of the most interesting for every visitor, after 5 km of walking in the valley towards Hadishi glacier, we have to cross the Hadishchala river on horseback.
8-9 hours, elevation +/- 750m, highest point +/- 2800m. Spend a night in Iprali.
Last day of the hike, we will move to the highest inhabited village in the EU, Ushguli, aka “The Roof of Europe”.
10km, 4-5 hours, elevation +/- 250m, highest point 2200m. Transfer to Mestia and huge Georgian dinner together. Overnight
Transfer to Airport.
A Svaneti native, Nick Phaliani grew up with a strong passion for skiing, climbing and playing in the mountains. Looking to incorporate this passion into a profession he climbed several 4000-5000m peaks multiple times and attended mountain guide courses. He is fully certified mountain guide. (GMGA)
Currently, he is operating Svaneti Travel Guide, a local company providing mountaineering/backcountry guide services and one of the few huts in the Svaneti region (Cloudbase Hut), which serves as a start point for different routes.
We had tough conditions with big snow falls just before we came and Nick make everything possible to find safe places where we could discover his mountains in a safely manner. Despite the high risk of avalanche we enjoyed a lot in places with limited exposure thanks to Nick’s high professionalism and knowledge of the mountain,
I can not recommend Nick enough! During our climb to Mt. Tetnuldi we always felt safe, because of how he cares for the guests and how attentive he is. He was happy to explain and teach whenever we had questions. His demeanor is calm and confident. Enjoyed every bit of the time spent during the trip. As a bonus, he is also an amazing cook, even above the 3500 m from sea level. :)
We had a really great time ski touring with Nick. He took us to the best skiing spots and the trip was perfectly organized. Big thanks to Nick for guiding us!
I had a great time with Nick and highly recommend him. He was very professional while guiding on Mt. Tetnuldi and was also teaching our group many skills. He showed great patience and skill with teaching that helped us reach the next level in our mountaineering skills. He is easy going and has a sense of humour so it is easy to spend a few days on the mountain with him. Nick comes from this area and has a depth of knowledge that is so vital in Georgia. Nick also closely helped with the planning process to make every element as smooth as possible. Safety is crucial and Nick certainly made me feel safer and more confident than other guides I have taken in the past. He will be my first choice when I have the pleasure of mountaineering in Georgia again. (also I should add that we communicated in English the whole time and there was no language barrier)
We spent one week at Tednuldi basecamp to train with the rope, ice climb and climb the summit in the end. We learned a lot and I felt during all difficult stages of the week very safe. Nick is extremely attentive and cares the most for your safety. At the same time, he pushes you to your best performance. I can’t recommend him enough, as a guide and mountaineer!
I was privileged to have Nick Phaliani as my guide for mountaineering and climb to Ushba. Nick has superb skills and experience, his knowledge of the region is priceless. A very good leader and teacher with a relaxed style.
Nick is an excellent guide! We wanted to experience some great skiing and some great views - and we did! Nick is a professional and next time we get to Georgia we will contact Nick to be our guide for sure! I will definitely recommend Nick to other people (and also the cabin he has close to Mt Ushba) - we felt safe with him, had a lot of fun and got the most amazing powder turns. Also, he has a lot of knowledge about the area. You will not find a better guide.
The trip to Mt. Layla with Nick goes far beyond the professionalism and the technical preparation he provide. Nick has pleasant personality and is very open-minded person. He is also very attached to Georgian traditions and knows a lot about the national culture so a talkative and curious person like me would really enjoy chats with him by the accompaniment of Georgian music.
Nick was extremely helpful and motivating during our Mount Kazbegi ascent. A fun soul to be around and a great conversationalist. He really eases out the worries of weather, camping and pushes you to keep a positive mindset. I learnt a lot from him about mountain technicalities, tips and tricks about ice and snow. He also introduces you to great Georgian music, so that’s a plus!
We had an amazing time skiing and touring 10 days with Nick in his backyard around Mestia and Ushguli. Nick was super helpful, always found the best powder descents and was perfectly connected in the town. We stayed at his place - had amazing food and hospitality there. It was simply a great time and everything was organized perfectly by nick. Thanks.
We stayed in Svanetia for two weeks and toured around with Nick for freeriding. He is an enthusiastic freerider himself so he has a good eye for good riding spots, not just touring. He is also fun to hang out with and being local, has great knowledge about Svanetia. He was very organized, and we enjoyed all of our tours; the best being Ushguli and the Cloudbase Hut. We also stayed in his family guesthouse.
I can't recommend Nick enough! He's a true mountain pro, his snowboarding/skiing skills are amazing, same as his knowledge about mountains and Georgia in general. He showed us incredible places and told us great stories about Georgian history and mountains. Personally, he's a kind, helpful and funny guy. We spent a week together in 2017 and are good friends ever since! If you're ever in Mestia you should contact him!
Group of 1
|EUR 3866 Each|
Group of 4
|EUR 1495 Each|
Group of 7
|EUR 1289 Each|
Group of 8
|EUR 1083 Each|
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- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transportation start and back
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer
- Mountain guide expenses
Food – B/L/D
Transportation - Airport Transfers, Luggage transportation, Local transfers.
Guide Service - Certified English speaker mountain guide during the trip.
Horses for crossing the river on Day 8.
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