Hut to Hut Ski Tour in Georgian Caucasus, Svaneti

Discover Svaneti, one of the most beautiful and remote places of Georgia, on this exciting ski tour along with Ilia, a local IFMGA certified guide.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

11 days

Mountain Range

Caucasus

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Feb, Mar, Apr, May

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Enjoy ski touring in a fantastic destination in Georgia.

  • Discover the natural wonders and dreamy landscapes in Svaneti.

 

Join me on this 11-day ski tour and enjoy a unique experience in the snowy peaks of Svaneti, a beautiful destination in  Georgia.

Svaneti (also called Svanetia) is an ancient region in the northwestern part of Georgia. Located in the heart of the Caucasus, it is surrounded by the highest peaks of this mountain range, between 3000 and 5000 meters. In fact, the highest mountain in Georgia lies there: Mount Shkhara (5201 m).

Huge mountains, coniferous forests, eternal snows and glaciers are part of the dreamy landscape of Svaneti, which is considered one of the most beautiful places in the country. Besides the natural attractions, the region is also known for its historical stone villages.

Above all that, in the past few years Svaneti has become a very attractive spot for winter sport lovers.

During this trip, we will visit the small village of Becho, the town of Mestia and a community of villages called Ushguli. Each day, we will travel to different mountains in the region, up to 3000m. Therefore, I can assure you there will be a lot of skiing and fun!

If you want more information about this trip, you can find the complete itinerary for this Svaneti skiing tour below.

Please contact me if you want to be a part of this Svaneti skiing tour next winter. I’m a local GMGA certified guide who will be glad to show you the best spots of this outstanding region of Georgia.

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.

You can also check another great tour that I offer in Georgia: Gudauri freeride and ski touring trip.

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
2000 EUR

Group of 2
1600 EUR

Group of 3
1500 EUR

Group of 4
1400 EUR

Group of 5
1400 EUR

Group of 6
1400 EUR

Group of 7
1400 EUR

Group of 8
1400 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Arrival

    Arrive to the airport of Tbilisi (Georgia’s capital city) and departure to Svaneti. There’s a chance of taking a flight from Natakhtari (near Tbilisi) or Kutaisi airport to Mestia airport. We spend the night in a guesthouse at Becho village.

  • Day 2Mount Decil

    This is our first ski tour. We go from Village Mazeri to Mount Decil (at 2578 m). Then, we descend to village Etseri (1500 m). Finally, we spend the night in Becho.

  • Day 3Guli Valley

    We go from Village Mazeri to Guli Valley (there’s a viewpoint at 3200m). Then, we descent on Guli glacier to village Bagvdanari (at 1600 m). Night in Becho.

  • Day 4Mount Simzagari

    We go from village Etseri to Mount Simzagari (3311 m). Then, we descend to village Ipari (1300 m). Spend the night in Becho.

  • Day 5Tskhkvzagari

    We drive to Mestia and then go to Tskhkvzagari (2353 m). We descend on Chaladi glacier. Spend the night at a hotel in Mestia.

  • Day 6Tetnuldi resort

    A transfer takes us from Mestia to Tetnuldi resort (2000 m). We use lifts to 3300 m. After that, we descend to village Zabeshi (1600 m). Night in Mestia.

  • Day 7Tetnuldi resort

    Transfer takes us from Mestia again to Tetnuldi resort. We use lifts to 3300m. We descend to village Adishi (2000m). Finally, we drive to Ushguli, where we spend the night at a guesthouse.

  • Day 8Mount Kareta

    We go from Ushguli to Enguri Valley, and from there to Mount Kareta (3524 m). Then we descend on Shkara glacier to Ushguli. Finally, we spend the night at a guesthouse in Ushguli.

  • Day 9Mount Kuruldashi

    We go from Ushguli to Mount Kuruldashi (3014 m). Once there, we have a beautiful view of Mount Ushba, TeTnuldi and Shkara. After that, we descend to Ushguli and be transferred to Mestia. We spend the night in a hotel in Mestia.

  • Day 10Hatsvali ski resort

    We go to Hatsvali ski resort (2400 m). After a short hike, we descend to village Kala (1400 m). We spend the night in Mestia.

  • Day 11Departure

    We return to Tbilisi. Then, a transfer takes you to the airport for departure.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Airport of Tbilisi (Georgia)

Accommodation

Guesthouse and hotels.

 

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.

 
 
 

 

What People are Saying about Ilia Berulava Guiding Team

  • 6 reviews

 

We spent an exceptional week in Svaneti. Ilia guided us safely all around the valley. The place is wonderful and exceptionally well preserved. Villages are just out of time and still protected from mass tourism. they should definitly be visited soon... We enjoyed extraordinary views and gigantic landscapes, followed by endless descents in superb snow... Ilia\'s reputation clearly precedes him among all the guides who consider him as a reference. One recommendation : Get there soon and enjoy this beautiful region!
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Louis Hubert P.
Mestia and in particular Ushguli provided for a remarkable context to this amazing, off the beaten track skiing trip. The pictures speak for themselves: it is developing quickly but is nevertheless a place frozen in time, where cows and donkeys far outnumber cars and the Caucasus provides for an imposing backdrop. Georgian hospitality was fantastic and Ilia made sure we were well looked after at all times, on and off the slope. We felt very safe enjoying the copious amounts of powder that was falling the week we were there. We kept on bumping into groups of people who had been guided by him in prior seasons and felt compelled to visit again - and something tells me we might join those ranks soon too...
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Oliver Schmid
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!
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Benoit Tesch
Absolutely loved our trip to Georgia. In short: incredibly pittoresque villages, wonderful people, amazing food, stunning scenaries, ridiculous powder (some of the best snow ever!), and a very friendly, professional and experienced ski guide. You will always feel safe with Ilia. What more does one need? I highly recommend a trip to the beautiful Svaneti region.
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Victoria van Lennep
 

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