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Ushba, King of the Caucasus 8-day Guided Climb in Georgia


Join a local certified mountain guide on a unique mountain climbing experience in Georgia. Reach the summit of Ushba, a Caucasus favorite that stands tall at an altitude of 4,710 m (15,450 ft) in Svaneti, and is waiting for you to climb it!



8 Days

Jul, Aug



* Climb to the top of Ushba, the King of the Caucasus

* Join a 1-week mountaineering adventure in Georgia led by a local guide

* Discover the Georgian mountain culture and awe-inspiring landscapes


At 4,710 m (15,450 ft), Ushba is one of the most stately mountains in the Caucasus. Due to its shape, it’s earned itself the nickname of “Matterhorn of the Caucasus”. Join an amazing 8-day guided climb to its breathtaking summit. 

On this mountain climbing program, you will have the chance to experience the unique mountain culture of Svaneti, in Georgia. After picking you up at the airport, we will transfer you to Mestia, a beautiful mountain townlet with a rich history and culture. From there, we will set off on our way to the Ushba summit. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

Keep in mind that Ushba is graded Difficult: D / UIAA – IV. Therefore, this program is for climbers with prior ice climbing and mountaineering experience.  Additionally, you will need to be in good mental and physical shape to tackle the climb. You will also need to be familiar with the equipment. Of course, I will be there every step of the way to help and guide you.

So, do you think you’re ready for the Ushba summit? Then contact me today and let’s start planning an unforgettable guided climb in the Caucasus!

You can also join a guided climb to the summit of Tetnuldi, the queen of the Caucasus, or, on any of the other exciting adventures I lead in Georgia.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Horses for the main luggage


Day 1: Arrival

Meeting in Tbilisi or Kutaisi airport – Transfer to Mestia (approx. 5/8 hours of driving). dinner and overnight at a hotel in Mestia.

Day 2: Shdugra Waterfall-"Akhotnichi" BC

Breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mazari village (approx. 30 minutes). There the main luggage will be packed on horses and transported straight to Shdugra waterfall. After 3 or 4 hours, we will reach the Shdugra Waterfall, take our backpacks, and hike for around one hour to “Akhotnichi” BC.
Overnight in tent

Day 3: Camp 1

We will go from the Base Camp to Camp 1, Lower Plato, at an altitude of 4000m. (6-hour hike)

Day 4: Camp 2

We will go from Camp 1 to Camp 2, 4200m.

Day 5: Summit Day

We will wake up at 3 am. After breakfast, we will begin our ascent to the summit of North Ushba at 4690m. (Apx. 6-8 hours). After, we will descend to C2.

Day 6: Extra day in case of bad weather.

Day 7: Back to Mestia

We will descend from Camp 2 to Mazari village, and transfer to Mestia. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport


Equipment you will need to bring

Equipment Requirements : - harness - ice axe (type 2) 2x - boots (type B2) - crampons (type C2) - carabinere x5 - dinema slings x2 - belay device - prussiks - sleeping bag (-8/-12 comfort) - sleeping pad - down jacket - gaiters - base layers - mid layer (soft shell) - gore-tex jacket - gore-tex pants - headlamp - hat - helmet - thin gloves - warm gore-tex gloves - trekking poles - sunglasses - sunscreen


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

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. (IFMGA/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.


Georgian | English



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