Hiking in Svaneti


Explore Georgia's stunning mountains on foot

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  • Narrow picturesque streets of Tblisi’s old town
  • 3,000-year-old rock-hewn town
  • Visit the Kingdom of Colchis’ old capital city
  • Soviet history displayed at the Stalin Museum
  • Discover unique rock formations in the Prometheus Caves
  • The picturesque region of Svaneti
  • Okatse Canyon
  • UNESCO-listed forts of Mestia
  • Ancient villages of Ushguli
  • Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography
  • Defensive Svantian Towers
  • See the snow-capped Central Shkhara Mountains from Khalde
  • Hike from the remote Adishi village

Places Visited

Tbilisi - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi - Gori - Svaneti - Mestia - Ushguli - Khalde - Adishi - Jabeshi - Becho

What's Included

Accommodation as specified
AC transportation
Non AC 4WD where needed (for guests and luggage)
Horses for day 7 to cross the river
English speaking guide
Non English speaking local mountain escort
Entrance fees
Meals as mentioned in itinerary
0.5L bottled water per person per day

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Day 1 : Flight

Depart UK on flight to Tbilisi. 

Meal plan: n/a

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Day 2 : Tbilisi

On arrival in Tbilisi, you will be met by your Travel the Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. The schedule for the rest of the day depends on your arrival time. Embark on a tour of the city, where you will see the picturesque old town among other sights. Enjoy dinner in the evening , where you will hear more about your upcoming travels. Overnight stay in Tbilisi. 

Overnight in Sharden Hotel, Tbilisi

Meal plan: Dinner

Tbilisi, formerly known as 'Tiflis', is Georgia's capital and the largest city of Georgia. It lays on the banks of the Mtkvari River and has a population of roughly 1.5 million people. Founded in the 5th century by the monarch of Georgia's ancient precursor, the Kingdom of Iberia, over the centuries the city was taken by successive invaders. Historically diverse, an increase in the Armenian population was noticed in the 19th century. Tbilisi has many narrow streets and a mixture of religious and secular architecture. The old city features many churches, synagogues, mosques and 19th-century houses with multi-coloured wooden balconies. For outright weirdness Tbilisi also has a street named in honour of ex-president, George W Bush.

Tbilisi’s old town stands in the shadow of Mother Georgia’s silvery statue, perched on a hill overlooking a mosaic of multi-coloured houses constructed in the 19th century. Nestled together on narrow streets, the homes feature wooden balconies that allow residents to revel in the fresh air. Established in the 4th century and fortified over hundreds of years, the ruins of Narikala Fortress also tower over Georgia’s capital, offering visitors spectacular panoramic views.

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Day 3 : Stalin Museum - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi

In the morning, drive to Gori where you will visit the Stalin Museum. Continue to Uplistsikhe for a visit and if time permits a visit to the Prometheus caves. Continue to Kutaisi for overnight in a guesthouse. 

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Uplistsikhe (meaning 'Fortress of the Ruler') is a rock-hewn town that dates back to 1000 BC and covers an area of approximately 8 hectares. The town is divided over three levels that are connected by a series of narrow tunnels. Uplistsikhe used to be a main point on the Silk Road, but was abandoned in the 17th century.

 Kutaisi is Georgia’s second largest city and has a history that dates back to 2000 BC, when it served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Colchis. Ottoman forces conquered the city in the early 16th century, but it was reclaimed by the Georgian king in 1770. The city possesses two UNESCO World Heritage sites and sits on the banks of the Rioni river. 

The city of Gori is famously known as the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. The city’s Stalin Museum was originally built in 1951 as a local history museum, later, following his death in 1953, becoming a memorial museum to the Soviet dictator. Visitors to the museum can delve into the life of the young Josef Djugashvili, seeing the house where he spent the first few years of his life.  On display, are also artefacts of his later life as the cruel, indomitable Stalin: his personal armoured train carriage and many items that once belonged to him - including hand-written texts, office furniture and a bronze cast of his death mask.

The Prometheus Caves were discovered in the Imereti region in 1984, and remain one of the largest systems of its kind in the world. The caves display a variety of extraordinary rock formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls and underground rivers. Visitors can walk and choose to take a boat tour through the cave system, where a light display illuminates the natural wonders and unique features within Prometheus Cave. 

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Day 4 : Svaneti

Visit a local farmers market, then continue to the scenic Okatse Canyon (alternative visit to Kinchkha Waterfall possible). Later travel to Mestia for overnight stay. 

Overnight in Kala , Mestia

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Svaneti is an ancient, land-locked region in the mountains of northwestern Georgia. It is home to remote and picturesque villages, along with scenic snow-capped peaks that form the backdrop to rolling alpine meadows. The emblem of Svaneti is the koshki, a defensive tower that was designed to house villagers during times of invasion. The region has a rich art heritage, where many of its ancient churches house murals that date back over 1000 years. This heritage has been effectively preserved by Svaneti's rural and remote setting. The Upper Svaneti region is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, as it provides an exceptional example of medieval villages, tower-houses and defensive posts amongst its beautiful mountain scenery.  

 The picturesque Okatse Canyon is found in the Imereti region. Visitors can enjoy the magnificent scenery, of the snow-capped Askhi Pleateau, from the many footpaths within the canyon. Best views available on demand from Okatse bridge - conveniently suspended 50 metres above the canyon

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Day 5 : Mestia - Ushguli

Spend the morning exploring the surrounding area of Mestia, highlights will include visits to Svanetian Towers and Svaneti Museum of history and ethnograhy. Following this, travel by 4x4 to Ushguli. On arrival visit the 12th Century Lamaria church; the rest of the day will be free to spend at your leisure. Overnight stay in Ushguli guesthouse. 

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

The Svanetian Towers can be found in many of the villages in the mountainous Svaneti region. These towers were built between the 9th and the 12th centuries as a form of protection against invasion. Instead of having a single tower to defend a whole village, each Svan family built their own tower attached to their home. In some cases, families grew to having as many at 100 members - resulting in the creation of very large residential homes, each with several of their own Svanetian towers. 

The highland townlet of Mestia is located in the Svaneti region of Georgia, at an elevation of 1,500 metres. The small settlement was historically an important centre for Georgian culture and arts - today, remaining home to a number of UNESCO-listed medieval monuments and forts. The surrounding mountainous landscape provides an idyllic backdrop for the quaint medieval town. Mestia has become a centre for visitors wishing to explore the mountains and hike through the rural region. 

Ushguli is a community of four villages that are located in the Engurgi gorge of the UNESCO-listed region of Upper Svaneti. Ushguli is one of the highest settlements to have been continuously inhabited in Europe, which retains a traditional and medieval feel through the authentic defensive towers and chapel that date back to the 12th Century. Situated at an altitude of 2,100 metres, the area of Ushguli is covered by snow for almost 6 months of the year. Its remote and rural location means that it is often isolated, as the road out to Mestia often becomes impassable.

Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography was originally established in 1936. It is home to many relics from the region's history, including manuscripts, Georgian art, weapons and jewellery. Some of archaeological exhibits within the museum date as far back as the 3rd century BC. Whilst visitors can see photographs depicting the Svaneti way of life in the 19th century. 

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Day 6 : Ushguli - Khalde

Begin the day trekking from Ushguli, enjoying the picturesque views of the surrounding landscape along your journey. Packed lunches will be provided for your day of trekking. Following this expedition you will be driven on to Khalde. Overnight stay in Khadle guesthouse.   

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The rural settlement of Khlade is set amongst the mountains of the Svaneti region. Nestled between the Ushguli community and the village of Adishi, Khlade similarly provides a rural Georgian experience for passing travellers. The village has a dramatic backdrop of the snow-capped Central Shkhara Mountain, whilst its surrounding hills and peaks provide perfect conditions for hiking. The few visitors to the region can enjoy in the tranquil spot of Khlade after a day of walking and exploring its natural beauty. 

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Day 7 : Khale - Adishi

Spend the day trekking on from Khale to Adishi. A packed lunch will be provided for you to enjoy in the remote setting. Arrive in Adishi, where you will spend the night in a guesthouse. 

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Adishi is a remote village situated in the mountainous Upper Svaneti region. The ancient settlement has a very small population and is rarely visited by travellers - but those who happen to find this remote village are given a real insight into the authentic Svaneti way of life. The nearby Adishi Glacier, is among many remarkable features of the surrounding natural landscape. Adishi's position amongst the untouched natural beauty of Svaneti, makes it the perfect setting for those embarking on a hiking adventure through the region.

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Day 8 : Adishi - Jabeshi

Begin your trek from Adishi on to Jabeshi. Spend the day hiking through the mountainous region, stopping to enjoy lunch in the beautiful natural setting. On arrival in Jabeshi, spend the evening relaxing, before staying overnight in Jabeshi guesthouse.  

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The village of Jabeshi can be found in the valleys of the mountainous Svaneti region in Georgia. It is surrounded by coniferous forests and alpine peaks, which make it a good location for people who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking. Very few visitors stay in the small community of Jabeshi, those who do can choose to experience local culture in a guest house within the village. 

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Day 9 : Jabeshi - Mestia

Enjoy a full day of trekking from Jabeshi back to Mestia. Overnight stay in Mestia. 

Overnight in Kala , Mestia

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 10 : Mestia - Becho

Embark on a final trek from Mestia on to Becho. Take a break to enjoy your packed lunch before spending the rest of the day taking in the scenic views as you continue your trek. Arrive in Becho, where you will spend the evening relaxing. Overnight stay in Becho guesthouse.  

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The village of Becho is situated in the Dorla valley just west of Mestia. The remote and rarely visited community provides an insight into a traditionally rural Georgian way of life. The scenic surrounding landscape provides an idyllic spot to explore. Visitors can embark on a hike around the remarkable twin-peaked Ushba, where they will encounter the peaceful Dorla River, hidden waterfalls and glaciers. There are many other hiking trails in the surrounding area, which provide equally scenic views across the isolated villages and snow-capped mountains.

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Day 11 : Mestia - Tbilisi

Today you will embark on a long but scenic drive to Tbilisi. Enjoy a final dinner, before staying overnight in Tbilisi. 

Overnight in Sharden Hotel, Tbilisi

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

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Day 12 : Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight and make your onward journey. 

Meal plan: Breakfast



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Sharden Hotel

Tbilisi (2 nights)

Sharden Hotel is located in the historical centre of Tbilisi. It's simply furnished rooms feature wifi and air conditioning. The on-site restaurant serves Georgian specialties and European staples.

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Mestia (2 nights)

This simple guesthouse has mountain and garden views, with an onsite restaurant and free wifi. All rooms have ensuite facilities.


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