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Get to know our travel program for Hiking in Svaneti (Georgia) with local Spanish-speaking guide on our page: “Hiking in Georgia“.

Georgian costume with medieval towers of Ushguli

Georgian costume with the medieval towers of Ushguli in the background (UNESCO World Heritage)

But in this article we give you a summary of what you will find on the hiking trail in Svaneti (Trekking Mestia-Ushguli).

The Greater Caucasus is an authentic alpine wall that summarizes the silhouette of Georgia, a country with huge mountains whose peaks remain with snow throughout the year. This set of mountains rises vertically to form one of the most impressive natural borders of our planet.

Georgia is Caucasus at its finest, located on the eastern shore of the Black Sea and encased in a huge mountain range that housed the mythological stories in which Jason and the Argonauts would finally get the Golden Fleece. Georgia impresses with its contrasts, both at a landscape and cultural level.

We propose a hiking route through the Caucasus, in the Georgian region of Svaneti, We have called it Hiking in Svaneti or Trekking Mestia-Ushguli because we travel the mountain between these two populations Mestia and Ushguli, the first to 1.500 meters of altitude and the last to 2.400. Between Mestia and Ushguli we will pass through several intermediate villages in an alpine landscape of impressive mountains and glaciers, and away from the crowded hiking trails of Europe. All this will be accompanied by visits to different points of historical and cultural interest that will allow us to better know the country and its culture and take advantage of the trip not only to go hiking but also to get to know this exotic border country between Europe and Asia..

 

Mapa de Georgia

Georgia map, in the red circle the Svaneti region

Svaneti is in our opinion the most impressive region of Georgia, with beautiful landscapes of high mountains that are covered with snow almost all year round, deep ravines, wooded areas and incredible valleys. The region is close to mountain peaks of up to 5.000 meters, in fact Svaneti is the highest altitude region of the Caucasus that is inhabited by humans. Two thousand years ago a population known as the “Swan”, that later, during medieval times he built hundreds of defensive towers. Currently these towers offer a unique image in the world of these mountain villages where time seems to have stopped.. Georgia's highest mountain peak is located in the Svaneti region, the Shkhara peak or “Shkhara” , with 5.203 meters, which is also the third highest in the Caucasus mountain range, and Ushba mountain (4.710 meters) which is considered the most beautiful mountain in the range, in fact it is known as “the queen of the caucasus”.

Without a doubt, this is an exotic adventure in the mountains that is at your fingertips and that has the advantage of having direct flights from Spain that take you there in just 4 hours 50 minutes (with the low cost company WizzAir to Kutaisi airport).

 

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