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Mountains & Villages of Svaneti

Itinerary for Mountains & Villages of Svaneti

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Note: This itinerary is an example of the itinerary planned but it is only an example and may be changed at your guides discretion if they consider changes necessary due to weather or other local conditions. 
In case you want to add some riding days, we might be able to arrange something for you - please inquire.

Day 1: Arrival
We pick you up from Kutaisi and head towards Martvili Canyons, named after the nearby town of Martvili, to enjoy the scenery, the waterfalls and take a boat trip. The river canyon was formed over time by the Abasha River and displays a beautiful green-blue color.
After exploring Martvili Canyons, we’ll head to the village of Becho, right at the foot of mount Ushba.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Becho

Day 2: Ushba Waterfalls Ride
After a nourishing breakfast we get introduced to the horses and start riding to Sdugra waterfalls. The trail passes by mineral water springs, beautiful meadows, and slowly ascends through beautiful pine forests. The first few kilometers are on a bumpy road. After crossing the river, we’ll continue riding until we reach Sdugra waterfalls, where we stop for lunch. After our break, we saddle up again and head back to the village.
We take the same route back to Becho.
Riding approx. 28 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Becho

Day 3: Becho to Mestia
Today, we ride from Becho to Mestia via Guli pass. From the pass, you’ll have magnificent views over Becho, the double peaked Mount Ushbam Mulakhi community, the snowy Tetnuldy massif, and the Egrisi ridge.
The Guli pass (2980m), at the foot of Mount Ushba (4700m) is considered to be one of the most impressive passes of the Greater Caucasus Ridge. 
During our descent, we’ll head towards Koruldi Lakes to stop for lunch. After lunch we descend to Mestia, where we overnight. Overnight in Mestia at the guesthouse.
Riding approx. 30 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Mestia

Day 4: Mestia to Adishi
We start our ride early, heading towards the Mulakhi valley. During the day we’ll be passing via the Svanetian villages, outstanding for their impressive defensive towers. After lunch in Jabeshi, we’ll ascend to the ski resort of Tetnuldi and descend to the village of Adishi.
Riding approx. 30 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at xxx in Adishi

Day 5: Adishi to Ushguli
From Adishi, we ride towards the majestic Chkhutnieri pass (2,720 m) withthe stunning views over the Ladraadi glacier which locals also refer to as the Adishi glacier (2,390 m). Near the glacier, we cross a river and follow our trail. The slopes around us are covered with evergreen rhododendron shrubs. This descent from the pass is steep, so we will need to dismount from our horses lead them down.
From the Chkhutnieri pass, we will get a good view of the Adishis Tchala river valley as well as the Khaldes Tchala river valley. We stop for lunch in Khalde at a local restaurant. After lunch, we’ll continue towards Iprali and Ushguli. Ushguli is one of the most beautiful places in Svaneti and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. These villages are located at around 2200 metres above sea level at the foot of Shkhara peak which is the highest point in Georgia (5200m).
Riding approx. 31 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at xxx in Ushguli

Day 6: Shkhara Glacier Ride
Today's route leads us to the foot of Mt Shkhara, where we have a nice view over the Shkhara Glacier, the source of the Enguri river.
Mount Shkhara is located in the central section of the 12 km length rock massif, called the Bezengi wall. The height of the highest peak reaches 5201 meter. It is the second highest peak in the whole Caucasus Range after Mount Elbrus.
After we reach the foot of the glacier, we leave our horses and continue on foot to the glacier (total walking distance 4km).
After lunch at a local café, we’ll have some time to explore Ushguli village.
Riding approx. 19 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at xxx in Ushguli

Day 7: Ushguli to Lentekhi
From Ushguli we’ll ride to Gorvahsi Pass. After the Gorvahsi pass, we continue riding on the ridge, bypassing small alpine lakes until we reach Latphari pass (28075m). From there, almost all the peaks of the Main Caucasus are visible to the North, and the smooth schist rocks of the Svaneti Ridge can be seen to the West. 
We then continue our ride, heading down the valley until we reach Chvelphi. There, we say goodbye to our horses and continue by car towards Lentekhi.
Riding approx. 24 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in Lentekhi

Day 8: Prometheus cave & Departure
After breakfast, we head to Prometheus Cave - one of Georgia’s natural wonders providing visitors with breathtaking examples of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls and underground rivers. 
After our cave excursion we transfer you to Kutaisi.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Note that it is sometimes possible to customize the program upon special request (price will be calculated accordingly).
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Mountains & Villages of Svaneti
Tour Code: IT-GECA05
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,955.00
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Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2021 05/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Caucasian with a leather cushion and s...
Horses: Tushetian horses (local breed)
Pace: About 4-6 hours in the saddle per ridi...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Kutaisi International Airport (KUT)
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