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Georgia (Svaneti) – ski touring 8 days

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  • 6-10 Days
  • Group : 4-10 People
  • Ski touring / Freeride / Ski expedition
  • Difficulty : 1-5
  • Pickup : Airport / Appart / Hotel
  • Min Age : 18+

SKI TOURING IN THE MOST UNTOUCHED AREA OF MYSTIC GEORGIA. DISCOVERY OF A NEW SKI PARADISE IN THE CAUCASUS

Ski touring in Georgia in unspoiled Svaneti: beautiful untouched slopes in the heart of the Caucasus – plenty of powder and impassable terrain – new Tetnuldi ski resort – exceptional mountain scenery – 8 day trip, 6 days of skiing at an altitude of between 2000 and 4000 m – accommodation in the town of Mestia.

Recommended Airport

Kutaisi Airport (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Kutaisi Airport

Starting Point

Mestia City  (1500 m)

Altitude difference

approx 1000 m per day

Recommended equipment

ski touring equipment (ski, bindings, boots, skins, poles, air bag, …)

Walking time/ Ski time

approx 6 h/ day

Difficulty

medium difficulty tour

Highlights

  • Wonderful skiing on spacious open terrains
  • The experience of the mystical land of Svaneti

Price Includes

  • Guiding
  • Accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • All local transfers

Price Excludes

  • Travel & health insurance
  • All meals except breakfasts
  • Personal equipment
About Georgia
Georgia - The Best Destination According To Lonely Planet

Georgia, a country sandwiched between Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, has excellent characteristics that have not been on the list of “must-see” tourist destinations for a long time. The country offers the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus, fertile areas where avocados are grown, and the Black Sea coast. Geographically, it belongs to the countries of Central Asia. When the Eurovision Song Contest or the qualifications for the football championships start, then it is talked about as a country of the European continent.

Georgia is also a paradise for all seekers of true ski touring. The region lies on the border with the Russian Federation and Abkhazia. The entire region of Svaneti is best known for the village of Ushguli, which is considered the highest-lying hamlet in Europe at 2200 meters above sea level. The whole area is ruled by Ushba, a 4710 m high mountain named King of the Caucasus!

About Svaneti
Svaneti - Paradise For Tour Skiing In The Caucasus

Svaneti or Svanetia is a remote mountain area in the High Caucasus, considered a new ski touring and freeride mecca. The basis for this is the vast untrodden slopes, which reach up to a height of 4000 m, and extremely dry snow, which is not found in the Alps and which allows for enjoyable swimming in a deep cell. The top ski arena is rounded off by many four and five thousand people, led by one of the most striking mountains in the world (Ushba 4710 m) and the highest peak in Georgia (Shkara 5203 m). The new Tetnuldi ski area below the eponymous peak (Tetnuldi 4858 m) allows skiing at an altitude of between 2200 and 3100 meters. This is a great starting point for ski touring tours and an alternative in case of bad weather. We will adapt the ascents to the conditions and our abilities, which will not be difficult due to the many terrains. We will set up the base in Mestia, the last town under the mountains, where, despite opening up to tourism, they respect the centuries-old Svanetian tradition. Installations are simple but comfortable enough.

Itinerary

Day 1KUTAISI - MESTIA

Departure from Ljubljana to nearby airports and flight to Georgia. Our meeting point will be Kutaisi Airport. And from there, drive to our base village Mestia. The whole trip takes about 5 hours, so we arrive in the city in the afternoon / evening and we will have enough time to regenerate for the next few days. Informative meeting with a local guide and informative city tour. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 2 SKI TOURING AT THE TETNULDI SKI RESORT

This day we will get to know the Caucasian snow, and the guide will also have time to get to know you better and assess the knowledge of each individual. On this day, you can expect some freeride descents at the Tetnuldi ski resort and, depending on the conditions, also the first real, otherwise slightly shorter tour.

Day 3SKI TOURING IN THE AREA OF MESTIA

This day we take you on the first real tour with 600 to 1000 m of ascent. The program is not completely defined because we left the possibility to adapt to the snow conditions, weather and abilities and wishes of the participants. If the conditions allow, we will go to the village of Mazeri and the real exploration of the Caucasus can begin. On skis we approach the impressive four thousand, the famous alpine trophies, Usba 4710 m and descend their slope.

Day 4SKI TOURING IN THE AREA OF MESTIA

This day we will take you on the next tour with at least 900 m of ascent. The program is not completely defined, because we left the possibility to adapt to the snow conditions, weather and abilities and wishes of the participants. If conditions allow, we will head under Mount Laila and head towards the eponymous pass. Mount Laila is one of the four thousand peaks that you can climb with us even in summer.

Day 5SKI TOURING IN THE AREA OF MESTIA / MESTIA - USHGULI - MESTIA *

This day we explore the surrounding valleys and hills and choose a suitable tour. Optionally (extra charge) we can go early in the morning to the highest lying permanently inhabited village in Europe – the romantic Ushguli. The full day tour takes us to the heights, when we have a unique view of the High Caucasus, we even see Elbrus and the remaining striking Georgian mountains with the highest mountain in Georgia – Skara. A symbol (*) in the program means that we can also afford a two-day trip to Ushguli, which means we will spend the night in Ushguli. A night in Ushguli is a very special experience and a real reward after a day of skiing.

Day 6FREE*

According to the program, we have free time. After breakfast, the driver will take you to the Tetnuldi ski area, where you can stay all day. By arrangement with the guide, you can go on one of the tours together. In case of extension of the program in Ushguli, go on a tour that day and return to Mestia in the afternoon.

Day 7SKI TOURING IN THE WIDER AREA OF MESTIA - KUTAISI

This day we will find the best slope and enjoy the Caucasian mite and air for the last time. In the afternoon we will finish our ski tour and head towards home. Late farewell from Mestia and drive to Kutaisi. Accommodation and dinner in Kutaisi.

Day 8KUTAISI

Free until the hour of departure. Transport to the airport and where we say our farewells.

FAQ

Where and when do I meet your team?

Our team will wait for you at the airport. If you are arriving by land meeting point is also at the airport or elsewhere if you let us know where (this service is not included in a price). After the meeting, you will be transferred to your accommodation. Please note, that in some areas, due to a long drive to our base, we provide only one transportation per group, usually in the morning (Iceland, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Altai…). So take into consideration that one extra day and accommodation may be necessary.

Where do I meet my guide?

The guide will arrange a specific meeting location and time with you specifically. Most commonly, this location is at your accommodation or our base.

How much hiking up is involved?

There will be approximately 4-6 hours of hiking broken up in the day and approximately 800~1100 vertical meters of skiing.

Do I need climbing skins?

Yes, all of our ski touring tours require uphill travel, and skins are by far the most efficient way. Skins attach to the base of skis or split-snowboards, peel off at the top of the run, and get stowed in a pocket for the downhill fun.

Can I rent equipment?

You can rent equipment, but you need to inform us at least 21 days before the start of your program. Our trips are in remote areas where there are no shops or rental services, so we need to provide them from a distance. Please note that rental on the spot is usually not available.

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