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Ski Touring in Georgia

Ski touring in Georgia – real powder every day, even a month after the last snowfall. We take you to places where high-quality snow hides

 

“EVERYDAY IS A POWDER DAY”

“Good ski touring day in Alps is an average day in Svaneti”

Robin Castle, Ireland

Ski touring in Georgia – Svan country

Svaneti, one of the most remote areas of Georgia, is a land of medieval defense towers, breathtaking nature, 10 highest peaks of the Caucasus Mountain range, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. With recently renovated infrastructure, the area offers plenty of things to do for its visitors, and we compiled the best activities you can enjoy while visiting Svaneti.
We are open from December till end of March when there is a lot of snow and lots of possibilities for ski touring in Georgia and there are no crowds, not even on ski resorts Tetnuldi and Hatsvali.

LOCATION

The valley between mountain peaks of Higher Caucasus and its gem Mestia is our base for Georgian ski touring adventure. Ideal position of our guest house is amazing whether you are ski touring or just enjoying the winter days in the mountains. Walks around the town are much fun for everyone who like to fell real Svaneti. Just a 10 minute walk from our house you will find ski lift Hatsvali with real quality ski slopes.

ACCOMODATION

Our Guest house has some private rooms, double rooms, twin rooms, triple rooms and also rooms suitable for bigger companies. Every room is equipped with its own bathroom. We provide linen and towels.

Our guest house has a common place when we can gather in the evening or during the day, you will also find a terrace for relaxing, although it might be cold it is always nice to seat on fresh air and admiring nearby mountain peaks.

FOOD

We serve 3 main meals per day – breakfast, lunch-box and dinner. In between, there are several snacks available for you. Empower your ski touring day in the morning by having a wide array of fresh fruits, muesli, freshly baked bread, yogurts, etc. served for breakfast. Dinner are a wholesome meal – containing lots of veggies and other various healthy and local food ingredients. We provide vegetarian and vegan options for all meals too. That you stay strong during a day we provide you a lunch-box with some fruits, eggs, cheese and bread.

SAFETY

Safety is taken very seriously and all our guides have a valid license and mountain rescue course. With our guides, you will first learn (if needed) the ski touring theory and, most importantly, spend a lot of time on the mountain and skiing the untouched snow.

Ski touring days in Georgia are delivered by our best guides. Once you experience ski touring in Caucasus you are hooked for life..

Dates and prices – ski touring in Georgia (fixed departures)

DATES PRICE
28.12.2019 – 04.01.2020 1098 € – last places
04.01.2020 – 11.01.2020 998 €
11.01.2020 – 18.01.2020 1098 €
18.01.2020 – 25.01.2020 998 €
25.01.2020 – 01.02.2020 998 € – last places
01.02.2020 – 08.02.2020 998 € – last places
08.02.2020 – 15.02.2020 998 €
15.02.2020 – 22.02.2020 998 €
22.02.2020 – 29.02.2020 998 € – last places
29.02.2020 – 07.03.2020 998 €

EU CITIZENS CAN TRAVEL TO GEORGIA WITH ID, PASSPORT IS NOT REQUIRED!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Transfer from and to airport (Kutaisi airport)
  • Transfers for needs of ski touring program,
  • Accommodation in Mestia 6x, Kutaisi 1x,
  • Breakfast, lunch-box, dinner (starts with dinner in Mestia, ends with breakfast in Kutaisi),
  • Ski lifts if needed for ski touring program,
  • Professional guide 5 days (max 6 attendants to one guide),
  • Agency representative in Mestia

EXTRAS

  • Pick up and drop of in Tbilisi 100€ (per way per van),
  • Flight to Mestia from 15€ (per way),
  • Ski touring trip to Ushguli 2 days 40€ (per person, minimum 6 people attending),
  • Renting probe, shovel and transceiver 10€ per day

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight to and from Kutaisi airport,
  • Meals when it is not mentioned,
  • Drinks,
  • Personal equipment,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Entrances tu museums and other extra activities,
  • Everything what is not specifically included

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

  • Insurance with coverage for mountain rescue,
  • Arriving to and departing from Kutaisi airport,
  • Avalanche set is required on tour

Ski touring plan

Our weekly plan – but you need to know, that due to conditions plan can change. Some days can be modified and also we can change location of the ski-touring program on that specific day.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL (SATURDAY)

Pick*up at Kutaisi airport. Upon arrival we will wait for other participants and then we are on the way to Mestia. We will stop in the last town before Svaneti, called Zugdidi. There we can exchange money (exchange rate is much better that one at airport or in Mestia). Afterwards we drive to Mestia with one stop, where we can have our firs hachapuri and a cup of coffee or tea. Evening arrival to Mestia, where Nino is waiting for us and serves as a fresh dinner. Later in the evening we have a meeting with our guides. Free time for walking in city center.

DAY 2 – TETNULDI FREERIDE

Our first day on Svaneti snow is done on a ski-resort Tetnuldi.  Chairlift takes us to 3280 meters and from there we have around 700 meters of freeride skiing in a powder. Purpose of this day is, firstly that you check your equipment, that you get familiarized with a snow conditions and altitude. Also our guides will check your fitness and knowledge so we can adjust level of difficulty for next days.

We do two rides that way and later we do our first easy skitouring. From the last stop of the chairlift we do some 300 meters of ascent to a nearby saddle. Descent following has more than 1000 meters of enjoying on powder snow, as we finish at the lowest station of the ski-lift.

DAY 3 – GULI PASS

After breakfast we drive to near village of Mazeri, where we can start with our skitouring for this day. Scenery is more then perfect as we get closer and closer to magnificent mount Ushba with every step that we make. Usually we do between 1000 – 1400 meters of ascent – depend of the conditions and fitness of the group. Descent is to the same village as we started. At the local bar we order well deserved beer. Driving to and from Mazeri takes around 45 minutes each way.

DAY 4 – LAILA PASS

After breakfast we drive to near village of Lahili. Today we are ascending on a slope of mount Laila – which has more then 4000 meters – and it is ideal summit for reaching 4000+ in the summer months. Our goal is not a summit but pass which has the same name – Laila Pass. Usually we do between 1000 – 1400 meters of ascent – depend of the conditions and fitness of the group. Descent is to the same village as we started. At the local bar we order well deserved beer. Driving to and from Lahili takes around 30 minutes each way.

DAY 5 – USHGULI

Ushguli is really a gem in Svaneti, it is a highest settlement in Europe which is permanently settled. Drive from Mesti to Ushguli is experience of its own. We will need little less then 3 hours each way – but its worth it.  So day will start a bit earlier then other days. This day we have many possibilities for skitouring and we will find the best route for your knowledge and condition. After skitouring we drive back to Mestia or we can stay there for another day. Evenings there are magical.

DAY 6 – FREE DAY/USHGULI

This day you are free to ski on your own. You can walk to a skilift Hatsvali or take a ride to Tetnuldi. Hatsvali is a skilift some 10 minutes walking from our guesthouse and it has some really nice slopes.
If group decides to stay in Usguli we will do skitouring there – whole day program. Ushguli’s advantege is that, this is the only time that we can simply put up our gear and start with ascent – no driving needed.

DAY 7 – ADISHI

The last day of skitouring, but we will do one superb ride as well. Today we will take a Tetnuldi chairlift again and we will enjoy a perfect ride to a village Adishi. You can expect more then 1400 meters of descent. Village Adishi is authentic svan village and gets a lot of hiker during the summer as it is on a way Mestia to Ushguli trek.

Driving to Tetnuldi takes some 45 minutes and returning from Adishi takes more then hour and a half.

Later that evening we are leaving Svaneti behind and are returning to Kutaisi

DAY 8 – KUTAISI

After a sleep in Kutaisi it is time to head to the airport. We will organize everything that you will be on time. If you have departures in the afternoon you can explore ex-capital of Georgia. Market is a must-do while you are there.

How to get to us

With aeroplane – WIZZAIR

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BOOK SPORTING EQUIPEMENT (allowance up to 32kg) AND BIG HAND LUGGAGE! IF YOU CAN PUT EVERYTHING WHAT YOU NEED INTO SPORTING EQUIPEMENT YOU DON’T NEED TO BUY EXTRA LUGGAGE.