Mestia – მესტია

1800M

Resort altitude

2350M

Mt. Zuruldi is peak of resort

5.3KM

Total amount of ski pistes

15₾

Cheapest skipass in Europe

S

vaneti harbours the major Caucasus peaks and the largest glaciers, the total area of which equals 300 sq. km. They hang over the Caucasus Mountains like an icy crown. The most important mountains are Tsurungala (4220 metres above the sea level), Ailama (4550 m.), Shkhara (5068 m.), Jangha (5060 m.), Gestola (4860 m.), Tikhtingen (4620 m.), Tetnuldi (4860 m.), Mazeri (4010 m.) and Chatini (4370 m.) that are neighboured by a well-known steep rock massif of twin-headed Ushba (4700 m.). Ushba is a paragon of a natural beauty and complexity among the Caucasus Mountains, similar to Matterhorn (4478 m.) in Alps.
The average absolute elevation of the Caucasus ridge is up to 4125 m. The maximum altitude is 5068 m. (Shkhara), and minimum altitude is 3168 m. (Donghuzoruni pass). There are some twenty passes of different complexity in this area of Caucasus that are directed towards the North side – the territory of Russian Federation. The height of the passes varies from 3160 meters to 3860 meters above the sea level. Some of the paths are good for pack animal hiking: horses or mules, but most of them could only be used on foot, yet, there are the paths that could be surmounted only by the mountaineers and alpinists.
The highest among the branches of the South Caucasus is the Svaneti range (with the highest peak of Lahili – 4010 m.) that is a watershed between the rivers Inguri and Tskhenistsqali. It is 120 km. long and approximately 2630 meters above sea level.

Activities

Heliski
Heliski
Flory Kern is only guide who is offering heliski in Svaneti region.
Freeride
Freeride
Another level of freeride. Try to ski between ancient towers protected by UNESCO
ATV
ATV
ATV lovers and not only can have some nice rides
Fooding
Fooding
Kubdari is specialty of Svaneti, don't miss it.

News

Book stay with trusted partner



Booking.com

Recommended restaurants

Zuruldi
Zuruldi
Zuruldi is highest restaurant in Svaneti located at 2340m above sea level. Unique terrace has impressive view to Tetnuldi mountain
Laila Cafe
Laila Cafe
Just feel Georgian food
The Old House Cafe
The Old House Cafe
Nice restaurant to eat

Landmarks

Ushguli

Ushguli

Ushguli (Georgian: უშგული) is located in the municipality of Mestia, at the bottom of mountain Shkhara, near the confluence of rivers Inguri and Shavtsqala-Kvishara. The community is comprised of 4 villages (Zhibiani, Chvibiani, Murqmeli and Chazhashi) and their height ranges from 2060 meters to 2200 meters above sea level. This makes Ushguli the highest settlement in Europe. The center of the community Chazhashi, has been declared a museum and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Khergiani Museum

Khergiani Museum

Michael Khergiani was a legendary soviet mountaineer who died while trying to climb a 700-foot rock wall Su-Alto in the Italian Dolomites. He was buried in Mestia. For his skill of incredibly fast going difficult rocky routes the British climbers called Khergiani “Tiger of the Rocks”. His uncle and cousin were also climbers.
Today the name of Michael (Chhumlian) Khergiani (1935–1969) is almost forgotten. And the museum is hardly to support independently interest to his personality in the information space. The idea of the museum was born in 1977, but then they just brought there those who wanted to see the house where Khergiani lived. In 1985 a new exhibition was created and the museum was opened officially. The museum caretaker is the daughter of Khergiani’s cousin, and the director is her husband.
The museum is interesting primarily because it is one of the best preserved Svan machub (a typical Svan fortified dwelling consisted of a tower and an adjacent house).

Photo: Welcomeculture.org

Svaneti Museum

Svaneti Museum

Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography is located in north-western Georgia, in the recently-renovated capital city of the Svaneti region, Mestia. Museum was established in 1936 as a Local Museum.

In 2013 the new museum was opened in modern building (architect Gaga Kiknadze) according to international standards. Now it makes possible to organize temporary exhibitions right next to museums unique permanent expositions, in a specially arranged space. In addition to all the facilities mentioned above, educational center and media library were open in 2015.

Photo: Museum.ge

Enguri Dam

Enguri Dam

The Enguri Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Enguri River in Georgia. Currently it is the world's second highest concrete arch dam with a height of 271.5 metres. It is located north of the town Jvari. It is part of the Enguri hydroelectric power station (HES) which is partially located in Abkhazia, the separatist region of Georgia.

The facility's arched dam was inscribed in the list of cultural heritage of Georgia in 2015.

Photo: Billy Bilikhodze

Other resorts

Never miss the story ❤

Excited? Share with friends

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text.

Start typing and press Enter to search