Mestia – მესტია

Svaneti 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.

5 Things Not to Miss

  1. Steep skiing

Facts & Figures

Ski season:

December 2018 –  May 2019

Closest airports:
  • Mestia (1 km)
  • Kutaisi (219 km)
Altitude: 2265 – 3,285 (Tetnuldi)

Snow-sure from December to May

30 km of slopes

○ 30% blue slopes
□ 40% red slopes
◇30% black slopes

5 Lifts:
  • 4 chairlifts
  • 1 drag lifts
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.

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