Svaneti Snowshoeing

Discover Svaneti's Beauty on Snowshoes — An Adventure of a Lifetime

Detailed Description


Imereti   Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti  
Tour type
January - April
7 days
Program code

Unleash your love for snow and adventure on a snowshoeing tour in Svaneti, Georgia, amid 5000 meters mountains and scenic Caucasus landscapes. Explore the breathtaking beauty of this high mountainous region, home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, stunning lakes, frozen waterfalls, glaciers, historic churches and museums. Immerse yourself in the local culture and way of life as you stay in cozy family hotels and guesthouses and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and snacks. This tour starts from Kutaisi, the second-largest city in Georgia, and ensures worry-free travels with luggage transportation included. Get ready to restart your body, mind, and soul with this unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.


Day 1 — Welcome to Georgia

After rendezvous at Kutaisi airport, we'll embark on a journey to the stunning Georgian high mountain region of Svaneti. During the trip, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of alpine meadows, dense forests, and one of Europe's largest dams. After dining amidst glaciers and high mountains, we'll head to the village of Mazeri, situated 1660 meters above sea level. There, with the help of our mountain guide, we'll have the opportunity to try snowshoeing on a short trek. Overnight stay in Mazeri.

Route: Kutaisi — Private car | 215 km · 4 h 45 min Mazeri

Activities: Snowshoeing | 2 hours

Accommodation: Included Cottages Shikhra * Or similar | Cottages | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: not included, lunch: not included, dinner: included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Enguri Dam, Bagrati Cathedral.

Day 2 — Svanetian Lake Meziri in the Majestic Mountains

On our second day, we'll head to the picturesque Mezir lake, situated 1660 meters above sea level. You'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking view of Ushba mountain and the entire Great Caucasus Mountain range, as well as learn about a rich cultural tradition associated with the lake. Afterwards, we'll take a stroll through the Svanetian mountains before returning to Mazeri. Overnight stay in Mazeri.

Route: Mazeri — Snowshoeing | 4 km · 4 h Lake Meziri — Snowshoeing | 4 km · 2 h Mazeri

Activities: Snowshoeing | 6 hours

Accommodation: Included Cottages Shikhra * Or similar | Cottages | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: included, dinner: included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Lake Meziri.

Day 3 — Magic of the Frozen Shdugra Waterfall

On our third day, we'll embark on a hike to the Shdgura waterfall, one of the most abundant in all of Georgia. We'll start the journey from the Mazeri village and make the first part of the trip by 4x4 vehicle. Then, we'll continue our journey on snowshoes, trekking through a snowy coniferous forest until we reach the frozen waterfall. At the end of the day, we'll return to Mestia via the same 4x4 vehicle. Overnight stay in Mestia.

Route: Mazeri — Snowshoeing | 5 km · 4 h Shdugra Waterfall — Snowshoeing | 4 km · 3 h Mazeri — Snowshoeing | 20 km · 30 min Mestia

Activities: Snowshoeing | 7 hours

Accommodation: Included Mestia Plaza * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: included, dinner: included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Shdugra Waterfall, Mount Tetnuldi.

Day 4 — Explore the Tetnuldi Range on the Way to Jhabeshi

Today, we'll journey from Mestia to the high mountain village of Jhabeshi. Our day trek will take us along the main road and then across the impressive Tetnuldi range to reach the village. Overnight stay in Jhabeshi.

Route: Mestia — Snowshoeing | 15 km · 7 h Zhabeshi

Activities: Snowshoeing | 7 hours

Accommodation: Included Guesthouse Beka Jhabeshi * Or similar | Guest House | Twin or double room, shared WC & shower on the floor

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: included, dinner: included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Mount Tetnuldi.

Day 5 — Explore Ushguli: Europe's highest village & UNESCO heritage

For the fifth day, let's visit Ushguli, a mountain community known to be the highest inhabited village in Europe, located at an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level. There, you will understand why this place is protected by UNESCO. Weather permitting, we will attempt to walk around Ushguli and explore some of the isolated villages in the area, as well as discover the Svan towers, which are also part of the UNESCO heritage. We will spend the night in Ushguli.

Route: Zhabeshi — Private car | 35 km · 1 h 30 min Ushguli — Snowshoeing | 6 km · 3 h Ushguli

Activities: Snowshoeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Guesthouse Ushguli Maspindzeli * Or similar | Guest House | Twin or double room, shared WC & shower on the floor

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: included, dinner: included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: St. George Church, Queen Tamar Castle, Chazhashi Savior Church, Svaneti Ethnography Museum, Mount Ushba, Lamaria Church.

Day 6 — Chalaadi Glacier

For the last day in the Svanetian mountains, let's visit the famous Chalaadi glacier. This final trek will take us through stunning valleys and dense forests, leading to an awe-inspiring view near the high mountain. You will be treated to an unforgettable panorama that will remain etched in your memory. After this magical moment, we will return to Mestia where you can gain insights into Svanetian traditions by visiting the town's ethnographic museum. We will spend the night in Mestia.

Route: Ushguli — Snowshoeing | 7 km · 4 h Chalaadi Glacier — Private car | 50 km · 1 h 45 min Mestia

Activities: Snowshoeing | 4 hours

Accommodation: Included Mestia Plaza * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: included, dinner: included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Chalaadi Glacier.

Day 7 — End of the tour

As we come to the end of our incredible adventure in the majestic Svanetian Mountains, we'll bid farewell to this breathtaking landscape as we make our way down to Kutaisi airport. While we may be leaving behind the stunning vistas and unforgettable memories, the spirit of Svaneti will forever be ingrained within us. As we make our way home, let us hold onto the magic and beauty of this incredible place. End of the tour.

Route: Mestia — Private car | 220 km · 5 h Kutaisi

Accommodation: Not Included

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Half day

Our tour program's list of attractions is a guide, not exhaustive. Unlisted sites may be visited, and listed ones might be viewed from a distance. Conditions like operating hours, weather, or local rules may affect access. Thank you for your understanding.


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What's included?


2 nights — Twin or double room, shared WC & shower on the floor

4 nights — Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower


6 breakfasts, 5 lunch, 6 dinners.


6 days — Full day, 1 day — Half day,


Snowshoeing: ~65 km, Private car: ~520 km. *


Snowshoeing: ~29 hours. *

Additionally included

Entrance fees to all sites according to the programm, All meals (snacks) except first and last day, English speaking guide, Snowshoes and sticks rental.

Not included

Plane tickets, Personal expenses and tips, Travel insurance.

The provided measures of total kilometers for transport, duration of guide services, and activities in our tour program are approximate and may vary depending on the program flow and terrain conditions. While we strive to ensure the accuracy of these numbers, please note that they are intended as estimates. We make every effort to provide the most precise information possible to give you an idea of the overall tour experience.


Hiking time depends on the steepness, the condition of the trail, the physical condition of the group and other factors.
Guide services can be provided in different languages, depending on the preferences of the group.
Please note that the indicated price is based on a group size of 8 participants. If the group size is smaller, the price can be adjusted accordingly.
If you're interested in extending the tour for more days, please let us know, and we'll be happy to provide options and prices upon request.

Equipment & Checklist

A winter snowshoeing trip to the Georgian mountains in Svaneti is a unique and thrilling adventure. During the winter months (February to March), the average temperature in the mountains is around -5°C (23°F), although it can drop below -20°C (-4°F) on colder days.

For your winter snowshoeing trip, it is essential to pack warm clothing made from insulating materials such as down or synthetic fill. This includes a winter coat, insulated pants, hat, gloves, and warm socks. It's also important to wear multiple layers, so you can easily adjust to changing temperatures.

Remember to check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly, as conditions in the mountains can be extreme and unpredictable. Enjoy your winter snowshoeing adventure in Svaneti!

Here's a comprehensive checklist for your winter snowshoeing trip to Svaneti:


The accommodations in this tour offer a unique blend of traditional character and modern conveniences, with the majority of nights spent in locally-run hotels or home-stays with shared facilities, and a few nights in good and clean 2-3 star city hotels with private facilities. Both types of accommodations, whether in family-run establishments or city hotels, are clean, good, and centrally located to maximize your time for exploring the sights. If a hotel name is marked with "* or similar," it means a similar hotel of equivalent or higher class may be provided based on tour dates, group size, and hotel availability. The itinerary section of the program description will specify the exact type of accommodation for each day.


Eating is an integral part of travel, and with, you will have the opportunity to savor the delicious cuisine that Georgia has to offer. While breakfast is included, some lunches and dinners may be held at local restaurants, giving you the flexibility to choose where, what, and with whom you want to eat. Although meals are not typically included in the trip price, food is generally inexpensive, with an average cost of 10-15 euros per person for dinner or lunch, including drinks. However, our group often eats together to allow for a diverse taste of dishes and for the enjoyment of each other's company, though this is not a requirement.

Food Arrengements During the Snowshoeing Part

During the winter hike on snowshoes in the Svaneti mountains, meals are typically organized as picnic-style lunches and hearty, home-cooked dinners at local families. The exact menu may vary depending on the day, but common options for lunch include sandwiches, fruits, nuts, and snacks to keep you fueled throughout the day. For dinner, you will enjoy traditional, warm and filling dishes made by the local families. Water is provided to keep you hydrated. If you have specific dietary requirements, please let your travel assistant know and they will do their best to accommodate them.


In this tour, all transportation is private and tailored to your group's needs. Depending on the size of the group, transportation options can range from a car, a mini-van, or a minibus. In areas with challenging road conditions, a 4x4 vehicle may be used to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. With private transport, you will have the flexibility to customize your itinerary and move around at your own pace.

Luggage Transportation During the Hike

During your hiking journey in the mountains, you'll be able to travel light with just your personal belongings. To ensure that your luggage is safe and secure, it will be transferred from one overnight point to the next by a reliable 4x4 vehicle. This means that you can focus on enjoying your hike and taking in the stunning mountain scenery, without having to worry about carrying your luggage. Rest assured that your luggage will be waiting for you at your next accommodation, so you can freshen up and relax after a day of hiking.


Our group tour leaders are the most experienced and knowledgeable individuals with excellent English language skills. If the common language of the group is different, we can provide guides in other foreign languages by coordinating with our travel assistant team. The guide will be available to the group for the entire duration of the trip, and their exact availability is marked in the Itinerary section of the program for each day. Please refer to the Itinerary section to know how long the guide will be available on each day.


In Georgia, the currency is the Georgian Lari (GEL). You can exchange money at banks, exchange offices, and some hotels. Small exchange offices are omnipresent throughout Georgia and offer competitive exchange rates. Your guide will be able to advise you on the best place to exchange money, as exchange rates may vary depending on the location. You can also check the current exchange rates on

Bank cards are widely accepted in restaurants, hotels, and shops, but it is advisable to have some cash as a backup, in case there are issues with local ATM machines or credit cards. However, it is possible that in remote villages, bank cards may not be accepted, so it is best to have some cash on hand. The most widely accepted cards are Visa and MasterCard. We recommend exchanging only small amounts of money at a time, as exchange rates can fluctuate frequently. It is also advisable to inform your bank in advance of your travel plans to avoid any issues with international transactions.


The travel team, including guides, drivers, cooks, etc., are paid a fair wage and do not expect tips. If you choose to leave a gratuity as a way of expressing your satisfaction, please note that damaged or adhesive coins or banknotes cannot be exchanged. Tips can be left at your discretion in envelopes. In restaurants, it is customary to leave 5-10% as a tip.


For your health and safety, it's important to be in good health before traveling to Georgia. Consult with a doctor or travel medicine specialist for recommended vaccines and preventive measures. To prevent insect bites and follow food safety measures, it's best to drink only bottled or treated water and be mindful of what you eat.

Bring enough of your prescription medicine and ensure that it is legal in Georgia if you have a pre-existing medical condition. A basic first-aid kit, including pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, and insect repellent, is also recommended in case of minor illnesses or injuries.

While Georgia has modern medical facilities in cities like Tbilisi and Batumi, it's still wise to have travel insurance in case of unexpected medical expenses. There are no specific health requirements for this trip, but it's important to prioritize your health and safety while traveling.

Visa Requirements for Georgia

Visa requirements for Georgia for foreign citizens vary depending on the country of origin. Citizens of most countries are eligible for a visa-free entry to Georgia for stays of up to one year. However, some countries require a pre-arranged visa, which can be obtained from a Georgian embassy or consulate. It is recommended to check the specific visa requirements for your country of origin before traveling to Georgia. Here is a short list of countries with citizens that do not need a visa to enter Georgia for a stay up to one year:

EU countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and more. Switzerland, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico etc.

Please find the exhaustive information on the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Georgia website:


Laundry service is available at most of our hotels for a reasonable fee, typically around 10 euros or less per load. If you need this service, please let your guide know in advance to arrange it. During the hiking portion of the trip when staying at family hotels or home-stays, you may need to do your own laundry at times. To ensure environmental safety, we recommend bringing non-polluting/biodegradable soap for this purpose.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not a requirement to enter Georgia, but it is highly recommended. A comprehensive travel insurance policy can provide coverage for trip cancellations, medical expenses, lost or stolen belongings, and emergency evacuation. In case of unexpected events, having travel insurance can provide peace of mind and financial protection. It is important to review the coverage and terms of your travel insurance policy before departing to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate protection while traveling in Georgia.

Safety and Security

Georgia is considered one of the safest countries in the world and visitors can generally feel safe while exploring the country. Crime rates, including pickpocketing, are low and tourists can move around freely without major concerns for their safety. However, as with any destination, it is always advisable to take basic safety precautions, such as keeping valuables out of sight, not carrying large amounts of cash, and being aware of one's surroundings in busy areas.

Emergency Contact

In case of any emergencies, we are available for support. During office hours (Tbilisi time), you can reach us at +995 591 257 715 for any urgent questions. Additionally, upon booking, you will be provided with a 24/7 personnel travel assistant for the duration of your trip. They will be available to assist you with any needs or concerns.

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