Present road conditions Mestia - Ushguli - Lentekhi
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 14, 2013 12:28 AM Last Post By: ass6ca
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4Hi, just returned from Georgia last week - two friends and I went from Zugdidi to Mestia, then to Ushguli and over the top through to Lentekhi (26-27/06/2013). We were told by Nino Ratiani in Mestia that the way was clear. Short answer is a 4WD is a definite, or at least a high clearance car such as a Subaru when going on from Ushguli. Otherwise you wil ground out (we didn't see anything less than a 4WD or rough Russian trucks - Lada Niva/Cossaks would handle this route without any hassle). The road is single track over the top and actually the stretch from Mestia to Ushguli is the worst section owing to the load of traffic (we ended up in a line of traffic working our way to Ushguli). The worst section after Ushguli is actually the immediate section heading out of Ushguli village. Once on the route, there is no problem navigating - there is only one route. We only saw one truck once over the top (we saw them leave from Ushguli before us) until halfway around to Lentekhi and all the other traffic was coming from lentekhi. It took 3-4 hours to cover the route from Ushguli to Lentekhi.
Beautiful views on the route.
Hope this helps (and anyone else searching for this info)
Aug 14, 2013 12:25 AM
5Just returned from Georgia, and travelled on Ushguli to Lentekhi route on the 7th of August 2013.
- The route is spectacular and was the highlight of our trip to Georgia. Particularly the views from Zagara pass are more than worth it.
- This poster had the best details on the route with photos every 15-30 mins:
- The first 20km up to and down from the pass are a bit gnarly. But not too bad (we did it in a Hyundai Tucson, which is not a true off-road vehicle - with 4 passengers and baggage). Did not use 4WD lock at any point on the route. Would have certainly felt slightly more comfortable in a true truck crossover with higher clearance and power.
- Would not advise doing it after rainfall. It is quite muddy in patches. Not too many people in Ushuguli had good information on the route.
- We also had a 2nd car in the group that made us feel safer. Not too much traffic on route, though there are villages and people along the way. Probably a ~1hr wait/walk at most points to get help.
- Gas is not reliably available at Lentekhi. Tsagara is nearest point with gas when coming from Ushuguli. We started with a half tank, and ended with ~quarter. You need at least 15L to do the 80km, safer with 20L. Took us 4.5 hours total with lots of stops along the way to take pictures and walk around.
Edited by: ass6ca
Edited by: ass6ca
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