This enjoyable route of six or seven hours return trip (11km each way) takes you out past Mestia’s airport and up the Mestiachala valley. The last 1.5km or so, from a footbridge over the river, is uphill through woods to the foot of the glacier. Watch out for rocks falling off the glacier in summer.

You can also get to the footbridge by taxi (return 50 GEL including waiting time) or horse (40 GEL, plus 50 GEL for the guide and 40 GEL for the guide's horse).