Walks Around Mestia

Many beautiful walks start from Mestia itself. Some routes are well signposted; others aren’t. Your accommodation or Mestia's Tourism Information Centre (which gives out hiking maps) can help you find a guide if you want one.

Mestia-Ushguli Trek

The most popular longer trek from Mestia is the scenic four-day, 50km hike east to Ushguli, with village guesthouses for accommodation. Each of the first three days takes you up over a ridge, with an ascent of between 400m and 800m, followed by a descent to your destination, as you head across the lower folds of the main Caucasus ridge. The stages:

Mestia–Zhabeshi (14km, about seven hours) Takes you east up the Mulkhura valley to Zhabeshi, which has half a dozen places to stay including the friendly Givi Kakhiani's Guesthouse.

Zhabeshi–Adishi (10km, about seven hours) An 800m ascent followed by 400m descent. Adishi has good guesthouse accommodation with English-speaking Elizabeth Kaldani, Zhora Kaldani or Mukhran Avaliani.

Adishi–Iprali (15km, about seven hours) Iprali's popular Family Hotel Ucha has a panoramic site and 17 good, clean, comfy rooms (which sometimes fill completely in July and August). Good meals too.

Iprali–Ushguli (10km, four to five hours) The easiest stage, though you're walking the 4WD road for much of it.

You can cut a day off the trek by taking a taxi to Zhabeshi, or a taxi to Bogreshi then walking 8km up the pretty Adishchala valley to Adishi for your first day.