The excitement of riding in Svaneti is in just one word: authentic. You ride the trails the locals ride when they tend to the cattle or go hunting, the horses are the same ones that work in the households and even the gear is just what the owner uses when he is off hunting or after his herd. How much closer to the real thing can you get?
You don’t need to be an experienced rider to do these tours. Actually, it’s a good opportunity to try riding! In the mountains the trails are not suited for gallop, so the tours are mostly walking-pace ones. In places you may have to dismount and lead the horse (especially downhill on slippery bits), but generally local horses know how to choose the best route.
Please note that we are NOT providing safety helmets or any special tourist gear.
You can do either multi-day riding itineraries of 3 days and longer, or include a day or two of riding in your trekking or jeep tour, we are quite flexible with this. Most of the horse rides are conveniently done as 1-day radial tours from Mestia as your base, but some are a bit too far for this and it is better to do them as part of a multi-day riding/trekking itinerary with overnights outside Mestia.
Group of 2-3 riders, price range depends on the routes:
3-day riding itinerary: 700 – 870 EUR per person
5-day riding itinerary: 1190 – 1450 EUR per person
7-day riding itinerary: 1680 – 2030 EUR per person
10 % DISCOUNT for groups of 4 and more riders
Transfer to and from Svaneti NOT included. Information on Transfers.
It is possible to do a 6-day itinerary from Etseri to Ushguli with overnights in different villages every day. This itinerary can be shortened to:
2-day route Etseri-Mazeri-Mestia (you can add a radial ride from Mazeri to Becho waterfalls as day 3)
4-day route Mestia-Tsvirmi/Zhabeshi-Adishi-Iphrali-Ushguli (you can add a radial ride to Adishi glacier from Adishi and an extra day in Ushguli to ride to Shkhara glacier).
These multi-day itineraries are for riders with some experience who are used to spending 5-6 hours in the saddle each day. Contact us if you would like to do a multi-day horse-riding itinerary in Svaneti.