Length: 12 km
Start from: Mestia
Elevation change: 350 m
Season: June – October
Price: 190 GEL
Visit Saviour’s Church of Adishi: + 15 GEL
Magnificent Adishi glacier, pleasant trail with no elevation change and a chance to explore remote village Adishi. Possible to include a visit to 3 churches in Adishi (9th-14th centuries) to admire the frescoes and ikons.
The car will pick you up at your hotel in Mestia and drive you to village Adishi (appr. 1.5 hours’ drive). Adishi is a remote and beautifully located village that attracted the attention of Italian traveller and photographer Vittorio Sella who captured it on film during his Caucasus expeditions at the end of the 19th century. There are two 13th-14th century churches (St. George’s and Archangel’s) with frescoes in Adishi, that are usually open, so you can go inside and look. There is a third church dating back to the 10th-11th centuries, devoted to the Saviour, but since it is the official treasury of the village belonging to Svaneti Museum, the visit there needs to be arranged beforehand with the key-keeper. Let us know if you are interested to go inside, and we will make the arrangements.
There is a marked trail going east out of the village along the Adishchala river, you will easily find it. In 4 km you will see on your left another St. George’s church. Walk on for another 2 km. You might need to cross a branch of the Adishchala once or twice on the way, but not the Adishchala river itself. You will already see the glacier and its waterfall in front of you. The path that you need to follow to the glacier goes right near the river, the last few hundred meters can be a little unpleasant, going through shrub and bushes. The glacier is right ahead, so just keep walking straight and don’t be afraid to miss it. Be very careful when walking on the glacier and don’t go too far up because of the hidden cracks in the ice. Follow the same trail to get back to Adishi where we will pick you up. Distance for the day: 12 km.
This route is also possible to do on horseback, see HORSE-RIDING section.
BLUE: trail from Adishi to Adishi glacier.
Photographs in order of the trail