Length: 23 km
Season: June – October
Drop-off: Ughviri pass
Price indication: 400 GEL
Visit Saviour’s church of Adishi: + 15 GEL
This hike is a good combination of trekking and insights into culture-heritage. On the first day you have a chance to explore village Adishi and its medieval treasures, and on the second day you visit one of the rare glaciers that come down so low that you can walk on them without gear.
Day 1. This hike requires drop-off at Ughviri pass, on the slopes of Mt. Tetnuldi. This way you can get to the remote village of Adishi on foot in just one day. The trail first follows the main road to Tetnuldi ski resort, but then a path branches off to the right (in the alpine zone, a few hundred meters higher up along the road after you pass hotel “Tetnuldi Paradise”, see location “2” on the map). There will be no more significant elevation changes as you walk on to Adishi, which you will see on your right and a little below. There are three churches that you can visit in Adishi: St. George’s and Archangel’s are usually open, so that you can come in and see the 13th-14th century frescoes. Saviour’s church (the first on your way as you descend into Adishi and the biggest one, with a cemetery around) is part of the Svaneti Museum, so your visit there needs to be arranged with the key-keeper. We will be happy to organise this, if you confirm that you are interested in visiting (+15 GEL to the cost of the tour). The keeper will meet you near the church at 6 pm, by this time you will reach Adishi, check-in at your guest-house ans be ready to explore the village. Distance for the day: 11.5 km. Elevation change: 450 m. Overnight in Adishi.
YELLOW: trail from Ughviri pass to Adishi.
BLUE: Mestia-Ughviri by car.
Day 2. There is a marked trail going out of the village along the Adishchala river, locals also use it, so 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 river once or twice on the way, but not the Adishchala river itself. You will already see the glacier and the waterfall in the middle of it from quite far. 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, the driver will meet you on the main road closer to the exit from the village. Distance for the day: 12 km.
BLUE: trail from Adishi to Adishi glacier.
Photographs in order of the trail