Length: 24 km
Start from: Mestia
Elevation change: 1200 m
Season: June – October
Price indication: 120 GEL
Explore the reverse side of Ushba, its glacier and the awesome system of waterfalls emerging from the glacier to form River Dolra.
The trail to Ushba glacier starts at the wooden bridge across the river Dolra, to the north of Mazeri village, near Grand Hotel Ushba. The trail has double marking (red and white + blue and white) – both are correct for you. First it goes along a pleasant dirt road along the Dolra, then near Hiker’s Cafe the road becomes a footpath and goes on through a shady forest with glimpses of the valley and Becho waterfalls on your right. Then the path crosses another wooden bridge and arrives at the border police post. Pass the border police and follow the path that takes you out of the forest and starts going up and getting more and more steep and rocky. Watch out very carefully for the markings, especially at the turnings that are easy to miss, some marks are almost invisible because of the grass. You will need to cross a few streams on your way, and finally the trail arrives at the start of the waterfalls and further at the beginning of the glacier (2900 m). The end of the trail is marked by a big boulder monument to alpinists that died while storming Ushba. You can go a little further to the river flowing from under the glacier, but we strongly recommend NOT to walk on the actual glacier. Follow the same trail back to Grand Hotel Ushba where the driver will meet you. Distance for the day: 24 km. Elevation change: 1200 m.
There are no technically difficult parts on this trail, but it is long and the elevation changes are significant, so you really need to be in good physical shape to enjoy it.
This route is also possible to do on horseback, see HORSE-RIDING section.
Photographs in order of the trail