Duration: 5 hours (about 3 hours snowshoeing time)
Start from: Mestia (we use the chair-lift to go up Zuruldi)
Trail from: Zuruldi
Price: from 85 EUR
The easiest snowshoeing tour with very little elevation change, wonderful 360* panoramas of the high mountains and the additional pleasure of the chair-lift.
The tour starts in central Mestia, near Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography. You take the chair-lift to Zuruldi (tickets cost 13-15 GEL per person, payable at the ticket office). At the upper chair-lift station you get off and take the trail along Zuruldi ridge, with the high summits of the Great Caucasus Range on your left (starring two-horned Ushba, 4700 m and ideal pyramid Tetnuldi, 4850 m), and the Svaneti Range on your right. After about 3.5 km you arrive at Mentashi hill with a group of cellular antennae on it. The panorama from Mentashi is worth the climb. Take the same trail back and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine at Zuruldi restaurant. It is the highest mountain cafe in Georgia and its terrace offers the best view of Mount Ushba. Take the chair-lift back down to Mestia.
This version does not need transfers.
1-2 people 85 EUR
3 people 105 EUR
4 people 125 EUR
5 people 145 EUR
6 people 165 EUR
7 people 185 EUR
8 people 205 EUR
9 people 225 EUR
Occasionally the chair-lifts don’t work for maintenance reasons or due to weather conditions. You can do a slightly different version of the tour that will require drop-off and pick-up by car. This version will add 35 EUR per group of 1-6 people and 70 EUR for a group of 7-9 people.