4 Day Mestia to Ushguli Trek | Svaneti Transcaucasian Trail, Georgia (Silent Hiking + Guide)

4 Day Mestia to Ushguli Trek | Svaneti Transcaucasian Trail, Georgia (Silent Hiking + Guide)

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planning to do this trek yourself and you want to know all the ins and outs we'll tell you a bit more about uh the sort of day-to-day details now off the actual trek so the whole trek is four days and it's about 50 kilometers of walking day one you start in mestia which is the biggest town in the region and uh you know it's got shops it's got restaurants it's got all of that jazz so you can get to mestia have a day or two to explore and then set off on the hiking trail it's not too tough a day uh it's quite a good introduction to kind of get you into the rhythm of walking uh you hike up to a kind of glass uh glassy grassy uh clearing where you've got fantastic views over the valley where you're heading um it's quite a nice forest section in the morning as you're climbing up as well as kim says you've got those views over the valley and views of technical d mount technology as well in the distance and then from there you have a choice of descending on the jeep track or like we did stay a bit higher um along one of the narrow trails and come down at the village of lahiri which was a really really nice village it's got a ton of old towers and pretty good condition so it's well worth dropping in by that village and then coming down from there yeah and then uh trabiani village we really really enjoyed actually you can carry on a little bit further uh to zabeshi but uh we stayed at a place called miser guest house definitely recommend that place it was recommended to us by our guest house in mestia which we also loved um and so yeah we were really happy that they recommended that place miser is very passionate about you know swanetti about sonician culture and history and he's happy to share it with you you can tell he takes great pride in it also great food and you can go up his brother's 900 year old tower which is pretty cool that was a good experience and he also showed us a little bit of a museum as well which was essentially the um where people used to live and that was that was really at the foot of the towers so yeah it's a really nice village and probably a bit nicer than zebesia it certainly got many more towers and looked a little bit more lived in but we didn't actually go to zebesia so just saw it from above but that would be my opinion day three is um the shortest day in terms of distance but it's actually the biggest day in terms of how high you're climbing so um particularly if you're taking the high route yes so depending on whether you're taking the low route or the high route to adishi you've got up to an 1100 meter climb that day and it kind of starts as soon as you walk out the door of your guest house you're just climbing climbing climbing i don't know about you but for me i need to kind of get into my rhythm in the morning you know have a little warm-up before i just start going straight uphill so i found that a bit tough um but yeah so you climb up uh towards the technology ski uh resort it's mostly through forest for a good 600 meters or so with some views it was quite nice when we went through the leaves were changing color and then when you get to the the road that goes up to the ski resort it's a bit of a slog it's a bit of a slog so if you're taking the high route you've got to continue up that road for a few to 300 meters about three kilometers and it's yeah over 300 meter climb still on this road which if it's sunny and hot it's a bit of a bit of a slog and kind of sucks your energy there is the option of going down the hill a little bit to take the cable car up um that wasn't running when we were there otherwise i totally would have been on that cable car because that way you just skip out the worst part of the day and save a bit of energy but anyway we chose the high route to adishi which uh yeah definitely recommend fantastic scenery it is over a little bit too quickly for my liking uh it's about 45 minutes on that scenic trail before you start descending um dog always wanting a pat here we go and um yeah it's a bit of a steep descent and there's not really much of a trail to follow but as long as you've got uh the map on your phone and you can follow on gps then it's all good are you trying to get in the video don't go once a starring role in this here we go um yeah so adishi itself is the most remote village uh on the trek it's kind of nestled in a valley that is completely by itself it's not on the main road between mesty anders ghoulie so it does feel quite different to to anywhere else yeah it's reachable by a dirt road um but it definitely does feel the most remote on this trek it's not super remote but it does feel different yeah it definitely does um and from adishi it is pretty much all trail on day three and it's certainly the most spectacular day you get up close to a dishy glacier you have that river crossing in the morning which can strike fear into a lot of people but um don't worry don't panic basically later in the season uh september october like when we've been trekking the river levels are a lot lower than earlier in the season so for us it was still a little bit nerve-wracking crossing and you do definitely need to take care hiking poles are a good idea for stability but the the water was only coming up to you know maybe mid calf below our knees certainly it is absolutely freezing it is it's essentially just melted glacier water water from uh you know the glacier right there earlier in the season the river is like a totally different beast it's a lot higher it's a lot faster flowing wider a lot wider yeah um i would not recommend crossing it on foot earlier in the season but fortunately there are some guys that always hang around there with horses and will basically take you across take your bag across as well for 20 larry which is pretty expensive for what you're getting but at the end of the day it's the safest way to cross is the easiest way to cross and it takes a lot of stress out of your day so just go for that after you cross the river you've got about a 450 meter climb up to a pass again in september time when we were there beautiful colors on the mountain side all the leaves were changing into yellows and reds and it was really really gorgeous and the views are unbelievable it's it's one of the best views that we've had hiking in sonetti so really love that day once you get to the top of the pass you can take a little side hike up along a ridge and you get even better views so we definitely recommend doing that as well when we got up there there was some really nasty thunderstorm clouds kind of in the distance but it actually looked amazing so we saw at the bottom in bright sunshine the weather was turning turning turning by the time we got to the top it was very very moody it was pretty cool from there you descend down to another valley it wasn't too bad a descent and you walk basically on a pretty old road to the village of calde which has uh traditionally has only had one guest house there there was actually another one that was nearly uh completed that we saw but for us they were not open we were desperate to stop there it was about 6 p.m it was getting dark we'd had a long day we were tired but they were completely closed and we had to carry on to the village of iprali where there's a few more guesthouses that's another two and a half to three kilometers down the road so we got in there about 7 p.m as it was getting dark very tired it probably wouldn't take you 11 hours like it did us no but yeah it was the longest day certainly and a pretty tiring one day four we uh just continued on to ushkooli now there is a road that takes you from iprali to each gully you do not want to walk on that road it would be completely soul-destroying there was not much traffic going by when when we've been trekking but normally there'd be loads of cars going by jeeps kicking up dust not pleasant so definitely take the alternative route which goes up the hillside through some forests and you spend very little time on the road right at the end and yeah we really enjoyed that that last day day four it was quite pleasant um through the forest sections the trail was a little bit overgrown when we were out in the forest but it was a nice enough trail you got views now and again and uh when we got down back down to the road um and entered usgooli we crossed the river and came up the sides uh rather than stayed on the road yeah which is a good way of doing it yeah ishguli itself is a pretty cool place to end your trek it's quite different to the other the other villages it's bigger it's got quite a good atmosphere about it it's kind of split into three parts almost like a lower middle and upper part um so we walked all the way through and came up to the upper part and we are now staying at angelina's guest house which we're loving uh the hosts uh the mum sharina is really really friendly she has fed us the best food that we've had on the whole of this trek and we can view what's it called scotchguard i can't say this chicago shikara it's not even that hard sounds like chiquita i'll try and remember it like that that's how you remember it it's uh we have views of chicago mountain and glacier from outside our bedroom window from the shower from here is the highest peak in georgia yeah so we're really enjoying it here and we definitely recommend it if you are coming to chicago and going to spend a couple of nights so we're basically here for three nights uh maybe more who knows and then we're going to head off on another trek up uh let's parry is that what you say lap paddy pass two lap parry pants yeah down to 12 p um which will connect us to laura swannetti but you will have to wait till our next video and to find out more about that one overall impressions about the track uh overall impressions it's a really great trick if you're looking for something that is easily accessible because you can trek from guest house to guesthouse you don't have to carry camping gear you don't have to worry about food anything like that um it's not too tough uh for us i'd say uh apart from day three which we absolutely loved and was really really spectacular um we didn't we didn't really enjoy this trek as much as the other trek that we did in the western part of sonetti from nacra to mestia so if you are looking for something a little bit more challenging less people no doubt i mean there was nobody on the trail when we were doing it but usually it would be a lot busier on this one then we'd definitely recommend looking into the nakra to mesty a trek either as an alternative or in addition to this one um you can check out the video for that one up here and i'll pop the guide for that trick down below as well if you want to read up on both and see which one would suit you better yeah you can also just do part of that previous track and the two of them are essentially one long trick because what we did was trek all the way from nakra to school so yeah you can tailor however you like yeah it's all part of the trans caucasian trail and most of it is you know marked and everything like that in order to get to mexico it's pretty straightforward if you're coming from tableau city capital there's a train that takes about five and a half hours to get to zugdidi and then from there you can take uh marshrudka there's several a day uh that gets you to messiah it's about three or four hours on the marshwood cut to get there and the road is actually quite good your experience might depend on the driver and how fast he likes to go yeah so guest houses along the way generally cost about 50 or 60 larry per person per night and that covers your dinner your bed and your breakfast and that works out at about 16 to 19 a day so it's not too expensive to track here and there's no other cost involved in terms of national park fees or anything like that so it's pretty good and you usually get a pretty good feed that will set you up for the day you know we've been carrying snacks on the trail that we've barely tucked into that's been the story often uh of our treks in georgia whenever we've stayed in guesthouses so uh it's pretty good that way it's good value dell's been raging that he's been carrying six heavy churchella around and not even eating them because we've just been quite full from the guests exactly exactly no need of snacks in terms of gear that we had for this trip you don't need to carry too much with you you don't need camping gear unless you actively want to camp instead of staying in guesthouses we stocked up in a few snacks in mestia there's a spa and a quarter supermarket etc there so you can definitely get some bits and bobs just for snacks while you're on the trail i would recommend hiking poles like i said before and so you definitely need proper footwear for this you can't be doing it in you know just a pair of plume souls is that even a word that people use these days you um sandals yeah anything like that you want to have cheap trainers you definitely want to have some proper footwear and uh obviously you'll just need whatever for staying over in the guest is a change of clothes some toiletries and so on we've got packing lists for this uh in the blog post so you can check that out to make sure you've got everything that you need to shoot this video we used our sony a7 iii with a 24 to 70 f 2.8 lens a couple of shots on a couple other lenses too and of course we used our mavic air drone as well to get the drone shots we used the rode videomic pro to get the majority of our sound why the majority was that because it was raining for a little bit and you had to use it yeah it was raining it was raining at the end of day three so i had to put the mic away and use the in-camera audio for a few clips so that's that there you go anyway we've got a full list of all of our like actual photography gear and video gear that we use uh down below and a blog post with everything and all the info about that stuff so if you're interested in that check it out if you want to see the kind of on the fly behind the scenes version of how this trek went down do head over to our instagram feeds we've got all of our stories saved in the highlight reels and you can watch everything uh as it went down the the kind of less polished version of it you can listen to kim even more slagging him off rambling on moaning about this that and the next thing uh it's more fun than i've made that sound there actually uh yeah so you can just quit uh as for now thank you for watching all the way to the end of this any questions uh just drop us a comment below uh let us know what you think of the video uh as usual like subscribe hit that notification bell so that you get notified whenever we release a new video if we've missed anything which we probably have we've waffled on too much everything's there in uh just going to say in black and white but you can't really say that with the internet can you it's all there in the 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2021-09-05 16:00

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