Trek grade: Easy to Moderate, distance 6 km, duration 5-6 h, elevation - 1920 m, trail trek, sleigh track
Chalaadi trail begins after crossing a small hanging bridge on the river of Mestiachala. After reaching the ruins of an old hut, the trail continues through various types of landscapes – the birch forest and rocky valley covered with stones of different shapes. Mount Chatini is clearly visible from this valley, while on its south face the Chalaadi glacier takes shape.
Continue towards the Chatini mountain and finally at 1920m above sea level, reach Chalaadi glacier.
In a few words, the trail is quite an easy walk with many views of the high mountains and Snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus range.
From Chalaadi walk back to Mestia.
Dinner and overnight in Mestia.
Optional* Jeep tour: Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia
Driving distance: 93.7 km
If you would like to book Ushguli trip instead of trekking, guide will help to arrange a local 4x4WD vehicle.
The road to the village of Ushguli is located only 45 km from Mestia, most of it is paved with concrete, but narrow and steep. The last 16 km is a gravel road, and frequent avalanches make it impossible even in the summer season. The area is made up of medieval settlements with an authentic local community. Ushguli is one of the highest permanently inhabited places in Europe. For the historical, cultural and geographical reasons listed above, Ushguli was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Walk around the village, visit the Lamaria Church and hike to the foot of the Shkhara Glacier (5068 m), the highest peak in Georgia.T
In the evening drive back to Mestia. Dinner and overnight in Mestia.
NOTE: This route is doable from May to October.