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 we reach 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.
We continue towards the Chatini mountain and finally at 1920m above sea level we 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 we 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 have an off-road adventure instead of trekking, we could explore Upper Svaneti and drive to Ushguli. Ushguli village is 45 km away from Mestia and consists of medieval settlements with the authentic local community. In addition, Ushguli is one of the highest continually inhabited places in Europe. For the above-listed historical, cultural, and geographical reasons, Ushguli has been included in the World Heritage Sites list by UNESCO. After visiting Lamaria church in Ushguli, we can take a walk towards the foothills of the Shkhara glacier (5068 m) – the highest summit in Georgia.
In the evening we drive back to Mestia. Dinner and overnight in Mestia.
NOTE: This route is doable from May to October.