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GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5-6 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 8 day program (low season) with tour group of min. 4 guests.
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*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 1,620
All inclusive ski tour of the remote Svaneti mountains in Georgia. Ski the Tetnuldi resort then tour the region exploring ancient fortified villages between skiing long freeride powder descents. Stay in Mestia & experience Svan hospitality & culture. Join a fixed date tour with friends or go solo & meet new ones!
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Svaneti Georgia Ski Touring

The Svaneti region of Georgia is a remote & beautiful area of historic fortified villages, high mountains, breathtaking views, deep snow, superb skiing & very few people. The area around Mestia has recently seen an improvement & creation of local ski resorts (forested Hatsvali & alpine Tetnuldi) providing modern ski lifts in an ancient land. Svaneti is also home to several of the highest peaks in the Caucasus. This tour combines the best of the region's resort skiing, backcountry ski-touring, medieval villages, hospitality & culture in an all inclusive package. See the full tour itinerary here >

Snow & Ski Terrain

The mountains of the Svaneti reached as high as 5200m & are covered in a deep blanket of snow from December to April. Snow depths in the high alpine can be as deep as 5m in the height of the season. The tour takes advantage of the Tetnuldi ski lifts to assist in ascending to over 3500m elevation & also undertakes ski touring using skins with daily vertical ascents of between 1000 to 1400m - depending on snow conditions & the group's ability. Long ski descents of over 1400m vertical are anticipated during the tour.

Accommodation

The town of Mestia is your base for the Georgian ski touring adventure. The guest house which is your home for 6 nights is amazing whether you are ski touring or just enjoying the winter days in the mountains. Walks around Mestia are a wonderful way to experience the real Svaneti. The Hatsvali ski area is just a 10 minute walk from the accommodation.

Your guest house has a range of single, double, twin & triple rooms plus rooms suitable for bigger groups. Every room is equipped with its own bathroom & are provided with linen and towels. There is a common room when the group can gather in the evening or during the day & also a terrace for relaxing & taking in the view. Although it might be cold ,it is always nice to seat in the crisp admiring the nearby mountain peaks.

To ensure everyone arrives in time for departure flights, the last night of the tour will be in a hotel in Kutaisi. Those departing later in the day can take some time to explore the fascinating city & not to be missed market.

Meals

All meals are included on the tour – from the first dinner upon arrival in Mestia to the last breakfast in Kutaisi before departure. There are 3 main meals per day – breakfast, lunch-box and dinner. In between, there are several snacks options available for you. Empower your ski touring day in the morning by having a wide array of fresh fruits, muesli, freshly baked bread, yogurts, etc. served for breakfast. Dinner are a wholesome meal – containing lots of veggies and other various healthy and local food ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options are provided for all meals too. During the day we provide a lunch-box with fruits, eggs, cheese and bread.

Location & Transport

The tour begins & ends on a Saturday at Kutaisi (KUT) airport, Georgia. You will be greeted upon arrival , then a week later dropped off in time for your flight departure the following Saturday after a comfortable night in Kutaisi. Ground transfers in a private van will transport you to your base for the week in the town of Mestia. All local transport is covered in the tour. Refer to map below for locations & points of interest.

There are options to fly to Mestia from Kutaisi (instead of the ground transfer) or be picked up in Tbilisi (at the airport or other location) for transport to the Svaneti. Both options are at an additional cost.

Safety

Safety is a paramount concern when ski-touring in the Svaneti. All ski guides have a valid guiding license and currency in mountain rescue. If required, the guides can instruct group members on ski-touring theory and practice to improve their experience on the tour.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL (SATURDAY) KUTAISI – MESTIA

Pick*up at Kutaisi airport. Upon arrival the group will wait for other participants and then be on the way to Mestia. You will stop in the last town before the Svaneti, called Zugdidi. There you can exchange money (the exchange rate is much better than at airport or in Mestia). Afterwards we drive to Mestia with one stop, where you can have your first ‘hachapuri’ (a local traditional cheese bread) and a cup of coffee or tea. Evening arrival to Mestia, where Nino is waiting for us at the guesthouse to serves a freshly cooked dinner. Later in the evening, meet with our guides. Free time for walking in the enchanting town centre of Mestia.

DAY 2 – TETNULDI FREERIDE

Our first day on Svaneti snow is at Tetnuldi ski-resort. Chairlifts takes the group to 3160m and from there we have around 700m vertical of freeride powder skiing. The purpose of this day is, firstly that you check your equipment and get familiarized with the snow conditions and altitude. Also, your guides will monitor your fitness, skill and knowledge so we can adjust the level of difficulty for the tour accordingly .

After a few descents via the chairlifts, the afternoon will the first easy ski-tour. From the highest chairlift, you will don skins and ascend 300m vertical to a nearby saddle. The following descent has more than 1000m of enjoyable powder snow, finishing at the lowest point of the ski resort.

DAY 3 – GULI PASS

After breakfast the group is driven to the village of Mazeri, where we can start ski-touring for the day. With every step (slide!) you make, the scenery becomes more amazing as you get closer and closer to the magnificent Mount Ushba. Usually, between 1000 – 1400 meters of ascent is completed depending on the conditions and fitness of the group. Descent is to the same village as the starting point. At the local bar, there is time to order a well-deserved beer. Driving to & from Mazeri takes around 45 minutes each way.

DAY 4 – LAILA PASS

After breakfast the group is driven to the nearby village of Lahili. Today you will acend the slopes of Mount Laila – a peak over 4000 meters. Our goal is not the summit but a pass which has the same name – Laila Pass. Usually, between 1000 – 1400 meters of ascent is completed depending on the conditions and fitness of the group. Descent is to the same village as the start. Enjoy a drink from another local bar before heading back to Mestia. Driving to and from Lahili takes around 30 minutes each way.

Svaneti Georgia Ski Touring
Svaneti Georgia Ski Touring
Svaneti Georgia Ski Touring

DAY 5 – USHGULI

Ushguli is a true gem of the Svaneti. At over 2100m elevation, Ushguli’s many fortified tower houses are isolated in winter. The drive from Mestia to Ushguli is an experience on its own. We will need over 2 ½ hr each way – but it’s worth it. The day will start a bit earlier than previous. There are many possibilities for ski-touring and we will find the best route for your skills and snow conditions. After ski-touring the group can drive back to Mestia or stay overnight*. Evenings in Ushguli are magical. (*Note additional cost of €40/person is staying overnight in Ushguli).

DAY 6 – FREE DAY – TETNULDI/HATSVALI/USHGULI

If not in Ushgii, the day is free to ski on your own. Walk to Hatsvali ski area or take a ride up to Tetnuldi. Hatsvali is 10 minute walk from your guesthouse and has some nice tree-lined slopes & off-piste tree skiing.

If the group decided to stay in Ushguli, you will do ski-touring there – a whole day program before driving back in the afternoon. Ushguli’s advantage is that it is the only time you can simply put on your gear and start skiing from the accommodation – no driving needed in the morning.

DAY 7 – ADISHI & KUTAISI

The last day of ski-touring, but it finishes with a superb ski descent. After the 45min drive up to Tetnuldi you will ride the chairlifts and then tour & ski a perfect line to the village of Adishi. You can expect more than 1400 m of descent. Adishi is an authentic Svan village popular with hikers in summer, but very quiet in winter.

Driving to Tetnuldi takes some 45 minutes and returning from Adishi takes more than 1 ½hr. Later that evening you leave the Svaneti behind & return to Kutaisi for a night in a hotel.

DAY 8 – KUTAISI

After a sleep in Kutaisi it is time to head to the airport. Transfers will be organized ensuring you will be on time. If you have departures in the afternoon, you can explore the ex-capital of Georgia. The market is a ‘must-do’ while you are there.

Note- Whilst this is a standard itinerary, due to weather & snow conditions the plan can change. Some days may be modified including a change of location for a specified day's ski program.

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

8 days / 7 nights all inclusive from €998
8 days / 7 nights all inclusive 28/12 - 4/1 & 11/1 - 18/1 from €1098

Inclusions
  • ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights – 6 x guesthouse in Mestia, 1 x hotel in Kutaisi
  • ALL MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, dinners & snacks (starts with first dinner in Mestia, ends with breakfast in Kutaisi)
  • GUIDING: 5 days touring with professional ski guide (max. ratio 1:6)
  • TRANSFERS: From /to Kutaisi airport, Georgia
  • TRANSPORT: All ground transport during tour.
  • LIFT PASSES - All ski lift passes required during the tour
  • HOST: Local host in Mestia for duration of tour
Add-ons
  • USHGULI OVERNIGHT: Night staying in Ushguli during the tour - €40 (min group of 6)
  • TRANSFERS FROM TBILISI AIRPORT - €100 (one way/van)
  • FLIGHT KUTAISI TO MESTIA: from €15 each way
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQT: beacon, shovel & probe - €10/day
Not Included

As per terms & conditions supplied by Lifetrek Travel (Durango d.o.o.) at the time of booking. Conditions are summarised below.

Payment Policy

Payments can be made by bank transfer or Paypal. Payments by PayPal incur a 5% handling fee. Cheques are not accepted. No refunds will be given due to bad weather, snow conditions, illness or lost luggage Durango d.o.o. understands that unexpected situations do occur and all request for refunds will be taken into consideration. Durango d.o.o. collect a 300€ non-refundable deposit upon booking. The final payment of €698 (or €798) is due 30 days before the trip.

Booking Policy

A reservation can only be guaranteed when full payment has been received in advance. Full payment is considered the total amount for all passengers included in this contract of time reserved and not part thereof. If full payment is not made Durango d.o.o. has the right to not proceed with the booking. Durango d.o.o.’s ski tour programs only run if the group is minimum booked (minimum 4 guests). We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not fully booked within 14 days of program start. In this event, we will give fourteen days warning to any booked guests and a full refund of any payments made. However, as we recognize that some guests may wish to go forward with a partially booked trip, the opportunity to “buy out” the other spots will be made available to booked guests. In this case, guests with existing reservations can choose to pay for the empty spots in order for the tour to go ahead. It is our goal to be as transparent as possible during the booking process and will do our best to ensure that all trips go ahead fully booked.
Included in the final price: • Transfer from and to Kutaisi airport (program starts and ends in Kutaisi or Mestia), • Transfers for needs of ski touring program, • Accommodation 7x (usually in Mestia 6x, Kutaisi 1x), • Breakfast, lunch-box, dinner (starts with dinner in Mestia, ends with breakfast in Kutaisi/Mestia), • Ski lifts if needed for ski touring program, • Professional guide 5 days (maximum 6 attendants to one guide), • Agency representative in Mestia Not included in the final price: • Flight to and from Kutaisi airport, • Transfers to meeting point (Kutaisi airport) or from it if needed • Meals when it is not mentioned, • Drinks, • Personal equipment, • Personal expenses, • Entrances to museums and other extra activities, • Everything what is not specifically included.

Cancellation Policy

Only Durango d.o.o. or a representative of Durango d.o.o. can cancel bookings due to weather or snow conditions. A cancellation 30 days before the start of the booking 50% of total cost from booking will be charged. A cancellation 29-0 days before the start of the booking 100% of total cost from booking will be charged.

Equipment Policy

Guests must bring their own touring equipment (boots, skis with touring bindings/split board and skins and a backpack suitable for touring and safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe). Durango will provide safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe) if clients do not have their own (payment for rental is 10€ per day).

Safety Policy

Skiing, snowboarding and ski touring are considered dangerous activities. Durango d.o.o. is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or death that may occur. It is up to the participant or responsible adult to decide what is dangerous and whether to continue or not. Durango d.o.o. is not responsible for any damages/loss of ski/snowboard/sledding equipment or personal belongings For safety reasons, a maximum of 6 people per guide will be accepted for off-piste or ski touring guiding. The guide has the last say where to go and what to do You must have your own travel insurance for the trip covering also ski touring activities and we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation / interruption insurance to protect your travel investment when you book your trip. We offer optional trip cancellation / interruption insurance.

Down Days

Unfavorable weather anomalies beyond the control of Durango d.o.o. can cause down days, and although very rare in the Tetnuldi skiing sector (used as a backup for freeride), it is possible and has happened. Durango does not provide replacement ski days for down days lost due to weather-related problems (e.g. extreme avalanche conditions, unusual torrential rain, etc.).

Complaint Policy

Claims can only be made by the client once the full cost of the program has been paid. However, any complaints should be reported immediately to the Durango d.o.o., in written form, during the program. If the complaint is not sorted out during the program period, a registered letter should be sent to the Tour Operator within 10 days of program ending. Durango d.o.o. has taken all reasonable care to make sure that all the services are provided to a reasonable standard and are provided as described in the itinerary. Durango d.o.o. is not responsible for any changes made by the supplier of which they have not been informed. Any suggestions from the client will be gladly accepted in order to improve the level of services.

Legal Jurisdiction

Both parties agree that the contract will be governed by the Slovenian law. Any dispute which may arise from either party’s obligations shall be subject to the exclusive Slovenian jurisdiction and to the exclusive competent authority of the Civil Court of Kranj, Slovenia.

Warranty Policy

A warranty fund has been established by the insurance of Insurance company Sava d.d. Slovenian Government Authorities obligate each Tour Operator in Slovenia to safeguard the client in the case of Tour Operator insolvency or bankruptcy, safeguarding a holiday refund and repatriation to the point of agreed departure of the clients.

Privacy Policy

Durango d.o.o. respects your privacy and will not use your personal information other than to prepare your holiday Durango d.o.o. will not sell your information to any third parties. Photos/video taken during lesson/guiding may be used on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Goggle + or Pintrest and webpages.