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Svaneti Hiking Trail MAZERI - ETSERI

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ROUTE

The route goes from Becho community to Etseri community via the Baki pass crossing woodlands and alpine meadows.

Route type: on foot or horseback
Length: 15 km
Duration of travel on foot: 6 to 8 hours
Altitude: Beginning / End: 1700/1450 m
The Highest point, m 2460
Type of road: Path, sleigh track
Recommended period: 1st June - 15 October
Trail Marking: On trees, boulders, wooden posts

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE

The route begins at a steel signpost placed in the centre of village Mazeri, it will pass another steel signpost placed along the village road, it descends to the river Dolra and crosses the Tvebishi bridge, where the trail splits into two forks. After the steel signpost placed at this point the trail follows the left fork, which is a sleigh track heading downstream to the village of Tvebishi (1).

On the outskirts of the village the trail crosses a stream, turns left, climbs steeply and enters spruce woods (2). At higher altitude the woods are sparse and deciduous forests are prevalent. Mt. Ushba and Mt. Mazeri are continuously visible along the trail before reaching the pass.

At 2230 m the trail goes into a field (3) where trail marking is mainly done by means of wooden guideposts. Reaching the first such wooden guidepost (4) we can see the Svaneti Ridge to the South; the Ushba-Mazeri massif to the northeast; the river Dolra valley and villages of Becho community to the East; and Meziri church of Archangel straight ahead; it is situated on a hill (5) where the sleigh track is headed.

After the church it’s a steady climb through sparse birch woods. At 2300 m (6) the trail levels out a little, turns right and then it climbs again. This is the last tiring ascend, the trail climbs up the Baki pass (7).

After the pass the sleigh track crosses varied terrain overgrown with rhododendron shrubbery. Altitude varies between 2400 and 2450 m.

From 2450 m altitude, where a wooden guidepost (8) is placed, we descend to Etseri. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Chirinda and alpine meadows are seen to the North. We walk/ride mainly in alpine meadows (9). Trail marking is done on boulders and rocks. We pass by villages (10) of Etseri community – Cherili, Barshi, Kurashi, and Iskari and soon we reach the Zugdidi-Mestia highway, where a signpost (11) is placed at a bus stop. Altitude is 1450 m.

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