DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE
The route begins at the signpost (1) placed by the bridge in the
village Chazhashi of Ushguli community. The trail heads past the
local history museum and follows the river Enguri to the village
Murkmeli, where it turns left by a stream (2) and heads up to the
ridge along a sleigh track. At 2150 m altitude the stream splits
into two tributaries (3). The trail follows the left tributary.
At 2350 m altitude the trail goes through rhododendron shrubbery
(4). Trail marking is done by means of wooden guideposts. The
trail turns right at a wooden guidepost placed at 2600 m altitude
and continues almost level along a clearly visible path to the
approaches (6) of the Gorvashi pass. The trail heads up the pass
(7), where a signpost is placed. Almost all the peaks of the Main
Caucasus are visible to the North, and a face of smooth schist
rocks of the Svaneti Ridge is seen to the West, where the trail
is headed. Altitude varies between 2750-2890 m. To the right the
trail passes a small lake (8) located between the rocks, it
bypasses the rocks to the right and approaches another lake (9),
which will be passed on the left. After the second lake the trail
continues almost level and then it descends zigzagging to the
right to a depression on the ridge; the trail continues level to
the right where a third lake (10) and tower-like two stone
structures come into view. A signpost placed here indicates
four directions: Ushguli, Mami, Iprali and Chvelpi. This is
the Latpari pass (10). Its three and half hours walking
distance from Ushguli to the Latpari pass.
The trail descends from the Latpari pass to the village of Mami
down the southern slopes of the Svaneti Ridge. The trail crosses
a rocky terrain and trail marking is clearly visible on boulders
and rocks. The Tskhenistskali River valley and villages of Lower
Svaneti are constantly visible to the south.
The trail crosses several streams and from 2600 m altitude it
descends through vast pastures (11). Trail marking on this section
is done by means of wooden guideposts. At 2200 m altitude the
trail enters the woods (12). On the fringe of the woods there is
a brook on the right of the trail, a little way down the slope
there are herdsmens two summer huts (13) in the field. One of
them is in good condition. This might be stop-over point.
After the huts the trail descends to the village of Mami through
the woods and reaches it (14) roughly in an hour. On the outskirts
of the village there is a family hotel, where one can stay the
night. After the village the trail crosses the river Tskhenistskali
and 100 m from the bridge we reach a highway leading to
Lentekhi. A steel signpost is placed at this point.
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