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Climbing Laila (Lahili) - Classic Route

If you have average experience, climb up Laila independently. An inexperienced climber should only go with a certified guide.
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti


Laila peak is located in Mestia municipality, at the headwaters of Lailachali, at 4,010 meters above sea level. The peak is covered with snow and ice and is the highest point of Svaneti ridge. Glacier Lahil forms from the water flowing from the peak. Peak Laila is ideal for beginner climbers.

Day One

The route to the Laila ridge starts in Tskhumari village at 1,300 meters above sea level on a footpath through the forest. The first campsite lies after crossing the first ridge, 2,800 meters above sea level. From here, take the road on horseback. The vertical climb is 1,500 meters and takes around 5-6 hours.

Day Two

At dawn, trek from the first camp to the summit. The road is covered with snow and is easy to pass. To traverse the route, everyone has to be tied to each other with a rope. After a 5-10 minute pause at the top, return to the first camp along the same route. The vertical climb is 1,200 meters and takes around 6-7 hours. 

Day Three

From the camp, return to Tskhumari village via the same route. In case of bad weather or acclimatization complications, 2 reserve days are added to the trip. 

Additional Information

Climb Laila from mid-July to the end of September for the best weather.

Rent an off-road vehicle from Mestia bus station to drive the 20 kilometers to the starting point.

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