Climbing Machkhapara - Classic Route

People with some mountaineering experience can climb Mount Machkhapara independently, but amateurs should only climb it with an experienced guide. The difficulty of the route: 2A
Racha-Lechkhumi & Kvemo Svaneti

Peak Machkhapara Features

Mount Machkhapara is located in Lentekhi Municipality, on the main ridge of the Svaneti Caucasus, at the headwaters of the River Zeskho, and Its height reaches 3,500 meters above sea level.

On the way to the summit, one will come across scree, rocky ridges, and snow.

Day One

The route starts from Zeskho Alpine Camp, 1,800 meters above sea level.

Following the valley of the River Zeskho, in the beginning, the route goes through the forest, then starts to ascend the ridge and finally arrives at a campsite, located on green cover, at an altitude of 2,700 meters.

The vertical ascent is 900 meters, requiring 5-6 hours.

Day Two

Starting early in the morning, from the alpine zone enter a rocky ridge, following which will get you to the top of Mt Machkhapara. After spending about 5–10 minutes on the top, return to the campsite using the same route.

The vertical ascent is 800 meters, requiring 5-6 hours.

From the top of Machkhapara, there are sublime views of the peaks of Racha Region and Kabardino-Balkaria mountains.

If feeling energised, it’s possible to return to Zeskho Alpina Camp on the same day.

Additional Information

It is recommended to climb Machkhapara from the beginning of July to the end of August.

The starting point of the route, which can be reached by an off-road car, is 55 km away from the center of the town Lentekhi. You can rent a car at the Lentekhi bus station.

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