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Ushguli- Mami

One of the longest, most difficult and at the same time most exciting hiking routes in Georgia is Ushguli-Mami. To cover this 23-kilometer- long trek requires being in good physical shape, while a guide is also essential to hike safely here. 

Ushguli-Mami Route Details

The most difficult aspects of this route are that there are no places to camp and it takes 10-12 hours to cover the entire route. 

Taking note of this difficulty, a great adventure and memorable moments are in ready supply for hiking lovers. During the trip, you can enjoy staggering views and see the entire route from above. 

Ushguli Community

The route starts in Ushguli community, in the village of Chajashi, from the marking pole at the bridge (2,100 meters). Chajashi in Svan language means horse stable. Meanwhile, according to legend, when Queen Tamar used to travel to Svaneti, she left her horses at this village. Moreover, Chajashi has been declared a museum village and is recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site. The hiking route also goes through an ethnographic museum, along the Enguri River, and downwards to the village of Murkmeli (2,040 meters). In Svan language, Murkmeli means “village of towers,” and indeed this village is a veritable kingdom of the most beautiful towers. Centuries ago, here up to 80 combat towers were found, but only 10 have survived. 

Latfari Mountain Pass

From this village, the road takes you up to Latfari mountain pass, which is located at the source of two rivers: Lamushuristskali (a tributary of Tskhenistskali River) and Valeshi (a tributary of Enguri River). The mountain pass is covered with alpine and sub-alpine meadows, and connects upper and lower Svaneti. At the highest point of the mountain pass, you are 3,050 meters above sea level, with inexplicably glorious vistas of Svaneti in front of you.

Mami Village

After taking a break and enjoying the sublime views, continue your trip downwards along a rocky path. After crossing several springs, you enter forests and in the valley stand two summer cottages for shepherds. From the forest, you take the path toward the village of Mami -  the distance from the mountain pass to the village can be completed by foot in one hour. The last stop is the village of Mami, which is 1,100 meters above sea level.

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