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Zhabeshi-Tviberi (Glacier)

Mestia Municipality offers an amazing adventure for hiking and extreme sports lovers. The difficult Zhabeshi-Tviberi hiking area is impressive as the 14-kilometer route passes through untouched nature. You will need to be well-conditioned as you will come across many moraines, the remains left from a fallen glacier, on the way to Tviberi Glacier. There are no visible paths over them, so crossing is fairly difficult. The elevation gain is about 710 meters along the 12 to 13-hour roundtrip journey.
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

The Route: Zhabeshi Village

The route starts in Zhabeshi, the last village in the Mulakhi Community of Zemo Svaneti, at 1,600 meters above sea level on the banks of the Mulkhura River. 

From Zhabeshi, walk into the forest to the marked path that is mostly used by the military. Along the way, you will pass by an abandoned military checkpoint and shepherd’s hut.

After hiking for a few hours, you will come to the endpoint, a large stone called “Dedas Kva” (“mother’s stone” in Georgian). It is 2,310 meters above sea level and takes you right to the Tviberi Icefall.

The Route: Tviberi Glacier

Tviberi Glacier is located in the basin of the river of the same name, on the southern slopes of the Central Caucasus Mountains. 

Traveling to the base of the glacier is not recommended, since there is a large moraine in front of it. Note the amazing views of the Toti, Seri, and Tviberi Glaciers from Dedis Kva.

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