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Svaneti starts to be the major Georgian magnet for mountain lovers not only in summer, but also in winter. Previously tourists, especially those who are fond of hiking and exploring ancient cultures, headed to this remote mountainous region from July to late September. Now, proud Svanetian people welcome their guests from late December till the end of April too.

Surrounded by the highest mountain peaks, covered with legends and myths about hallowed local traditions, Mestia is the heart of the region. From here, routes to further destinations in Svaneti begin. Mestia is also convenient point to stop for overnights and move towards ski lifts, equipment rentals, marked pistes, and virgin slopes. Staying overnight is possible there or in the other villages nearby. In Mestia, you can find simple guest-houses and mid-range cozy hotels.


First Svanetian resort, Hatsvali was opened in 2011 it is 8 km away from Mestia and since 2017 can be reached by a cable car from edge of Mestia. Hatsvali offers runs for beginners and intermediates. Lower lift station is located at an altitude of 1865 meters; the equipment rentals are nearby. Leitner ski lift will take you up to the mountain Zuruldi (2347 meters above sea level) within 10 minutes. At the resort there are also two smaller ski lifts 600 and 800 meters long. There are three pistes in use: red (1900 m), blue (2600 m) and one for the beginners (300 m). If you are for extreme feelings, go ahead with freeriding, backcountry, and skitour.


The second Svanetian resort, is in use since December 2015. Its name derives from name of legendary mountain. Located 15 kilometers away from Mestia, Tetnuldi is almost as big as Gudauri. There are three new POMA lifts, which bring up the guests to the altitude from 1600 to 3165 meters, and several developed pistes with the longest one 9.5 km long. Tetnuldi provides excellent opportunities for freeriding and truly stunning views to the surrounding.

Apres-ski and accommodation are located in Mestia, so you would need to drive up to the resort. However, the low cost of equipment rental and ski passes smoothes this temporary inconvenience.


Ski Season Opening Dates: Tetnuldi & Hatsvali - December 22, 2018

NEW!! Cable car connecting Mestia with Hatsvali operates since 2017 December 23

Main Slopes: Hatsvali & Tetnuldi

Ski Lifts Working Hours: 10:00 - 16:00

Ski Area: Hatsvali highest - 2347m & lowest - 1865m; Tetnuldi highest -  3165m & lowest - 1600m

Vertical Drop: Hatsvali - 550m; Tetnuldi - 900 m

Length of Tracks: Hatsvali - Total 4.8km, (red-1.9, blue - 2.6 and one for the beginners 0.3); Tetnuldi - Total 25km.

The Length of the Longest Track: Hatsvali - 1.9km; Tetnuldi - 9.5km.

Ski Lifts: Hatsvali - 1 T-Bar; Tetnuldi - 3 POMA; Hatsvali-Mestia - 6 Deoppelmayer.

Distance to Mestia: From Tbilisi - 480 km; From Kutaisi - 240km; Batumi - 270km; Zugdidi - 140km.

Here is a great new short fim about skiing in Svaneti, Georgia and Mt. Ushba.

Produced by: The North Face

Ski team: Leo Slemett, Sam Anthamatten, and Markus Eder

 Hatsvali Ski Map

Tetnuldi Ski Map

Map to Svaneti


The main road leading into the region comes from Kutaisi through Zugdidi.

Although there is another road leading from Kutaisi, through lower Svaneti Region (town Lentekhi) to village Ushguli – it is in a bad condition (which makes it very long drive) and can be unpassable in winter due to snow. This road is travelled mostly only by adventurous tourists or locals.

In our opininion, the most comfortable way to get to Svaneti is to rent your own private car in Tbilisi or Kutaisi and drive all the way to Svaneti, being able to explore all the Valleys and villages of the region at your own pace. We also offer cars accompanied by drivers and private transfers.

Contact us to rent a car, or book private transafer:

E-mail: info@georgia4you.ge

Address: 24a Shalva Dadiani st. (near to Freedom Square)

Landline: + (995 32) 230 60 95 (11am-6pm)

24H service: + (995) 557 17 11 44 (24/7)

Viber: + (995) 557 17 11 44

WhatsApp: + (995) 557 17 11 44

Tbilisi > Mestia

- Public Minibuses (Marshrutka) go to Mestia every day from Tbilisi Didube bus station and Railway station front Side. Drive lasts approximately 9-10 hours. Price around 30GEL

- Night Train to Zugdidi (and minibus from Zugdidi to Mestia)

Night train departs from Tbilisi at 21:45 and arrives at Zugdidi at 6 (minibus from Zugdidi to Mestia will depart at 6:30 from the railway station front side, 20GEL)

The price of train is 30GEL and you can buy sleeper tickets at the website: biletebi.ge 

- Flight from Natakhtari Airport

Operated by company Serviceair, with air plane LET 410-UVP, there are 4 flights a week from Natakhtari. The price of the flight is 65 GEL.

Tbilisi to Mestia: Mon, Wed, Fri - 9:30 AM, Sun - 1:00 PM

Mestia to Tbilisi: Mon, Fri - 3:30 PM, Wed - 11:30 AM, Sun - 3:00 PM

Price includes free transfer from Tbilisi Metro Station Rustaveli.

Limit of the hold luggage and for carry-on baggage in total is 15kilos /per person

Keep in mind that due to bad weather the flight can be cancelled last minute and during high tourist season you need to book at least a month in advance.

Reservations can be done at guesthouse Peak Mazeri: info@hotel-svaneti-mestia.com

And travel agency Vanilla Sky in Tbilisi 

office: 5 Vazha Pshavela ave. Tbilisi,


T. (+995 32)2 427 427)

Kutaisi > Mestia

- From the city Public Minibuses (Marshrutka) go to Mestia every day from Staion behind McDonalds building. They leave at 9:00 and 10:00. Price is 25GEL. Get there at least half hour early to secure your place.

- From Kutaisi Airport company Georgian Bus has buses departing to Mestia, in summer season. Please check at their stand or website: https://georgianbus.com/ 

Flight Kutaisi to Mestia: Mon, Fri - 1:30 PM

Mestia to Kutaisi: Mon, Fri - 11:00 AM

Zugdidi > Mestia

Public Minibuses (Marshrutka) go to Mestia every day from Zugdidi train station.

Starting from 6:30, after train from Tbilisi arrives, till noon. The last one usually departs at 14:00. 

Drive is 3-4 hours long and the price is 20 GEL.

Getting Around in Svaneti:

The only public transport in Upper Svaneti Region, is Minibus driving along Engury Valley (Mestia-Ushguli). This road is also the most travelled by tourists, so it should not be a problem to hitch a ride or find a shared car.

To get to other villages it’s probably easiest to hire a taxi (or your own private car from Kutaisi or Tbilisi)

Anyway, if you don’t have your own vehicle all transportation can be arranged through your guesthouse or at the center of Mestia where Minibuses and drivers gather. Also check out Mestia Tourist Info center. 

Approximate prices for a taxi (5-7 passengers) In Upper Svaneti:

Tetnuldi Ski Resort – 60 GEL

Mazeri – 70 GEL

Tviberi – 90 GEL

Latali – 30 GEL

Ushguli – 200 GEL


Apart from Skiing there are plenty of other leisure options in Svaneti area, below we have listed several most popular suggestions:

- Hiking: village Mazeri and Ushba waterfalls, Chalaadi Glacier, Qoruldi Lakes

- Horse Riding in the surrounding villages and mountains

- Culture: Don’t miss visiting History Museums of Mestia, Local towers in Mestia - Svanetian House, trip to Ushguli (3 hours drive from Mestia)

Food & Nightlife

Mestia is a very popular tourist destination in Georgia, therefore there are plenty of local restaurants you can visit for Georgian & local cuisine. The most recommended one is cafe Laila which sometimes offers live music in the evening. There is a nice restaurant in Hatsvali resort at the top of the ski lift - Zuruldi, it offers tasty Georgian cuisine and magnificent views of surrounding mountains.

For more information about Svaneti please visit our Svaneti Region page


The rental of new, modern ski equipment is available in Mestia and at the bottom of Hatsvali resort, although you can also rent your equipment in Tbilisi, which will cost you less.

Mogzauri Rental

91 Vazha-Pshavela Ave., 

Tbilisi, Georgia

(+995 32) 231 91 01

(+995) 599 50 41 13 (GE)

(+995) 568 65 99 85 (EN)

Here you can rent full sets of equipment of following brands: Head, Elan, Rossignol, Volkl, Atomic, Nordica, Salomon. Accessories can also be rented or bought. Usual price range is 20-30 GEL per day for standard package (skis, boots, sticks or snowboard and boots); 50 GEL per day for VIP package (speed skis, freeride skis and etc.) 5 GEL per day for goggles, gloves or helmet. Here you can receive ski maintenance services, snowboard and ski touring equipment rental services.

Shop and Rental X-Treme

Located in Tbilisi near the exit of town (direction to north - Gudauri) at 3 Akaki Beliashvili St.

Likewise you can rent full sets of equipment of brands: Head, Tyrolia, Atomic, Salomon and etc.


All ski areas of Svaneti are patrolled by experienced ski rescue and first-aid teams. Emergency helicopter evacuation to Tbilisi is also available. A hospital in Mestia can provide only emergency immediate help.

Daily ski pass does not include insurance, therefore it's highly recommended you arrange your own insurance.

In case of emergency at the resort you should dial Georgian emergency service number - 112.

Svaneti is high mountainous region and offers unlimited opportunities for skitouring and freeriding, although keep in mind that avalanches and dangerous situations are very common.

If you decide to ski off piste and on mountains surrounding the resorts we recommend hiring a local guide.
For more information and contacts please check out our Ski Touring and Skiing & Freeriding pages.

Otherwise please make sure that you are fully capable of assessing the dangers of powder slopes and avalanches.
Highly Recommended Equipment:
- Freeride ski/snowboard (available for hire)
- Backpack with fastening for ski or snowboard
- Transceiver, avalanche probe, shovel (available for hire)

- Helmet