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Mestia to Ushguli Day 3: Adishi - Iprali

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Day 3 of the most popular multi-day trek in Georgia. It's not too long or too difficult, easy to organize, offers excellent views and passes through several traditional Svan villages.
moderate
Distance 17 km
5:34 h
716 m
849 m
2,720 m
1,978 m
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Day 3: Adishi - Iprali

distance 18.7km, 860m and 1069m

Another day and another tricky part in the morning - fording of the Adishi river. During the main season, when many hikers leave Adishi to Iprali, you can expect people with horses waiting at the crossing to shuttle you across the river. The usual price is 20 GEL per person. Outside the high season or if there are few hikers, it is good to ask around in the village about the water level and hire a horse if necessary - several locals offer this service, tho at higher price.

Leave the village by a path heading by the river to the east, to the foot of Adishi glacier. After one hour the path ends in a river - you will have to ford it. In the morning, the water level tends to be lower. You can cross the deep, but the short section where the horses cross, or a little bit further towards the glacier, where the river branches out into several not so deep streams. The water is freezing. Wear hiking sandals and use hiking sticks. But don't take any unnecessary risk and use a horse if you don't feel confident.

Behind the river, the path appears again. After 2 hours of climbing through the fields of rhododendrons, you should make it to the Chkhunderi pass (2655m) - it offers great views of surrounding mountains and the Adishi glacier. If the weather is nice, you can leave your backpack at the pass and walk along the ridge north-east towards the glacier for even better views. From the Chkhunderi pass, the trail heads straight down into the opposite valley. Down in the valley, you will find a couple of huts which can provide shelter in case of rain. Turn right, the trail to Iprali which follows the Khaldechala river is mostly downhill and quite obvious. To Iprali, it should take another 2 hours of walking.

About halfway lies the ruined Khalde village, razed by the Russian army in 1876. Only one family lives there, running a guesthouse which is a decent place for an afternoon beer. Or even for the spending of the night if you want to try the new, more scenic route to Ushguli - crossing the Southern Karetta pass. Just one advice - if you want to try this route, after the descent from Chkhunderi pass check its initial section - walk about 100m to the northeast, deeper into the valley, then leave the road and head to the river. There is a marshy meadow and an old bridge which must be crossed - confirm that both are passable so you won't risk the major backtracking on day 4.
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Highest point
2,720 m
Lowest point
1,978 m

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42.997781, 42.914545
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42°59'52.0"N 42°54'52.4"E
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38T 330009 4762678
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42.997781, 42.914545
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42°59'52.0"N 42°54'52.4"E
UTM
38T 330009 4762678
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moderate
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17 km
Duration
5:34 h
Ascent
716 m
Descent
849 m
Highest point
2,720 m
Lowest point
1,978 m

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