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Mestia to Ushguli Day 4: Iprali - Ushguli

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Day 4 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 11.7 km
3:56 h
492 m
318 m
2,160 m
1,761 m
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Day 4: Iprali - Ushguli

distance 12.4km, ascent 677m, descent 436m

Nowadays, most of the people trying to get to Ushguli hire a car or walk on the main road. It's a pity because that road is quite busy and lined by electricity poles.

Luckily, there is an alternative, much more interesting route. How to find it? Leave Iprali village, cross Khaldechala river and instead of crossing of the bridge onto the main road, turn left onto the small road which will lead you to the Davberi village. Once you pass the church, turn left onto the steeply climbing trail. There is a signpost showing you the way to Ushguli so you shouldn't get lost.

Shortly after cresting of the first hill, there is a hardly noticeable junction. Right branch is much clearer and keeps the altitude, but deadends after 2 km. You need to turn left onto the small trail which leads uphill, it will soon improve. From now, the trail constantly hovers about the elevation of 2000m and 2km before the Ushguli village merges again with the main road. The marking is sparse, but most of the time you can see barely visible remains of the sledge track so you shouldn't get lost.

You should arrive at Ushguli in time to catch shared taxis which take daytrippers back to Mestia (and manage a short walk around the village). However, if you have an extra day, it's much better to spend a night here as the best views of Shkhara are in usually in the morning (as on the photo below). You can use the extra time to climb to the tower above the village or for the walk to the Shkhara glacier. But, in my opinion, even better views offers an unnamed hill to the northeast of the village

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Highest point
2,160 m
Lowest point
1,761 m

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42.937639, 42.922425
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42°56'15.5"N 42°55'20.7"E
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38T 330486 4755983
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42.937639, 42.922425
DMS
42°56'15.5"N 42°55'20.7"E
UTM
38T 330486 4755983
w3w 
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Lasse Olsen
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.7 km
Duration
3:56 h
Ascent
492 m
Descent
318 m
Highest point
2,160 m
Lowest point
1,761 m

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