East above Mestia

  • Head of Mestia valley, evening light - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Spires at head of Mestia valley - © William Mackesy
  • Looking up Mestia valley - © William Mackesy
  • Late Sept colours - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy

Key information: East above Mestia

  • An upliftingly beautiful shorter walk to a viewpoint east of Mestia, with thrilling views towards the spires and glaciers of the border ridge.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating90
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest15.5
  • Human interest10
  • Charisma31.5
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating90

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 1.5hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,740
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Spires at head of Mestia valley - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

An upliftingly beautiful shorter walk, best made in early or late light.

Begins just beyond the north end of the airport, at the base of the hill eastward over the river from town. Follow a dirt track up the hillside above the river, then turn directly uphill for some while, joining a deep old farm track which emerges out to steep, beautiful meadows divided by ancient lines of little hornbeam and other trees on old dykes, now with glorious views out over the Mestia bowl and, more importantly, north up the wide upper Mestiachola valley to the wild confusion of spikes and madly  broken ridges above churning glaciers that constitute the high border ridge.

Swing right (south), and continue to climb, more gently now, up to a knoll, to indulge in a leisurely admiration of the huge circle of peaks, forested slopes and deep valleys around you.

Retrace your steps – or you can follow the contours eastward round along these mid-flanks, then drop back to Mestia, in a couple of  hours.

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Greater Caucasus Mountains walk page.

WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk

(September 2019)

We arrive in Mestia in the late afternoon; after a long day travelling, we are gagging for a walk, but don’t have that long, so make this upliftingly beautiful shorter walk.

We set off from just beyond the airport, at the base of the hill over the river from town. We follow a dirt track up the hillside above the river, then turn directly uphill for some while, joining a deep old farm track which emerges out to steep, beautiful meadows divided by ancient lines of little hornbeam and other trees on old dykes, now with glorious views out over the Mestia.....

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Late Sept colours - © William Mackesy

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