Becho Valley

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  •  Mysterious, misty high peaks - © William Mackesy
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  •  Shdugra falls - © William Mackesy
  • Shdugra falls - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy

Key information: Becho Valley

  • The upper Dolra valley (aka Becho) leads straight up into one of the most dramatic valley-heads in the whole Caucasus range, a huge bowl of spires, broken cliffs and glaciers, with beautiful forests and waterfalls on their flanks; a pale glacial river roars down its floor.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating90
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating90

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 16+km
  • 4hrs pr so to waterfalls
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,100m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
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WALK SUMMARY

The upper Dolra valley (aka Becho after the communities), west of Mestia, leads arrow-straight up into one of the most dramatic valley-heads in the  whole Caucasus range, a huge bowl of spires and broken cliffs on the border with Russia dominated at its eastern end by 4,700m Ushba, with glaciers falling off their upper reaches and beautiful forests and waterfalls on their flanks. A wild, pale glacial river roars along its floor.

This walk starts at Mazeri, half way up the valley. You drop to cross the river, turning right onto a good track, which leads you for some 7km through pretty meadows and copses, then into richly diverse forest of generally low trees with undergrowth including great patches of low rhododendron, which glow white in Spring and reddy orange  in Autumn. You come and go from the river bank. Enjoy views of impossible spires and crags and forested promontories.

The trail gains height in steps up onto new platforms of, presumably, long-overgrown glacial debris. You eventually cross the river. Head straight up the steep hillside, through a lonely army outpost and on up (climbing maybe 200m) to a junction where you traverse right round to a final short climb to some rocks close to the pair of stunning Shdugra waterfalls, which you will have seen from afar.

Or, you can head on up an at times tricky path from the junction to the Ushba glacier on Ushba’s flanks at some 2,560m. A demanding but very rewarding walk. 9-10 hrs return, so a proper day out.

Either way, retrace your steps.

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)

The upper Becho valley, west of Mestia, leads arrow-straight up into one of the most dramatic valley-heads in the  whole Caucasus range, a huge bowl of spires and broken cliffs on the border with Russia, with glaciers falling off their upper reaches and beautiful forests and waterfalls on their flanks and a wild pale glacial river on its floor.

This walk starts at Mazeri, half way up the valley. You drop to cross the river, turning right onto a good track, which leads you for some 7km through pretty meadows separated by scrubby hedges and.....

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 Mysterious, misty high peaks - © William Mackesy

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