Guli Pass

Key information: Guli Pass

  • A stunning crossing of the high ridge between the Becho Valley and Mestia.
  • Exceptional walking even by the Caucasus’ high standards.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating89
  • Beauty35
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest6
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating89

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 23km
  • 10hrs (or less)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,925m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

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WALK SUMMARY

Walk from Mazeri in the western Dolra (aka Becho) valley to Mestia across the glorious but high (2,961m) Guli Pass, with its amazing views of the sharp spike of famous Mt Ushba.

A very long and tough climb to the pass, but you are rewarded with a ridge walk (and easyish climb of 2,925m Mt Guli).

Drop steeply into a deep valley with a difficult stream/small gorge crossing. Join the dirt track to the Koruldi Lakes and descend to Mestia.

23km, 10 hrs or so, 1,424m up and 1,700m down: so, a long and demanding day.

Note that you can shorten the day if you can get met on the dirt road below the Koruldi Lakes - or, indeed, do a shorter walk to the pass and Mt Guli from that road, high above Mestia.  

See also good further info on the brilliant  www.caucasus-trekking.com, who inspired us about this walk.

This is demanding walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared.

See our Svaneti page for more on the Svaneti area.

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

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