Georgia’s mountainous Svaneti region welcomes experienced amateur hikers as part of an international adventure project
The mountainous region of Svaneti in northern Georgia hosted 110 experienced and amateur hikers from eight countries for a Highlander Georgia International Adventure Event from Thursday through Saturday.
The Georgian National Tourism Administration said Georgian and foreign participants on the first day of the event explored the village of Becho through the Tshakvzagari pass, reaching the first checkpoint in Mestia and learning about the cuisine local.
Participants were joined by Highlander Experience trekkers on Friday and passed through Zhamushi, Cholashi and Zhabeshi, along with other villages and camped at the highland ski resort of Tetnuldi, with the route ending on Saturday in the village of Khalde.
The GNTA said all entrants who made it to the finish line were granted Highlander status and noted that at the end of the day the awards ceremony would take place.
Photo: Georgian National Tourism Administration.
The route, along with other participants, was followed by Thomas Mühlmann, Austrian Ambassador to Georgia and Fadi Hachicho, General Manager of Highlander UAE, as well as Georgian freestyle wrestler and Olympic champion Vladimir Khinchegashvili and Peter Watson, Highlander Adventure Global Ambassador.
“The European Union, Sweden and Austria, within the framework of the GRETA project, support the Highlander Georgia event. Our goal is the development of sustainable mountain tourism and organic farming in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Racha -Lechkhumi, Kvemo Svaneti and Zemo Imereti We believe that our productive cooperation with Highlander Georgia will make Svaneti better known and put it on the world map of adventure tourism,” said Mühlmann.
Founded in 2017 in Croatia by veteran event organizer Igor Mlinarevic as a series of long-distance hikes, the Highlander project receives financial support from the EU, Sweden and Austria under the GRETA project.