Mazeri is a mountain village in Upper Svaneti, Georgia.
Mazeri is the most famous village in Becho Community, Upper Svaneti.
It is situated about 20 km from Mestia in an amazing valley of Dolra river, 1600 metres above sea, and surrounded by wide green meadows and snow-capped mountain peaks. Mazeri now is the base for several most beautiful Svaneti trekking routes.
Once upon a time this land was a possession of the princes Dadeshkeliani, there was a 10-storey tower that the owners blew up in 1921. The ruins can still be found near the village.
Tourism in Svaneti probably began to develop from this village. Here, thru Becho pass, many tourists and climbers arrived, as this pass is the most convenient for the transition from Russia to Svaneti. Besides, a lot of climbers who come to conquer Ushba stayed in Becho.
Currently there is no public transport going directly to Mazeri.
The closest public transport path is Zugdidi - Mestia main road. If you go by marshrutka from Zugdidi you should get off about 16 km before Mestia, near turn to Becho (Mazeri).
From this point to Mazeri is about 7 km.
You can walk this distance in 1-1,5 hours, or somebody from your guesthouse can pick up you here.
Also it is always possible to hitchhike.
Besides the unforgettable landscapes and beautiful valley Shikhra, Becho is famous for its numerous mineral springs. There are several large waterfalls around the village. Also you can see a ruin of the Princes Dadeshkeliani castle, old church and ancient Svaneti Tower.
Svaneti Mazeri trekking routes
Mazeri - Mount Ushba glacier trekking
- Dolra river, waterfalls, views of peaks of Ushba and Mount Mazeri, glacier. Horseback ride is possible for a first part of the route.
- altitude start/end: 1600/2700m; duration: 8-9 hours by foot; length: 8,5km, stay to the left and cross the bridge to reach the trail head. The trail is marked with red/white rectangles.
Mazeri - Baki pass - Etseri trekking
- possible by foot or horseback
- length: 15 km; duration: 6-8 hours; altitude start/end: 1700/1450m; highest point: 2460m
Mazeri - Guli pass - Koruldi lakes - Mestia trekking
- possible by foot or horseback
- length: 16 km; duration: 8 hours; altitude start/end: 1600/1420m; highest point: 2960m
Staying in one of Mazeri village guesthouses is a good opportunity to try traditional Svanetian food, cooked with fresh natural local eco products.
Clean and natural mineral water from a healing mineral water springs.
You can stay at the several homestays and family guest houses offering accommodation and full board meals for reasonable money.
There is one hotel with high quality service but the price considerably higher than in guesthouses.
A good option for backpack travellers is Peak Mazeri guesthouse, located in a renovated old Svan house, standing on a great green glade. They have their own horses and mineral water spring near the house. Also it is possible to put up a tent in the guesthouse camping zone.
- Boutique Hotel Mazeri (Mazeri Grand Hotel), Mazeri village, Becho community (Two storey brand new house in white color at the center of Mazeri village anyone can point the Valeri and Romani Jamdeliani House), ☎ +995 551 776 776, +995 555 52 56 75, . checkin: 24/7; checkout: non strict policy. A warm family, with home produced milk, butter, cheese(sulguni), yogurt(matsoni), vegetables all natural and organic. Price is 50GEL per night including breakfast, lunch and dinner, home made wine is included into price. Brand new hotel rooms with private full baths. How to get here: continue the road till the end of the town, turn left, take the road inside the town after the sign "guesthouse". Languages speaking: Georgian, Russian. firstname.lastname@example.org edit
- Chabuki Qandali's Guest House, Mazeri village, Becho Community, Svaneti, ☎ +995 551 88 27 88. A traditional, family guesthouse with delicious food and extremely warm and friendly hosts. The home is inhabited by a family of three- Chabuki, Nora, and Nati Qaldani. They have their own cows, chickens, and pigs. Nora makes her own cheese, yoghurt, and Svanuri salt and prepares some of the most delicious khachapuri in Georgia. The food is all prepared in a traditional Svanuri Pechi (Svan Oven) and Nora will ensure that you eat like a king (be careful not to get fat, her food is very delicious and tempting to eat!) Chabuki owns a horse and offers guided tours on horse or on foot up to the waterfalls and Ushba glacier. This guesthouse provides the intimate family feel that allows you to really experience the local culture. There are 4 bedrooms (July 2016) with room for 2 people each. Price is 30-40GEL per person, and it includes all meals (and you will absolutely be served far more than you can ever hope to eat). If you call in advance you can arrange to be picked up from the road to Mestia and driven to Mazeri for free. If you find your own transport to Mazeri, finding the guest house will be easy because everyone in the village knows Chabuki. Just ask any of the locals where Chabuki Qaldani lives and they will direct you. The hosts speak Georgian and Russian, however you can get by with English or other languages with the help of some hand gestures! edit
- Grand Hotel Ushba, Tvebishi, Mestias rajoni, Svaneti, Georgia. edit
- Peak Mazeri Guest House (A family mini hotel in Svaneti Mestia region - Peak Mazeri Guest House), Mestia district, Mazeri, Becho community, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia, (email@example.com), . Amazing location just at the foot of Mount Ushba. Nice mountain view rooms and tasty food. Horseback riding. Free pickup by our car. Start Ushba trekking here. edit
Negotiate with a guesthouse owner for a private car ride to Mestia. Prices started at 140 GEL which we negotiated down to 40 GEL for two people (2013). The ride involved stuffing the car with locals who hitched a ride for free.
It should also be possible to hike to Becho (the main road) and catch a marshrutka.
A jeep to Ushguli was quoted at 200 GEL (2013).