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
Mazeri - Baki pass - Etseri trekking
Mazeri - Guli pass - Koruldi lakes - Mestia trekking
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.
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).