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Skitouring Svaneti

You wish to get out of our highly demanding, modern and connected world?
Then you have found what you were looking for!

This journey takes you to a natural, original and simple world – to Svaneti, a historical region in the Georgian Caucasus.

Discover with us the highest mountains of the central Caucasus, put endless tracks in the untouched powder slopes, resist the rough nature, enjoy the famous Georgian hospitality and learn about a culture that is thousands of years old and hasn’t changed much until today.

The week starts in Mazeri, a small mountain village situated on the foot of the well-known Mt. Ushba. For the next 3 days, a variety of ski tours of up to 1500 vertical meters awaits us, starting directly from our accommodation. After that, a jeep takes us on an adventures journey to Ushguli, Europes highest constantly inhabited Village, which is also considered a world cultural heritage. In total solitude, we will enjoy the next 2-3 ski touring days in this unique place.

This adventure is led and guided by one of our Austrian UIAGM mountain guides who knows his way around the area.

Solitary, pristine, wild, impressive, isolated, mysterious and simply magnificent – this is Svaneti.

Adventure Factor spirited
Experience / Emotion thrilling
Fitness / Struggle enjoy
Risk feel free to tell your partner about it
Comfort simple

Highlights:

  • 5 days of ski touring with licensed UIAGM guide
  • Untouched, lonely summits
  • Unique, pristine nature
  • Farewell dinner with Svanetian folklore ensemble
  • Safety equipment for rent

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
Minimum members:-
Price per person: 0

Due to its exposed location and the involved risk of possible obstruction of traffic routes, the schedule is subject to short-term changes.

In relation to the local circumstances, it is recommended to bring a backpack or a portable travel bag for your luggage instead of a suitcase.

The following schedule is planned:

1. Day: Arrival in Kutaisi International Airport, appr. 5-6 hours to Mazeri, check-in at the hotel, safety equipment check and instruction by the guide

2.-6. Day: Ski touring. The exact runs will be scheduled every day in the morning by the mountain guide according to the weather and snow conditions. We will target spots like “Lamaria ridge”, “Zuruldi ridge” and “Gull Pass”. On a typical day, we will master between 800 and 1400 vertical meters and in between we might have some time to explore the local skiing areas.

7. Day: Transfer back to the airport and individual departure home.

check_circle_outline  Included:

  • 5 days (depending on weather and snow conditions) guided ski touring with Austrian UIAGM mountain guide (1 guide per 6 members).
  • 6 nights in simple hotels and guest houses in double rooms (single rooms available for an additional charge)
  • Breakfast
  • Fare-well dinner with Svanetian folklore Ensemble
  • Transport of material (personal equipment has to be carried by yourself)
  • Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator

 

help_outline  Optional:

  • Flight to Kutaisi (Tbilisi or Batumi)
  • Single room surcharge (€ 500)

 

highlight_off  Not included:

  • Flight from/to Kutaisi (perhaps Tbilisi or Batumi) – we gladly make you an offer
  • Single room surcharge (€ 500 per person)
  • Personal Medicine
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch and dinner including alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses of all kind
  • All costs and services that might occure due to any events beyond our control e.g. natural disasters, flight cancelation, strike, increase of fees for hotels, transport, etc
  • All not specifically mentioned included services

 

info  General Infos

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in Heliskiing / Ski Touring lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure whether taking part in an certain trip is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email lukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

 

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG[European Travel insurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

 

language  Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 or more months.

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

work  Equipment

Please note which equipment is included under the point “What the price includes”. We will supply you with adequate safety equipment (avalanche airbag, shovel, probe and avalanche transceive)

 

perm_identity  Physical Fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain.

 

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

 

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty/ Technique

Ski Touring always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in different snow conditions and steep terrain. For Ski Touring members should be able to perform kick-turns. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperatve that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

 

 

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

directions_run Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).
The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

until 30 days prior to departure…………………………. 30%
29 – 20 days prior to departure…………………….. 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure…………………….. 70%
9 – 4 days prior to departure………………………… 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours)………100%
on the day of departure………………………………… 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.