This summer I will guide Nurmish Pass trek only 3 times (in August this route is more difficult due to bare ice). Right now only July 3-5, July 10-12 are available.
ONE/TWO PARTICIPANTS ONLY
Contact me about my very reasonable prices
I will rent you (for no additional cost): 2 people tent, stove, ice axes, crampons and glacier gear. Transfer, food and gas cartridges are on you.
3-day trek to Nurmish Pass (3600m) will give you the most complete picture of Svaneti mountains. Just as other routes I guide, Nurmish Pass trek is unknown to broader audience.
Of all relatively easy routes around Mestia this particular route is the highest and provide views comparable to those enjoyed only on technical climbs. On clear day all 5000 m peaks of the Caucasus are visible, except Kazbek.
Another advantage of this trek is that there is only one steep section (30-35 degrees). The rest is quite level and not as arduous. No mountaineering experience is required; just medium level of fitness. And some inspiration!
Day 1 Transfer from Mestia to Mulakhi (20 minutes ride). From Mulakhi (1680m) we follow the trail of Herazh Plateau Hike (see my website) and after 4-5 hours arrive to our Base Camp (2700m). From this trail, half hidden among sheer cliffs, there are great views of Mt.Tetnuldi and her neighbours, Svaneti and Main Caucasus Ranges. The location of the Base Camp is surrounded by meadows with clear streams and snow peaks above.
Day 2 We start early in the morning after breakfast. Steep (up to 35 degrees) scree and grass slopes bring us to the upper edge of Seri Glacier. We rope up (although crevasses are few and packed with snow) and begin a long (4 km) walk on the glacier to Nurmish Pass. By 12 noon we reach the pass and stay there for at least one hour, have a tea/snack and enjoy a magnificent 360 degrees panorama. If the weather is clear we may climb to the shoulder (3800m) of Mt.Banguriani and look at Mestia which is 2500m below. Return to the Base Camp by 5-7PM.
Day 3 Return to Mestia (by different route if you choose)
View from north-west.
Nurmish Pass (3600m) , Mt. Banguriani (right) and Mt. Asmashi (left)
Day 1: Approaching Herazh Plateau (Base Camp) and looking at peaks of the Main Caucasus Range
Day 1: Tetnuld (4835m) from the Base Camp
Day2: On the way to Nurmish Pass. Seri glacier
Day 2: Nurmish Pass (3600m)
Day 2: Only a small part of panorama from Nurmish. The highest peaks of Svaneti
Day2: Looking west from Nurmish. Ushba and Chatin-Tau
Day 3: Morning view at the Base Camp
Day 3: Return to Mestia. View from the hunters trail