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Itinerary - day to day
Day 1 - Meet up with the photo guide and travel by night train
At midday, there is an optional meetup with our photo guide in a local caf in the center of Tbilisi. Food and beverage and transport to the meeting location are on your own account.
The first part of our journey will be traveled by night train from Tbilisi to Zugdidi. We will convene with you a time and a place (hotel, airbnb, etc) in Tbilisi for a pick up of one of our drivers to ensure you get to the Tbilisi train station and find the reserved train wagon and sleeping compartment.
See the important info for more details about the night train. Day 2 - Mount Ushba and Shdugra waterfall
Early in the morning, the train arrives at Zugdidi station. Outside, you will find our jeeps and our photo guide waiting for you. We will drive on a mountain road towards our first destination Becho in Svaneti, located just under one of the most spectacular mountains of the Caucasus, Mount Ushba. The road in the mountains offers spectacular views. We will make numerous photos stops and photographic detours. We will also make a stop for breakfast and later for lunch. In the afternoon we arrive in Becho. After checking-in in our guesthouse, we will explore the surrounding area. We have a short hike to the Shdugra Waterfall and visit a nice panoramic viewpoint with excellent opportunities to take photos of the Becho Valley. After dinner, we will have a sunset photo session from a nearby hill. When the sun hides behind the horizon, the sky fills itself with stars. With the help of expert tips of our photo guide, we will be able to capture the starry sky and the silhouettes of Mount Usbha.
Day 3 - Idyllic villages and Koruldi lakes
For the earlier riser, the jeep is ready to bring us higher for a photography sunrise session. Upon returning to the guesthouse in Becho, after breakfast and checkout, we will drive in the direction of Mestia. Along the way, we will make photographic detours to idyllic villages and experience the daily life high in the mountains. After checking-in in our guesthouse and lunch in Mestia, we take a jeep path towards the impressive Koruldi Lakes at an altitude of 2.740 meters. We will spend the whole afternoon photographing these hills. Depending on sunset times we might have sunset photo sessions here as well or return and have another excellent photo location after dinner.
Day 4 - Glaciers and Tetnuldi Plateau
Again in the morning, a jeep will wait to bring us to a new sunrise location. We will visit the Chaladi Glacier. A short and easy hike will bring us all the way to the tongue of the glacier. After breakfast and checkout, we continue our way in the direction of Ushguli, the highest inhabited village in Europe. We will make several photographic detours. Our visit to the Tetnuldi Plateau will be most impressive. From here, at an altitude of 3.165 metre, we will see all the high peaks and far below the populated valleys. We arrive at midday in Ushguli. After a short walk and lunch, we will head towards the Shkhara Glacier, part of the highest mountain of Georgia, the Mount Shkhara. Around dinner time, we will be back in our guesthouse. After dinner there is time to witness the sunset and the appearing stars just from the street of the village.
Day 5 - Zagaro Pass
Today, everyone will have to get up early. We will take our breakfast and lunch with us on the road. To leave Svaneti and go back to Tbilisi, we will take a different route to the one we took into Svaneti. This will be by far the most breathtaking part of the journey. Driving back to the lower areas early in the morning, with the best light following us, we are going to take a panoramic jeep path leading us across the Zagaro Pass, on an altitude of 2.620 metres, through the wild nature of the High Caucasus, where hardly any people live or come to visit. After exiting the mountains, we drive back to Tbilisi. There will be a long stop for a Georgian dinner along the way. We arrive back in the evening and everyone will be brought back to their hotel or preferred places. Professional photo guiding
Get the know-how how to use your camera and lenses to its full potential. What settings to use to photograph a starry sky and a perfect sunset. Our photo guide will answer all your questions, giving you expert tips on how to capture scenes you always dreamed of. Understand how to read the light and when to snap a photo. All this on inspiring photo locations. During the moments that we are not taking photos, we will take the time to discuss and review the photos taken.
We travel by uttermost reliable and powerful 4x4 vehicles. We use guaranteed top condition jeeps with all necessary insurances. The jeeps are modern built with a spacious interior.
We have excellent views on the surroundings and we are very flexible in reaching impressive places at the right times in all the comforts. The photo guide is also our lead driver. He has been driving on mountains road for many years in all seasons and weather conditions. In case when a group consists of more than 4 people, we will add another same class type of jeep with a trusted Georgian driver following all directions of the photo guide. Night train
The night train sleeping compartments consist of 4 beds. At an additional fee, there is an option to share the compartment with two persons, only. In case you want the compartment all to yourself, the costs are of a double ticket. Our organisation will guide you to the train station in Tbilisi, making sure you will get on the right train and compartment. From there on, you will be travelling on your own. The photo guide will not be travelling with you on the train, but will be waiting for you at your arrival in Zugdidi. Accommodations
The rooms are on the basis of 2 persons per room with private bathroom en-suite. Option: single room at an additional fee. Clothing & Climate
The weather in the mountains is susceptible to change. It can be summer in the valley while a little bit higher up in the hills the ground is covered with fresh snow. We can take shelter in our comfy jeep, but the changeable mountain weather creates interesting images. The forecast will be closely monitored. Accordingly, there can be slight changes in the itinerary. Dressed in layers, outdoor clothing is advised and comfortable walking shoes with a good grip are a must. At night it can be chilly, a warm hat is by no means a luxury. Tour Season
The Zagaro pass is open 5 months per year, only. The tours take place between the beginning of June till the end of October. Photo Equipment
The tour can be joined with any type of camera. Even without a camera, the tour will be very enjoyable. We will visit amazing places in Svaneti, which will be a joy to see with your own eyes. But that should not stop you from bringing all the photo equipment you have and you want to use. For capturing the nights sky, a tripod is highly recommended. We advise having a proper bag to protect your equipment, extra batteries and memory cards and a cleaning kit to keep your equipment clean.