Alex and I headed up to Mestia, a highland townlet in northwest Georgia and the capital of Svaneti region by a marshrutka from Zugdidi after had spending few days in Anaklia. Mestia is a combination between very local with a tourism vibe. In the center is developed for the guests and the small road behind is still rich of countryside vibe.
Chaladi Glacier Trekking
26 km round trip was very painful. It was our first taste with a long walk like this. It wasn’t that hard but far (for me for the first time), there could be done without any other trekking gears than just you and your comfortable shoes with warm jacket for the glacier are enough. The first 4/6 parts was very easy. Only 2-3 Kilometers at the end a little bit rough path. And to climb up to the glacier at the last 300 meters was a little scary because of loud broken ice sound around in the afternoon which the temperature went higher and the ice were melting. Alex was very concern about it so we climbed up just to crawl down as fast as we could. But most of all it was very impressive for me. It was my first time seeing glacier even it wasn’t that huge and almost the entire part was covered by dust.
Going to Chaladi Glacier has more choices. Take a van and skip the 4/6 parts sounds easier than 26 km round trip walking like we did. Because we just wanted to enjoy the view during the way and we did. It was very good time walking, chatting. We wasn’t in rush, just need to remember that we should make it back before dark.
The lovely part and we were so surprised was during the way we were kidding about “What to do if the bear came out?”
“Do not talk about bear when you’re walking in the forest” Alex said.
And there he was, the lovely baby bear was standing in front of us when we came down from the glacier. He was lost form his mom, The border guards told us that they will take care of him until they are sure that he will be able to survive by himself and they will find the way to return him to the forest.