Lomisa Monastery Snowshoe Hike Adventure

1 Day / Moderate

Tea with Monks, and Majestic Mountain Vistas: One of the Best Snowshoe Hikes near Gudauri

Step into a remarkable adventure like no other with our Lomisa Monastery Snowshoe Hike, one of the most exceptional snowshoe hikes near Gudauri. This moderately strenuous day hike not only unveils breathtaking natural beauty but also offers a unique rendezvous with history and spirituality.

SNOWSHOE HIKE OVERVIEW

About This Hike

A moderately strenuous day hike takes us up to an isolated 9th century monastery precariously situated on a high ridge inhabited year-round by monks who are always happy to see visitors. You will have the opportunity to drink a tea with the orthodox monks (or chacha, their homemade schnapps), experience their way of life, and see the panoramic view over the whole Gudauri region on one side and the breakaway territory of South Ossetia on the other side. This hike is one of the most unique experiences Georgia has to offer, and a must for any visitors to Gudauri. If we’re lucky, one of the monks will even join us for the hike back down!

Distance: 7 km (there and back)
Duration: 5-7 hours
Elevation gain: 750m up and down

WHATS INCLUDED​

Transportation
Leave the logistics to us. Our package includes hassle-free transportation from New Gudauri or your hotel to Mleta village, the starting point of our Lomisa Ridge Hike. Relax and enjoy the ride as we take care of the journey.

Snow Shoe Gear
Gear up with confidence as we provide top-quality snowshoes along with essential poles for your hike. Safety is our priority, so we also include avalanche gear to ensure your well-being during the adventure.

Photos & Memories
Capture every unforgettable moment of your Lomisa Ridge Hike. Our guide will double as your photographer, ensuring you return with stunning photos and lasting memories of this extraordinary Georgian experience.

MEETUP

8:00 AM – New Gudauri or Hotel Pickup
Our day begins with a friendly meetup either in New Gudauri or directly at your hotel. Once we’re all set, we embark on a scenic drive to Mleta village, where our exhilarating Lomisa Ridge Hike will commence.

ASCENDING LOMISA

9:30 AM – Mleta Village
As we arrive in Mleta village, our journey upward begins. The trail takes us on a moderately strenuous hike, leading to an isolated 9th-century monastery perched dramatically atop the ridge. This unique location is home to monks who graciously welcome visitors. The hike offers stunning scenery and a taste of Georgia’s spiritual heritage.

TEA WITH MONKS

12:30 PM – Lomisa Monastery
Upon reaching the summit, we take a well-deserved break. Here, you’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to share tea and conversation with the Orthodox monks. Experience their way of life, savor a sip of chacha (homemade schnapps), and bask in the panoramic views. From one side, gaze upon the Gudauri region, and from the other, behold the breakaway territory of South Ossetia.

DESCENT

3:00 PM – Begin the Hike Down
Our journey back down the ridge offers a different perspective of the landscape. If we’re fortunate, one of the monks may even join us for the descent, providing an enriching and unique experience.

RETURN HOME

4:30 PM – Mleta Village
As we return to Mleta village, you’ll carry with you the cherished memories of the Lomisa Ridge Hike. Our journey concludes with a comfortable drive back to Gudauri, where you can reflect on the spiritual and natural wonders you’ve encountered on this must-try Georgian adventure.

Prerequisites

Ability to hike for 4 hours at a time at elevations above 2000m

Required Equipment

Snowshoeing Gear
– Snowshoes (included)
– Trekking Poles (included)
– Avalanche beacon (included)
– Avalanche probe (included)
– Foldable shovel (included)
– Waterproof hiking boots suitable for snow

Hiking Essentials  
– Sunglasses
– 25-35 L Backpack (large enough to carry all of your equipment)
– Water Bottle (thermos is best)
– Snacks
– Sunscreen

 

Outer Wear  
Waterproof and windproof outer layer jacket and pants
– Gaiters or pants that tighten around your boots
– Warm gloves or mittens
– Warm hat

Inner Layers  
– Wool or synthetic clothing (No cotton!)
– Thermal top and bottom layer
– Wool socks
– Fleece, down, or pile jacket midlayer top

PROFESSIONAL GUIDE

First Aid Trained & Fluent  in English

GEAR RENTAL

Snow Shoes & Poles

ELEVATION

750m Up & Down

DURATION

5 – 7 Hours

DISTANCE

7km Round Trip

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