Ushba Homestay Svaneti

Khatia Margiani with her horse at the foot of Gulba Glacier

Welcome to Kvitsiani's

Explore the untouched wild beauty of Svaneti while enjoying the warm hospitality of the Kvitsiani family home.

Shalva Kvitsiani's home provides homestay accommodation at the base of Ushba - perfectly situated in the picturesque village of Becho a short walk from the trailhead to the coveted snow covered 4700m peak of Ushba. The Kvitsiani home has been the starting point to more mountaineering expeditions than any other in this impossibly beautiful region of the greater Caucasus mountains.

the Kvitsiani Ushba Homestay

Kvisiani Family Home

Family Home

Steep Svan Tradition

Shalva's home has always been in the Kvitsiani family and at the very center of the community. Local villagers often pay a visit to the house to meet Shalva's guests staying to play cards or eat. There is no better way to experience first hand the rich Svan culture and customs - alive and uncommercialized. Homestay at Shalva's. This is what you came to the region to remember.

Traditional Minced Meat Pie

Traditional Cooking

Fresh Local Food

Enjoy classically simple Svan dishes like chvishdari (cheese cooked inside maize bread), kubdari (minced meat in a khachapuri-type pie) and sulguni (homemade cheese from the region). Shalva's wife is an excellent cook and will prepare and serve more food than you can possibly eat. Meals are cooked with natural local ingredients.

One of the bedrooms

Comfortable Accommodation

Stay at the Base of Ushba

A particular rarity, this homestay boasts hot showers and private sleeping arrangements. It is simple and classic. An atmosphere far away from the bussle you find in the Alps or Colorado. All is characteristic and straightforward. A perfect springboard to your mountain expedition or trek. Begin your journey rested and ready for the challenges ahead.


  • Access to Ushba
  • Homestay Lodging
  • Full Meals and Drink
  • Pack Horses Available
  • Hot Showers
  • Small General Store
  • Limited Internet
  • Transportation/Vehicle
  • Government Access Pass
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