Travel time: 8 hours; distance 17 km; climb: 700 m, altitude drop: 900 m.
Today is the most difficult, but at the same time one of the most intense days. River ford on horseback, climbing the pass and observation point at 2811 m, descending into the gorge of the river Haldeschala and lively road down to the village Iprali. So we get up as early as possible, have a quick breakfast and hit the road. We take a path along Adishchali Gorge to the head of the gorge, to the place of ford. Behind the turn of the gorge in good weather we discover the grandiose Lardaad icefall and snow-white Bezengi wall. One of the highest icefalls in the Caucasus, and the most difficult and highest peaks-five-thousanders.
We approach the Adishchala River. The water in the river is very cold, because it has not had time to warm up, coming out of a huge refrigerator glacier. Early in the morning, while the sun has not yet warmed up the glacier, there is the lowest water level. Those who wish can wade the river with an instructor, but we still recommend to use horses for crossing - enterprising Svans from the village of Adishi are already on duty near the ford.
After wading across the river we go up by path to Chunderi pass (2722 m). The ascent is long and requires hard work. But it is overcome rather quickly without heavy rucksacks. A couple of hours and we are already on the observation peak of 2811 m, just above the pass. From there all the power and greatness of Bezengi wall opens up. Steep slopes, sharp ridges, hanging glaciers - the sight is impressive! Panoramic views of the five-thousand meters peaks of the Caucasus, which seem to be near at hand! The powerful Adishi Icefall with its 2 km altitude difference is as on the palm of your hand!
After the photo session on the peaks and glaciers (don't forget the dresses, girls!) we go down by trail to the canyon of the river Haldeschala. On the way along the gorge we will pass waterfalls and the mountain village of Hulde. This is one of the most picturesque villages in Svaneti, against the background of nearby snow-white glaciers. When we reach the village of Iprali, we settle in at the guesthouse.