Sheli & Miketi Mt., N (north), NE (northeast), 11 km., 07:00 h., 04:30 h., ↑ 1300 m., ↓ 1300 m., ▼ 1673 m. - ▲ 2873 m.
Sheli & Miketi Mt., N (north), NE (northeast), 11 km., 07:00 h., 04:30 h., ↑ 1300 m., ↓ 1300 m., ▼ 1673 m. - ▲ 2873 m.
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Sheli & Miketi Mt., N (north), NE (northeast), 11 km., 07:00 h., 04:30 h., ↑ 1300 m., ↓ 1300 m., ▼ 1673 m. - ▲ 2873 m.

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Adventure title
Sheli & Miketi Mt.
Loop routes, Steep Skiing, Ridge route, Day trip
One line summary
The vast snowfields of Shele and the giant ridges of Miketi form an opportunity to leave your epic line on untouched powder - the dream of every freerider. There is a high probability that the descent on this route may be the best descent of your winter. Moreover, these sites inspired the Russian writer M. Lermontov to write the story "Demon" during his exile in Tbilisi.
Alpine difficulty
AD: Somewhat difficult (Assez difficile)
Slope aspect
N (north), NE (northeast)
Route Lenght
11 km.
Total duration ⎋
07:00 h.
Duration of skinning up ⇡
04:30 h.
Ascent ↑
↑ 1300 m.
Descent ↓
↓ 1300 m.
▼ 1673 m. - ▲ 2873 m.
Descent difficulty
S4 : Slopes up to 45°, if exposure is low (between 30 and 40° if it is high or the passage is narrow). Very good skiing abilities are required.
Very remote: Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
More routes and information about the region

This and others (more than 30 routes) are in the printed version of the backcountry guide to the Gudauri and Kazbegi region from the "Still Wild Georgia" series.
You can buy a book at the Travel Bar in Gudauri - or order mail delivery:

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In just a few words
If you visit this route during your holiday in Gudauri, your remaining days at the resort will find you basking in genuine respect with the title of a real expert, with all paths pointing to the lines that you skied the day before. The mountains of Shele and Miketi are clearly visible from any point at the Gudauri Ski Resort; they look like giant, steep walls. In fact, their steepness does not exceed 35º and the only reasons not to explore this area are increased avalanche danger or limitations in your mountain experience, physical capabilities, or stamina - the ascent to Miketi mountain takes at least 4 hours.
Route description

Shele is very popular with heli-ski companies operating in Gudauri. So, if you go on a route without a guide, coordinate the time and details of the route with the heli-ski companies by clicking here: Otherwise, heli-ski groups on descent can create a significant danger for freeriders ascending from the gorge.

At the beginning of the route there is a small stream that can be crossed with  stepping stones. However, during warm weather and precipitation, the stream overflows and it is difficult to pass it without getting your feet wet. In this case, you can cover your feet with simple plastic bags bought in any Gudauri store in advance.


You should go on this route only in good visibility and favorable forecast conditions — in the states of poor visibility, you can quickly lose visual landmarks and get lost. Don’t go on this route during the working days of heli-skiing of Heliksir company on this spot – this is their main spot. Check their schedule beforehand by contacting them at

Skins, Ski Crampons, Standard avalanche equipment (beeper, probe, shovel)
Mobile connection
Mobile communication is on the itinerary
Is the route accessible when the Cross Pass is closed?
Water en route
Best time
December, January, February, March, April

Recommended maps for this region
Trekking Map # 4: Khevi, Stephantsminda, Gudauri, Truso. Skale 1 : 50 000.
Useful information

Rescue service: +995 790 211 100
Fire service, police, medical assistance: 112
Helicopters: +995 32 2243 503, +995 595 350 900, +995 595 404 606

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Additional Information
If you continue along the road by car a few hundred meters ahead, you can visit the marvelous ruins of the Phalagkau village. People lived here until the middle of the last century.
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