Svaneti region is attached to the south part of Caucasus Mountains and represents one of the most beautiful regions of Georgia. Svaneti consists of two parts: Upper Svaneti and Lower Svaneti. It is surrounded by mountains of 5000 meters high, among which is the highest peak of Georgia – Shkhara (5201 m). Because of rich mountainous nature of Svaneti, there are famous alpinists among Svanetians. Region is famous for one of the highest populated places in Europe – Ushguli, located at 2200 meters above sea level and…

Svaneti

Svaneti region is attached to the south part of Caucasus Mountains and represents one of the most beautiful regions of Georgia. Svaneti consists of two parts: Upper Svaneti and Lower Svaneti. It is surrounded by mountains of 5000 meters high, among which is the highest peak of Georgia – Shkhara (5201 m). Because of rich mountainous nature of Svaneti, there are famous alpinists among Svanetians. Region is famous for one of the highest populated places in Europe – Ushguli, located at 2200 meters above sea level and being the UNESCO world heritage monument. Lamaria Church of the 9th-10th centuries with breathtaking views of Shkhara Mountain behind it is unforgettable. There are many well-preserved buildings of secular and ritual purposes in Svaneti, especially Svanetian towers of medieval period. From the highlander villages of Svaneti is worth to mention Adishi, Mulakhi, Khaishi, Khalde, Chvabiani. Svaneti is quite traditional region of Georgia; many of them are still preserved. One of the most beautiful festivals is Lamproba, which takes place in winter. Previously, Svanetians had their own laws, which had nothing common with the lows of the government. They used to decide over all cases through the eldest mediators called Makhvshi. Generally, because of difficulty to get to Svaneti, it used to be a storehouse of treasure for the Kings of Georgia. A big part of this treasure is preserved in museums and other part is still hidden in small churches of Upper Svaneti. Locals cherish and protect the treasure. Mestia – administrative center of Upper Svaneti and ski resort Tetnuldi is well developed. Airport of Mestia operates flights in several cities of Georgia on a daily basis. Due to well-developed infrastructure, extremely interesting culture and rich highlander nature, Svaneti attracts visitors and adventurers from all around the world.