Ushguli (Region of Svaneti)

Ushguli (Georg. უშგული) Community of villages located at the head of the Enguri gorge in Upper Svaneti, Georgia. Altitude claims vary from 2,086 to 2,200 metres, thus Ushguli is considered to be the highest inhabited village in Europe. The Ushguli villages contain buildings that are part of the UNESCO Heritage site of Upper Svaneti.

Nowadays in Ushguli area are living about 70 families (about 200 people), yet enough to support a small school. However, the life here is not the easy one – the area is snow-covered for 6 months of the year, and often the road to Mestia is impassable. By visiting Ushguli one will have unique opportunity to feel the spirit of life in such a remote area, to get to know incredible architecture (typical Svanetian protective towers are found throughout the villages), to meet locals, and no doubt – to enjoy stunning mountainous landscape.


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