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Ushguli - Georgia's final frontier

A second picture of Ushguli in the Caucasus region of Svaneti.
At my previous picture I explained that for many visitors this region is the final adventure during their journey in Georgia.

In the morning the weather is usually clearer than later on the day. Then the tops of the mountain range are visible.
These mountains form the border with Russia. The summit of Mt. Shkhara, the highest peak of Georgia, is - depending on the source - 5.068 meters or 5.201 meters. It is the third highest mountain of Europe.
The highest, Mount Elbrus, and the second highest, Dykh-Tau, are at the other side of the border in Russia.

Ushguli comprises 4 settlements and they’re situated at 2.100 to 2.200 meters above sea level.
This makes Ushguli the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe.

On the left on the picture you see the Church of La Maria that is located at the very end of the village at about the highest point.
The church overlooks the long valley towards Mt. Shkhara. From there a day walk takes you to a glacier and back to the village.

Information from Wikipedia, Lonely Planet Guide and Dominicus Guide.

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