Ushguli - Shkhara Glacier

The Ushguli-Shkhara Glacier hiking route entails a few hours of journeying from one of the highest settlements in Europe to one of the highest glaciers in Europe. The former is Ushguli, a group of villages in Svaneti Region, surrounded by mountains, while the latter is the glacier of Mount Shkhara and its nine peaks, known as the guardians of Ushguli.
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

Ushguli and Shkhara

Svaneti is one of the most visually impressive regions in Georgia, with widely-spread glaciers, guarding towers, endless space, and a feeling that you are somehow very close to eternity. 

Ushguli is the final and highest settlement of the region, located at the bottom of the main watershed ridge of the Caucasus – Mount Shkhara. 

Shkhara consists of granite and crystal, and is the highest peak in the Country of Georgia, with a height of 5,203 meters.

The Road from Ushguli to Shkhara

This route can be covered in 5-6 hours by foot from June to October. 

The route starts from Chazhashi, a village of Ushguli community. Thereafter, you pass through the villages of Chvibiani and Zhibiani, and you will reach the banks of the Enguri River.

If the skies are clear, you will feel the true glory of Shkhara. The last two kilometers ascend, and at the end of the trail, you reach a height of 2,390 meters. Care is advised here as stones may be falling from the slopes of Shkhara above.

Shkhara is a mysterious mountain, from which the Enguri River is sourced. 

Nature and Sightseeing

In the north of Zhibiani, you can visit Virgin Mary Church, which is also called Ushguli Lamaria, and is one of the most important monuments of Svaneti.

After you pass the Enguri River, the road takes you to an ancient forest, where can take a rest.

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