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Mesmerizing view of Ushba Mount captured in Georgia’s Svaneti Region
15 March, 2018
It is impossible to visit highlands of Georgia and stay unimpressed.

If you pay a visit to the mountainous Georgia during summer season, there is a high chance that you will encounter such a marvelous night sky.

The fascinating image featuring incredible night sky over Caucasus Mountains, Georgia’s Upper Svaneti Region, went viral on social media.

The picture captured by Georgian photographer George Khelashvili has attracted massive interest and admiration among social media users. Unique beauty and amazing view of Georgia’s mountains
has accumulated many likes, shares and positive comments.

Ushba is one of the most notable amd thrilling peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. The mountain is located in Svaneti Region of Georgia, in the northwestern part of the country.
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Ushba. Photo courtesy Giorgi Liparteliani

Ushba is known as the "Matterhorn of the Caucasus" for its picturesque, spire-shaped double summit. The south summit of Ushba is 4700 meters high, 10 meters higher than its north counterpart.
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Ushba. Photo courtesy Giorgi Nikolava

The north summit was first climbed in 1888 by John Garford Cokklin and Ulrich Almer, while the south summit saw its first ascent in 1903 by a German-Swiss-Austrian expedition led by B. Rickmer-Rickmers.

Due to its steep profile and unstable weather, Ushba is considered by many climbers as the most difficult ascent in the Caucasus.
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Ushba is considered as the most difficult ascent in the Caucasus. Photo courtesy Giorgi Nikolava

Mount Ushba is yet another precious of Georgia’s Svaneti Region, which is famous among the foreigner visitors of the country due to its unique beauty and medieval towers.
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Ushba is yet another precious of Georgia’s Svaneti Region. Photo courtesy Giorgi Nikolava

Svaneti is one of the most remote historic regions of Georgia. Situated on the southern slopes of the central Caucasus Mountains and surrounded by 3,000–5,000 meter peaks, Svaneti is the highest inhabited area not only in in the Caucasus but Europe as well.

Four of the 10 highest peaks of the Caucasus are located in the region. It is home to the highest mountain in Georgia, Mountain Shkhara at 5,201 meters (17,059 feet).
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Mountain Shkhara in Svaneti

Ushguli, highest inhabited village in Georgia is located in Svaneti. Ushguli is also often referred to as “Village in the Clouds” due to its altitude. Recognized as the Upper Svaneti UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ushguli is one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Europe.
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Ushguli, highest inhabited village in Georgia

Svaneti incorporates two parts: Upper Svaneti (Zemo Svaneti) on the upper Enguri River; administratively part of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti; main town Mestia.

Lower Svaneti (Kvemo Svaneti) on the upper Tskhenistsqali River; administratively part of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti; main town Lentekhi.
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Svaneti boasts a number of towers, built between 9th-12th centuries. Photo courtesy Giorgi Nikolava

Svaneti is known for their architectural treasures and picturesque landscapes. The area is also famous for its alpine flowers and unique plant species. This historic part of the country boasts a number of towers, built between 9th-12th centuries. Some of them are available for rent, so that the tourists can spend a night there. In the province there are dozens of medieval Georgian orthodox churches and various fortified buildings.

Architectural monuments of Upper Svaneti are included in a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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