Svaneti is a mountaineous region in northern Georgia, located in the Greater Caucasus range and bordering with Russia. It has an area of 5800 kmĀ² and a population of 23000 inhabitants. The region consists of valleys at 1000-3000m of altitude, separated by mountain ranges up to over 5000m high. Four of the ten highest peaks in the Causasus are located here, including Mt Shkhara (5201m), the highest mountain of Georgia. Svaneti is accessible via a paved road from Zugdidi or by plane (Vanilla Sky) from either Kutaisi or Tbilisi. The Svanetian towers are present in most towns. These are defensive towers built between the 9th and 13th centuries, 30-50m tall, characteristic for this region. The Upper Svaneti region has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1996.

01 Mestia airport 02 Vanilla Sky plane in Mestia airport 03 Towers in Mestia 04 Mestia
05 Mestia 06 Enguri river 07 Enguri river 08 Tower 09 Svan towers 10 Tower
11 Hotel Old House 12 Tower interior 13 Tower 14 Tower 15 Svan towers 16 Svan towers
17 Mestia 18 Mestia 19 Svan towers 20 Svan towers
21 Tower interior 22 Travel agency 23 Hotel Mestia 24 Town hall 01 Ushguli
02 Ushguli village 03 Svan towers 04 Road to Ushguli 05 Ushguli
06 Towers and house ruins 07 Ushguli 08 Svan towers 09 Svan towers 10 Ushgui
11 Koshi towers 12 Tower 13 Old woman 14 Stone walls 15 House ruins
16 Rooster 17 Svan towers 18 Hotel Chazhashi 19 Ushguli 20 Ushguli
21 Ruins 22 Tower 23 Ushguli 24 Ushguli 25 Old house
26 Alley 27 Tower 28 Cafe and chairs 29 Chair 30 Shkhara guesthouse 31 Tower
32 Tower 33 Svan towers 34 Old house 35 Path 36 Old house 37 Tower
38 Tower 39 Church 01 Svaneti mountains 02 Svaneti mountains 03 Svaneti mountains
04 Caucasus mountain range 05 Caucasus mountains 06 Caucasus mountain range 07 Mt Tetnuldi 08 Mt Ushba
09 Svaneti mountains 10 Mt Tetnuldi 11 Caucasus mountains 12 Snow covered mountain
13 Glacier 14 Snow covered mountains 15 Glacier 16 Svaneti mountains
17 Svaneti valley 18 Snow fields 19 Mt Shkhara 20 Mt Shkhara
21 Mt Shkhara 22 Mt Shkhara 23 Enguri valley 24 Svaneti valley
25 Caucasus mountains 26 Snow covered mountains 01 Svaneti valley 02 Aerial view 03 Cliffs
04 Road to Ushguli 05 Plants 06 Mineral spring 07 Houses and towers 08 Meadow and forest
09 Forest 10 Forest 11 Wooden bridge 12 Flat tyre 13 Road to Ushguli
14 Roadworks site 15 Roadworks site 16 Svaneti valley 17 Minivan on road to Zugdidi 18 Svaneti road to Zugdidi
19 Svaneti road to Zugdidi 20 Svaneti road to Zugdidi
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