- Hiking / Trekking
- Extreme Sports
- Off the beaten track
Mount Shkhara is legendary in Georgia, as it is the highest point in the country. It's from the high valley of Enguri and notably Ushguli where you can best admire it, with its majestic and colossal form. Very much covered by glaciers, very white, it dominates Svaneti with its eternal snow.
The trek from Ushguli to its glacier is one of the most beautiful that you can do in the Caucasus. The mountain, like a queen, is raw, mineral and clear. The foot of the Shkhara glacier is the classic destination for non mountaineers.
Because beyond that, the Shkhara assumes another dimension. It is the privilege of the pure high mountain that only experience mountaineers can take on. Scaled for the first time in 1888 by the Swiss Stefan Almer and his team (but from the north face in Russia, more accessible), it has been well-known for being arduous. The first north-south crossing of the Bezingi Wall of which it is the summit wasn't realised until 1931...