Svaneti, Georgia’s Olympus, sunny land of hard workers, songs and poetic inspiration. This is a home town of brave, cheerful, hospitable and invincible highlanders that ancient Greeks were calling “Svans” or “Svanids”. Svaneti was always a symbol of freedom.
If you look 2800 meter from Latfar Pass Way, you will see Caucasus mountains lightened and covered with snow all seasons long; blooming alpine meadows; roaring waterfalls and ice caves; crenellated towers and canyon of formidable Inguri; habituated villages like eagles’ nests on mountainsides where sun can hardly reach - being there it makes you feel like you are in fairy-tale kingdom of giants.
Upper Svaneti, from the north and east is bordered by the Greater Caucasus mountain ridge with peaks of Shkhara, Ushba, Tetnuldi and etc., here Georgia borders Russia (Kabardino-Balkaria). From the south Svaneti ridge is directly adjacent to the Main Caucasus Range where the East of Upper Svaneti ends.
The west of the region and Kodori gorge is separated by Hurum gorge.
Upper Svanti is famous with its architectural treasures and spectacular landscapes. Here you see residential towers mainly erected in the IX-XII centuries and ancient Orthodox Churches made of stones.
Upper Svaneti is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites..