Svaneti is the highest inhabited region of Georgia, located in the north-western part of the country, on the slopes of the Caucasian mountains. Due to its strict climate conditions, the region was fortunately the least reached by diverse invaders throughout the history of Georgia; therefore, the locals developed a very distinct culture, language, cuisine, architecture and the Svan character.
Svaneti is famous for some of the highest peaks of the Caucasus – Skhara (5,201 meters), Tetnuldi (4,974 meters), Ushba and others. Due to its picturesque mountain landscapes, Svaneti is a dream destination for mountain trekking lovers.
Upper part of the region, called Upper Svaneti is an exceptional example of mountain scenery with medieval-type villages and traditional tower-houses. The village of Chazhashi still has more than 200 of these very unusual houses, which were used both as dwellings and as defense posts against invaders. The village of Chazhashi has been enlisted as a UNESCO cultural heritage site.
Svan culture and traditions have been continuously gaining attention, as a reflection of tough climate conditions on human nature. Svan cuisine is famous for its distinguished dishes such as Kubdari (meat pie), Petviani Khachapuri (cheese pie with ground millet), Tashmijabi (mix of potato and cheese) and others.