Svaneti is a historic part of Georgia, which is located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus Range, on the rivers Enguri and Tskhenistskali. It is divided by Svaneti Ridge in two parts -Zemo (upper) and Kvemo (lower) Svaneti. The Upper Svaneti holds the territory from the headwaters of Enguri river, till the border of Samegrelo. Its administrative capital is Mestia. From the north and east, the Upper Svaneti is bordered by the Main Caucasus Range with the mountains of Shkhara (1357 m), Ushba (1217 m), Tetnuldi (629 m), etc., along which there is a border with Kabardino-Balkaria. Lower Svaneti is the territory from the beginning of the Tskhenistskali River gorge till the Muri Bridge. The administrative city is Lentekhi.
Svaneti is an ancient region of Georgia, which is distinguished by its famous stone houses and watchtowers. Most of the towers were built in early middle ages. Their height is 20-25 meters. In the municipality of Mestia there are 107 churches, 45 churches with frescoes, 311 watchtowers and more than 100 stone houses. Upper Svaneti is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Most of Svaneti ancient exhibits are kept in the Museum of History and Ethnography of Mestia.
With its old villages, majestic snow-capped peaks, medieval towers and churches – Svaneti is one of the most picturesque regions in the whole Caucasus and indescribable pleasures for travelers.