Shkhara (5201 m)
Shkhara is the highest point in Georgia, and third highest peak of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, behind Mount Elbrus and Dykh-Tau. It is a large, steep peak in a heavily glaciated region, and presents serious challenges to mountaineers. Located in Upper Svaneti, at the Russian-Georgian border, the summit lies in the central part of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. Its eastern anchor of a massif is known as the Bezingi Wall, a 12-kilometre-long ridge. The significant sub-summit Shkhara West, at 5,068 m, is a climbing objective in its own right, and a traverse of the entire Bezingi Wall is considered "Europe's longest, most arduous, and most committing expedition".
Elevation: 5,201 m
First ascent: 1,888 m
Prominence: 1,357 m
Location: Upper Svaneti region, Georgia; Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
Easiest route: northeast ridge (Snow/ice climb)
Mountain range: Greater Caucasus Mountain Range
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