Ushguli or Ushkuli is a community of villages located at the head
of the Enguri gorge in Upper Svaneti, Georgia. The Ushguli villages
contain buildings that are part of the UNESCO Heritage site of
Upper Svaneti. Altitude claims vary from 2,086 to 2,200 metres.
Ushguli is considered to be the highest inhabited village in
Europe. It is located at the foot of Shkhara, one of the highest
Caucasian summits. About 70 families (about 200 people) live in the
area, enough to support a small school. The area is snow-covered
for 6 months of the year, and often the road to Mestia is
impassable. Typical Svanetian protective towers are found
throughout the village. The Ushguli Chapel located on a hilltop
near the village dates back to the 12th century.