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The Shchara

The Shchara

height 5201  m
location Mingrelia and Upper Svaneti ( Georgia ),
Kabardino-Balkaria ( Russia )
Mountains Greater Caucasus
Dominance 6 km →  Dychtau
Notch height 1400 m
Coordinates 43 ° 0 ′ 1 "  N , 43 ° 6 ′ 46"  E Coordinates: 43 ° 0 ′ 1 "  N , 43 ° 6 ′ 46"  E
Shchara (Caucasus)
First ascent September 1888 by John Garford Cockin, Ulrich Almer and C. Roth
Normal way Northeast Ridge
(Russian Grade 4B-5A (60 °))
particularities highest mountain in Georgia

The Shchara ( Georgian შხარა ; Russian Шхара ) is the highest mountain in Georgia at 5201  m and the third highest mountain in the Greater Caucasus . It is located in the main ridge of the Greater Caucasus, which forms the border between Georgia and Russia .

The altitude indicated varies from source to source between 5158, 5200 or 5201  m . Occasionally 5057 or 5068  m are also given, but these refer to a sub-peak to the west . Like the 4500  m high south-east summit, this lies on the main ridge. A side ridge branches off from the west summit, on which the Shchara south summit ( 4350  m ) and other mountains are located.

Seen from Ushguli, the Shchara is rarely clear of clouds

As the eastern end, the mountain only slightly towers over the imposing Besingi Wall , which is important for alpine purposes and runs about 12 km in a west-east direction, mostly above the 5000  m limit. In the north lies the Besingi Glacier , in the southwest the Shchara Glacier flows from the Enguri , on which the Upper Svanetian village community Ushguli lies 8 km downhill .

The Schchara was first climbed in 1888 by John Garford Cockin , Ulrich Almer and C. Roth over the northeast ridge . Its ascent is difficult from all sides and logistically complex.

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