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Georgian Mountains
Forty percent of Georgia is still covered by forests, from lowland beech to alpine conifers.

Georgia is bordered by the High Caucasus Range to the north, Europe's highest mountains.
The past comes alive in Georgia's churches, fortresses, ancient capitals and today's people.



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Mt. Kazbegi
Sunlight fades from the 5043-meter dome of Mt. Kazbegi, high above the Tsminda Sameda Church. The 14th century church and belltower are revered landmarks of the Georgian frontier.
High Caucasus
Beneath an icy cloak a raw ridge of granite broods near Tusheti. The wall of the High Caucasus has long defined Georgia's northern border, creating a natural border between Europe and Asia.
Tergi Valley
Looming over the small village of Sno, a thousand-year-old watchtower guards the Tergi Valley. It's just 100 kilometers from Tbilisi up the Georgian Military Highway, but an age away.
Ushguli is Europe's highest inhabited village, at 2200 meters (10,000 ft), deep in the heart of Svaneti. The village is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a beautiful and historic ancient settlement.
False Hellebore
The warmer months of spring and summer add green to the mountain landscape, as this dense heart of false hellebore in the Kazbegi region shows
Wild Poppy
A wild poppy reaches toward the diffuse sunlight, struggling out of the undergrowth of the deep mountain forest.
A carpet of pink bistort spreads toward the ridges near Lentechi, the capital of Kvemo (Lower) Svaneti. The hermetic recesses of the High Caucasus lie beyond the distant mountains.
Zagar Pass
As a rainbow arcs through the mist it plunges toward Zagar Pass, gateway to Zemo (Upper) Svaneti.