Shkhara Additions and Corrections
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I must contest the altitude given on the page and therefore also the statement that Shkhara is the second highest in Europe.
According to the official Russian climbing federation's book Dychtau is 5204, Koshtan 5151 and Shkhara 5068m. Pushkina 5100 and Dzangi 5085m. The two latter peaks are not considered "real" peaks but side peaks, but given names anyway for the sake of the climbing routes.
When I was going for the three highest peaks in Europe I double checked all info (you don't want to climb the wrong peaks) with the Russian Climbing Federation and also with the latest maps in Bezengi Alpine Base. I further asked specifically about the altitude of Shkhara as I had maps with its altitude set on 5202 and 5204, but the Bezengi boss shortly said: "Ah, you have old maps".
I hope to dig up some photos of Shkhara for your page.
|Posted Apr 7, 2006 11:31 pm|
|I'll update tomorrow. I have the 'old maps' as well! Great photos by the way.|
|Posted Apr 8, 2006 5:50 pm|
|The mountain is 5193m high. |
|Posted Jul 26, 2011 6:33 pm|
|winterking2004||Zugdidi to Mestia|
|As of September 2011, the improvements on the road from Zugdidi to Mestia were completed, the road is now widened and paved allowing for travel by marshrutka (minibus) to Mestia, in much less time, two hours or less. There are also plans to improve the road from Mestia to Ushguli, though I don't know when this slated to happen, or if it has already. I stayed with the Ratiani family in Mestia, and they were very helpful in arranging transport to Ushguli. In Ushguli, to save time/energy you may consider renting horses to carry you and/or your gear to the foot of the mountain.. this is very inexpensive. Happy travels!|
|Posted May 9, 2014 6:52 am|