Mikheil Khergiani was a famous Georgian alpinist who was born in Mestia on March 20, 1932.

He has conquered the most difficult peaks of the Caucasus, Pamir, Tian-Shan and Alps at different times. During one of the competitions in Wales, the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain called him "the tiger of the rock". This name stayed with Mikheil Khergiani forever. Mikheil Khergiani is a three-time (1955, 1956, 1964) champion of the USSR in alpinism and a seven-time (1952, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965 (absolute), 1966, 1967) champion of trade union competitions and USSR championships in rock climbing. 

On July 4, 1969, Mikheil Khergiani fell into a rockfall while climbing Su-Alto peak in Italy, his rope broke and he fell from a height of 600 meters. He is buried in Mestia.

The house-museum of Mikheil Khergiani in Svaneti serves as a tribute to the extraordinary life and achievements of this renowned Georgian alpinist. As a legendary figure in the world of alpinism, Khergiani's legacy is preserved through the preservation of his personal belongings, including his clothes, mountaineering equipment, photographs, medals, gifts, and various articles, which are displayed on the first floor of the museum.

This museum offers a unique opportunity for visitors to gain insight into Khergiani's remarkable journey, his unparalleled skills in mountain climbing and rock climbing, as well as his contributions as a rescuer, having saved the lives of numerous climbers. The museum serves as a reminder of his dedication to the sport and his selfless acts of bravery in the mountains.

For those interested in adventure, mountaineering, or simply the life of a remarkable individual, a visit to the house-museum of Mikheil Khergiani is a must when exploring Svaneti. It provides an intimate glimpse into the life of a man who was not only an accomplished athlete but also a courageous and compassionate rescuer, leaving a lasting legacy in the history of alpinism.


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