Kazbegi – is a small town in the north-east of Sakartvelo which is now officially named Stepantsminda. Quite new town which is growing on foothill of increasingly high tourist destination – Mt. Kazbek. The town is a base for some wonderful walking and mountain biking routes. While hordes of tourists and local business owners may not have added to Stepantsminda any charm, the town is still in a location which remains absolutely stunning. Nevertheless, it is quite easy to escape the crowds and explore the surrounding mountains and valleys in peace.
The distance between Tbilisi and Stepantsminda is only 149 km, so it is possible to plan a one day trip. However, we highly recommend staying there at least for a night as there are many interesting activities you can engage in.
First stop on your list when starting your hike to Mt. Kazbek is – Gergeti Trinity Church. It was built in 14th century and is located around 2,100 meters above sea level. If you have time, you can walk up the hill to the church, but keep in mind that it will take up to 2 hours. Other options are renting a horse, or a taxi and you can always hitchhike because there are many tourists everyday going up and down.
From the church you can start climbing Mt. Kazbek. An incredible, picturesque and breath-taking scenery unfolds from the trek. It is challenging for all who like mountain climbing and you should come prepared. Either you are up for just one day hike up to glacier and down or you want to enjoy your time in the nature for a bit longer and maybe even storm the summit.
On your way to Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) you will see many picturesque locations. If you have a possibility stop and enjoy colorful and wonderful nature of Sakartvelo on your way to the north.
Gudauri - one of the small towns which you will pass on your way there. It is one of the most famous skiing resorts in Sakartvelo. In summer nearby you will find hundreds of paragliders, most of them are clustered north from the town near Georgia-Russia Friendship Monument.
Best of luck planning your holidays in Stepantsminda!
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