Visiting Georgia in Nov/Dec - Kazbegi accessible?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2012 9:59 AM Last Post By: nopasaran
Nov 5, 2012 12:38 AM
I am tentatively planning a week-long trip to Georgia at the end of November / beginning of December (Nov 27 - Dec 4 to be exact).
I love mountain scenery and am really hoping to visit Kazbegi to see the Trinity Church and enjoy the mountain views. I realize the more mountainous regions like Svaneti will be largely inaccessible at this time, but does anyone know if it will be possible to reach Kazbegi at this time? Will the road be open and will I be able to access the church? I know snow is a problem in late December but I wasn't sure about late november / early december.
Furthermore, will guesthouses around the country in smaller towns be open at this time, given that there will be less tourists?
My place of origin is very cold so I have no problem with winter weather. I just wanted to make sure that visiting in early winter wouldn't affect my trip in any significant way.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Nov 5, 2012 1:28 AM
It sure should be accessible ( sometimes it is not in Feb/March due to avalanches - for max few days)
Even in winter there is a lot of tourists traveling to Kazbegi, it's very easy to find guesthouse , or let's say it;s hard not to find one as locals approach you at every step and offer places to sleep. I could recommend one called "Nazi's guesthouse"
Even in winter Kazbegi is full of tourist everyday there is few buses full of them.
Due to snow conditions you may have to walk to the church but usually there are jeeps that can take you up there - did it last December for example.
Nov 6, 2012 11:51 AM
I traveled to Kazbegi a week ago via Marshutky (10 GEL/person). Many taxi drivers were asking to take us up there, the lowest offer we got was 20 GEL/person. The military highway had quite a few pot holes, and we had to dodge several large herds of cows and sheep in the middle of the road, but otherwise it was no problem getting there. I can't imagine there would be any problem getting there in November, either.
There were very few tourists there last week. We only encountered one other group of people hiking to the church. However, there were many homestays available for us to sleep.
I can recommend Ira and Dato's guest house. Ira will serve two warm meals a day and there is a computer with internet in the bedroom.
Nov 7, 2012 9:59 AM
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