Welcome to Stepantsminda
This is most people’s destination on the Georgian Military Hwy: a valley town with the famous hilltop silhouette of Tsminda Sameba Church and the towering snowy cone of Mt Kazbek looking down from the west. Now officially named Stepantsminda, but still commonly known as Kazbegi, it's a base for some wonderful walking and mountain-biking.The highway brings you straight into the main square, Kazbegis moedani. From... Read More
Top experiences in Stepantsminda
Private Tour to Kazbegi from Tbilisi
In the morning the guide and driver will pick you up from your place of stay in Tbilisi and you’ll start your journey to Caucasus Mountains. Your first stop is Ananuri complex, a 16th-17th c fortress and church, which used to be the residence of the “Eristavis” (Dukes) of Aragvi. The complex comprises fortification, churches and other cult and civic buildings. Explore the fortress and enjoy beautiful views of Jinvali reservoir from the complex. Continue the drive north via Jvari (Cross) Pass at the elevation of 2395 meters above sea level and arrive at the town of Stepantsminda, the administrative center of Khevi province. Here we’ll change the transport to a local 4x4 vehicle and start an off-road drive to the top of Gergeti Mountain, where a lone church, Gergeti Holy Trinity, stands. Ancient wall carvings are well-preserved on the facade of the church. If we are lucky with weather you will see Mount Kazbegi peak. At 5,033 meters above sea level it's the third highest peak in Georgia. Drive back to Stepantsminda and take a lunch break in a restaurant with local specialty dish, Khinkali. After lunch get back in your vehicle and drive to Dariali gorge. Take an easy hike (20-30 minutes) along the river to Gveleti waterfalls, and enjoy the calmness of untouched nature. Drive back to Tbilisi and arrive at your place of stay in the evening.
Private Cycling Tour in Kazbegi from Tbilisi
In the morning departure from Tbilisi to the direction of Mount Kazbegi through Georgian Military Road. On the road there are many interesting places to visit.First destination is Ananuri fortress (XVI C). The fortress is overlooking a large Jinvali lake. The characteristic architectural design of the late medieval period includes a fortress, two churches, an old watch tower, prison and civic buildings. The main church facade is beautifully carved with animal, floral and Celtic style patterns. Next landmark on the way is skiing resort Gudauri that is located at 2200 m above the sea level. Resort offers high quality opportunities to the guests. The ski season lasts from December till April.Along the Georgian Military Road there is located Cross Pass that is the highest point of the road. At an elevation of 2,196 m above the sea level. Here, 4WD car drives you up to village juta (25 km from Stepantsminda). Juta is remote high mountainous village (2200m) with views on gorgeous Chaukhi mountains (3842m highest peak). From the village starts biking with descend through river Sno valley surrounding by Great Caucasus range. With your bike you'll pass Old villages, towers, waterfalls. On the way to village Stepantsminda there’ll be remarkable view on mount Kazbegi (5.033 m).The ride ends in Stepantsminda at the foot of mount Kazbegi. There you can choose either continue cycling up to the Gergeti Trinity church (XIV c) or drive up to the church by special 4 WD car (Optional). The ride contains 6 km challenge of cycling up to the altitude 2.300 m (difference in altitude 400 m).Gergeti Trinity church(XIV) is distinguished with its location and beautiful scenery around as it is erected on the southern slopes of Mt. Kazbegi. From the church you can explore summit of Mount Kazbegi and enjoy wonderful panoramas on river Tergi and surrounding area.Difficulty: ModerateTour Length: 9-10 hoursMax Altitude: 2379Total Elevation:positive: 400m, negative: 500mTotal ride distance: 35 km Obstacles: Challenging uphill to GergetiRoad: GravelVehicle support: YesDriving distance: 400kmRecommended Equipment to bring:HelmetSunglassesHeadwearSunscreen lotion (SPF at least 30)Long-sleeved shirtLong pantsRain suitDaypack
2-Day Private Tour to Mount Kazbegi from Tbilisi
Day 1: Tbilisi - Jvari temple - Ananuri fortress - Jinvali lake - Gudauri - Cross pass - StepantsmindaDeparture at 9:30 am from hotel of your stay in Tbilisi. Begin your tour from visiting Jvari Monastery(VI century), built on the top of the hill above Mtskheta. The monument is included into the UNESCO world heritage site list. After visiting Jvari Monastery drive further through Georgian Military road to Ananuri Fortress (14th—18th cent) situated at the bank of picturesque Jinvali lake. Get pleasure with great panoramic views. On the way to Stepantsminda visit Gudauri Ski resort which is located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Crosss Pass, at an elevation of 2,196 meters above sea level.Arrival to the village Stepantsminda (1.740 m) at the foot of mount Kazbegi (5.047 m)Here you can either hire a 4WD car and drive up to the Gergeti Trinity Church (2.170 m) or one can go for a walk and reach the church (it takes about 1-1,5 h for a walk). Gergeti Trinity church was built in the 14th century. From the church from one hand, you can explore summit of Mount Kazbegi and from other hand, one can found wonderful view on the river Tergi Gorge and surrounding area.Overnight in Stepantsminda in guest house.Day 2: Stepantsminda - Beautiful Waterfalls - Juta - Stepantsminda - Mtskheta - Tbilisi Visit Beautiful waterfalls near Kazbegi and continue your way towards village Juta ( on 4WD car), Which is one of the highest villages of Europe (2100 m).The main attraction in this area, except the above-mentioned village, is a mountain Range Chaukhi. On the way back to Tbilisi visit old capital of Georgia, Mtskheta. Monuments of the city are in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. In Mtskheta visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the 11th century,the main church of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Though the site itself is even older dating back to the early 4th century and is surrounded by a number of legends associated primarily with the early Christian traditions. At the end of the tour arrival back to Tbilisi and drop off at your hotel in Tbilisi.