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Holy Trinity Church in the mist

Kazbegi (Georgian: ყაზბეგი, q'ahz-beh-gee) a village in the north of Georgia, popular for the trekking opportunities in the visually spectacular surrounding mountains, its views of the mighty Mount Kazbeg, and for the beautiful view from the town of the Holy Trinity Church outlined against Mount Kazbeg itself.


The town of Kazbegi—officialy named Stepantsminda (სტეფანწმინდა: st'eh-pahn-ts'meen-dah), but better known under the old name of Kazbegi) is a mountain town on the Georgian Military Highway. The town is 10km south of the border with Russia, which is open again for some nationalities. On the western side of the river, the town is known as Gergeti (გერგეტი: gehr-geh-t'ee), but for all intents and purposes of a visitor, it is essentially one town.

Get in[edit]

Kazbegi map.png

Mashrutkas leave the Didube busstation of Tbilisi several times per day, fare: 15 GEL (as of July 2014). If you have a bunch of people in your party, you can almost always find a driver hanging around the marshrutkas who is going there anyway, and hitch a ride for a fare lower than the total your group would pay on the marshrutka.

You can order personal private and group transfer with online booking and payment in Kazbegi-Transfer Company.

To get to the Sno Valley take a jeep from Kazbegi. It's a long and pretty scary way but really worth it.

Get around[edit]

The town is easily covered on foot.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Gergeti Trinity Church (გერგეტის სამების ეკლესია: gehr-geh-t'ees sah-meh-bees ek'leh-see-ah), also known as Tsminda Samebis Church, towering over the city at a height of 2170m.
  • Alexander Kazbegi Museum. Entrance fee; 3 Lari. This museum houses personal items related to Alexander Kazbegi (dating to the beginning of the 20th century on the first floor and a collection of Georgian folk items and historical items in the ground floor.
  • Sno Valley: Juta town.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hike up to the Gergeti Trinity Church (1,5 hour of climbing, or take a jeep taxi up from the main square).
  • Hike further into the mountains via a path starting behind the ridge to the start of the Gergeti Glacier (at 3000m).
Summer flowers nearing the Gergeti Glacier
  • Climb mount Kazbeg (5033m) with a guide.
  • Hike in wonderful nearby Juta valley.
  • Paragliding with instructor, +995568114453, [1].  edit Every day from May to October.
  • Easy rafting in Snotskali river.
  • Experience kayaking in Tergi river.
  • 4 waterfalls, 2 in Arsha-Pansheti and 2 in Gveleti.
  • Visit nearby mineral water springs (drinking and/or bathing in the water is said to cure ailments).
  • Rent a mountain-bike (Mountain Travel Agency - +995 55 64 92 91) and cycle towards the castle by the Russian border, and visit the small valleys south of the town.
Paragliding in Kazbegi

Buy[edit][add listing]

ATM is located in house of Municipalitet of Kazbegi, 1st floor, left side. 2nd ATM you can find in Rooms Hotel.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are few restaurants in the town, it's easier and cheaper to get the food at your guesthouse. Hotel Stepantsminda has a restaurant and the hotel next door as well.

There are some small shops just of the main square, in the direction of the 'center' (big sign on the side of the square).

  • Cafe 5047m;
  • Cafe Shorena;
  • Cafe Khevi.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

View back over Kazbegi

Plenty of homestays, with older ladies swarming any arriving mashrutkas. Expect to pay 15 GEL/person/night for a bed, 30 GEL to include dinner and breakfast.

  • Hotel Stepantsminda on the main square.
  • Hotel Rooms Kazbegi and casino.
  • B&B Iago Arabuli in Juta ( nice homestay in remote Juta in Sno Valley, 40 GEL per person with delicious Georgian food, tel 593422951.) Great starting point for hiking tours.
  • Anano's Guesthouse: newly added top floor with several rooms, private and shared bathrooms. Less than 5mins walk from the main square. Family provides breakfast and dinner and they even pack some lunch for your day trips. 40 GEL per person. email: phone: +995 593 34 42 74.
  • Rhezo Guest House, Gergeti, +995599404090, [2]. The Rhezo guest house - very good location and exceptionally tasty food. Solo Kazbek climbers choice! 35 GEL.  edit
  • Kazbegi Mountain Hut, Gergeti Village, +995 99 180806 / + 995 99 497764, [3]. Accommodation for climbers; can arrange guides, horses, porters, etc.  edit
  • VANO's Guesthouse . Vano speaks several languages (English, Italian, Japanese and so on). He has a Jeep Mitsubishi Montero Sport (Red Color).

His guesthouse was opened from 1992. Has private rooms, running water hot and cold with bathrooms. His Mob:+995599420414 and Mob:+37257533256 . .

  • Sabauri guesthouse, Gergeti (Stepantsminda) (after the city center, pass the bridge and take left (100m walk)), +995555435745. Nice and comfortable place in center of Kazbegi. ideal for hikers and families. Option to dinner and breakfast with traditional Georgian food. +995555435745 speak several languages: English, Russian, Georgian.  edit
  • Nino Gigauri Guesthouse, +995 599 975691. Warm, clean, comfortable rooms with delicious home cooking and a lovely host. Free Wifi, computer, TV, warm showers. Call +995 599 975691 or +995 591 929712 or ask any taxi to take you to Nino's.  edit


Kazbeg looming over the church

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