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Stepantsminda

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Stepantsminda

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Stepantsminda, სტეფანწმინდა (formerly Kazbegi, ყაზბეგი) is a village in the north of Georgia, popular for the trekking opportunities in the visually spectacular surrounding mountains, its views of the mighty Mount Kazbek, and for the beautiful view from the town of the Holy Trinity Church outlined against Mount Kazbek itself.

Understand[edit]

The town of Stepantsminda 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]

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Mashrutkas (routed taxis) leave the Didube busstation of Tbilisi several times per day, fare: 15 GEL (as of January 2015). Last public marshrutka to Tbilisi is at 17.30 p.m. 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. If you have big backpacks prepare to pay an extra.

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

Get around[edit]

The town is easily covered on foot.

See[edit][add listing]

Holy Trinity Church in the mist
  • 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. To get to the Sno Valley take a jeep from Stepantsminda. It's a long and pretty scary way but really worth it.

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 for 40 GEL as for December 2014).
  • 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
  • Climbing Mount Kazbek (5033m).
  • Hike in wonderful nearby Juta valley.
  • Paragliding with instructor, +995568114453, [1]. Every day from May to October.  edit
  • 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]

  • An ATM is located in house of Municipalitet of Stepantsminda on the 1st floor, left side. A 2nd ATM can be found in Rooms Hotel.
  • You can find various money exchange bureaus around the city centre, working at a reasonable exchange rate.
  • There are multiple small shops in the village where you can buy basic food.

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.

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

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are several shops and houses where you can find both bottled and housemade wine and chacha, a local spirit made from grapes. Most of guesthouses are having homemade wine and chacha and can sell it for their guests on a resonable price.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

View back over Kazbegi

Plenty of homestays, with older ladies swarming any arriving mashrutkas. Expect to pay around 15-20 GEL/person/night for a bed, and 30 GEL to include breakfast.

  • Hotel Stepantsminda on the main square.
  • Hotel Rooms Kazbegi and casino.
  • B&B Iago Arabuli, +995593422951. Nice homestay in remote Juta in Sno Valley. Breakfast included in the price. Great starting point for hiking tours. 40 GEL.  edit
  • Anano's Guesthouse, +995 593 34 42 74 (). 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.  edit
  • 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, +995 99 180806 / + 995 99 497764, [3]. Accommodation for climbers; can arrange guides, horses, porters, etc.  edit
  • VANO's Guesthouse, +995599420414 / (). 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.  edit
  • Sabauri guesthouse, Gergeti (Stepantsminda) (after the city center, pass the bridge and take left (100m walk)), +995555435745. Nice and comfortable place in center of Stepantsminda. 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.  edit
  • Guest House Vasili, (100m from the city centre on the right side, driving uphill on the main road), +995 599 9187 87. Avoid this place. Vasili is very nice at first sight, but he can be very aggressive. He likes to change the overnight fee late in the evening after you moved in, and after you can't go anywhere else. If you don't pay the extra (often the double) he switches off the hot water, or just make you leave.  edit
Mount Kazbek looming over the church



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