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Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) is a city in the north of Georgia.

Understand

The town of Kazbegi (officialy named Stepantsminda, but better known under the old name of Kazbegi) is a mountain city on the Georgian Military Highway. The town is 10km south of the border with Russia, which is currently closed.

Get in

Mashrutkas leave the Didube busstation of Tbilisi several times per day, fare: 10 GEL.

Get around

The town is easily covered by foot.

See

  • Gergeti Trinity Church, towering over the city at a height of 2170m.
  • Alexander Kazbegi museum.

Do

  • 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).
  • Climb mount Kazbeg (5033m) with a guide.

Buy

Eat

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).

Drink

Sleep

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

  • Hotel Stepantsminda on the main square.

Contact

Get out

  • Rent a mountain-bike and cycle towards the castle by the Russian border, and visit the small valleys south of the town.



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