Kazbegi, also known as Stepantsminda, is a small town north of Georgia and located 10km away from the Russian border. It’s located in a beautiful valley with the Kazbek Mountain as the highest peak in the country with 5,047 meters. Surrounded by an amazing natural landscape, I had the luck to visit and enjoy it in April 2014 😉
The town is quite small but with enough services for a pleasant vacation, their are a few stores, cafes, restaurants and a bank with an ATM if needed. I think it’s ideal for a three of four day trip to complete the different trekking tracks they have and also to taste their nice food, with a clear Russian influence. Mandatory to taste the red wine, very famous in the region and I can assure it’s a very good one!
How to get to Kazbegi: You can get to Kazbegi renting a car or by bus from the Tbilisi International Airport. After a few hours, many curves in the road and most likely bumping into a sheep flock, you enter the valley and start enjoying the beautiful landscape.
Where to stay in Kazbegi: There are several good looking hotels and guest houses in the town. I stayed in Vasili’s Guesthouse, run by a very kind and energetic grandpa that also offers guide and driving services.
How to move around Kazbegi: You will need a car to move around, rented from Tbilisi or just make an agreement with a local driver from the town, probably your hotel or guesthouse owner can help you with it.
What to do in Kazbegi: Practice trekking, paragliding, horse riding or skiing in winter.
Credit: photos by Joseba Umbelina