HISTORY

KAZBEGI 

 

Kazbegi district lies in the Caucasus mountains north of Tbilisi, beneath the famous Mount Kazbek (5033m). Due to its combination of easy accessibility and natural beauty.Kazbegi, is a small town  close to the Russian border. It is one of the must see destinations in Georgia, mostly due to amazing hiking routes and stunning nature.

Bold History that Fuels the Future

KAZBEGI National Park is located on the northern slopes of the mighty Caucasus range, and its protected area covers a total of over 8,700 hectares. At 5,047 metres above sea level, Kazbegi Mountain (or Mkinvartsveri) is the third highest mountain in Georgia, and is surrounded by myths and religious tradition. According to Greek mythology, as punishment for teaching mankind how to make fire, the Titan Prometheus was chained to a mountainside in the Caucasus for all eternity. According to Georgian stories, it was the icy slopes of Kazbegi to which he was chained. Prometheus (known as Amirani in Georgia) was supposedly imprisoned in a cave 4,000 meters high. The cave, now called Betlemi (Bethlehem), later served as a dwelling for orthodox monks, and is said to have contained many sacred relics, including Abraham’s tent and Christ’s manger. Hot springs and acidic and carbonated lakes surround the mountain, and earth tremors are fairly frequent. Covered with 135 square kilometres of glacier, Kazbegi is a great place for ice climbing and mountaineering. The Dariali Gorge is an impossibly steep cleft in the mountains connecting Russia and Georgia, running for 18km from Stepantsminda to the Russian border at Zemo Larsi (Upper Lars). For millennia, this mountain passage has been strategically crucial, and has been fortified since at least 150 BC. In places, the cliff faces are more than 1,000m high, and medieval watchtowers, waterfalls and wildlife make this one of the most incredible roads in the world. The steep valleys either side of the gorge are great places for bird watching. Eagles, hawks and the massive griffon vultures all nest among the rocky outcrops. The town of Stepantsminda (also called Kazbegi) itself is charming and a wonderful base camp for exploring the region further. There are many guesthouses where locals are happy to treat you like family, rustic and beautiful with views of the mountains, and often the picturesque Gergeti Trinity Church.

THINGS TO SEE

Gergeti Trinity

Gergeti Trinity – it is located 6 km far from Stepantsimda borough, dated with 16 th century. In order to visit the location you should travel by high vehicle car.

Truso Valley

Truso Valley is located on Northern Slopes of Caucasus Range, in Tergi River Valley. It is 25 Km from Truso Valley to Village Kobi, and 20 km from Stepantsminda to Kobi. There are presented historical-cultural monuments, travertine created by mineral water and covered areas of river. Around the Rindge, there are presented glaciers. Truso Valley is rich with mineral waters and springs. There are presented bot birch as well.

Dariali Valley

Dariali Valley is located in kazbegi Municipality, on the section of river Tergi. The territory is from River Chkheri inflow, passes through borough Stepantsminda and ends in Upper Larsi (11 Km). The military road passes through Dariali Valley.

Juta Village

Village Juta is the highest settlement point, 2 200 meters above sea level. It is located in Kazbegi Municipality. There are presented Chaukhi Mountains on the main rindge of Caucasus, 3 688 meters above sea level. It is 24 km from borough Stepantsminda and 8 km to village Sno. There is 16 km well-arranged road from Sno to Juta.

Best Hotels in Kazbegi

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

Set in the Caucasus Mountains and flanked by forests, this stylish hotel is 7 km from the hilltop Gergeti Trinity Church and a kilometer from the E117 road.

Hotel Stancia Kazbegi

Stancia Kazbegi has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Stepantsminda. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace …

Alpine Lounge Hotel & Restaurant

Located in Stepantsminda, Alpine Lounge Kazbegi provides a bar and terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant,

Hotel Porta Caucasia Kazbegi

Offering views of the Caucasus Mountains, this polished hotel alongside the E117 road is a minute’s walk from the banks of the Terek River and 7 km from Gergeti Trinity Church,

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