A One Day Trip To Kazbegi, Georgia

A One Day Trip To Kazbegi, Georgia

APRIL 14, 2021

BY JODI ETTENBERG

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KAZBEGI

The trip would feed us with the thrill, and adventure we were looking for.

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The trip would feed us with the thrill, and adventure we were looking for.

KAZBEGI

The trip would feed us with the thrill, and adventure we were looking for.

1 | HOW TO REACH KAZBEGI ?

This pleasure-to-eyes and a little bit forested municipality in Stepantsminda has a moderate difficulty to reach. You can be anywhere in Georgia, for that matter. Be it, Rustavi, Batumi, Kutaisi, or Singhnaghi, you will be having a cross over the station or stop at Tbilisi, the country capital.

I was lucky too in that matter because I had been staying in Tbilisi only for my travel trip.

To begin with, reach Tbilisi Didube bus station at your leisure. Make Tbilisi the only stop before reaching Kazbegi. It will be easier for the road trip ahead. It merely takes 2-3 hours maximum for you to reach the destination.

However, to plan an entire day out there in Kazbegi, you must reach there early afternoon. For that, you need to leave Tbilisi early in the morning. The time could be like… 6-8 AM.

The commute available from Tbilisi is as follows:

Marshrutka: These are the shared minibuses you will get at the Didube Bus Station quickly. There’s even a dedicated booth station for purchasing the tickets to travel through these mini buses. The tickets for your trip to Kazbegi are available under the booth with a yellow sign that says, “Stefancminda-Kazbegy.” 

You can get Marshrutka buses almost every hour at 10 GEL, which rounds about 4-5 USD. You can ask the drivers about the road trip and the stops made in between. When I was travelling to Kazbegi, they stopped once in between for snacks and toilet or washroom visits. 

Marshrutka, at a time, can carry 10-20 passengers. Often, drivers tend to bend their limits and offer seats to more than 20. So, choose this commute according to your comfort. 

Taxi: Choose a minivan when you are in no hurry to reach Kazbegi. A minivan has a sitting capacity of 6-8 people at once. It’s less crowded or suffocated. The minivan can stop in the middle for multiple stops as per your and other traveller’s leisure. The overall cost of some travellers we know paid for their trip to Kazbegi was 20 GEL per person. That’s about 7 USD, which is a pretty economical rate for a 2-3 hours’ drive. Some drivers of the minivan have their dedicated stops in the middle of the journey for sightseeing. 

The popular stops are Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument and Ananuri Fortress, with 20 minutes allotted to each destination for exploring the beauty, clicking pictures, shooting videos, and whatnot.

Where Should You Stay Upon Reaching Kazbegi, Stepantsminda? 

For a short one-day trip, you can enjoy camping around Camp Kuro, as I did. The vibe was pretty natural, and the environment is soothing for summers. However, if you are visiting the place in winters, you can always go to private cabins.

 Such cabins around the Stepantsminda city centre overlook Mount Kazbek or Gergeti Trinity Church. Therefore, the views are always breath-taking. You can click amazing pictures and create unforgettable memories in the late evening or night with your partner or friends.

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Where Should You Stay Upon Reaching Kazbegi, Stepantsminda?

2 |  Where Should You Stay Upon Reaching Kazbegi, Stepantsminda?

For a short one-day trip, you can enjoy camping around Camp Kuro, as I did. The vibe was pretty natural, and the environment is soothing for summers. However, if you are visiting the place in winters, you can always go to private cabins.

Such cabins around the Stepantsminda city centre overlook Mount Kazbek or Gergeti Trinity Church. Therefore, the views are always breath-taking. You can click amazing pictures and create unforgettable memories in the late evening or night with your partner or friends.

However, to stay close to the amenities, explore already given plenty of options. From cafés, homestays, guest houses, or smaller inns, you can find anything of those locations to stay in, at the Stepantsminda city centre. 

Guesthouses like Kazbegi Guest House, Veranda Guest House, or Red Stone are quite famous amongst the travellers. You can read their reviews online for making a better decision as far as the accommodation goes by.

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What’s There To Eat In Kazbegi That You Would Never Forget?

3 | What’s There To Eat In Kazbegi That You Would Never Forget?

On the bank of the Terek River, there’s an endless stream of café and local Dhabhas. When I was travelling with my relatives, I had delicious Indian and Pakistani cuisine at the local and remotely located Pakistani Dhabha. 

Many restaurants there offer Georgian food with the local Georgian music that plays in the background. 

Though, I recommend that you sit at the corner or around the window seat, with such an ambiance combined with the local food items like Qondriani, Mtsvadi, and Khinkali. The total experience of such an amazing lunch date with your friends is unexplainable in mere words. 

Otherwise, the restaurants there are offering North Indian food with good quality and quantity. You won’t have any trouble to find Naan, Roti, Mix Veg, Paneer, and more, wanting to hog onto such authentic food items bringing you closer to home. 

To break the norm, try eating breakfast or lunch at the hotel or resort you stay. They can offer you a complete buffer under 15 USD, which is quite the medium price. However, the experience will leave you to lick your finger for the good taste that doesn’t want to go away anytime soon. 

Consider items like thick cream cheese, baked pastries, crusty baguettes, and crispy bacon to be the best ones to have for an authentic Georgian breakfast at Kazbegi, Stepantsminda.

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The Amazing Experience Of Gergeti Trinity Church And Its History

4 | The Amazing Experience Of Gergeti Trinity  Church And Its History

Kazbegi, even after being a tiny and remotely located municipality, is one of the famous towns to discover when you go to Stepantsminda. That’s because of the golden history of the 14th century built, Gergeti Trinity Church. 

his church is at the top peak of the Caucasus mountain. However, the locals around the country pay a lot of respect for this church. This respect and history are widely known around the world, especially amongst keen travellers.

The author, Vakhushti Batonishvili, in the 18th century, wrote in one of the books that people used to bring precious relics from different churches of the country here for the utter safekeeping. As this church is not easily trodden or reached, it made the task to keep the important historical relics in this church a better choice, if not mandatory. 

The entire architecture of this church is nothing extraordinary. But the experience of coming closer to the historically important place for Georgians is what draws you closer to the 220m high church on the mountain, overlooking Stepantsminda with pride. 

When you reach the hilltop, the view is flabbergasting. You won’t want to go down any sooner if the weather is in a better condition on that altitude. The panoramic views simply tie and staple you to that location. 

You can reach this mountain peak and visit the gregariously beautiful Gergeti Trinity Church through: 

Taxi: the drivers take up to 28-30 USD for a one-way trip that is about 20-30 minutes to reach the mountain. These drivers wait for the traveller up on the hill for 30 minutes and then leave without informing. However, if you can bargain, you can bring the price down to 20 USD for a one-way trip. 

Hike: Are you in a mood to join some thrilling experience while you stay at Kazbegi? Then, don’t worry. This is your sole chance. Make it last and involve your travel buddies if they want to be on a trek to the mountain top and pay their due respect at the church. 

The hike, in total, takes about 2-3 hours, depending upon your speed and halts in between. Though, this trekking trail has only entry-level difficulty. 

We trekked our way down after visiting the church in the afternoon. So, it took my relatives and me about 2 hours to walk down the visible trail. 

To find the Gergeti Trinity Church trail, visit the Café Gergeti, near the Red Stone guest house. There you will find the perfect location that goes onto the hilltop for your trek trail ahead. 

Keep water bottles, wear comfy shoes, and check the weather before deciding to go for trekking unnecessarily. Also, do not take any kids along with you. Checking up on the kids can make the trek hard as they are jumpy and very curious whenever they find a new location. 

When you visit the church, make sure that you wear the mask over your head and the aprons around your waist. You will get those items from the church itself. 

However, if you are already wearing a mid or long skirt, there’s no need to wear the apron over it. Make sure that you are wearing decent clothes—not too revealing—as this is a holy place for the Georgians that they respect, adding the given history.

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WHAT ARE THE OTHER THINGS TO SEE OR DO HERE AT KAZBEGI?

5 |  What Are the Other Things To See Or  Do Here At Kazbegi?

Kazbegi is the municipality that will give you experiences; even the most uptown cities fail to do so. Here, you find peace, serenity, memories, and a chance to rediscover yourself and the untold and undiscovered history of the Georgian roots to the level it is today. 

Zhinvali Water Reservoir: It is a dam from 1986. It corresponds to the beautiful lake. When you visit it, know that there’s another sort of charm to that scenery before you. 

Ananuri Castle: This is another historical castle or monument that you can find on your way from Tbilisi to Kazbegi. It belongs to the 18th-century era. It’s definitely and surely one of the most beautiful churches you can find and stop by in Georgia to make your trip a one-day Kazbegi trip worthwhile.

The Soviet-Georgian Friendship Memorial: Are you interested to know about the snippets of Georgian history? Do you want to know what episodes happened here in the north-eastern Georgian region? Then do not forget to visit this memorial. It was built in 1980 and is semicircular in shape. 

It is covered in visuals and murals that depict the different scenic stories of residents, politics, traditions, or mythologies. 

Darial Gorge: You will see this mountain pass between the Caucasus Mountain’s two crossings. The other pass is famously known as Derbent Pass. 

Visit this location to check out the fortified structure that was built in 150 BC! Yes, you read it right, my friend, it’s that old and still has its beauty up to the mark, even in the remaining ruins. 

Kayaking at Terek River: Talk to the water sports’ guides, available at the guest houses or the cafés near the Terek River. They will guide you about the charges, risks, and precautions to take while Kayaking. The entire Kayaking round at the Terek River isn’t that long. It will only be an hour at max. 

Paragliding: I enjoyadrenaline. But my trip was cut short because we had to leave early the next day. So, I spent most of the day visiting the historical places, waterfalls, trekking down the mountain, and then camping later on. However, if you get time to extend your trip, you must try paragliding in Kazbegi. 

The paragliding through the subtle and serene mountain ranges of the Caucasus Mountains will give you the panoramic view of the entire Kazbegi municipality. You can watch the brick houses, winding roads, small peaks, waterfalls, and everything else while flying high above the ground.

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History of Kazbegi

6 | History of Kazbegi

Mount Kazbegi is pretty famous because of the Amirani folklore, the ancient Georgian mix of Prometheus. He was chained to this mountain as a punishment for stealing the fire from the Gods and giving the same to the mortals, or humans. 

location where he was imprisoned on Mount Kazbegi later became the Orthodox Hermitage site for scholars in the Betlemi cave. There are stories that regale the fact that this cave was then the house of important historical relics, which also included Abraham’s tent. 

This Abraham, which I am mentioning here, is none other than baby Jesus’s manger. After 1868, its first climb in today’s humankind, this peak has been climbed several times. 

A female Russian alpinist, Maria Preobrazhenskaya, already climbed this mount nine times in a row in 1900. Yeah, we can call it an obsession from her part. Still, it is a fascinating historical factor that draws every reader’s interest to discover the scenic nitty-gritty of this peak and municipality whenever one is around Tbilisi.

My Take:

Mount Kazbegi is something that you do not want to miss. 

Get down to here by the minibuses I talked about earlier and stop in the middle to check out the beauty in the ruins, monuments, churches, waterfalls, and the overall winding roads. 

I bet you won’t find such a breath taking view, historical trail, and yet the humble nature of the locals anywhere else while visiting anywhere near Kazbegi, Stepantsminda.

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