Tbilisi

Stepantsminda (Kazbegi)

more than a year ago
The Georgian Military Highway connects Tbilisi with Vladykavkaz in the Russian Federation, traversing the main Caucasus range. It follows the traditional route used by invaders and traders throughout the ages. This is considered one of the most beautiful roads in Georgia (though the competition for that title is very hot). The views are simply breathtaking. Around 60km from Tbilisi, lies Ananuri, an enchanting fortress complex that sits above a huge reservoir. The road also passes Gudauri, the biggest ski resort in Georgia, before continuing north, reaching its highest point (2379 m), at Jvari Pass. Stepantsminda, formerly known as Kazbeg, is the regional centre. From here you can hike for around 3 hours to reach the awe inspiring and much photographed Gergeti Trinity Church (2170m). The views from here of Mount Kazbeg (5033m) are wonderful. To get to Stepansmida take a Marshrutka from Didube (10 Lari). A one way drive, depending on weather conditions, lasts around 3.5 to 4 hours.

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