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Why Stepantsminda?

Here you can
Climb to the top of Kazbek, second in height only to Elbrus. From Stepantsminda, the route to the summit goes through the Gergeti glacier (in the southeast of the mountain) and the old weather station.
Go on a trip along the Georgian Military Highway. It goes from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi through the administrative region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti, which includes Stepantsminda. Despite the name, this is a completely safe route with fantastic landscapes of the Caucasus Mountains.
Visit the Church of the Holy Trinity, located directly above Stepantsminda at an altitude of 2170 meters in the village of Gergeti. This is a cross-domed church built in the 14th century. He was described in his works by the great Russian poets Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov.
Learn the history of Stepantsminda at the Museum of Local Lore. It is located in a house owned by the writer Alexander Kazbegi. Now, in addition to the main local history exposition, here you can see a permanent exhibition dedicated to this author.
Visit the church of St. Nicholas, which stands out for its carvings on the stone facade and the cemetery, where the tombstones of Russian officers of the 19th century are located.
Feel the power of one of the largest waterfalls in Georgia – Gveleti. It consists of two turbulent streams falling from a height of 25 meters. Spray from it scatter to a distance of 15 meters, so it is very easy to get wet here.
Improve your health with the help of mineral water in the village of Pansheti, which is 2 km from Stepantsminda. There are also three ancient towers, of varying degrees of preservation.


The easiest way to get to Stepantsminda is from Tbilisi. The nearest way to get from the airport of the Georgian capital is many international flights, so the main flow of tourists comes to the resort from Tbilisi. Travel restrictions apply for this region Before departure, you must provide a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19


At mountain resorts, the main entertainments are outdoor activities and extreme sports. Kazbegi has all the conditions for outdoor activities, and lovers of extreme tourism will rejoice and enjoy to their heart's content. Climbing and hiking routes to Mount Kazbek. Horse rides. Bicycle rides. Routes on ATVs (four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle). Rafting. Paragliding.


Stepantsminda has a good choice of housing - from the private sector with its simple village houses to luxury hotels. Here is one of the best hotels in Georgia - Rooms Hotel Kazbegi. We analyzed hotels in Mtskheta and tried to choose the most optimal hotels in terms of price-quality ratio according to various criteria here


Mount Kazbek / Mkinvartsveri
Gergeti Glacier
St. Elias the Prophet Church
Gveleti waterfall



Most restaurants and cafes are located on the square or in its vicinity. There are two restaurants there - "Khevi" and "Stepantsminda", which are famous for their beautiful interiors and good cuisine. In addition, there are many khinkal and other eateries with simple Georgian peasant food, they cook delicious food everywhere, almost every establishment has its own homemade wine, which is quite good.


Shuttle taxis depart from Stepantsminda to Tbilisi. Travel time is 3 hours. Local residents offer tourists transportation services to attractions in the mountains. It is better to withdraw cash in advance, as ATMs are installed only in the center of the resort.


Cheese. The best varieties for transportation are Imeretinsky and Suluguni. Natural and tasty dairy products are used to make khachapuri and as an independent treat. Sauce. Tourists buy spicy adjika with herbs, satsebeli with nuts and plum tkemali. Clay dishes. Pots and jugs made of natural raw materials keep the temperature of a dish or drink for a long time and do not affect the taste of the products. The ketsi pan is suitable for open fires and stoves. Papakha. An element of the national dress of Georgia is a great gift for men. A white or black headdress is made from sheepskin.