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    Hike to the Gergeti Trinity Church

    by HORSCHECK Written May 1, 2015

    Favorite thing: The main goal of my visit of Kazbegi was the hike to the Gergeti Trinity Church at an altitude of 2170 metres. So I got up relatively early to make the most of the sunny day.

    I started the hike at the main square and crossed the river Tergi to the district Gergeti. From there I followed the street upwards, which soon became a sort of field path. Actually it was not too difficult to find the right way, as more or less all paths lead to the church.

    The 6 km hike covers an altitude difference of approximately 470 metres. Parts of the way were quite steep and offer good photo opportunities. It took me just less than 2 hours to get to the church, but this included many photo stops.

    I was very surprised to realise that most people get driven there by 4 wheel cars. Of course this is a good business for the local people, but it spoils a bit of the atmosphere.

    Downwards I chose a slightly different route, as on the way up I had seen hikers taking other tracks.

    Hike to the Gergeti Trinity Church Hike to the Gergeti Trinity Church Hike to the Gergeti Trinity Church Hike to the Gergeti Trinity Church Panoramic view on the way
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    Main Square

    by HORSCHECK Written May 1, 2015

    Favorite thing: Kazbegi's main square is the heart of the town, where most of the life happens. It is the transportation hub for all minibuses and taxis. Many locals hang around here all day to either offer homestays or taxi services to nearby places like the Gergeti Trinity Church.

    On the northern side the Alexander Kazbegi Statue, an abandoned fountain and a war memorial with an obelisk can be found. Here also stands the only roadsign of the square; it points in the direction of Vladikavkaz in North Ossetia (Russia).

    Hotel Stepantsminda and Shorena's Hotel and Bar are located in the south-western corner of the square, while the Cafe 5047 overlooks the eastern side of the square.

    Main Square Main Square: Alexander Kazbegi Statue Main Square: Hotel Stepantsminda Main Square: Fountain Main Square: Street sign for Vladikavkaz
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    MOUNT KAZBEK

    by henri123 Written Apr 23, 2011

    Favorite thing: ONE OF THE HIGHEST SUMMIT IN THE CAUCASIAN RANGE (5033M)

    Fondest memory: CLIMBING ALL THE WAY TO THE GEORGIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH.

    LATE APRIL THERE WAS SOME SNOW, THE BLUE FLOWERS WERE ADDING INCREDIBLE COLOURS TO THE WHITE SNOW AND GREEN GRASS

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    Fantastic road adventure

    by josephescu Updated Dec 2, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The road to Kazbegi follows an ancient passage crossing the Great Caucasus and is a fantastic adventure in itself. The dirt track through the challenging mountain was only properly engineered as a road in the early 19th century, together with the Russian annexation of the Caucasus.

    Fondest memory: The scenery is spectacular, even before the road gets into the Caucasus themselves. The Jvari Pass allows breathtaking views, with adrenaline addicted marshrutka drivers who swerve at dangerous speeds to avoid perilous potholes or fallen rocks next to sheer drops into the abyss valleys below. From time to time, groups of cows block any advance and let you admire the scenery for a few moments.

    on the road from Kazbegi road in Jvari pass on the road from Kazbegi on the road to Kazbegi on the road to Kazbegi
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    Ananuri on the way to Kazbegi

    by josephescu Written Dec 1, 2006

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    Favorite thing: One of the most romantic fortified churches in whole Georgia, on the shores of a mountain lake, Ananuri is on the way to Kazbegi, a little more than 1 hour far from Tbilisi. However, marshrutkas for Kazbegi do not stop, so you can only get a glimpse of it and can decide to stop by on the way back.

    just a glimps to Ananuri
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