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Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains 8-day Guided Walking Tour
Trekking in Stepantsminda, commonly known as Kazbegi – located in the middle of glorious & breathtaking beauty of the Caucasus, at the bottom of Mount Kazbegi (5 047m). It's a base for some wonderful walking, hiking and trekking. Craggy peaks huddle around the horizon, topped with a dusting of snow this region remains absolutely stunning and it's still very easy to escape the crowds and explore the surrounding mountains and valleys in peace.
Reccomended: Daily backpack / Hiking pants / Waterproof jacket / Mountain shoes Hiking poles / Hats / Sun protection cream / Sunglasses
It is not allowed to enter the churches with shorts.
Women must wear a headscarf / veil in Orthodox churches.
Climate for Kazbegi
The climate in Kazbegi is moderately humid with relatively dry and cold winters and long, cool summers. The annual average temperature is 4.9 degrees. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of -5.2 degrees, while July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 14.4 degrees. The maximum temperature is 32 degrees.
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Departure for Georgia
Arrive in Tbilisi. Pick up from the Airport. Transfer to the hotel and overnight in Tbilisi.
After breakfast we will start the excursion from the medieval Metekhi church (XIII century). We will walk through the center discovering its narrow streets and we will see the buildings with wooden balconies, typical of the city that give it a different personality. We will visit Sioni Cathedral (13th century), Anchiskhati Basilica (6th century), Narikala Fortress and the Sulfur Baths district. Visit the National Museum of Georgia with its most important room of gold works dating from the 3rd millennium BC. Walk to the main avenue of Rustaveli. Hotel accommodation in Tbilisi
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) 190km
After breakfast departure to Mtskheta, the former capital of the kingdom of Georgia and a UNESCO heritage city museum. Visit of the 6th century Jvari (cross) church that served as a model for many other churches. Visit of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - the holiest cathedral in Georgia. It is said that the tunic of Christ was buried right here. We will continue towards Stepantsminda. We will have a stop to enjoy panoramic views from the Jinvali reservoir and visit the Ananuri fortress complex (17th century) that houses defensive towers and Orthodox churches - the seat of the Eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty who ruled the area since the 13th century. In the afternoon we will arrive at Stepantsminda. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse in Stepantsminda.
Stepantsminda - Juta – Paso de Chaukhi - Juta - Stepantsminda (50 km) Walking time 9 hours medium level
After breakfast we will drive through the beautiful Sno Valley from Juta town. We will travel by 4x4 for about 20 minutes on the unpaved road. We will arrive at Juta - a village at an altitude of 2,150 meters. The village is the starting point of one of the most beautiful routes in the area, which reaches up to 2550 meters on the foot of Mount Chaukhebi (3842m). Some have christened this landscape the Caucasus Dolomites. The Chaukhebi is famous among climbers around the world for its vertical walls. In the middle of the way we will find the Chaukhi lake. The end point of our route is the Chaukhi pass, from where we will enjoy the wonderful landscapes, rest and have a picnic lunch. Then we will return with the same route to the Juta town. We will take 4x4 cars and return to Stepantsminda. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse in Stepantsminda.
Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) – Gergeti Trinity Church – Sabertse Pass – Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) 9hrs | +830m -830m
After breakfast we will travel by private vehicle for about 20 minutes to the Gergeti monastery. We will visit the Gergeti Monastery - the Church of the Holy Trinity (14th century) which is located in Kazbegi at 2170 m.a.s.l. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia. After the visit we will begin to climb towards Mount Kazbegi and enjoy the impressive views, surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Greater Caucasus. We will reach the Sabertse pass (3000m) from where we will perfectly see the Gergeti glacier and the Kazbegi peak. Picnic along the way. Return to Stepantsminda. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse in Stepantsminda.
Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) – Truso Valley – Gudauri 40km - 6hrs | +370m - 370m
After breakfast we will go by private vehicle to the Kvemo Okrokana village. From here we will start walking towards the Truso Gorge, the spectacular area well known for its mineral springs, white / yellow travertines, mineral lake with bubbles, towers from the Middle Ages. It is a round trip that goes up the course of the Tergi river. The route is relatively easy, with little unevenness. We can find a border patrol, so we will carry a passport. Picnic along the way. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Gudauri.
Gudauri – Khada Gorge – Tbilisi 120km - 6hrs | +100m -1300m
Breakfast at the hotel. Then we will start a pleasant walk in the beautiful valley of Khada, along the green meadows, among flocks of sheep and small mountain villages. Khada was the historical area of the Mtiuleti region, with 60 watchtowers that defended the road between the North and South Caucasus. Picnic along the way. In the afternoon we will arrive in Tbilisi. Hotel accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Departure Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport and departure
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