Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing in Kazbegi

In winter, snowshoeing is an excellent means of traveling from village to another and to live, inhale, and enjoy the snowy exoticism of Georgia’s mountains. This activity is particularly popular among older people who are not in the condition to ski, as well as photographers in search of the perfect locations for a shot of a lifetime. A snowshoe is oval-shaped and to be worn over normal shoes in order to facilitate movement in untracked snow. Snowshoes are frequently used by winter tourists, and at winter resorts.

What Does Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) Have to Offer?

Stepantsminda municipality is located at the foot of Mkinvartsveri, in the Tergi River Valley, at an altitude of 1,750 meters above sea level, 157 km from Tbilisi. Stepantsminda has a well-developed tourist infrastructure, offering premium as well as family hotels, all providing high-quality service to guests. 

If taking a snowshoeing tour, Gergeti Trinity Church, Gveleti Waterfall, the village of Sno, and Sno Gorge are all must-see destinations. 

Gergeti Trinity Church

Located 2,200 meters above sea level, Gergeti Trinity Church is an architectural monument of the 14th century. In the past, it was considered the most significant shrine of the whole community. Even today, it continues to dazzle visitors from all around the world with its magnificence. 

The cathedral has the status of an immovable monument of culture of national significance, offering breathtaking views over Kazbegi. From Stepantsminda it is possible to drive to the village of Gergeti.

Gveleti Waterfall

Gveleti Waterfall is one of the most mesmerizing waterfalls in Georgia, located in the village of Gveleti, 1,560 meters above sea level. From Stepantsminda, it is around a 10-minute drive to Gveleti, from which a castle from the feudal era can be seen. From there, a 1-km-long path takes you to the waterfall. Once you get there, unspeakably gorgeous views of the waterfall as well as over Kavkasioni await you!

The Village of Sno 

The village of Sno is located in the valley of Snostskali River, at an altitude of 1,760 meters above sea level, 8 km from Stepantsminda. The village is rich in historical monuments, while it should also be mentioned that the spiritual leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II is originally from this village. 

Snowshoeing in the snow-kissed village of Sno and immersing oneself in the serene and still winter wonderland promises an unforgettable experience to anyone. 

Things to Consider

Winter activities, especially in the mountainous parts of Georgia, require the assistance of a local certified guide. This is especially important if you plan to snowshoe over a mountain pass. 

If you wish to plan a snowshoeing tour, snowshoes can be rented in the center of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). 

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