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Title: Stepantsminda  
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Subject: Mount Shani, Alexander Kazbegi, Tkibuli, Abastumani, Lagodekhi
Collection: Cities and Towns in Mtskheta-Mtianeti
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Stepantsminda (Khevi province. It is the center of the Kazbegi Municipality.


  • Etymology 1
  • Geography and climate 2
  • History 3
  • Things to do and sport activity 4
  • Landmarks 5
  • Border crossing point to Russia 6
  • How to get to Kazbegi 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Stepantsminda was named after a Georgian Military Road.

Geography and climate

The town is located along the banks of the Darial Gorge.


The Gergeti Trinity Church, the main cultural landmark of Stepantsminda.

According to tradition, Stepantsminda, literally "Saint Stephan", was named so after a Alexander Kazbegi, who was born in this town. In 2006, the town reverted to its original name of Stepantsiminda.

Things to do and sport activity

Stepantsminda along with Kuru and Shino glaciers
  • Horse-riding;
  • Paragliding with instructor;
  • Bike-riding;
  • Gergeti Sameba Church;
  • Nature mineral waters;
  • Mount Kazbek climbing;
  • Glaciers;
  • Water Falls;
  • Old Towers;
  • Trekking valleys;
  • Rafting;
  • Enduro Riding.
Paragliding in Kazbegi and Gudauri year round service.
Stepantsminda from MKinvartsveri (Kazbek) slope.


Stepantsiminda is known for its scenic location in the Greater Caucasus mountains, and is a center for trekkers and mountain climbing. Local attractions include the Kazbegi Museum and Ethnographic Museum in town, and the Gergeti Trinity Church outside of town, as well as Mount Kazbegi itself and the alpine meadows and forests of the surrounding Kazbegi Nature Reserve.

Gergeti Trinity Church
Gergeti Trinity Church

Border crossing point to Russia

Georgian part of the border crossing point.

There is Georgian part "Kazbegi" of border crossing point to Russian Federation "Kazbegi" - "Verchni Lars". The crossing was opened 01.03.2010. It works: winter period (01-NOV - 28-FEB) from 07 am till 07pm, summer period (01-MAR - 31-OCT) from 06 am till 10pm. The customs is multilateral, for all citizens of the World. The crossborder road is in mountain tunnel, so it is impossible to cross the border on foot. No information about possibility to cross the border by cycle.

How to get to Kazbegi

From 8am to 6pm every hour local shuttle start from Didube Station in Tbilisi (Didube underground) and every hour from main square in Stepantsminda near cafe "Shorena". They don't have special number, but have posters at front side like "Kazbegi" or "ყაზბეგი". You can order personal private and group transfer with online booking and payment in Kazbegi-Transfer Company.


  • "Kazbegi." Georgian Soviet Encyclopedia. Vol. 10, Tbilisi, 1984, pp. 617
  • Rosen, Roger. Georgia: A Sovereign Country of the Caucasus. Odyssey Publications: Hong Kong, 1999. ISBN 962-217-748-4

External links

  • Kazbegi Municipality. Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Administration website.
  • Paragliding centre in Kazbegi.
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