Traveling to Kazbegi Georgia and wondering what to do? Grab this epic Kazbegi travel guide with the 5 best things to do in Kazbegi even if you're a non-hiker. You don't have to be a hiker to enjoy the natural beauty of Kazbegi, Georgia.

Best Things To Do In Kazbegi Georgia – A Non-Hiker’s Guide

Last Updated on July 10, 2024 by Soumya

Kazbegi in Georgia is renowned as a hiker’s paradise. But what about non-hikers or half-hikers like us who still want to visit this beautiful Georgian territory? Is there anything worthwhile in Kazbegi for us?

I am happy to report that there are many exciting things to do in Kazbegi, Georgia, even if you’re not an avid hiker.

Kazbegi is full of cultural and natural attractions, most of which can be reached without hiking/hiking the whole way.

Taxis and 4x4s are easy and cheap to hire for trips to far-flung but stunning regions like the Truso Valley and Juta.

There are several hiking guides for Kazbegi on the internet. I am sure we don’t need more of them.

What I have here, instead, is the most comprehensive Non-Hiker’s Travel Guide to Kazbegi, Georgia. Keep reading if you’re not an enthusiastic hiker but still want to see this beautiful place in Georgia.

A small church in Truso Valley
The beauty of Kazbegi, Georgia is unparalleled.

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Best Things to Do in Kazbegi, Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti Trinity Church in Kazbegi, Georgia
The beautiful Gergeti Trinity Church is one of the best places to visit in Kazbegi.

Gergeti Trinity Church, one of the most beautiful churches in Georgia, is a must-visit attraction in Kazbegi due to its stunning location and historical significance.

Perched on a small hill by Mount Kazbek at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,170 meters), the church offers breathtaking views of the Caucasian mountains and valleys below.

Built in the 14th century, Gergeti Trinity Church is a remarkable example of medieval church architecture in Georgia. For centuries, it served as a symbol of Georgian resistance against the Mongols and a secure hiding place for Georgian religious relics during Persian and Ottoman invasions.

The church’s remote setting, dramatic and picturesque surroundings, and remarkable history make Gergeti Trinity Church symbolic of Georgia today. It is one of Georgia’s most photographed locations.

Gergeti Trinity Church is less than 4 miles (6 km) from the charming town of Stepantsminda, making it a popular hiking destination. The uphill hike takes around 40 minutes and is not very difficult. If you’re looking for an easy hike in Kazbegi, you can hike from Stepantsminda to Gergeti.

Author in the green meadows of Kazbegi
I could not help but spend hours admiring the wildflowers that covered the hills and meadows of Kazbegi.

You can also take a taxi or a 4×4 to get to Gergeti Trinity Church from Stepantsminda. The roads are pretty good, and a regular car should be fine. However, if you plan to combine more offbeat locations like the Truso Valley with Gergeti, then a 4×4 is excellent.

We visited Gergeti Church and Truso Valley on a 4×4 with a local driver and paid 300 GEL. We asked our Go Trip driver to arrange a driver for us. Drivers are available at the Kazbegi Bus Stop (Google Maps) in Stepantsminda.

A company called Mountain Freaks runs shuttle buses to Gergeti Church. You can also hire cars from Mountain Freaks for individual transfers – find their rates here.

Attention equestrians – you can also ride a horse to the church and experience the horseriding culture of the Caucasus.

Pro Tip: Short on time? Experience the beauty of Gergeti Trinity Church on this Kazbegi Full-Day Tour from Tbilisi.


Charming village of Stepantsminda
Sleepy, little village of Stepantsminda is a great place to spend the night when visiting Kazbegi in Georgia.

Stepantsminda, earlier known as Kazbegi, is a charming Georgian mountain town and the center of the Kazbegi municipality. Because of its location, it is the best starting point for hikes and day trips to the Gergeti Church, Truso Valley, Juta, and other beautiful destinations in Kazbegi.

It is a quaint town filled with narrow streets and local restaurants dishing out delicious Georgian food.

Stepantsminda is also home to comfortable guest houses and picturesque cottages where you can spend the night(s) before embarking on a Caucasian adventure.

The town is also home to the Stepantsminda History Museum, the family memorial complex of Alexander Kazbegi, a famous Georgian writer. Unfortunately, the museum is temporarily closed.

Giant Stone Heads of Sno

Giant Stone Heads of Sno near Kazbegi, Georgia
Don’t miss the Giant Stone Heads of Sno, only 10 minutes away from Kazbegi.

Visiting the Giant Stone Heads of Sno is a unique thing to do in Kazbegi, Georgia.

About a dozen giant stone heads are spread over a large meadow, just 10-15 minutes from Stepantsminda.

The monumental sculptures, created by local sculptor Merab Piranishvili, depict significant figures from Georgian history and arts, such as Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli and writer Ilia Chavchavadze. The area is often called the Easter Island of Georgia.

After graduating from the Tbilisi Art Academy, Merab dreamed of creating something special to remember Georgia’s historical figures. He came up with the brilliant idea of Giant Stone Heads of Sno.

You’ll often find Merab sitting by a small cabin by the sculptures (picture above). He is a humble man who smiles sometimes to acknowledge your compliments. There’s a small box by the sculptures where you can contribute a small amount (5-10 GEL or more if you want to) to support his work. Otherwise, the stone heads are free to visit.

Truso Valley

Beautiful Truso Valley
The beauty of Truso Valley is incomparable.

Truso Valley is a must-visit destination for anyone journeying through Kazbegi due to its captivating natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

This picturesque valley is known for its stunning landscapes, including vibrant mineral springs, serene alpine meadows, and the enchanting Tergi River.

As you explore the valley, you’ll encounter ancient ruins, abandoned stone buildings, and traditional Georgian villages that give you a peek into the region’s history and way of life.

Zakagori Fortress at the end of the valley was once a vital defense point for the Kingdom of Alania, now the Republic of North Ossetia. Now, only ruins remain.

Truso Valley is an absolute paradise for hikers, offering a variety of trails, from easy walks to more challenging treks.

If you’re not much of a hiker like me, hire a 4×4 to get to the valley and do small walks and hikes once you get there. There will be several opportunities to get off the vehicle and admire the mountains, streams, and meadows.

Dariali Monastery Complex

Dariali Monastery Complex near Kazbegi Georgia
Dariali Monastery Complex near the Georgia-Russia border is a beautiful place to visit.

Yet another beautiful place to visit near Kazbegi is the Dariali Monastery Complex.

Situated at the entrance of the stunning Dariali Gorge, the complex provides a peaceful retreat with panoramic views of the surrounding Caucasus mountains. Standing here, you can see the Kazbegi-Lars checkpoint for crossing into Russia and numerous trucks lined up to make the journey.

The monastery itself is a beautiful piece of Georgian architecture. It was opened in 2011 and is dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Although it is a new church, its gray-rose facade gives it an ancient appearance.

Apart from a beautiful chapel and a library, the church also has a wine cellar open for tastings.

Dariali Gorge is known for its breathtaking scenery and beautiful natural formations. You’ll also find the stunning Gveleti waterfalls and lake nearby and the picturesque village of Tsdo.

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Traveling to Kazbegi Georgia and wondering what to do? Grab this epic Kazbegi travel guide with the 5 best things to do in Kazbegi even if you're a non-hiker. You don't have to be a hiker to enjoy the natural beauty of Kazbegi, Georgia.

Soumya is an acclaimed travel writer who has traveled to 30+ countries and lived in 8 while pursuing her passion for history and culture. Her writings have been published in BBC Travel, Architectural Digest, National Herald, and many more. She loves exploring world heritage sites and has a deep affinity for everything ancient, especially the lost civilizations of Mesoamerica!

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