Kazbegi, Juta and Truso Gorge 2 day tour
We will start Kazbegi tour at 9.00am and drive to Kazbegi town, newly given name is Stephantsminda, but always hard to forget former toponyms.
During Kazbegi tour we will visit village where locals claim that they are the people who lives at highest altitude in Europe. Many reasons to visit this region: Highest peak of Caucasus on the Eastern side mount Kazbegi 5037m, Holy Trinity church at the altitude of 2200 and of course scenic Military road. Truso Gorge with mineral water rivers, lakes, old, abandoned villages, fortresses. Several waterfalls: Arsha, Gveleti waterfalls. And pearl of the region, amazing village Juta at the altitude 2240m and Rocky mountain Chaukhi with ice covered peaks, highest peak 3800m.
Of course we have to mention Truso gorge, mostly abandoned, best place for mountain hikers. There are many hot or cold mineral water sources in Georgia, but Truso gorge is the only gorge in Georgia with mineral mountains, mineral water lakes and there is even mineral water river. Hike will be easy up to the last abandoned village of Truso gorge as you just have to follow river gorge, there aren't difficult ascents, length of the route will be around 10km. We can do 2 day Kazbegi tour, which will include Truso gorge.
Very unique village, where people still preserve old way of life. You can enjoy scenic views of Chaukhi mountain. Walk through narrow trails of the village and see traditional barn houses, herds of horses, cows and bulls and taste natural products if you know the right family. Horse riding can be done from village Juta to the base of Chaukhi mountain. There are popular treks within village Juta. Most popular from Juta to Roshka via Abudelauri lakes. Trek has difficulty level high. Approx distance 18km to Roshka, elevation to be crossed 3000m. There is another route to Roshka via Sadzele which doesn't pass famous Abudelauri lakes, but it's' not not as difficult.
Because of these reasons Kazbegi definitely deserves to be on list of most visited sites of Georgia. There are already several hostels and hotels in village Juta. First one at the entrance most expensive, but I can't advise to anyone because of low level service. Fifth Season has good location above the village on the way to Chaukhi mountain, it's more for young travelers with noisy bar, can't recommend to those who wants to have a rest. And it's expensive. Zeta camp has nice location as well and dedicated area for tents. You can rent a tent here if you don't have one. I advise to stay overnight in the village and stay at local family. Arabuli Noshre's family is the best, nice food, attentive hosts and all the basic comfort.