We left warm Tbilisi to explore the region around Mount Kazbek. We hopped on a Marshrutka and drove along winding roads along the river Mtiuleti’s Aragvi Tetri Aragvi to get to Kazbegi. When we arrived and stepped out of the Marshrutka little snowflakes were dancing in the sky and the air was wonderful fresh. Kazbegi is a small mountain village close to the border of Russia.
After eating dinner (sometimes in the dark due to a blackout) and buying some snacks at the local Market Google, we walked back to our homestay on a cobblestone street – no lights were on and I could barely see my hands in front of my eyes.
It is amazing how mountains can make you addictive. Our plan was to hike to the foot of Gergeti glacier at an elevation of 3.200 meters, but there was still too much snow, so we hiked until we could not get any further with our not prepared equipment for those kind of weather condition. When we started our hike it was hard to stop because the surrounding mountains are so amazing, the air is clear and fresh and you want to go on forever to see what might be behind the next hill. Fantastic!