If you have more than a few days in Georgia – get out of Tbilisi and explore the Caucasus Mountains. Stepantsminda's main attraction is the Trinity Church of Gergeti, a humble church of the 14th century perched high on a mountain peak. It is very important in the history of Georgia.
The author Vakhushti Batonishvili wrote in the 18th century that the precious relics of the church in Mtskheta (such as the cross of St. Nino) were brought here for safe keeping in times of danger. I can see why it's not easy to get to this church.
The church itself is not Georgia's most spectacular or architecturally stunning building, but it's the location that makes it special. It is perched 2200 m high on a mountain overlooking Stepantsminda's small village, surrounded on all sides by towering snowy peaks.
Gergeti Church is worth a visit mainly because of its amazing isolated location. Serious trekkers might not consider the hike from Stepantsminda (otherwise known as Kazbegi) to the 14th century Gergeti Trinity Church a real trek at all. The uphill walk takes the best part of two hours at an elevation of 2170m, but compared to hiking to Gergeti Glacier or Mount Kazbek, it is nothing. I'd classify it as an entry-level trek, exactly what we've been looking for. You don't need any special hiking boots or poles or gear (in sneakers I made the walk quite comfortably).
The only things you need to take with you are water, some snacks, sun protection gear, and a jumper if you’re trekking outside summer season. If driving up there is now a new road so no need for a 4x4 or taxi. Although we're wondering how long the road will last properly. There is a lot of debris on the road from unsecured overhang edgings, and a lengthy stretch where the road has dropped away already.
Shame it is that there is no business coffee vendor at the top
Maximum Temprature: 21 C
Clouds: scattered clouds
sunrise: 2019-07-16 01:37:17
sunset: 2019-07-16 16:37:22