Driving: 178 km, approx. 4 h 30 min.
a) Truso valley: 6.0 km, ↑ 214 m, ↓ 95 m
b) Gergeti Trinity: 5.0 km, ⇅ 377 m.
9:00 AM - drive to North, towards Kazbegi (aka Stepantsminda). Pass by Ananuri fortress, village Kobi and enter into beautiful Truso valley for “warm up” trek, reaching the ruins of Zakagori castle near border area. Stop by Abano bubbling lake and several travertines spread throughout the valley.
After the hike – drive to Kazbegi town, check in hotel and take a short hike to Gergeti Trinity Church (5 km roundtrip, 377 m elevation gain/drop).
Dinner and overnight at Kazbegi Guesthouse.