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View of nice mountain village - Juta- best place near Stepantsminda. From village you walk about 45 minutes to get to the bottom of Chaukhi mountains in Kazbegi National Park.

Kazbegi National Park is located on the northern slopes of Main Caucasus range, in the basin of the Tergi River in the Kazbegi district (gorge); with a total area of 9 030 hectares. All of the Kazbegi National Park is mountainous. Its lowest part is located at 1400 m above sea level and the upper one is within 3000 – 4100 m. Establishing of Kazbegi National Park serves the purpose of protection of the high mountain ecosystems.

The Strict Nature Reserve is the best environment for birds of prey. Namely, here can be found the Golden eagle, griffon vulture, Bearded vulture, et al. Attention draws the Caucasian Black grouse (Tetrao mlokosiewiczi) and Caucasian Snowcock (Tetraogallus caucasicus) as well.


The local people call themselves the Mokheves (habitants of the gorge). Like the Tushetians and partially, like the Khevsurs, the independent highlanders lived beyond the Caucasian watershed range for centuries and protected Georgia from the northern side.

The Mokheves have not forgotten their old traditions and habits like to highlanders of other mountain regions of Georgia and keep them even today, but unlike the rest of the mountain regions, due to the military road, the capital occurred here very fast just in the nineteenth century.

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Additional Photos by Piotr Fagasiewicz (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3313 W: 2 N: 5242] (27490)
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