For simplicity I will try to more or less organise the hikes in order of easies to hardest and most popular to less popular.
In general New Gudauri is well suited to be you home base for a few days of hiking. Due to the massive about of winter ski accomodation there is plenty of apartments available at a reasonable price.
Small Chrdili Hike
Experience the shortest and incredibly accessible hike, or rather a leisurely stroll, from New Gudauri to Chrdili Peak 2 viewpoint. This delightful excursion is suitable for both inexperienced hikers and families with young children. Spanning just 2 kilometers in distance and ascending a mere 80 meters in altitude, it guarantees a rewarding experience as you make your way to the captivating viewpoint.
Big Chrdili Hike
Embark on a delightful two-hour hike from the top of the gondola back to New Gudauri, covering a distance of 6 kilometers. This scenic route presents a single brief uphill section, requiring a 100-meter ascent to reach the breathtaking Chrdili Peak 1 viewpoint. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to an awe-inspiring perspective of the Khada Valley and Gudauri. Continue along the Chrdili Ridge to the slightly lower second peak, before making your way back to New Gudauri. This captivating journey promises unforgettable sights and experiences.
Top of Gondola to Kudebi
Embark on a proper hiking adventure as you ascend 300 meters to reach the majestic summit of Kudebi. This trail should not be underestimated, as it leads you to an impressive altitude of 3007 meters above sea level. The route is relatively easy to follow, primarily consisting of a gravel road. Prepare for a 1.5-hour ascent to reach the summit, where breathtaking views await. After taking in the scenic beauty, allow approximately 45 minutes for the return journey. This hike promises a rewarding experience for those seeking an exhilarating challenge and stunning natural vistas.
Top of Gondola to Mughure and Kada valley
This can also be done starting in New Gudauri but for a more interesting Hike and a bit less altitude to clime I recommend to start at Top of Gondola. This trail can be overgrown a bit depending on the season. makke sure to bring good shoes. Khada valley amazing landscape. find the Mufhure Church that hast collapsed recently. then climb back to Chrdili Peak 2 and down to New Gudauri.
Embark on a delightful small hike that can be comfortably completed within 1 to 2 hours. Covering a distance of 6 kilometers, with a gentle ascent of 200 meters followed by a descent, this hike leads you to the mesmerizing Friendship Monument Viewpoint. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to an impressive and renowned view of the picturesque Aragvi Valley and the majestic Sherkhota Mountain. Take your time to soak in the breathtaking panoramas that await you. Afterward, make your way to the famous Sherkhota Restaurant, which shares its name with the magnificent mountain. Indulge in a delicious meal or refreshing beverages as you appreciate the stunning surroundings. The majority of the hike follows a gravel road, ensuring a pleasant and accessible journey suitable for hikers of varying skill levels. Once you have experienced the beauty of the area, you can easily arrange a taxi for a convenient return to your starting point. This small hike offers a perfect balance of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and culinary delights, all within a leisurely 1 to 2-hour timeframe.
As you embark on the hike to the top of Sadzele, situated at an altitude of 3300 meters, you will be treated to a remarkable vantage point that offers stunning views of the towering Mount Kazbegi. With its impressive height of 5050 meters, Mount Kazbegi stands majestically in the distance, commanding attention and awe.
As you ascend towards the summit of Sadzele, the panoramic vistas gradually unfold before you, revealing the breathtaking sight of Mount Kazbegi. The contrast between the two peaks, with Sadzele at 3300 meters and Kazbegi at 5050 meters, creates a striking and unforgettable scene.
Reaching the top of Sadzele allows you to appreciate the grandeur and scale of Mount Kazbegi, as well as the surrounding landscape. The vastness of the region, with its rugged terrain and pristine beauty, adds to the awe-inspiring experience.
Take a moment to absorb the incredible sight before you, capturing the memory of Mount Kazbegi’s magnificence from this elevated viewpoint. The combination of the challenging hike to Sadzele’s summit and the reward of witnessing the majestic Mount Kazbegi creates a truly memorable adventure.
Remember to choose a day with clear weather conditions to enhance the visibility of Mount Kazbegi from the top of Sadzele. This ensures that you can fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring view of this towering peak and appreciate the natural wonders of the Gudauri region.