Sno-Valley / Sno-Tal

There's a little castle in Sno valley, built in the 16-17th century AD with round walls on a natural rock. (See photos below.) The valley follows river Tergi to Juta, 2150m above sea level. All paths from here are for hikers and horse-riders only.

Most prominent son of the village of Sno is Patriarch Ilja II. 

Im Sno-Tal gibt es eine kleine Burg aus dem 16./17. Jhdt. n.Chr., erbaut mit runden Mauern auf einer natürlichen, felsigen Erhebung (Photos s.u.). Das Tal folgt dem Fluss Tergi nach Juta, 2150m über NN. Alle Pfade von hier sind Wanderern und Reitern vorbehalten.

Der wohl bekannteste Sohn des Ortes Sno ist Patriarch Ilja II.

Sno seen from the West / Sno von Westen gesehen

Sno castle/ Burg Sno

Tergi river / Fluss Tergi

The sno-valley can be found easily. Just follow the Georgian military highway. Four or five kilometers south of Stepanzminda / Kasbegi leave the "highway" into the village of Achkhoti, then simply follow the road into the sno-valley. The path, which can be taken by normal passenger cars in good weather, although a 4x4 will be better suited, will turn northeast after ca. 10km and reach Juta after another 5km. Plan  with 45-60 min. for the drive or 4,5 h of walking for 15km. There's a camping place near Juta.

Das Sno-Tal ist leicht zu finden. Folgen Sie der Georgischen Heerstraße bis etwa 4-5km südlich von Stepansminda (Kasbegi) zum Ort Archoti. Dort folgen Sie der "Hauptstraße" ins Sno-Tal. Der Feldweg, der bei gutem Wetter auch von normalen Pkw befahren werden kann, wenngleich man ein geländegängiges Fahrzeug bevorzugen wird, wendet sich nach ca. 10km Richtung Nordwesten und erreicht nach weiteren 5 km Dschuta. Planen Sie 45-60min. für eine Fahrt mit dem Auto und 4,5-5 Std. für die Wanderung ein. Bei Dschuta gibt es einen Camping-Platz.

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Anonymous said...


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Anonymous said...

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Henning(i) said...

Thanks for the feedback.

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sedat said...

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César said...

Hi, Henning!

Really beautiful photo ... as many others that we can watch and enjoy here.