The town of Stepantsminda, also known as Kazbegi, is the jumping off point for Kazbegi National Park. Located on the northern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, this exceptionally beautiful place is crammed full of lofty peaks, hot springs, mountain lakes, waterfalls and glaciers. One of the highlights of the National Park is the Dariali Gorge, a fortified cleft in the rock where you’ll spot eagles, hawks and vultures soaring high above your head.