Originally Posted by JanTheMongol
I would like to cross from Georgia to Russia, anybody has updated info about the Verkhny Lars crossing? is open for everybody?
Thanks in advance
This pass is only closed due to weather at winter but is currently open now
Easy fast pass no issues take the E117 north of Tbilisi to Kazbek pass, i crossed the other way (Russia to Georgia and real friendly crossing with the guards)
Roads near Tbilisi fine but more North on E117 are loose gravel with pot holes which i love more than boring new roads
If you want you could stay in a near by small village in Georgia just before the crossing as if you just turn up and stop you will be offered home stays and leave early in the morning to cross into Russia
Once in Russia after the border head to the city of Vladikavkaz (North Ossetia–Alania) which you can not miss as it is straight road all the way, there are a few turn offs on your right but they head to Dagstan
Once at Vladikavkaz you pick up the M29 motorway and i take it from there you will head North West right?
The Caucasus's for me was the best part of my trip and i spent a few days in North Ossetia, Chechnya & Ingushetia and the only danger was to my waist line due to the great friendly hospitality of the locals and amazing local dishes
Chechnya soup has dried meat in it like south African Biltong and tastes great.
If you do decided to head East once in Vladikavkaz for what ever reason then i suggest you seek local up to date knowledge as local situations do change and what was good when i was there (2 weeks ago) could be different when you go so i am not saying its super safe but it is certainty no war zone (apparently as my ex Russian girlfriend in Moscow thinks this) but they still have a few minor problems in the East Caucasus's and like anywhere in the world there is always the chance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time
Last edited by KATO1664; 4 Jul 2013 at 14:49.