|Package||Trip Status||Price PP In a Group|
|Confirmed Dates||Min.participant Number 3p / Max.participan Number 10p||3 -4 People Group|
- Transfer from and to the airport
- 2 nights in Tbilisi at the guest house
- Tour guide in Tbilisi
- Meals (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 suppers)
- 1 night in guesthouse in Stephantsminda
- 3 nights in Mountain hut (3650 m) (including full board)
- Professional mountain guide for the duration of the expedition
- Horse for personal bags from village until 3650 m. and back to village
- First-aid medicines
- Flight tickets to Tbilisi
- Mountaineering insurance (you can order it by us for EUR 6 per day with coverage of EUR 30.000)
- Porter services for carrying personal equipment
- Re-booking of hotels
- Single supplements
- Alcoholic drinks
Mount Kazbek also is known as Mkinvartsveri is located on the border between Russia and Georgia. With its height of 5054m, it belongs to Georgia's 10 highest mountains. Mt. Kazbek is situated in the East of the main Caucasus range. It is the dormant volcano, the last explosion occurred in 650 B.C.
There are two routes leading to the summit of Kazbek: from the Russian and from the Georgian side. We organize climbing expeditions from the Georgian side since this route is easier to access and gives a chance to climb even for the novices without previous mountaineering experience. The only requirement for the participants is to be in good shape. Your guide will teach you how to use an ice-ax, crampons, and rope.
The first ascent of Kazbek was committed in the 19 century - in 1868 by D. Freshfield.
There is a beautiful view from the summit of Kazbek - panorama of Central and Eastern Caucasus. In the west, in clear weather, you can see another volcano, a giant of the Caucasus - Elbrus (564m).
The normal route from Georgia is not very demanding technically - comparable to average fourthousanders in f.e. Swiss Alps. What can make the climb really strenuous is the weather, which changes here very fast and a lot of people fail to summit the mountain because of that. An overall grade of the normal route is PD (sometimes also graded PD+).
Day 1: Arrival in Tbilisi
Meeting with your guide at the Tbilisi airport. Transfer to a hotel. After check-in you will have free time. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 2: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Jvari monastery – Ananuri Fortress – Stephantsminda
After breakfast at the hotel we will have Tbilisi city tour. This tour includes visiting Holy Trinity Cathedral, Abanotubani (historical part of Tbilisi), Narikala (ancient fortress built in 4th century), amazing Valley of Waterfall (known also as a Fig Waterfall, because in the past this area was full of fig trees), Clock Tower. We will also walk throuhg the ‘wadden row’: one of the oldest streets in Old Tbilisi with characterisitic flavour and architecture. After city tour we will have a meeting at the hotel with your mountain guide. Transfer to Stephantsminda (170km / 2,5 hours). Overnight at a hotel in Stephantsminda.
Day 3: Stephantsminda – Bethlemi hut
That day we will climb to Bethlehem shelter (3650 m). At 7-8 a.m. (after breakfast) we will drive to Sameba Church (2200 m) and then walk about 12 km (it will take aprox. 5-6 hours) to campsite located at an altitude 3650 m. Horses will carry our luggages. Overnight in Bethlehem shelter.
Day 4: Bethlemi hut
Acclimatization day. Day hike to the chapel Acclimatization day. We will walk to 3900 m or a bit higher. We will start at about 11 a.m. and walk aprox. 3km (1-2 hours) to the Small temple of the Holy Trinity church. After visiting the church we will back to the Bethlehem shelter. After dinner (which will be served at 3 p.m.) we will practice skills necessary to climb to the summit (rope work, ice axe arrest etc.). Overnight in Bethlehem shelter.
Day 5: Summit Day.
Bethlehem shelter (3650 m) - Summit - Bethlehem shelter (approximately 10-12 hours walk). We will start early in the morning, at 1-3 a.m. (depends on the weather conditions) and walk to Plato (4500m / 4 hours approximately). From Plato we will ascent to Saddle (4900 m at 30 degrees). From Saddle to Summit at 40-45 degrees. Return to Bethlehem shelter (3650 m). During the walk from 3900m to the summit and back to 3900 m, the group will be roped due to crevasses. Night in Bethlehem shelter (3650 m).
Day 6: Reserve day in case of bad weather.
Day 7: Bethlemi hut – Gergeti St trinity church – Stephantsminda
Return to Sameba Church (4-5 hours walking). Return to Tbilisi and accommodation at the hotel. Farewell Dinner in restaurant. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 8: Drive to Trusso valley
Truso Valley, source of Tegri (Terek) River is quite mystical and spectacular , worth hitchhiking+hiking if you happen to be in Kazbegi for more than a day. Truso valley is known for its mineral water springs, white/yellow travertines, mineral lake with bubbles, towers of middle ages, -most notably Zakagori castle, villages on a very high altitude such as Resi (2350m), tasty cheese and Ossetian Khabidzginas (khachapuri with cheese and potatoes) and nice people. Unfortunately, conflict between Ossetians and Georgians and border closure by Russian government (Locals had winter pastures in the lowlands of northern Ossetia) made this gorge abandoned.
Day 9: Stephantsminda – Tbilisi
Transfer to the Tbilisi International airport