This expedition will take you through a trekker’s paradise; known primarily for the iconic Mt. Kazbek, the region is a stunning mix of tundra and high mountains with a feeling of wilderness like no other.
You will enter the region of Kazbegi National Park as you embark on one of the most stunning climbing routes in the Caucasus. Your end goal is to summit Georgia’s third highest mountain – Mount Kazbek, at 5047m.
This route is not for the faint-hearted with steep ascents, glacier crossings and a final climb to the summit of this mammoth peak.
This adventure includes:
- 4 days trekking the route to summit Mt. Kazbek
- 2 nights guesthouse accommodation in Stepantsminda
- 3 nights stay at a Meteo Station
- English speaking, local, internationally-certified mountain guide
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the trip
- Local transfers by 4x4
- Airport transfers
- All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip
**Perfect for: **
Adventurers who are looking to bag a summit above 5000m that will give them a bit of a challenge but does not need any previous mountaineering experience.
Meals as described
Sunday: Discover Gveleti Waterfall
Your host will meet you at the airport and you'll first head to your hosts HQ for a tour briefing, and you will also have the opportunity to rent any necessary equipment such as mountaineering helmets, B3 boots, crampons, walking poles, harnesses and carabiners.
The you embark on the 2-hour drive to Stepantsminda (1882m).
You’ll check in to your first accommodation of the trip and enjoy a light breakfast before a warm-up trek to Gveleti Waterfall.
On-route, you’ll first drive through the stunning Dariali Gorge. From here it is just a short, easy hike up a narrow footpath which leads you straight to the magnificent falls; Gveleti means "place of snakes" in Georgian, so watch where you’re stepping.
This hike is far from a challenge but this tranquil area is well worth the visit; take some stunning snaps and enjoy a spot of lunch before heading back to the guesthouse for dinner and an early night after a long day.
1 hour trekking
Monday: Gergeti Trinity Church to the Gergeti glacier crossing
A home cooked breakfast will kick-start your day before you take a short transfer to Gergeti Trinity Church (2150m); possibly the most famous Georgian landmark and a remarkable starting point for your adventure.
Today’s route is a challenging one; you’ll climb a steep ascent before you reach Arsha pass (2900m) but the view of the Gergeti glacier that will reward your arrival is worth it and what’s better is you’re about to get a much closer look.
After brief descents, steep ascents and a number of river crossings, you’ll finally reach the glacier crossing. The sight of the glacier and the panoramic mountain views are simply breathtaking; take a moment to appreciate the spirit of this area before you have to compose yourself for the challenging crossing.
When you reach the other side, you’ll make your way to the Meteo Station (3600m) where you’ll spend the night. Enjoy dinner and some much welcomed R and R surrounded by astonishing views.
5 hours trekking, +1450m ascent
Tuesday: Acclimatisation day
Today, you’ll take a short but strenuous trek to one of Georgia’s more unusual churches. You’re heading up to 3900m so needless to say the views are going to be something to write home about, but the real aim of today is to acclimatise to ensure success on the summit day.
You’ll return to the Meteo Station early in the day to allow time for an equipment check and briefing ahead of the summit tomorrow. It’s a 02:00 start so an early night is likely to be on the cards too.
2 hours trekking, +300m ascent
Wednesday: Summit Day
Rise and shine this morning before the sun; providing the weather is on your side, you’ll have a 02:00 start to summit Mt. Kazbek today (5047m).
The route is a tough 9km trek along narrow paths; over snow and ice-covered mountain flank; and up to the middle of the shining glacier. The next section is a little easier but don’t relax too much – the last 100m are a challenge for the best of us and it’s a real climb to the summit.
You might need a moment to catch your breath – due to the altitude and the panoramic views, but then you can celebrate your feat with your fellow hikers. Take plenty of photo’s before it’s time to descend.
The descent is arguably more of a challenge than the ascent but your guides are on hand to help you along the way and the thought of a well-deserved beer back at the Meteo Station will no doubt give you the extra drive you might need.
(If weather conditions prevent you from attempting the summit today, you can relax and reserve your energy for the summit attempt tomorrow).
11 hours trekking, +1147m ascent, -1147m descent
Thursday: Reserve Day or Descent to Stepantsminda
Today will be your reserve day in case the weather wasn't on our side the previous day.
If yesterday’s summit was successful, today you will descend to Stepantsminda and spend the day at your leisure. From this valley town, you can look up at the silhouette of the Gergeti Trinity Church where your adventure began, and admire the towering snowy cone of Mt Kazbek.
Explore this beautiful town at your leisure or take a trek around the surrounding valleys if your feet can take it.
Tonight you will stay at a guesthouse in Stepantsminda and enjoy dinner with your new-found friends before catching up on some much-needed sleep.
4 hours trekking
Friday: Return to Tbilisi
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred back to Tbilisi. The physical adventure is over but there is plenty to explore in this fortified town; the Narakali fortress stands guard over this town which is full of winding lanes, hidden bazaars, wine merchants, cafes and restaurants.
When you’re ready, you can head to the hotel in the heart of Tbilisi and enjoy your last supper of the trip.
Saturday: Home to tell the tale
Today is your last day in Georgia but there is still time to absorb its magic before the transfer to the airport; wander the winding lanes and perhaps grab a bottle of legendary Georgian wine to take home to celebrate your achievement again, with friends and family.
This afternoon, the transfer will take you back to Tbilisi Airport for your journey home; a summit in the bag and a fascinating story to tell.
All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.
You’ll spend 1-2 nights (depending on which day you attempt the summit based on the weather) in a comfortable guesthouse in Stepantsminda.
Your final night in Tbilisi will be spent in a hotel close to the old town. The chosen hotel will depend on availability but is most likely to be the Old Metekhi or GTM Kapan. Both are on Metekhi rise with views over the river.
The accommodation at the Meteo Station is very basic, with shared rooms and confined spaces. During the summer it's usually very busy but your host can secure accommodation for their groups. The hut does have running water and heating but it's still only a basic high altitude hut.
The Republic of Georgia is emerging as a must-see destination for the discerning adventure traveller.
Combining the highest mountain range in Europe with little infrastructure, it remains unspoilt by mass tourism providing the setting for the ultimate wilderness adventure.
It has an 8000-year-old history of wine-making, offers legendary hospitality and many UNESCO world heritage sites leaving the adventurous traveller yearning for more.
You will be met at Tbilisi Airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 06:35 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.
You will be dropped off at Tbilisi Airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 19:25. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.
Getting there and away?
Tbilisi Airport (TBS) is served by regular inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans. Your host suggests taking the overnight flight, departing London on Saturday evening to arrive early on Sunday.
For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.
Tbilisi Airport - 07:10
Your adventure begins at Tbilisi Airport (TBS) where you will meet your guide and fellow adventurers in the arrivals area at 07:10. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land at least 30 minutes before this time. There is a direct flight between London Gatwick and Tbilisi with Georgia Airlines.
Tbilisi Airport - 17:30
At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Tbilisi Airport (TBS) by 17:30, you are free to book any flight departing after 19.15. There is a direct flight to London Gatwick with Georgia Airlines departing 19.25.
The following are not included in the trip price:
- Flights to and from Tbilisi Airport
- Snacks and drink
- Climbing equipment (available to hire)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
The main luggage you arrive with will be transported to the guesthouse in Stepandtsminda, where it can be stored for the duration of the climb. All equipment necessary for the ascent will need to be carried up to the Meteo station, where it will be stored on summit day, so pack light. On summit day, a 35 litre pack will be sufficient to carry your essentials needed for the summit push.
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12.
Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
Although a B2 rated mountain is quite easy in mountaineering terms it still requires mental and physical strength to summit. A good level of fitness is required to make the summit and return. You must have the correct equipment.
Since the Republic of Georgia does not require any official minimum mountain guiding qualifications yet, your trip will be led by internationally certified mountain guides only to ensure your safety.
You will be guided by either American, Russian speaking or Swiss, English speaking professionally certified guides with the assistance of 2 - 4 local guides depending on the size of your group. All of the guides are local residents of the Republic of Georgia.
Originally from the Northern Rocky Mountains of Idaho, Luke’s credentials include: professionally trained alpinist, former competitive skier, U.S. Marine, wildlands firefighter, and backcountry forestry tech. Luke has over twenty years of ski touring experience and is trained in life saving, wilderness first aid, mountain navigation, and avalanche safety and rescue. Luke speaks English and Russian.
Mathias is a Swiss Mountain guide with a passion for Georgia, his military career saw him training the British SAS in mountain rescue and mountain survival techniques. His qualifications include Certified Flight Paramedic, UIAGM certified mountain guide, qualified Telemark Instructor and Int. Diploma for Mountain Emergency Medicine. He has been Mountain guiding all over the world since 1994. Mathias speaks English, French and German.
If everything goes according to plan and the weather is favourable on the planned summit day, we descend as per the itinerary on the reserve day. The reserve day is then spent at leisure in the beautiful village of Stepantsminda. The little town offers many options to explore the rich culture of Georgia.
The average temperature from June to September is 20-25 ˚C. However standing at over 5000 m high the temperature drops considerably on the mountain. The weather conditions can also change very rapidly. So it’s essential to bring cold weather gear
Food is a delicious mix of local “kazbegi” and national Georgian cuisine cooked with fresh produce grown or reared by the guesthouse owners.
Georgian cuisine is world-renowned for its mix of east and west flavours, aromas and colours. It can be slightly spicy and consists mainly of meat, vegetables, cheese and fruit. There are plenty of traditional dishes without meat so vegetarians can be well catered for.
Lunches will be picnic style in the wilderness.
If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
The following specialist equipment is required and not included but can be hired upon arrival:
- 35-litre backpacks (Salewa) - £2.50 per day.
- Trekking poles (Morpho) - £3 per day.
- Crampons - £3 per day
- Ice axes - £3 per day
- Harnesses - £3 per day
- 3 season sleeping bag - £3 per day
You will need to pack:
- 35 litre Backpack for carrying your gear
- Day pack (should be light and easy to stuff in main backpack when not in use)
- Down/ Fleece jacket
- Hiking pants
- Waterproof shell
- Waterproof trousers or over-trousers
- Base layers (top and bottom)
- Warm hat
- Peaked cap
- Waterproof and warm hiking boots - these should be B3 standard
- Warm socks
- Trainers or Sandals for guesthouses
- Water bottle
- Thermos bottle
- Quick-dry towel
- Personal toiletries (all accommodation have toilet and shower facilities)
- Ear plugs
- Backpack rain cover
- Trekking poles
- Energy/protein bars
- Waterproof bags for your passport and other valuables
- 1.5 litre thermos for summit day to prevent water from freezing
- 2 x carabiners
Other recommendations are:
- Mobile phone
- Adaptor if you bring any electrical equipment for charging batteries and/or your phone (two pronged)
- Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)
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