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Climb Mount Kazbek (5054m)

Climb the highest mountain in Eastern Georgia and trek one of the wildest routes in the Caucasus

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Adventures / Summit Fever

Climb Mount Kazbek (5054m)

Climb the highest mountain in Eastern Georgia and trek one of the wildest routes in the Caucasus

DURATION
6 nights
LOCATION
Georgia
FLY TO
Tbilisi International Airport
DIFFICULTY
Tough

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 5054m.

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
  • English speaking, local, internationally-certified mountain guide + rope
  • 3 nights stay at Altihut and 1 night at Mateo Station
  • 1 night guesthouse accommodation in Stepantsminda
  • 1 night in a Tbilisi hotel
  • 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.

Included

Accommodation

Airport Transfers

Guide

Local transport

Meals as described

Day 1: Up to Altihut (3014m)

Your host will meet you at the airport and take your to their HQ for a tour briefing and equipment check. If you require any necessary equipment such as mountaineering helmets, B3 boots, crampons, walking poles, harnesses and carabiners, these can be hired at this point.

Then you embark on the 2.5-hour drive to Gergeti Trinity Church (2150m), via Stepantsminda (1882m). After a short steep climb to the ridge-line you'll continue towards your Mountain Refuge home for the next few nights: Altihut (3014m)

3 hours trekking, 7km, 800m ascent
Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Acclimatisation hike to Arsha Pass (3800m)

Following a champions breakfast, your guide will test your legs and lungs today with a challenging hike up to the Arsha Pass at 3800m.

From the top you will enjoy amazing views over Sno Valley, the Chaukhi Mountains, Stepantsminda and Truso Valley.

Return to Altihut in the evening for another comfortable night in the mountains.

4 hours hiking, 6km, 800m ascent & descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Acclimatisation trek to Meteo Station (3653m) and Betlemi church (3930m)

After fuelling up again with another hearty breakfast, it's time to set off towards today's two goals: Meteo Station at 3653m and Betlemi Church at 3930m.

Upon arrival at Meteo Station, your accommodation for this evening, you can leave your luggage before the next 300m push to visit one of the more unusual churches in Georgia: Betlemi Church.

Descend down to Meteo Station for dinner and prepare yourself for the big summit day tomorrow.

4-5 hours hiking, 6km, 900m ascent, 300m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: 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 (5054m).

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 down at the Altihut 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, 9km, 1401m ascent, 2040m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Reserve Day or Descent to Stepantsminda

Today will be your reserve day in case the weather wasn't on your 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 and to 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, 16km, 1130m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Please Note

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.

Day 1 and 2: Altihut (3014m)
You will spend the first two nights of your adventure in the newly built Altihut at 3014m in mixed dorm rooms. Recently opened in 2018 this Mountain hut offers a simple, clean, comfortable and warm accommodation along with hearty Georgian meals.

Day 3: Meteo Station (3653m)
The accommodation at the Meteo Station is very basic, with shared dorm rooms and confined spaces. During the summer it's usually very busy and although hut does have running water and heating but it's still a basic high altitude hut.

Day 4: Altihut (3014m)

Day 5: Stepantsminda (1882m)
Comfortable guesthouse in Stepantsminda - twin share rooms.

Day 6: Tbilisi 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 and feature twin-rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Please note: if weather conditions prevent you from attempting the summit on Day 4, you will spend another night in Meteo station, Altihut on Day 5 and then back to Tibilisi on Day 6

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.

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 to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host suggests taking the overnight flight, departing London on Saturday evening to arrive early on Sunday. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

Start Point

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.

Finish Point

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 drinks
  • Climbing equipment (available to hire)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

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 rest of your trip is then spent at a more leisurely pace and you can enjoy more time 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 backpack (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)
  • T-shirts
  • Warm hat
  • Peaked cap
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof and warm hiking boots - these should be B3 standard
  • Warm socks
  • Trainers or Sandals for guesthouses
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries (all accommodation have toilet and shower facilities)
  • Ear plugs
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Trekking poles
  • Shorts
  • 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:

  • Camera
  • 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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All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

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Yes, any excess luggage you have can be left with you local host at the start of the trip.

For your summit day you can store any unnecessary equipment at Mateo Station and pick this up on the way down. On summit day, a 35 litre pack will be sufficient to carry your essentials needed for the summit push.

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