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Climb Mount Kazbek (5054m)

Tackle 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)

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

DURATION
6 nights
LOCATION
Georgia
ANNUAL LEAVE
5 days off work
SEASON
Jun-Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Tbilisi International Airport, Georgia
ACCOMMODATION
Mountain hut · Guesthouse · Hotel
DIFFICULTY
Tough

This route is not for the faint-hearted with steep ascents, glacier crossings and a final climb to the summit of this mammoth peak.

Climb the visually stunning Mt Kazbek – a dormant stratovolcano made from hardened lava

Trek through the wilderness and across the hiker’s paradise of the Kazbegi National Park

Follow a less-travelled route into the Caucasus, including steep ascents, glacier crossings and an epic final climb to the summit

Included

Guides

English speaking, internationally-certified mountain guides

Accommodation

4 nights in mountain refuges, 1 night in a guestouse and 1 night in a Tbilisi hotel

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some equipment

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Tbilisi Airport

07:10 on Day 1

Ends

Tbilisi Airport

Depart any time on Day 7

Transfers

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.

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.

Travel options

There is a direct flight between London Gatwick and Tbilisi with Georgia Airlines.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 4

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Georgian cuisine is renowned for its mix of eastern and western flavours, aromas and colours and the food on this trip will be a delicious mix of local Kazbegi and national cuisine, often cooked using produce that's grown or reared by the guesthouse owners. It can be slightly spicy and consists mainly of meat, vegetables, cheese and fruit. There are, however, 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 your host know in advance and they will do their best to accommodate them.

What is the accommodation like?

The Mountains

You'll stay in two mountain refuges - the Altihut (3014m) and Meteo Station (3653m.) The Altihut is newly built and offers simple, clean, comfortable and warm accommodation and hearty Georgian meals. Meteo Station, meanwhile is a basic high altitude hut, with running water and heating. Both nights will be in mixed dorms.

Stepantsminda

You'll stay in a comfortable guesthouse in Stepantsminda (1882m) in a twin share room.

Tbilisi

You'll spend your final night in Georgia's capital city Tbilisi, in a twin room in a hotel close to the old town. The actual hotel will depend on availability but it will most likely be either the Old Metekhi or GTM Kapan, both of which are on Metekhi Rise with views over the river.

If weather conditions prevent you from attempting the summit on Day 4, you will spend another night in Meteo station or the Altihut on Day 5 and return to Tbilisi on Day 6

Day 1

Hike to the Altihut (3014m)

Hiking

3hrs · 7km · 800m up

Join your host at their HQ in Tbilisi for a full briefing and equipment check. If you need anything, including mountaineering helmets, B3 boots, crampons, walking poles, harnesses and carabiners, these can all be hired at this point. Drive to Gergeti Trinity Church (2150m) and after a short but steep climb to the ridgeline, continue towards the Altihut, your home for the next few nights.

Day 2

Arsha Pass (3800m)

Hiking

4hrs · 6km · 800m up · 800m down

Fuel up with a champion's breakfast and then test your legs and lungs with an acclimatising hike up to the Arsha Pass. Enjoy the views from the top over Sno Valley, the Chaukhi Mountains, Stepantsminda and the Truso Valley and then return to the Altihut for another comfortable night in the mountains.

Day 3

Betlemi Church (3930m)

Hiking

5hrs · 6km · 900m up · 300m down

Continue acclimatizing as you head for one of the world's most unusual places of worship, the high altitude Betlemi Church, built at a whopping 3930 metres above sea level. Settle into your next mountain refuge, Meteo Station and prepare for the big day tomorrow.

Day 4

Summit day

Hiking

11hrs · 9km · 1400m up · 2040m down

Rise before the sun and providing the weather is on your side, summit Mt. Kazbek (5054m). You’ll follow a tough route along narrow paths, over a snow and ice-covered mountain flank and through the middle of a glacier, ending in a final, challenging 100m climb to the top. Take a moment to catch your breath – both for the altitude and the incredible view and celebrate with your fellow hikers. The descent is arguably more challenging, but your guides will be on hand to help you every step of the way and the thought of a well-deserved beer back at the Altihut will give you the extra drive you need.

(If weather conditions prevent you from attempting the summit today, you can relax, reserve your energy and prepare for an attempt tomorrow).

Day 5

Reserve day or descend to Stepantsminda

Hiking

4hrs · 16km · 100m up · 1130m down

If yesterday’s summit was successful, you’ll descend to Stepantsminda and spend a day at leisure - you've earned it. From this lovely 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 the town, take a trek around the surrounding valleys and then celebrate over dinner with your new-found friends or just catch up on some much-needed sleep.

Day 6

Return to Tbilisi

Head back to the city this morning. The physical adventure might be over but there’s still plenty to explore in the fortified town of Tbilisi, including the Narakali fortress that stands guard over the town, winding lanes, hidden bazaars, wine merchants, cafes and restaurants. As the sun sets, sit down with your team for the last supper of the expedition.

Day 7

Home to tell the tale

Spend your last few hours absorbing the magic of Georgia and perhaps pick up a bottle of the legendary local wine before heading back to the airport in time for your flight home.

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.

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What's available to hire?

  • 35-litre backpack (Salewa)
  • Trekking poles (Morpho)
  • Crampons
  • Ice axes
  • Harnesses
  • 3 season sleeping bag (see Optional Extras for prices)

What do I need to bring?

  • 35 litre backpack
  • Day pack (should be light and easy to stuff in main backpack when not in use)
  • Waterproof and warm hiking boots - these should be B3 standard
  • Down/ Fleece jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Waterproof shell
  • Waterproof trousers or over-trousers
  • Base layers (top and bottom)
  • T-shirts
  • Warm hat
  • Peaked cap
  • Gloves
  • Warm socks
  • Trainers or sandals for guesthouses
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries (all the accommodations have toilet and shower facilities)
  • Earplugs
  • 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
  • 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)

If you're not sure your boots will be compatible with crampons - check out our useful guide to find out more.

Although no previous mountaineering experience is required, this trip still requires a high level of mental and physical strength to summit, so a good level of fitness is required. It's also very important you bring or hire the correct equipment.

Your trip will be led by English-speaking internationally certified mountain guides to ensure your safety throughout. They will be assisted by 2 - 4 local guides depending on the size of your group. All of the guides are local residents of the Republic of Georgia.

If everything goes according to plan and the weather is favourable on the planned summit day, you will descend as per the itinerary and enjoy some time in the beautiful village of Stepantsminda where you can explore the rich culture of Georgia.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The average temperature from June to September is 20-25˚C, however, standing at over 5000m the temperature drops considerably. Weather conditions can also change rapidly, so it’s essential to bring cold weather gear.

Any excess luggage can be safely left with you local host at the start of the trip. On summit day you can store any unnecessary equipment at Mateo Station and pick it up again on the way down - a 35 litre pack will be sufficient to carry your essentials for the push to the summit.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

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We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

For current advice about travelling in Georgia, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

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.

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