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Conquer Mount Kazbegi (5047m)

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

  • Georgia
  • June—September
  • Tbilisi International Airport, Tbilisi (TBS)

This expedition will take you through a trekker’s paradise; known primarily for the iconic Mt. Kazbegi, 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 Kazbegi, at 5047m.

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

This adventure includes:

  • 4 days trekking the route to summit Mt. Kazbegi
  • 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
  • Ropes
  • 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.

Need To Know

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

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.

The ascent of Mt. Kazbegi is relatively easy and does not require mountaineering knowledge, it is of a B2 climbing level and with the correct equipment and professional guide a good level of fitness is all that is required to make the summit and return. Please keep in mind this a high-altitude trek, which will make it more challenging.

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 flavors, aromas and colors. 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 equipment is not included but can be hired upon arrival:

  • 34-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
  • Backpack for carrying your gear (This will be carried by the support vehicles whilst we’re in the mountains)
  • 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 hiking boots
  • Warm socks
  • Trainers or Sandals for guesthouses
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries (all accommodation have toilet and shower facilities)
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Trekking poles
  • Shorts
  • Energy/protein bars
  • Waterproof bags for your passport and other valuables

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)

Start point?
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.

Finish point?
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.

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Location

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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.

Start point?
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.

Finish point?
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.

What to Expect

Sunday: Discover Gveleti Waterfall

You’ll arrive just after 06:30 at Tbilisi Airport where your host will meet you for 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. Kazbegi 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 Kazbegi.

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 forwarding journey home; a summit in the bag and a fascinating story to tell.

Accommodation

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.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Harness Rental Payable Before Departure
Harness Rental £3.00 Per Person, Per Night
Ice Axes Rental £3.00 Per Person, Per Night
Crampons £3.00 Per Person, Per Night
34L Backpack £2.50 Per Person, Per Night
Additional Night in Tbilisi Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Tbilisi £65.00 Per Person, Per Night

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