excl. of flights
late June-late September, 11 days
-5 to -15 °C on the summit, strong winds
Meet at Tbilisi (TBS) airport
Discounts for couples and groups
Being 600m lower than Elbrus, Kazbek is free from the ambitious crowds with the added benefit of easier acclimatization. The climb is more technical than the normal route on Elbrus and involves roped glacier travel with a short somewhat steep section before the summit. Thanks to pack horses carrying your luggage, the approach among the green foothills is truly enjoyable.
Discover the place where Prometheus was enchained, as the legend has it.
Immerse yourself into the rich cultural heritage and extraordinary hospitality of Georgia.
No hassle visa-free entry for most nations and low cost flights.
Am I fit enough for the climb?
Would you agree that your first 5,000 m peak does not have to be the highest on the continent? Perhaps you are seeking refreshing experience without the overindulging infrastructure of the Alps and you are not ready for a Himalayan expedition yet? Or maybe you like combining climbing with cultural trips? Consider climbing Mt Kazbek from Georgia with us!
Generous 11 days itinerary that enables milder acclimatization and increases your chances.
At least 1 experienced guide per 3 participants during the climb.
All accommodation throughout the program: a family guesthouse in Kazbegi, 3-4 star hotel in Tbilisi (twin or double rooms) and 2-person tents whilst on the trek.
Private transfers throughout the program, including pack horses to bring your gear up to Bethlemi hut at 3,653 m as well as a 4×4 ride up from Kazbegi village to Trinity Church.
Premium quality freeze-dried rations cooked by the guide and healthy snacks. Yes, we take food seriously! Breakfasts in towns.
Use of group gear – ropes, kitchenware, tents.
Bragging certificate of climbing the highest mountain in Georgia.
International flights to/from Tbilisi (TBS) airport.
Travel and mountaineering insurance that covers ascents of up to 5,047 m, helicopter rescue, medical treatment, hospitalization and repatriation. We will require your insurance details prior to the trip.
Eating out in Tbilisi and Kazbegi. The guide will recommend a cafe or restaurant to match your tastes and appetite. Budget for €5-10 per meal, that is €40-80 total. Any drinks.
Extra summit attempts (an outing above Kazbeksky saddle at 4,377m is considered an attempt).
Hire of personal equipment, if needed – please enquire.
Any additional costs associated with leaving the trip early.
Any third-party excursions and entertainment.
Single accommodation in Tbilisi and Kazbegi.
In the morning we leave the friendly capital for the mountains visiting en route the castle of Ananuri, which dates back to the XVI century. The winding road takes us past Gudauri – the country’s largest ski resort – and soon we arrive in Kazbegi (Gergeti) village at the foothills of Kazbek. We check in to a family guesthouse.
After lunch, we check our gear and rent any missing items in the village. We then hike up to Natlismcemeli Orthodox Church at 1,990 m which provides an impressive outlook on imposing Kazbek across the valley.
Our 4×4 sets off for the ancient Gergeti Trinity Church that gracefully soars above the village with the snowy Kazbek in the background. We then hike along a grassy ridge gently gaining altitude until we reach Sabertse pass at 2,950 m where day visitors get their only glimpse of Gergeti glacier.
We, the privileged mountaineers, continue across the pass and pitch our tents at the ‘Green’ campsite by the creek. The place is aptly named as this is the last green patch before the glacier moraine. Today we have hiked about 7 kilometers while our luggage was carried by horses. Believe it or not – tomorrow they are going to cross the glacier!
Following the rough trail along the moraine, we quickly reach the ice. Usually, the glacier is free of snow so the few crevasses are easy to get around. However, crampons are necessary – after all, our horses have horseshoes that prevent them from slipping! Having crossed the glacier, we then climb the steep lateral moraine until we camp by Bethlemi hut – a lasting two-storey piece of architecture built in 1941 as a meteorological station and also used as a refuge.
Today we have an acclimatization outing up to the glaciated Kazbek saddle at about 4,300 m. Here we have a chance to test our equipment and practice safe glacier travel skills.
We recuperate during the rest day which considerably increases our chances of a successful climb. Based on the group condition, we can hike to a tiny chapel perched on rocky outcrops some 300 meters above our camp.
Starting at about 2 AM, we circumnavigate the mighty mountain under the bright stars. On the way to the saddle between the two summits of Kazbek at 4,900 m we marvel at a majestic sunrise above the snowfields and glaciers.
The final section is about 35-40 degrees steep and can be icy, in which case the guide will fix the ropes. At the summit, we are granted with a stunning view of the Caucasus range stretching for some 200 kilometers ahead towards the twin snow caps of Elbrus. The ascent usually takes about 6-8 hours. We descend the same route to our camp by Bethlemi hut.
We will use this reserve day in case of unfavorable weather conditions. Alternatively, if the weather gods are benevolent we dedicate the day to sightseeing: the cultural heritage of the country is simply incredible! One option is Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia, with its Svetitskhoveli Cathedral – one of the most sacred places in Georgia and a UNESCO heritage site.
Back at Kazbegi village, it is hard to argue that a hot shower is the primary advancement of Western civilization! Equally, hardly anything compares with traditional Georgian hospitality!
Travel back to Tbilisi and sightseeing. We can have an optional extra day trip to a winery or Borjomi natural reserve, with its mineral water springs and conifer forests, or a resort at the Black Sea.
Flight back home.
Anna Drozhzhina, an experienced trek leader and an aspiring mountain/ski guide, a student of Kyrgyzstan Mountain Guides Association (KMGA/IFMGA), based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Considerable experience working as a lead guide on Elbrus (over 30 climbs from South, North and West), Kazbek and Kamchatka. Certified first-aider. Speaks English and French.
Andrew Golovachev, an experienced trek leader, avid alpine climber, devoted adventure photographer, aspiring mountain/ski guide and a student of Kyrgyzstan Mountain Guides Association (KMGA/IFMGA), based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Meticulously organised and participated in treks, climbs, ski tours and expeditions to Tajikistan Pamirs, Patagonia, Peru, Morocco, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Georgian and Russian Caucasus and Kamchatka. A full member of the British Alpine Club. Personal mission: to maintain informal connections between the outdoor communities of Russia and the rest of the world.
Visited over 40 countries, lived in the UK for four years. Certified first-aider.
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