Climbing Mount Kazbek
Why take this trip?
- Join us on this icy adventure in the summer!
- We provide personalized and dedicated support pre-trip to make sure your every question is answered and you're fully prepared to climb one of the most beautiful Caucasian summits!
- Your guide will be among the most qualified in the world today, ready to deal with every eventuality and with patience to teach you along the way
- We have built in sufficient days for acclimatization and bad weather; we give flexibility if you want to extend your trip and make different travel arrangements
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Arrival to Georgia
Upon your arrival, a representative from Wild Guanabana will be waiting for you outside Tbilisi. Please make sure your flight arrives before 4:00pm. You’ll be transported to Gudauri, a ski resort located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain range, 10 km away from the town of Stephantsminda, former Kazbegi (1,700m). In about 3-4 hours, you’ll arrive at your guesthouse.
Day 2: Into the Mountains (B,L,D)
Today, we’ll take a car up to 2,200m to start our climb. There is an opportunity to leave your extra luggage in a hostel in Gergeti. We’ll start the climb from a plateau and walk through alpine fields for 4-5 hours. We’ll stay overnight in tents at a 3,000m campsite.
Day 3: Head to Base Camp (B,L,D)
Today, after visiting Sameba Monastery we’ll hike for about 3 hours up to the base camp at 3,675m. Here, you’ll see the old Meteostation that was turned into a refuge called Bethlemi Hut. There is a glacier on the way to the hut where we’ll practice walking in crampons and using ropes.
Day 4: Acclimatization Day (B,L,D):
This is our acclimatization day. You can wake up to witness the sunrise with a breathtaking panorama of the Caucasus. We’ll hike 4-5 to the glacier at 4,400m and return to the refuge. The path goes through moraine with a lot of stones and ice. Near the stonefall, it gets trickier and a helmet is necessary. We’ll then get to a flat glacier where there are crevasses, so it is necessary to be roped up. It’s a walk high/sleep low day. We’ll hike down and sleep at 3,675m.
Day 5: Summit Day (B,L,D)
Depending on weather conditions, we should start our summit push at around 2:00am. The weather can be tricky which is why there are buffer days factored in. It’s an icy day today and it can be quite windy too. For the first 3 hours from the hut, we’ll start with a gently inclined traverse to the North side of the Ortsveri glacier. We’ll follow the glacier for 4km passing under the South side of the mountain until we reach Maili Plateau at 4500m. You’ll climb a 200m steep slopes afterwards that leads to a small saddle on the West side of the summit at 4,900m. Snow, rocks and ice with an inclination of 35 to 40 degrees pave the way to the top. We should arrive at the summit (5,033m) at midday. Depending on the weather, we might be able to see a magnificent view of the Caucasus range including Mount Elbrus. It will take us another 4 to 5 hours to descend down to the base camp.
Day 6: Summit Buffer Day (B,L,D)
Buffer summit day in case of bad weather.
Day 7: Head to Mtskheta (B,L,D)
Today we leave the mountain and head to Mtskheta, During the way we will visit, Sameba Monastery; Church Ananauri; Town Mtskheta and Cathedral church Svetitskhoveli.. Mtksheta is one of the oldest cities in Georgia with historical significance and several cultural monuments that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The city was also declared as the “Holy City” by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014.
Day 8: Homebound (B)
Depending on the time of your flight, you will be transported to Tbilisi airport for your flight back home.
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation inc. physical and mental
- Airport pickup and drop off
- All private transfers during the trip (Tbilisi - Gudauri - Stephantsminda - Church Sameba -Tbilisi)
- Three daily meals during the climb
- Comfortable accommodation at guesthouse and huts/tents during the climb
- 3* star hotel in Tbilisi on double room basis and bed and breakfast basis
- Experienced local English speaking guides (1:3 ratio)
- Electricity 220 V, 50 Hz
- Excursion: Monastery Sameba; Ananuri fortress; Town Mtskheta; Cathedral church Svetitskhoveli
- Access to kitchen and utensils at Base Camp
- All international and domestic flights to Tbilisi, Georgia
- Travel and medical insurance
- Tips and gratuity to expedition staff
- Georgia visa fee
- Excess baggage charges and airport tax