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Why take this trip

Georgia is rich in mountain culture that varies greatly from the Himalayas. If you’ve been hiking or climbing in the Himalayas or are looking for a beautiful snow covered peak, then this trip is for you. This trip will also give you a little glimpse of what it would be like to be on a mountain expedition.

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Who is this for

This climb is suited for those who are comfortable trekking and are eager to broaden their expertise in snowy terrain. This climb will give you a more solid background on the basic technical climbing skills you need, while also teaching you the fundamentals of dealing with crevasses and fixed rope. This learning experience comes alongside the unique backdrop of Georgia.

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What’s next

Upon completing Kazbek, you will have the necessary climbing and altitude experience to go for more difficult climbs, such as Elbrus or Stanley.

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, 10km away from the town of Stepantsminda, former Kazbegi (1,700m). In about 3-4 hours, you’ll arrive at your guesthouse.
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. There will be horses to carry personal belongings until we reach our campsite. We’ll stay overnight in tents at a 3,000m campsite.
Today, we’ll hike for about 3 hours up to the base camp at 3,675m. Here, you’ll see the old Meteo Station 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.
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.
Depending on weather conditions, we should start our summit push at around 3:00 am. 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.
Buffer summit day in case of bad weather.
Buffer summit day in case of bad weather. Or in case of an early summit, the buffer days will be used for sightseeing in Gudauri and Mtskheta. Mtskheta 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.
Depending on the time of your flight, you will be transported to Tbilisi airport for your flight back home.
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Terrain

The area around Mount Kazbek includes beech forests, sub-alpine forests and alpine meadows. Many of the plants and animals in the reserve are endemic to the Caucasus region. Once we’re on the mountain it is mostly glacier walking, up till the crux which is about 100m of relatively easy ice climbing in the couloir below the summit. We’ll also be roped in many parts of the climb due to the many crevasses that are spread out like a maze on the mountain.

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Weather

Kazbek climbing season is during the summer months, as the temperatures in the winter months can reach -25 to -35 degrees on the summit and high-speed wind can cause a lot of avalanches at high altitude.

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Food

We will be having three tasty meals everyday cooked by our Georgian guiding team to give us the energy enough to go on our quest. Upon our descent we will get to enjoy the deliciously warm Georgian cuisine which offers the best of the Caucasian, Eastern European and Middle Eastern culinary traditions in one dish.

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Accommodation

Our nights on the mountain will be spent in tents in the campsite.

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Overall Difficulty

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Technical Skills

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Days

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Fitness level

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Altitude

Technical Skills

No experiences is needed: Anyone can join this trip.
Minimal experience: You should probably have some hiking experience to join this trip. It is advisable to have gone on a hike for at least 2 days prior to joining this trip.
Moderate experience: You should have some climbing experience to join this trip. It is advisable to have been on at least a 4-day climb before joining this trip.
Technical experience: You should have technical climbing experience before joining this trip. It is recommended that you have experience with crampons, skis, ropes and belays.
Advanced technical experience: You should have technical climbing experience to join this trip. Depending on the climb, you will need a specific set of skills.

fitness level

Occasional workout, no fixed routine.
Workout routine with at least 2-3 workouts a week, overall in good shape. Trekking days on this trip are around 3-4 hours long each day with little elevation.
Workout routine with at least 4-5 workouts a week, overall in great shape. Trekking days on this trip are around 4-5 hours long each day with moderate elevation.
Workout routine with at least 5 workouts a week. Trekking days on this trip are around 5-7 hours long each day with high elevation.
Specified workout routine with at least 5 workouts a week as well as technical training. Trekking days on this trip are 8 hours long each day with extreme elevation.

Altitude

1,500m - 2,999m
3,000m - 4,499m
4,500m - 5,999m
6,000m - 7,499m
7,500m - 8,999m

Climbing Days

0 - 4 Days
5 - 9 Days
10 - 12 Days
13 - 15 Days
16+ Days

PRICE

$1,400

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PRICE INCLUDES

    • This price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.
    • Consultation on every aspect of preparation including physical and mental 
    • Transfer from and to airport 
    • All transportation mentioned above
    • 2 nights in 4* Hotel in Tbilisi
    • 1 night in 4* Hotel in Gudauri
    • 4 nights in "Climbing Georgia" BC (3650 m) in tents (2 people per tent)
    • Meals as mentioned above (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) 
    • Experienced English speaking mountain guides (ratio 1: 4) for the duration of the expedition
    • Electricity 220 V, 50 Hz 
    • Excursion: Monastery Sameba; Ananuri fortress; Town Mtskheta; Cathedral church Svetitskhoveli
    • Access to kitchen and utensils at BC
    • Persona equipment (ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet, 2 carabiners)
    • Group climbing equipment including first aid equipment
    • Horses to carry personal belongings to Base Camp at 3,675m
    • Certification of climbing Mount Kazbek

PRICE EXCLUDES

    • International flights
    • Visa Fee 
    • Excess baggage & Airport Taxes 
    • Single Supplement fee 
    • Personal & Travel insurance
    • Vaccinations 
    • Bottled Beverages  
    • Gear rental available at additional cost (Let us know if you would need any)
    • Tips and Gratuity