8 Days Mount Kazbek Climbing Tour
750 EURper person
Mount Kazbek Climbing Tour – perfect offer for groups and companies who want to offer/be offered an easiest possible adventure to make it to the top of 5000m summit of mountain Kazbeg with a help of professionals.
Mount Kazbek Climbing Tour Outline:
Day 1: Tbilisi – Stepantsminda
Day 2: Stepantsminda – Gergeti Trinity church – Hike to the meteostation or Altihut
Day 3: Walk to Betlemi chapel – Training session
Day 4: Hike to the summit
Day 5: Second try
Day 6: Walk to the Stepantsminda
Day 7: Visit Juta
Day 8: Tbilisi day tour or David Gareja, winery and Sighnaghi
Our guides have been climbing in Caucasus for 7 to 15 years. They are experienced, with European certificates which ensures safety of our customers. They are well equipped in terms of equipment as well as responsibility and common sense. They speak English and may speak some other languages as well upon demand. They are oriented to customer and will make sure you will get the highest quality of expeditions and professional detail oriented service during mt Kazbeg climbing tour.
The tourist are obliged to follow Guide instructions and don’t get involved in other activities such as:
1. Go alone outside of camping area,
2. Alcohol is only allowed after summit push.
3. Give a notice to a guide when living the camping area or getting involved in activities that are not scheduled.
Getting above so called lower Plato 4200M elevation will count as a summit push, meaning no extra try.
The guide evaluates the risks and hazards and makes the return decisions.
Kazbek is not technical mountain to climb, But if not respected things can go very wrong, especially when weather does not allow to climb the summit.
A different version of this tour – Mount Kazbek Climbing Tour 2
Drive to Kazbegi via a military highway
At the beginning of the mount Kazbegi climbing tour we will drive to Kazbegi via a military highway. Our first stop will be Ananuri Fortress – a castle and a seat of the Eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi located next to the Zhinvali Reservoir. Our next destination will be the Monument of the friendship - Gudauri panorama which is distinguished by a view of the Devil's Valley in the Caucasus mountains.
Then we will reach Stepantsminda where we will prepare for the next day's trek.
Overnight in Stepantsminda.
Visit Gergeti Trinity church - Hike to Meteo station
(Distance - 11km, Elevation Gain - 1770m, Elevation Loss - 140m).
After breakfast we will drive to Gergeti Trinity church. The temple is on the top of the mountain (2170m), from where the view of the whole region can be seen and there is iconic Mt Kazbek (5.047m) peak-3rd highest mountain in Georgia behind.
From here we will start hiking to Betlemi hut (3660m) which is called a Meteo station - it used to be a soviet meteorological station and now it is a basic mountain hut with electricity . Horses will carry our luggage. After ascending the ridge via an open grassy valley, we will enjoy a beautiful view towards Mt. Kazbek and will start trekking across its glacier. In the end we will make it to the Meteo station and overnight there.
(Elevation Gain/Loss - 270m)
We will dedicate this day to acclimatization and training. We will walk to Betlemi chapel - The highest church in Georgia - 3930m. Later we will return to the hut to have a training session where the guide will show you how to use gear correctly and be more confident to reach the summit.
Overnight at the Meteo station.
Ascend to the summit - first try
(Elevation Gain/Loss - 1400m, Duration - 10-14 hours)
We will wake up at 2am at night and start the climb tour to Mt Kazbeg so by sunrise we reach the Plateau (4400m). Tied by ropes, we will climb to the saddle of Mt. Kazbeg’s two summits then continue from the saddle to the summit via snow and icy slopes. After reaching the summit we will take a break and return to the meteostation.
Overnight in the Meteo station.
Climb the peak for a second attempt
We will use this day to climb the peak for a second attempt if the previous day due to bad weather or some other reason we could not complete the task.
Overnight in the Meteo station.
In case you are able to climb the summit on first try this tour we will shortened to 7 days and all the activities of the next days will be moved 1 day earlier.
Return back to Stepantsminda
(Distance - 14km, Elevation Gain - 200, Elevation Loss - 2200m)
After breakfast we will leave the hut, pass Gergeti Trinity church and descend to Stepantsminda and have dinner in the guesthouse.
v Overnight in Stepantsminda.
In the morning we will visit village Juta. From the village we will hike 1.5km to 5th season in the heart of the Caucasus mountains. There we can drink coffee and enjoy magical panoramas and possibly continue hiking to the lake below Chaukhi massif.
In the evening we will drive back to the capital - Tbilisi.
Tbilisi City Tour
Today we will have a tour in the capital city of Tbilisi. There we will visit Newly built pedestrian glass and steel bridge with bow design - Peace Bridge and reach Mother of Georgia’s monument via cable car. Then we will walk to the sulfur baths and visit Leghvtakhevi Waterfall. After that we will walk to Rustaveli avenue and take pictures of the parliament historical building.
Alternatively we can drive to the eastern Georgia where we will visit the monastery complex built in the sixth century – David Gareja, a cave town and a spiritual sanctuary for monks.
Then we will visit Sighnaghi and have a tour in a local winery. There you will learn more about winemaking traditions of Georgia and taste chacha(vodka) and several types of wines. Then we will walk to the Sighnaghi historical walls and look at the view of Alazani valley
In the evening we will return to the capital Tbilisi and transfer to the airport.