Alpine tour to mount Kazbek (Kazbegi) – Climb to Mkinvartsveri 5047m

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Alpine tour to mount Kazbek (Kazbegi) – Climb to Mkinvartsveri 5047m

Tour name: Alpine tour to mount Kazbek (Kazbegi) – Climb to Mkinvartsveri 5047m

Route: Tbilisi – Stephantsminda – Meteostation – Mountain Peak – Meteostation – Stephantsminda – Tbilisi
Tour type: Alpine tour, Climbing
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Tent, Meteostation
Meal: Full Board
Tour Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Walking distance: Stephantsminda – Meteostation ( 17 km) – Meteostation– Mountain Peak (7 km)
Meeting Point: Agreed location

DAY 1: Tbilisi – Ananuri – Fasanauri – Gudauri- Stephantsminda (Climb to Mount Kazbek)

09:00 Departure from Tbilisi to Kazbegi

10:30 Your first stop will be at Ananuri complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes

11:30 Continue our drive to see the conjunction of two small mountain rivers in the Village Pasanauri

13:00 We will drive over the Cross Pass and make a short stop at the “Friendship Monument” in Gudauri ski resort

13:30 Vedza – Sour Springs

16:30 Dariali gorge

19:00 Arrival, Dinner and overnight at the local guesthouse.

DAY 2: Stefantsminda – Gergeti – Meteostation (Climb to Mount Kazbek)

06:00 After breakfast departure to Meteostation. In order to bring food supplies and tents to the Station we hire a horse (Included in the price). Additional horse can be hired to bring personal supplies (Cost of additional horse is not included in the package)

From Stephanstimnda to Gergeti monastery we drive on SUV 4X4

15:00 – 16:00 Arrival to Meteostation. Free time. Overnight

DAY 3: Acclimatization (Climb to Mount Kazbek)

On the day three we prepare for the ascend; we get accustomed to the height and fully acclimatize. We ascend from the Station (3657 meters above the sea level) to the 4200 meter point. After a short break we go back to the station. Overnight.

DAY 4: Climb to Mount Kazbek

We start the ascend in the morning 04:00 am.

After several hours with the assistance of professional guide we get to the highest point on the mountain (5047 meters). After short break we return to the Meteostation

Free time. Overnight

DAY 5: Extra day (Climb to Mount Kazbek)

In case for some reason we were unable to ascend on day 4 (Bad Weather / Tourist has some difficulties) we try our luck on the fifth day. Overnight

DAY 6: Meteostation – Stephantsminda – Tbilisi (Climb to Mount Kazbek)

Descend to Stephantsminda

Gergeti Trinity Church located on altitude of 2200 m. and enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Kazbegi and village Stephantsminda.

Drive back to Tbilisi

End of Alpine tour to mount Kazbek (Kazbegi) – Climb to Mkinvartsveri 5047m.

 

Mt. Kazbek

This 5047m extinct volcano towering west of Kazbegi has much folk history. The Greek Prometheus was supposedly chained up here for stealing fire from the gods, as was the Georgian Amirani, for challenging God’s omnipotence. Amirani’s legendary abode was somewhere near the Betlemi (Bethlehem) cave, 4000m above sea level, where resided a hermit and many very sacred objects – Christ’s manger, Abraham’s tent and a dove-rocked golden cradle whose sight would blind a human being. There were taboos against hunting on the mountain and climbing it. Not surprisingly, the first to conquer Kazbek’s peak were foreigners: Fresh-field, Tucker and Moore of the London Alpine Club in 1868.
There is indeed a cave at 4000m, near the Meteo Station, which serves as the base for Kazbek ascents today. Somewhere around 5000 people a year climb to Kazbek’s summit but it’s not for everyone: this is a challenging mountaineering experience that requires fitness and acclimatization to altitude. At the Meteo Station you may be able to join a group heading to the summit for 50 GEL to 100 GEL – but to ensure guide services you should organize them beforehand with our Company.
The ascent is technically straightforward, though there is some danger in crevasses. It generally takes three or four days from Kazbegi, with nights spent at the Meteo Station. The second day is usually spent acclimatizing with climbs to the Maili Plateau (4500m) or Ortsveri Peak (4365m). On day three you start for the summit from the Meteo Station in the early hours of the morning. The ascent takes around six hours, with the steep final 150m involving about three rope lengths of 35- to 40-degree ice. The descent to the Meteo Station for the third night takes up to another six hours.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble (XVI-XVII A.D.)
  • Gudauri Ski Resort
  • Friendship Monument - Gudauri Panorama
  • Vedza - Sour mineral springs
  • Gergeti Trinity Church
  • Dariali gorge
  • Mount Kazbek (Kazbegi) 5047 m.

Itenirary

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Gergeti Trinity Church
Gergeti Trinity Church

This spectacular building says “Georgia” like no other buildings can. The Tsminda Sameba or Gergetis Thrinity Church has been the subject of a million tourist photos, book covers and postcards. Built of massive granite blocks at a height of 2,170 meters, the 14th century cross-domed church and bell tower are an amazing feat of architecture and sheer human dedication. The exterior is richly carved with grape vines, animals and the sun, all of which is covered in a thick layer of startling yellow lichen, almost as old as the church itself. Framed by the magnificence of the snow covered Mount Kazbegi, it’s easy to see why this is one of the highlights of any trip to Georgia. To truly appreciate the view, we recommend hiking from the town of Stepantsminda. Leaving the town, you’ll cross the bridge over the raging torrent of the river Tergi, through the village of Gergeti, and arrive at the church grounds in over an hour. For an easier approach, 4x4 vehicles (which can be rented in the centre of Stepantsminda) take a much quicker route of just half an hour.

Mt. Kazbek
Mt. Kazbek

This 5047m extinct volcano towering west of Kazbegi has much folk history. The Greek Prometheus was supposedly chained up here for stealing fire from the gods, as was the Georgian Amirani, for challenging God’s omnipotence. Amirani’s legendary abode was somewhere near the Betlemi (Bethlehem) cave, 4000m above sea level, where resided a hermit and many very sacred objects – Christ’s manger, Abraham’s tent and a dove- rocked golden cradle whose sight would blind a human being. There were taboos against hunting on the mountain and climbing it. Not surprisingly, the first to conquer Kazbek’s peak were foreigners: Freshfield, Tucker and Moore of the London Alpine Club in 1868. There is indeed a cave at 4000m, near the Meteo Station, which serves as the base for Kazbek ascents today. Somewhere around 5000 people a year climb to Kazbek’s summit but it’s not for everyone: this is a challenging mountaineering experience that requires fitness and acclimatisation to altitude. At the Meteo Station you may be able to join a group heading to the summit for 50 GEL to 100 GEL – but to ensure guide services you should organise them beforehand with our Company. The ascent is technically straightforward, though there is some danger in crevasses. It generally takes three or four days from Kazbegi, with nights spent at the Meteo Station. The second day is usually spent acclimatising with climbs to the Maili Plateau (4500m) or Ortsveri Peak (4365m). On day three you start for the summit from the Meteo Sta- tion in the early hours of the morning. The ascent takes around six hours, with the steep final 150m involving about three rope lengths of 35- to 40-degree ice. The descent to the Meteo Station for the third night takes up to another six hours.

Ananuri Fortress
Ananuri Fortress

The fairy-tale Ananuri ensemble is beautifully situated on the Georgian Military Highway, on the shore of the azure blue Zhinvali reservoir. Zurab Aragveli, who is responsible for building much of what is now seen, was a ruthless local prince known for attacking neighboring mountain clans and even blinding his own brother. In spite of this, the complex he produced rates as one of the top sites of Georgia, with two churches and a watchtower squeezed almost impossibly inside massive defensive walls with huge battlements.

Gudauri Ski Resort
Gudauri Ski Resort

Gudauri, at over 2,000 meters above sea level, is situated on the Georgian military road near the Cross Mountain Pass of the main Caucasus range, about 120km from Tbilisi. Even in mild winters, Gudauri offers reliable snow cover from November through April. The total length of groomed ski runs are over 20km and are suitable for all skiers, from beginners to experts. Gudauri is well known for its winter activities and hosts ski and snowboard competitions and sports festivals every year. Gudauri is also a great summer destination, offering bird watching, trekking, horseback riding and rafting.

Included/Exclude

  • check-1 Transfer Tbilisi – Stephantsminda – Tbilisi 4X4
  • check-1 Transfer Stephantsminda – Gergeti Trinity 4X4
  • check-1 Overnight in Stephantsminda in Guesthouse
  • check-1 Overnight in Meteostation or in Tents
  • check-1 English/Russian speaking professional mountain guide
  • check-1 Full Board meal
  • check-1 Horse rental for tents and food supplies
  • remove Transfer Gergeti Trinity – Stephantsminda (on the back way) upon request – 35$ USD
  • remove Horse for personal equipment. upon request – 150$ USD
  • remove Crampons – upon request – 10$ USD Per Day
  • remove Harnesses – upon request – 10$ USD Per Day
  • remove Ice-axes – upon request – 10$ USD Per Day
  • remove Rope upon – request – 25$ USD Per Day (For 5 people group 1 rope is enough)

FAQs

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What's the necessary gears for this tour?
• Thermo pants and shirt • Socks • Hat • Gloves and Mitts • Polartech sweater • GORE-TEX Coat and pants • GORE-TEX mountain shoes or at lease trekking shoes • GORE-TEX shades •
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Are there age restrictions on this tour?
Participants are age restricted - minimal age 18. (16 year olds are allowed in case they have prior experience in mountain climbing or pursue this discipline as a sport)
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What is the best season for climbing on Mt. Kazbek?
Season: May - October. Experienced climbers can also try winter period

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