Two summits of Kazbegi: Kazbek (5047 m) and Chaukhi (3842 m)
This is a unique opportunity to climb two summits of Kazbegi region: Kazbek (5047 m) and Chaukhi (3842 m) during one expedition!
Kazbek (Mkinwarcweri – in Georgian „an icy peak”) is not the highest peak in Georgia, but unquestionably the most photographed one. Situated on the Georgia – Russia border, this majestic volcano presents moderate climbing difficulties. Thanks to its comparatively ease of access and no permits needed, the summit is being attempted by dozens of climbers each year, with many of them not succeeding. The easiest, Normal route graded with Russian 2A or PD in the Alpine scale is mostly glacier walking except for the crux which is 100 m of an easy ice climbing in the couloir below the summit. Difficulty comes with length of the route – it takes on average 10 hours to reach the summit and get back to the summit camp at 3653 m, suddenly changing weather conditions, altitude and crevasses as well as falling rocks.
We guarantee however that with us you will get the best possible support to climb this beautiful summit – our experienced guide, horses to carry our rucksacks on the way up, best climbing equipment, gradual acclimatization, an extra day in case of bad weather and local guide with current knowledge of safe passage through the glacier.
But first we check our skills while climbing Chaukhi (3842 m) – being reffered to as a “Dolomites of the Caucasus” – this 7 or even 13 summits rocky peak has a beautiful location above Juta village. It has become very popular among climbers because of the variety of climbing routes it offers. We will take one of the 1A – 2A routes to get to the top, from where with clear sky we will see Kazbek, Khevi region and Khevsureti region mountains.
Combination of these two peaks is one of its kind – you will experience totally different conditions on the ascent. We highly recommend this tour to those you just started to explore higher mountains.
Not sure if you could make it? – In our short pre-tour questionnaire we will check your readiness to make sure you do!
21.07 – 30.07.2017, 04.08-13.08.2017, 11.08-20.08.2017, 25.08-03.09.2017
Day 1 – Night flight to Georgia, pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel, rest in a hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 2 – Breakfast, food shopping in the morning, drive towards Juta – the small village in the Sno Valley, via the Georgian Military Highway – stop by to see the Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument, lunch at Zeta Camp in Juta and start of ascent towards base camp at the altitude of approx. 3000 m, after setting up a camp, we take a short hike to the Chaukhi Pass (3431 m) and back to the camp, overnight in tents at the bottom of Chaukhi.
Meals: breakfast/lunch/dinner – camp kitchen
Day 3 – Summit day – ascent of Chaukhi (3842 m) early in the morning via one of the routes chosen at the briefing (1A – 2A on Russian scale), descent to the camp, dinner and overnight in Zeta Camp.
Meals: breakfast – camp kitchen /dinner – Zeta Camp
Day 4 – After breakfast drive to Kazbegi (about 20 km). Along the way we will see Arsha waterfalls and mineral water springs – there will be an opportunity to swim in the open-air mineral water pool. Accommodation in a guest house in Gergeti. Lunch. Short hike to the Holy Trinity Church, located above the village Gergeti at an altitude of 2170 metres. Dinner at the guesthouse.
Meals: breakfast /lunch/dinner
Overnight: guesthouse in Gergeti
Day 5 – After breakfast drive by car to the Holy Trinity Church, where we start the ascent on the Kazbek mountain (5047 m). The route leads initially sharply uphill to the viewpoint on Sabertse, from where first crossing the glacier we get to Kazbek BC – Meteostation (Bethlemi Hut – 3653 m). Overnight in the building of Meteostation (6-7 hours ascent, part of our bags will be carried by horses).
Meals: breakfasct/packed lunch/dinner (camp kitchen – meals prepared by the participants and the guide of the products purchased by the guide)
Accommodation: Bethlemi Hut 3653 m.
Day 6 – Acclimatization day. Training in glacier techniques.
Meals: breakfast / dinner – camp kitchen – meals prepared by the participants and the guide of the products purchased by the guide.
Accommodation: Bethlemi Hut 3653 m
Day 7 – Kazbek Summit Day. Start at night at ca 2 AM (the average duration of summit ascent – both ways takes around 10 hours). Overnight in Meteostation or in Gergeti – depending on group willingness and strenght.
Meals: breakfast / dinner – camp kitchen – meals prepared by the participants and the guide of the products purchased by the guide or dinner in a guesthouse
Accommodation: Meteostation/ Bethlemi Hut 3653 m or guesthouse in Gergeti
Day 8 – Descent to Gergeti or back up day in case of bad weather or in case of earlier descent from the mountains we organize additional tour in the Kazbegi region – depending on weather and willingness of the group to choose from: Dariali Gorge and waterfall Gveleti or Truso Gorge.
In the evening you will take part in supra – a real traditional Georgian feasting, during which we will have the opportunity to taste specialties of Georgian cuisine, hear traditional toasts and songs performed by local musicians. All willing to help in the kitchen will be given a chance to learn how to prepare some of the dishes (khinkali, khachapuri, eggplants with nuts).
Meals: breakfast/-/supra in Gergeti.
Accommodation: Meteostation or guesthouse in Gergeti.
Day 9 – Day for the senses! We go to Kakheti, the land of wine and best cuisine, land of the ancient kingdom of Kartli – the cradle of the Georgian statehood. First, after about 3 hours of drive we reach the XI-century monastery Alaverdi, aftrerwards you will taste the local specialties in Matsoni House, then visit the ancient academy of Ikalto, where David IV the builder studied. Next we will go to the ancient capital of Georgia – Gremi and further to Kvareli, where we take part in wine tasting at the biggest local producers. Trip will end with a visit to the residence of the eighteenth-century “father of the Georgian Romanticism” Alexander Chavchavadze in Tsinandali. Drive back to Tbilisi. City walking tour in the evening. Free time for shopping and sightseeing.
Meals: breakfast in Gergeti/lunch & wine tastings in Kakheti/-
Accommodation: hostel in Tbilisi
Day 10 – Airport transfer. Fly back to the country of origin.
Price: on request (excluding flight tickets – happy to assist you in locating the cheapest flights!)
Price includes: overnight in line with itinerary – hostels and guesthouses or tents, all transfers with comfort minivans or 4×4 vehicles in line with itinerary, English/ German/ Russian speaking leader/ guide depending on group set up, meals in line with itinerary (Georgian and European cuisine), food ingredients while in the mountains – please note that participants prepare meals together with a guide, climbing equipment: lines, carabiners, slings for the team, transportation of part of the bags to the Bethlemi Hut by horses (1 horse per 3 participants), additional guide on summit days, degustation of wines in Kvareli, mountaineering & travel insurance, satellite phone on Kazbek summit day, tents – organizer will coordinate number of participants and tents.
Price does not include: airfares, meals not listed in the itinerary, all other expenses not covered by the itinerary. personal climbing and camping equipment (helmet, harness, crampons, ice-axe, mats, sleeping bags) – these can be rented on the ground at extra cost (25$ per person/ set).
The minimum number of participants for this trip amounts to 5 people.
Depending on air tickets’ availability we will coordinate participants and airport transfers accordingly.
Please note that the final decision regarding day of ascent and descent, choice of the route as well as assessment of overall circumstances influencing further activity in the mountains is the sole responsibility of the guide.
Additional information and registration:
Tel/ Viber: (+ 48) 793 382 875 Poland
Tel: (+ 995) 599 997 109 Georgia
(we speak English, Russian, German, Polish)