+995 599 997 109 info@7sensestravel.ge

 

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.

Although the main purpose of the expedition is to ascent peak of Kazbek (5047 m), you will have a unique opportunity to experience much more with us – treks through the gorges and peaks surrounding Kazbegi, a traditional Georgian hospitality with two different regional edges: in Khevi and in Kakheti. You will hear not only toasts but also music from both regions, try regional cuisine, immerse yourself in stories told at the table by the best hosts – tamada. In the vicinity of Kazbegi we head to the such magical places as Juta or Truso gorge, in Kakheti try the best wines made with traditional methodology listed as on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dates: 2019 coming soon

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Fly to Georgia: Tbilisi or Kutaisi airport.

Meals: –

Accommodation: –

Day 2 – Transfer from the airport to Kazbegi via Georgian Military Highway. After having lunch in our guesthouse in Gergeti you will have some time for a short rest. Afterwards you will take part in briefing before next day start of the ascent. 

Meals: -/lunch/dinner

Accommodation: guesthouse in Gergeti.

Day 3 – 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 after a short descent and crossing the glacier river we get to our first bivouac place. Overnight in tents at an altitude of approx. 2800 m (4-5 hours ascent, part of our bags will be carried by horses)

Meals: breakfast/packed lunch/dinner (camp kitchen – meals prepared by the participants and the guide of the products purchased by the guide)

Accommodation: tents.

Day 4 – After breakfast, we continue our ascent to Bethlemi Hut at altitude of 3653 m above the sea level. On this day we will be crossing the glacier. (Ascent will take about 3 hours). After lunch and a rest, we are going to have a short acclimatization hike nearby the Bethlemi Hut.

Meals: breakfast / dinner – camp kitchen – meals prepared by the participants and the guide of the products purchased by the guide.

Overnight: tents

Day 5 – 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: tents

Day 6 – Summit Day. Start at night at ca 2 AM (the average duration of summit ascent – both ways takes around 10 hours). Overnight in tents 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: tents or guesthouse in Gergeti

Day 7 – 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 (1) Dariali Gorge and waterfall Gveleti (2) Truso Gorge (3) Juta and hike to the Chaukhi Pass (ca. 2400 m).

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: tent or guesthouse in Gergeti.

Day 8 – We get back to Tbilisi via Georgian Military Highway, on the way we stop by Georgian-Russian Monument of Friendship. For those willing to take in some more adrenaline there will be a possibility to fly in tandem paragliding flights 🙂 After reaching Tbilisi you will have some time for shopping and rest. In the evening we meet again for a farewell dinner 🙂

Meals: breakfast in a guesthouse in Gergeti/dinner in a restaurant in Tbilisi. 

Accommodation: hostel in Tbilisi.

Day 9 – Airport transfer. Fly back to the country of origin.

Meals: -/-/-

Accommodation: –


 

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 day, travel insurance, supra with food and wine, 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).


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.

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.

Additional information and registration:

info@7sensestravel.ge

Tel/ Viber: (+ 48) 793 382 875 Poland

Tel: (+ 995) 599 997 109 Georgia

(we speak English, Russian, German, Polish)

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