Mt. Kazbek is one of the most prominent peaks of Caucasus, tied to numerous myths as well as more modern works of writes or painters. Due to the fact that it's over 5000 meters high (5054m, to be precise) and at the same time not too difficult technically, it's probably the most climbed peak in the Caucasus. Welcome to the Caucasus agency organizes these climbs as well in cooperation with highly experienced local, IFMGA-certified guides.
|Date||No. of participants||Duration||Deposit|
|23. 08. - 29. 08. 2022||3 - 6 (AVAILABLE)||6 or 7 days||not necessary|
Departure from Tbilisi to Stepantsminda in the morning with several stops along the way. The first one will be Ananuri Fortress – a castle and a seat of the Eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi valley located next to the Zhinvali Reservoir. Our next destination will be the Treaty of Georgievsk Monument - 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.
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.
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.
We will wake up at 2am at night and start the climb 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.
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