Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Beginning and Finish: Tbilisi
Best Season: From July to September 10
The tour is available starting from 1 person
Accommodation: Tourist hotels, camping tents
Food: All Meals
Mode of travel: 4WD vehicles, minibuses/trekking
Tour Support: If group size is 1-4 persons; English knowing trekking guide driver, horses in Mount Ararat for carrying luggage, if more than 4 minibuses or buses.
Included: All meals
Accommodation for 8 nights in tourist hotels, rent of tents and sleeping bags
All transfers, rent of horses
All activities as per itinerary with all entry fees
Travel permits in protected areas
Certificate for climbing on Mount Aragats and Mt Ararat
Excluded: Optional activities
Day 1: Tbilisi to Kazbeghi
Transfer from Tbilisi to Stepantsminda (also known as village Kazbeghi) located 157 km to the north of Tbilisi at 1740 m above sea level, along the banks of Thergi River. The most notable mountain here is Mount Kazbek that lies to the west of the town. Mt. Shani, 4451m above sea level, is the second most prominent peak, 9 km to the east of Stepantsminda. The climate of the region is known for its relatively dry, cold winters and long, cool summers. The coldest month is January (-5.2 degrees Celsius) and the warmest month is July (14.1 degrees). Stepantsminda is a center for trekkers and mountain climbers, who are looking for adventures in the Grand Caucasus Mountains, especially climbing Mount Kazbek. Mount Kazbek, the 3rd highest mountain of Georgia, is a dormant stratovolcano with elevation of 5033m. It is located in the Khokh Range, which runs north to the Greater Caucasus Range. The name of the mount is given by Russians, who inhabited this part of the Caucasian Mountain Range.
Day 2: Trek to Meteo Station
Our phased conquest of the proud peak of the Caucasus begins with a climb from the village of Kazbeghi up by Darial Gorge to the weather station (we start at 7.00). Transfer by jeep to Sameba Church (2200m) and then walk up to Meteorological Station situated at 3,650 meters, total trekking time from the village to the meteo station is 7-8 h, the degree of difficulty is medium. The weather station is a mountain refuge, a base camp used for overnight and acclimatization (basic amenities).
Day 3: Acclimatization Treks at Kazbek
Before starting the climb of the summit we will have an acclimatization day. Our guide will also help us practice the use of climbing equipment. Acclimatization takes place at the altitude of 4100-4200 meters. The group, accompanied by the mountain guide, will adapt and enjoy the truly incredible views and the healing energy of the mountains. After checking climbing equipment, the team is ready for the climb of the next day.
Day 4: Mount Kazbek Summit Day
The most exciting part of the trip, climbing to the summit of Mount Kazbek (total trekking time 10-12 h, start at the height of 3600 meters, level of difficulty high). The upper slopes of Kazbek are permanently snow-covered and present a challenging objective for every mountaineer. Start at 2am and walk to the Plateau at 4500m (4 hours), then Plateau to Saddle (4900m at 30 degrees), from Saddle to Summit at 40-45 degrees, use of ice axes and fixed ropes. Return to Meteorological Station. During the walk from 3900m to the summit and back to 3900m, the group will be roped by crevasses.
Day 5: Back to the Valley
After the peak of the mountain is conquered the adventures prepare to move down to village Kazbeghi. The landscape changes as we progress back to civilization. Glaciers and moraines are replaced by rocks; a marked trail can already be seen. We reach the village and on to the comfort and warmth of our hostel.
Day 6: Free day in Tbilisi
After breakfast, we drive back to Tbilisi.