Located in Tana Valley, just 2 hours driving from Tbilisi and 25 km from Gori, is the stunning waterfall of Biisi, one of the best locations for ice climbing in Georgia. This spectacular frozen waterfall soars 45m tall and is both easily accessible and approachable (just 30 minutes of trekking). It hosts a wide range of grades and climbing categories, making it an ideal place to learn ice climbing for the very first time. For more intermediate ice climbers, check out our intermediate ice climbing course here.
We designed this ice climbing course for those who want to discover the thrilling and fast-evolving sport of ice climbing. Our 2-day course is an intensive instruction course, with a lot of fun. You will learn all the necessary skills to start ice climbing with confidence, supervised by your IFMGA/GMGA professional guide at all times. Absolutely no previous ice climbing experience is required for joining us here! Your guide will provide quality instruction on basic ice climbing skills, proper climbing technique and movement, rope work, ice protection, and ice safety. You’ll also learn how to use technical equipment such as ice axes and crampons on ice routes grade 3-5.
This single day course includes transportation to and from Tbilisi. We also offer multi-day programs at request, where we will completely design an itinerary based on your needs (including accommodation and transportation). Please contact us so we can create your customized package.
No prior ice climbing experience is necessary, but we highly advise to have some rock climbing experience.
Fitness Levels recommended
You should be physically fit, as spending a full day in cold environments can be physically exhausting. You can prepare by doing some hiking, trail running, swimming, or cycling.
Meet your guide at the meetup location in Tbilisi the night before the course starts, where you will have a brief introduction and the guide will check all your gear. This will allow time to rent any necessary gear.
At early morning, we will drive to Tana Valley, which is about 2 hours from Tbilisi. We will start the approach to the frozen waterfall which will take us 30 minutes trekking through a trail. Your guide will instruct you on learning the basic ice climbing techniques and ensuring you know how to use all the technical equipment. Your guide will supervise as you effectively use your ice axes on various climbs. You will learn how to belay your climbing partner on this day as well. After a full day of intensive climbing, we’ll drive back to Tbilisi.
Harness – Mountaineering or climbing harness with 2 screw karabiners and 60cm tape sling. Harness should be able to fit with your mountaineering jackets on
Helmet – Standard climbing helmet
Alpine Climbing Boots – Shoes should be waterproof, insulated, and with a solid sole. Preferably, semi-automatic or automatic crampons should fit the boot. (B2 or B3 crampons). The boots should be designed for alpine mountaineering and ice climbing.
Overboots / Gaiters – Gaiters are essential to avoid getting the boots wet. Protecting you from getting wet and from hitting your trousers with crampons.
Crampons – Crampons should be automatic or semi-automatic. Designed for ice climbing. 12 point steel with anti-balling, which is preventing snow sticking.
Technical Ice Axes – with adze and sharpened picks. 1 pair needed
Trekking Poles – not necessary, but if you prefer to bring for 30 minutes of trekking
Eye protection – sunglasses for mountaineering that fit face snug and tight. Should be 3-4th category
Waterproof Shell Jacket
Down Jacket – Light-medium weight preferably. Hooded or without hood is fine
Mid Layer Jacket – Fleece Jacket to put on top of thermal layer
Thermal Base Layer Shirt – Can be a synthetic or wool layer. Should be long sleeve, preferably ¼ or ½ zipper for ventilation.
Waterproof Shell Trousers
Thermal Base Layer Underwear/Leggings
Beanie hat, buff, balaclava – Gear to keep the head and face warm.
Water Proof Insulated Gloves or Mittens
Trekking Gloves – Should be warm, but not bulky
Socks – Lightweight and medium weight mountaineering wool socks.
50+ SPF Sun protection SPF for lips and face.
Thermos – Up to 1 liter
Reusable water bottle – Up to 1 liter
*Please contact us for pricing on groups larger than 4 people