Embark on a thrilling guided tour of Mount Kazbek, where an incredible adventure awaits. Join us as we conquer the heights of this magnificent peak and immerse ourselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Eastern Caucasus.
During our expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the newly constructed Altihut, a cozy and charming mountain refuge nestled at 3000m. This delightful retreat offers a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, providing the perfect base for our exhilarating climbing journey.
Wake up to stunning panoramic views that will leave you breathless, surrounded by the striking contrast of crimson-colored rock and pristine white snow. Altihut serves as your haven amidst nature, offering a place to relax and recharge after thrilling days of exploration.
Our team of expert guides will accompany you every step of the way, ensuring your safety and sharing their extensive knowledge of the area. With their guidance, you’ll uncover the hidden secrets of Mount Kazbek, creating cherished memories that will stay with you for years to come.
Join us on this unforgettable adventure, where the allure of Mount Kazbek beckons. Get ready to be captivated by its magnificence as we conquer its heights and create a truly remarkable experience together.
For an optimal Mount Kazbek climbing experience, the recommended period is from June to September. During this time, the weather tends to be more stable, offering mild temperatures. Moreover, the trails are usually clear of deep snow, allowing for better visibility of crevices, which enhances safety by enabling careful avoidance. In spring, we offer exclusive ski touring tours on Mount Kazbek, catering specifically to ski touring groups. If you’re interested in exploring Mount Kazbek through ski touring, we invite you to check out our dedicated Mount Kazbek ski tour here.
A general mountaineering experience would be beneficial but not essential for your upcoming trip. Rest assured, your experienced guide will provide detailed instructions on all the necessary climbing techniques to reach the summit. This comprehensive instruction session will take place on Day 4, a full day dedicated to training near the basecamp.
Are you ready to conquer high altitudes? Physical fitness is key for an unforgettable summit day, where you’ll ascend a staggering 1,400 meters in just one day. Endurance and mental strength will be put to the test. To ensure you’re fully prepared for the adventure of climbing Mount Kazbek, we recommend practicing mountain trail hiking or trail running. By improving your fitness levels, you’ll not only optimize your experience but also increase your chances of success. Get motivated and start training today, so you can embrace the challenge that awaits. Join us on this extraordinary journey!
Arrival to Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) where driver will meet you and transport to Tbilisi hotel (or Kazbegi hotel depending on flight schedule) Check in and rest for the night.
A driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Stepantsminda. The drive is approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arrival, you will meet your local mountain guide who will provide an introduction and briefing about the plans for the upcoming days. The guide will also check to ensure that you have all the necessary equipment and clothing for climbing Mount Kazbek. Afterwards, you will embark on a 3-hour hike to the altitude hut, situated at 3,000 meters
After breakfast, we will embark on a hike from Altihut, reaching an elevation of 3,800 meters. This delightful trek not only offers breathtaking views but also aids in acclimatizing your body to the altitude.
After an early breakfast, we will proceed to the basecamp of Mount Kazbek, located at an altitude of 3650m. The focus of this day will be acclimatization and training. We will then embark on a trek up to a ridge that will lead us to a small church cabin situated at 3,950m. Following this, we will descend back to the basecamp and head to a snowy slope adjacent to the camp. Here, your guide will provide important demonstrations on climbing techniques, equipment usage, and safety protocols. We will cover topics such as crampon and ice axe usage, along with exercises for glacier walking and traversing icy slopes. These activities will help strengthen our skills and boost our confidence in reaching the summit of Mount Kazbek. To ensure adequate rest and preparation for an early morning start, we will have an early dinner and retire early.
We’ll wake up at 02:00 and have breakfast before preparing our backpacks and equipment. With headlamps, we’ll start the climb to Mount Kazbek. After reaching 3,900m, we’ll rope together and traverse the glacier. At 4,400m, we’ll witness a stunning sunrise and enjoy panoramic views of the meadows in Russian territory. We’ll take a moment to relax and soak in the glacier environment.
Next, we’ll gradually ascend a 20-degree slope to the saddle of Mount Kazbek’s two summits. The last 100 vertical meters to the summit are the most technical, with snow and icy slopes up to 45 degrees. Reaching the summit will be a memorable experience after a 7-hour ascent together. After some time, we’ll descend back to base camp, taking around 6 hours.
Once we collect our belongings, we’ll descend to the Altihut at 3,013m. Here, we can decompress, enjoy dinner, and rest.”
After enjoying an early breakfast, we will depart from the basecamp and commence our trek back to Trinity Church. This iconic landmark, dating back to the 14th century, is a powerful symbol of Kazbegi that continues to be actively used today. We will have the opportunity to explore the Trinity Church site and immerse ourselves in its historical significance. Following our visit, we will spend the night in Stepantsminda, ensuring a comfortable and restful stay
Transfer to Tbilisi, overnight in a hotel
Departure day. Early breakfast at the hotel, checkout, and transfer to airport with the driver.
Harness – Mountaineering or climbing harness with 2 screw karabiners and 60cm 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 and mixed climbing. 12 point steel with anti-balling, which is preventing snow sticking
Ice Axe – Designed for technical mountaineering and for ice climbing. With adze and sharpened picks. 1 pair needed.
Trekking Poles – Telescopic to suit your size and for different terrain.
Main luggage bag (up to 80L) – All gear can be packed here and extra items which is not needed on trekking day. The horse will take this directly to the basecamp as to alleviate weight from your other bag.
Backpack (35-50L) – This size bag is recommended because larger is unnecessary and leads to excess weight. Recommended to bring a waterproof cover in case of rain. This bag will be on your back during trekking to the basecamp and for the summit.
Headlamp – Fit to size.
Eye protection – sunglasses for mountaineering that fit face snug and tight. Should be 3-4th category
Waterproof Shell Jacket (1)
Down Jacket (1) – Light-medium weight preferably. Hooded or without hood is fine.
Mid Layer Jacket (1) – Fleece Jacket to put on top of thermal layer.
Thermal Base Layer Shirt (1) – Can be a synthetic or wool layer. Should be long sleeve, preferably ¼ or ½ zipper for ventilation.
Waterproof Shell Trousers (1 pair)
Thermal Base Layer Underwear/Leggings ( 1pair) – Can be synthetic or wool.
Beanie hat, buff, balaclava – Gear to keep the head and face warm.
Water Proof Insulated Gloves or Mittens – 1 Pair. For the summit
Trekking Gloves – 1 pair. Should be warm, but not bulky. Only for trekking and on the base camp.
Socks – Lightweight and medium weight mountaineering wool socks. (3 pairs)
Base Camp Slippers – Comfortable slippers for tent and basecamp wear.
Comfortable trekking trousers (1 pairs) – For leisure wear in base camp and for trekking
Basecamp kit and toiletries – Includes toothpaste and toothbrush. Deodorant. Soap. Baby wipes or wet napkins. If you wear contact lenses, bring lenses solution, contact holder, and bring extra lenses incase of losing a pair.
Microfiber towel – Used for drying hands and face. Body size is not needed, as there is no shower at the basecamp.
Mess kit – Bowl and utensils for base camp and climbing meals
Sleeping bag – Suitable for -15 Degrees – -10 Degrees Celsius
Sleeping mat / pad – Rollable or inflatable.
Reusable water bottle – Up to 1 liter. Water bottle should be light and with you to keep you hydrated on trekking days.
Thermos – Up to 1 liter. Thermos will be used in base camp and taking to the summit, which will keep liquids warm.
50+ SPF Sun protection – SPF for lips and face.
Batteries – Extra batteries for headlamp.
Any personal medication
*Please contact us for pricing on groups larger than 3 people