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Bakhmaro, at 1.900 meters high, is a Georgian ski resort very visited in summer time, specially by local families which have their own cabins and guesthouses.
Although during the winter the area is completely inhabited, the snow conditions are so good than in 2007 many consulting companies suggested to build a ski resort, auguring a success. That’s why there is a plan to build a lift system in the future and turn Bakhmaro into the highest ski resort of Georgia. Indeed, the Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in 2016 announced that Bakhmaro would soon start to be available not only in winter but during all the year.
Before the first worldwide tourists arrive Bakhmaro I want to offer this 7-day catskiing tour. Please note that this trip is available in December and March only.
Last year, my team and I did a Scouting Tour up to Bakhmaro on a tractor accompanied by local guides. But now, it’s time to snowcatting!
The rides on snowcat are also done with guides that know the area very well. We will decide which points are the best ones depending on weather conditions and snowfalls.
To be honest, this will be the first time that a snowcat works in Bakhmaro. And that makes it a great adventure because we must find the best routes and slopes on the progress. It will be a really pioneer experience in the area and, what’s more, in winter season.
When my team and I first explored the place, we found two wooden cottages to rent for future trips. As those houses were only used in summer, they have the basic facilities. Besides, the houses are located in a lonely place of the Caucasus. So, I cannot ensure the supply of fresh goods.
Despite of all that I can offer in both houses, six rooms with two beds per room. The service includes a buffet breakfast, snacks for lunchtime and delicious local meals for dinner.
The itinerary must be flexible due to weather conditions or any other potential danger. Besides, more days for optional skiing or sightseeing can be added. Here below you will find the day-by-day program.
When you arrive at Kutaisi airport I will pick you up. Depending on your arrival time, we may spend the night in a hotel halfway to Bakhmaro.
Book your place as soon as you can. Just send me a request when you are decided. I can guarantee it will be a unique experience.
If I’m not available to guide you, one of my 3 teammates, all of them GMGA mountain guides, will be happy to do so.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Drive, snowcat and first ski turns
We will continue driving in the morning to Chokhakoura. Then, we’ll switch into the snowcat. By the afternoon we’ll enjoy some catskiing in Bakhmaro surroundings.
Day 2 to 6:
Catskiing around Bakhmaro
During this period you will catski around the best spots of Bakhmaro, reaching up to 2.755 meters high. They will be 4 unforgettable days of guided freeride skiing among the snowed slopes of this Caucasus region.
Time to go back to Chokhakoura. From there, a transfer will take you to the Kutaisi airport or to a hotel nearby where to spend the nigh in case of bad weather.
- Book additional services (in advance, as these services are partially limited):
Single room supplement 280 € per week (subject to availability). Freeride skis & poles 200,-€ per week (subject to availability). Safety package (pips, probe, shovel, bag) 130,-€ per week (subject to availability).
- This trip is organized by an agency for which I'm guiding. In case I would not be available when you want to catski there, you'll be guided by another guide working with that agency.
About the Guide
I'm a fully certified IFMGA / UIAGM mountain guide from Tbilisi, Georgia. I have the GMGA (Georgian Mountain Guides Association) certificate and I'm a member of the Austrian Mountain Guide Association.
I'm a professional mountaineer, national team member of Georgian Mountain Federation. I am actively climbing in the Caucasus mountain range.
The programs I guide more often are:
- Mountaineering = Mt. Kazbek, Mt. Tetnuldi, Mt. Ushba, Chaukhi region.
- Ski Touring = Gudauri, Svaneti, Kazbegi regions.
I also manage large expeditions and base camps for Caucasus Mountains.
Please get in touch with me if you plan to come to Georgia. It will be my great pleasure to help you and to guide you in our awesome mountains.
I am leading a Guide Office in Georgia, and work together with my colleagues George, Lasha and Leri (National certified Mountain Guides). In case I'm not available, one of them will be your guide.
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