Bakhmaro 7-day Catskiing tour

Join Ilia, a certified mountain guide, and his team in this 7-day catskiing trip among the best spots of Bakhmaro in Georgia. An isolated area that promises to be a year-round tourism destination.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

Caucasus

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Hard

Offer Period

Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Live a fantastic adventure in the slopes of Bakhmaro.

  • Spend the nights in wooden cottages in the Caucasus.

  • Enjoy catskiing in a popular ski resort in Georgia.

 

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. 

ABOUT SNOWCATskiing

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.

ABOUT ACCOMMODATION

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.

Travel PROGRAM

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.

In the same area, I also lead an off-piste snowboarding trip. Check it out!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
2090 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 Guiding fee, Accommodation, All meals during trip and the transfer from Kutaisi airport.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Drive, 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 6Catskiing 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.

  • Day 7Departure

    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.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Advanced

Fitness level required

Extremely Fit

More info

- 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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What People are Saying about Ilia Berulava Guiding Team

 

Guide Vano was very good. Proficiency in English would be beneficial. Trip to Mount Kazbek was good, but time schedule for eating would be useful. Because when reaching the top we discovered that we were starving. The food what they offered in the basecamp was awesome. The toilet in the basecamp was terrible. First, it was too far from the main house, because if you had to go at the middle of the night then you had to put all your clothing on. And second, the cleanliness. Someone should keep an eye for it. And at all the basecamp rooms where not that clean.
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Halmar Heinmets
Hello Explore Share, Thanks for giving me the opportunity to rate your service. Here is a brief feedback : - Misha (our guide) was truly extraordinary : sincerely, he is a really top guide, not only technically, but also regarding his human qualities. If I could I would give him 6 out 5 stars ! - the trip was great : we had problems because of an accident that happened to another team the day before our ascent, but this is \"mountain life\", this can happen. - your service : I would rate it 2.5/5. It is not that it is not a good service - you link people like me with guides around the world, and the girl I had on the phone before the trip was really nice and perfectly answered my questions - but in our case we find it extremely expensive : we paid it 2900 euros in total, for a 2-day trip, which is more expensive than two guides and food and accomodation in the Alps for a trip this long. We were in Georgia, and life is way cheaper than in western Europe. If I do the calculus : - accomodation : two rooms for 2 nights (we were 4) : around 500 GEL ~ 160 euros - food : I don\'t know exactly, but knowing the prices there it was max 50 euros for 6 people (us 4 + 2 guides) for 2 nights - guides : there were 2 people, but 1 was not exactly a guide, in total for 2 days this would make maximum around 1200 euros => this makes a total of 1410 euros, which is half what we paid. I understand there is Explore Share\'s commission to pay the service, but I can\'t imagine it represents half the total price. Once again, globally the trip was good, but I think the price is really too high. Regarding what we had which was a 2-day trip, I would really expect a goodwill gesture from you, because without it I don\'t think I would recommend Explore Share to my friends. Best regards, Alexandre
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Alexandre Hudavert
Thanks for an extraordinary glimpse into the world of mountaineering in Caucasus Georgia. Guide Ramez was a perfect match for our family group of four to the summit of Kazbek.
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Håvard Hu
Local guide Misha was excellent. Explore Share did not pay for sleeping bags as advertised, we had to rent these at location, not compensated, the sleeping bags and food were advertised to be transported by horse, this did not happen, also not compensated. One meal at mountain hut consisted only of one bowel of soup following 7 hour hike. Mountain it\'s self was great. Money also deducted from my credit card without prior authorisation by Explore Share. Disconnect apparent between Explore Share and guide regarding what trip consisted of.
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