Explore-Share logo and link to home

Kazbek Summit Ski and Splitboard Tour

45028f080da8-1
1637779197092
Huayhuash trekking

This amazing Kazbek summit ski and splitboard tour will take you to explore the spectacular ski areas in the Gudauri region of Georgia, and also to the top of the famous volcanic summit of Mount Kazbek, from where you will enjoy an unforgettable ski descent.

Private

Caucasus

8 Days

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun

Open to everyone

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Discover a spectacular ski descent from a 5054m volcanic summit!
  • Enjoy a combined skiing and mountaineering program in the Caucasus.
  • Join an experienced local guide on an unforgettable Kazbek and ski adventure.

Description

Mount Kazbek (5054m) is one of the most popular mountains in the Caucasus Mountains and a must-go for mountaineers visiting Georgia. Kazbek is the second-highest volcanic summit in the Caucasus and the third highest peak in the country.  On this 8-day program, you will enjoy first some ski touring in the Gudauri region, and then climbing Kazbek, from where you will discover a spectacular ski descent that will take you down from a 5054m volcanic summit!

We will begin this adventure in Gudauri, which we will get to from Tbilisi (2 hours) or from Kutaisi (5 hours). Gudauri is 2100 meters above sea level, and a location from where we can easily and quickly get to miraculous ski areas. We will spend a few days exploring the region, and then cap off our adventure with a Kazbek climb and ski descent. You can find an outline of the itinerary below.

Keep in mind that the day-by-day program will depend on the weather, period, and snow conditions. The guide will decide on the best mountains to visit each day to prioritize the group’s safety and enjoyment.

Some options include:
Mt. Chrdili
Miliona
Kobi-pass
Bidara
Lomisa
Dedaena
Sioni
Arakhveti
Khada valley
Miketi
Mt. Gogebashvili
Chaukhi
Gergeti viewpoint
and I’ll keep other options a secret!

In terms of preparation, some prior experience and skills are required. This trip is suitable for off-piste intermediate, advanced, and expert-level riders! If you think you have the experience listed below, then you are welcome to join:

  • A few months of experience off-piste skiing, possibly with guides/instructors.

  • Can link several turns in light powder snow on a uniform base.

  • Can handle a variety of conditions including lightly crusted and wind-affected snow.

  • Can put turns in through heavier snow and on icy 35-degree slopes.

You will also need to be able to walk between 2 hours to 8 hours a day, and you will experience a minimum vertical ascent of 700 m, a maximum of 1400m, a minimum vertical descent of 700m, and a maximum of 4000m+.

For off-piste skiing in the resort area, we will use a ski lift and gondola to reach the best skiing spots.  The total vertical ascent will be 4500m and the total vertical drop will be 4700m+.

The tour is not limited to a specific number of people. One ski guide can take a max. of 6 people (on days 1, 2,3), and one mountain guide can take a max. of 3 people (on days 4-8). The number of guides will depend on the size of the group. In case of need, my colleague GMGA/IFMGA guides will be happy to join us!

I have been guiding for 6 years in Gudauri and more than 10 years on Kazbek. It has given me enormous experience and I always know where to find best skiing spots. I have been on top of Kazbek more than 60 times, I have seen it in all conditions, I know this mountain very well and I promise you an unforgettable and safe expedition. During our ascent, we will train for avalanche safety, take measures for proper acclimatization and I will teach you the alpine techniques required for the summit day. Additionally, we’ll practice how to use the necessary technical equipment(ice ax, crampons, and ropes).

Contact me if you are coming to Georgia and are thinking about this 8-day trip. I will be happy to guide you on a unique experience in the Caucasus Mountains!

Or, if you prefer, I also offer other great programs in the region. You can find them here.

Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2280 Each

Group of 2

EUR 1420 Each

Group of 3

EUR 1085 Each

Group of 4

EUR 1165 Each

Group of 5

EUR 1025 Each

Group of 6

EUR 980 Each

Group of 7

EUR 1130 Each

Group of 8

EUR 990 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Lift tickets

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Mountain guide expenses

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Price does not include

- Snacks

- Alcohol

- Flight tickets

Other charges:

1) In case you would like to transfer from Kutaisi/international airport or any point in Kutaisi and transfer back, you will be charged for additional 260 EUR

2) Luggage transfer:

At Day 4. We can rent porters on the spot to carry your luggage to Betlemi hut, it costs 100 EUR per porter and each porter can carry up to 10-15kg.


Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Gudauri

– We will drive you to Gudauri from the Tbilisi and Kutaisi international airports or from any point of Tbilisi and Kutaisi.
– 2 hour from tbilisi, 5 hour from Kutaisi
– Introduction with guides, check the personal equipment, rent the equipment in case you miss something.
– Off-piste skiing within the resort
– Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 to 3: Ski touring days

Day 2-3. Ski touring days
– Over these days, we will choose the best skiable variants
– Duration: 3-5 hours
– Drive back to Gudauri. *Optional – after ski touring you can spend the rest of the day on ski resort
– Overnights at the hotel.

Day 4: On our way to Kazbek

– Drive to Stepantsminda
– Hiking up to Bethlemi hut (3650m)
– Walking 6-8 hour
– Night in Betlemi hut.

Day 5: Acclimatization

– Acclimatization hike to Bethlemi church (4000m) and back to Bethlemi hut 3650m
– Walking 2-3 hour
– Training
– Night in Betlemi hut.

Day 6: Summit day

– Mount Kazbek summit (5054m)
– 8-12 hours, ascent and descent
– Night in Betlemi Hut.

Day 7: Extra day

Reserve day in case of bad weather at day 6

Day 8: Return to Stepantsminda, transfer

  • – Ski down to the village Stepantsminda
    – Final dinner in a restaurant
    – We will drive you back to airports or any point in Tbilisi and Kutaisi.

 

Details

Accommodation

Hotel/Guesthouse, Mountain hut.

Meeting point

Tbilisi and Kutaisi international airports or from any point of Tbilisi and Kutaisi.

Equipment you will need to bring

Poles

Helmet

Ice axe

Goggles

Harness

Backpack

Crampons

Sunglasses

Watter bottle

Ski equipment

Climbing skins

Avalanche equipment


About the guide

I am Mikheil Nadiradze Professional Mountain Guide. I was born in 1991 and live in Tbilisi, Georgia. I started mountaineering from an early age and have not stopped since then. Since 2011, I was studying in ATS (Adventure Tourism School) and at the same time working as a mountain-Helliski-ski tour guide and ski teacher in Caucasus Mountains-Resorts. I was a member of the Georgian Climbing National Federation for many years and have a lot of achievements in competitions. After 2020 I'm fully certified IFMGA/GMGA mountain guide. Please read the programs down below, which I and my colleagues IFMGA/GMGA guides offer to you. for more information, please feel free to contact me. We can discuss your wishes and organize suitable tour options for you. I would be glad to be your guide and share great and unforgettable moments with you! I am always happy to help groups to climb summits in safe ways and in an enjoyable atmosphere.

Languages

Georgian | English

Certificates

IFMGA | GMGA

Residence

Tbilisi, Georgia


What people are saying about Mikheil Nadiradze

Aleksandra Miszczak

3.00

September, 2022

Food: + very good food in the hotel in Stepantsminda - a lot of missing items in the menu in Bethlemi hut - no soft drinks in Bethlemi hut (only water and beer) - little bit lack of organisation between guide and people in the kitchen in Bethlemi hut (one evening we asked to have breakfast at 9am next day and we said that it would be nice to have scrambled eggs and when we came to restaurant next day at 9am we were told that due to fact that we didn't specify what we wanted previous evening, we need to wait 1.5h (!) for breakfast and we got standard breakfast anyway) - bread in the Bethlemi hut was super old and they didn't cover it with anything so got harder and harder to eat everyday Guiding: + guide knows the Kazbek mountain very well - guide made me feel uncomfortable by saying thay I need to push my boundaries and go faster downhill even when I told him that I do not feel safe by doing it (he apologised for it afterwards) - guide supported one person from the group who was going first (eg during jumping though craveses or crossing streams) and didn't pay much attention on other group members which made us feel uncomfortable and not 100% safe Training with crampons: - guide was challenging the way how we were taught to walk in crampons by previous instructors who had significantly more experience in high mountains Additionally: + quite nice hotel in Stepantsminda + guide organised shower for us when we went down from the mountain + guide dropped us to the airport

Thad Roller

5.00

July, 2022

Our guide Mikheil (Misho) was absolutely amazing! Having experienced many different kinds of guides around the world, I can truly say that Misho's deep and personal knowledge of the mountain, his passion for the wonders of the outdoors, and his kind-hearted hospitality combined to set Misho apart as one of the best guides I have ever been privileged to have. Even though extremely high winds prevented us (and all other teams) from reaching the summit, we had a sterling experience on Mt. Kazbek, gaining valuable mountaineering experience both through off-glacier skills practice, and through the portion of actual summit route we were able to experience before turning back. Despite not reaching the top of the peak, we were fully satisfied with our experience, and grateful to Misho's ability to recognize risk and make the tough calls necessary to not jeopardize safety. Book Misho, if you can, you won't regret it!

Nikolay Kurtov

2.00

July, 2022

Explore-Share - fees are too high Trip rating - finished the trip 1.5 days earlier Guide - A lot of focus on keeping me safe, but no focus at all on keeping me happy and entertained

Shana Vranken

5.00

June, 2022

We recommend Mikheil 100% as guide for this amazing adventure! He's very professional and has more than 10 years experience guiding people on Mt Kazbek. Before take off, he makes sure your equipment is well adjusted to the weather conditions and physical challenges you'll encounter. He checks in regularly during the hikes to see if you're okay and gives straightforward instructions, you simply have to listen! With all his care he got us safely to the summit and back down, we were more than okay. At first, Mikheil seemed to be a quiet guy but when you get to know him better you'll discover fast enough that he's super nice, really funny and if you're lucky, he might sing you a couple of songs during the hikes.. Madloba Mikheil for this crazy experience, we'll be back ;-)

Jean-Frederic

5.00

January, 2022

Misho is a good, positive, patient and knowledgeable person. He was especially skilled in dealing with younger / less experienced members of the group. Highly recommended!

Brendon

5.00

November, 2021

Fantastic guide, fantastic trip

Vyacheslav Gantsev

5.00

November, 2021

Great guy, very friendly and competent, we had great fun. Besides that, he's a photographer, so we had some other subject to talk about. Highly recommended!

Laurynas

5.00

October, 2021

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Tornike Tsiramua

5.00

October, 2021

Last year, it was our first time we did a ski tour and Mikheil Nadiradze was a guide, who made our experience fascinating and memorable. He made sure to equieped us with proper equipment and he explained all details that helped us to raise awareness regarding ski touring and feel the all benefits of this process. I do recommend Mikheil as a great guide who can lead the tour in a fantastic maner.

Anna

5.00

October, 2021

I was ok

Grzegorz

5.00

October, 2021

Friendly, professional, full of passion.

Claudio De Bortoli

5.00

September, 2021

Misho is an experienced mountaineer, with both knowledges of uphill ski touring as downhill ski touring. His experience of the entire Caucasus mountain chain, is astonishing. Moreover he is a patient, funny and serious person.

Rana Jabre

5.00

September, 2021

My friends and I spent the most challenging, amazing days in Kazbek mountain. Misho was our guide and he was very professional, responsive and exceptionally well organized. His instructions were very clear. I look forward to booking another trip with Misho in the future.

Aliya

5.00

September, 2021

Mikheil is competent and knowledgeable as a guide. He explained everything before climbing, organized everything perfectly, and helped during climbing. I think I could haven’t climbed to the top without his moral support.

Philippe

5.00

August, 2021

Mikheil is a great guide, professional and attentive. We feel safe with him all along the trip. He gives good advice and knows very well the mountain. Plus, Mikheil is a really cool guy.

Hugo de Gérauvilliers

5.00

August, 2021

Misho is the best guide you can hope for. First, he knows the mountain, knows how to handle it and is attentive to his crew. In other words you feel safe, and despite the trip being demanding you never feel he pushes you out of your reach. Second, he’s a great person to spend time with, friendly fun and interesting, making the human part of this trip was at least as good as the adventurous one.

Giedrius

5.00

August, 2021

Very friendly guy!

Karol Adamski

5.00

June, 2021

Miho is profesional guide.All way up and down He Was concentrate on safety of all Group.Thanks for all

Daria

5.00

June, 2021

Misho is really nice and understanding guide!

Michal Matuszewski

5.00

April, 2021

It was a great adventure to go there with Misho. Real professional and great companion (which is important when you spend several days with someone you don't know). Next time we go to Georgian mountains - only with Misho!

Alexander Fessler

5.00

March, 2021

Misho is a great guide and very knowledgeable about the area. He always focuses on safety and having a great experience!

Christian Fetscher

5.00

March, 2021

Mikheil was a great guide that took the physical condition of each participant into consideration. He is highly skilled and a fun person to be around. I can recommend a tour with him 100%

Dylan Pelgrims

5.00

February, 2021

It was an awesome trip thanks to the expertise of the guide we where on the most amazing places.

Marcin

5.00

November, 2020

Great guide, proffesional, caring for sure will use his services again.

Keto Puturidze

5.00

July, 2020

I couldn’t ask for a better guide for this particular trip. Since this was my first time climbing Kazbegi Mountain, Misho made sure it was an amazing and unforgettable experience! His calm and persistent attitude never let us have any doubt in his professionalism

Vladimir

5.00

July, 2020

Misha is professional and good fancy boy with perfect skiing experience and sense of humour

Aka Gelashvili

5.00

July, 2020

Misho is very knowledgeable, encouraging and always puts safety first. He also has great stories and it's very interesting to communicate with him. Besides Kazbegi trip, I also had similarly positive experiences with him on a number of ski touring trips that he guided. Highly recommended!

Stefan Dorin Adam

5.00

January, 2020

Wonderful people with precise knowledge of the wild nature of Georgia, I recommend you go whenever you want to enjoy the deep snow, hospitable people and virgin snow where you can see as much as you can see with your own eyes.

Jan Pietrusiński

4.00

October, 2019

Safe,proffesional and in positive vibes

Magda Chu

5.00

October, 2019

Misho is a very professional guide. Not only experienced and well prepared but also flexible. Can easily adjust to client's needs.

Basti

4.00

September, 2019

It was my first try of a 5000 Meter mountain. He was great with giving me great advice.

Nikita

5.00

August, 2019

Very professional and fun

Jan Haanes

5.00

May, 2019

Mikheil is a friendly, caring and responsible guide. No problems in any way. We did not reach the summit, but did an honest attept - we had to turn due to diffucult conditions and a responsible evaluation by Mikheil. Thanks for å nice tour and company!

Bogdan "Bobby" Rusu

5.00

February, 2019

Misho is one of the best guides I ever rode with! A true professional, patient, calm but firm, with huge knowhow on safety, terrain & techique. Can't wait to ride with him again!

Vladislav “tyger”Martynek

5.00

October, 2018

Mikheil is enthusiastic young and funny guy. He thinks a lot about the surrounding weather and terrain conditions. This is crucial for guiding different types of clients. We had very good time together, he took us also for local specialites and explained us a lot about Georgian culture.

Lauren

5.00

September, 2018

Together with Misho, we reached the summit of Mt Kazbeg in September 2018. It was an amazing experience for all of us and we are looking forward to the next (Mt Elbrus!). PS: Thank you, Misho, for the summit video in which we looked like penguins, great souvenir

Bogdan

5.00

September, 2018

Great guide, very helpful, funny, he knows very good the mountains. Highly recommended!

Roxana Vatrici

5.00

August, 2018

Misho is a wonderful human. Talking about life and nice things during our trip. I liked a lot how he guided us through our journey, with attention and a good vision of what could happen…

Tibor Cipka

5.00

August, 2018

Misho is an experienced and very nice guide. We had a great time together in Kazbegi. Despite the fact we didn`t achieve the summit I appreciate his decision to turn back due to the serious avalanche risk. This gives me an opportunity to get back again :) Highly recommended.

Donatas

5.00

July, 2018

Mikheil is as exelent as on can be high on the top of the mountain. He is calm, but always aware of the circumstances, he's friendly but always ready to kick your ass if you stop respecting the mountain or other colleagues.

Tomek

5.00

July, 2018

Good guide!

Dawid J

5.00

April, 2018

Misho is very friendly guy and very good skier. He has skills and experience in guiding people safe into high mountains. He knows the mountains in his region as his own pocket, and I will definitely go on tour with him again.

Tina

5.00

April, 2018

Nice and professional person

Wiktor Laba

5.00

April, 2018

Not only know where to go and useful tips but can evaluate a risk. Great fun and adventure:)!!

Jori

5.00

March, 2018

Funny guy, excellent tour choices

Karel

5.00

February, 2018

We spent a very enjoyable time in the snów with Misho and he will be the first to contact as soon as I go back to Georgia. I felt safe all the time, great guide.

Dragoș S

5.00

February, 2018

Misha was very friendly, always willing to answer questions about regional topography, stories, other routes etc. He adapted to changing weather conditions to find decent pow. It felt like having a riding buddy

Elene Malashevski-Jakeli

5.00

September, 2017

Mikheil is super friendly, fun, caring and very supportive person. He is very experienced guide and pays attention to the smallest details. Being on a tour with him means a lot of fun, safety and pleasant experience of the mountain. He is always planning the trip very carefully and observes every detail in the surrounding environment and tour participants to evaluate the situation and make wise decisions. Safety is the first for him and I learned a lot during this expeditions. I’m very pleased and thankful, that I had this wonderful experiences!

Ann V

5.00

July, 2017

Mikheil was the best! Experienced, well trained, and fun, he made out summit of Kazbegi an unforgettable experience. I would gladly do another tour with him as our guide!

Georges Saado

5.00

August, 2016

Mikheil is a great mountain guide, he can guide during all the seasons. Very well experienced and skilled. Planning to climb other mountains with Miky




 

Join our newsletter!

Stay up-to-date on the best adventures.