Mount Kazbek guided 9-day ski tour

Enjoy an incredible 11-day ski tour in and around Mount Kazbek, one of the highest mountains in the Caucasus, together with Ilia, a local GMGA certified mountain guide.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

11 days

Mountain Range

Caucasus

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Feb, Mar, Apr, May

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Enjoy ski touring in Mount Kazbek surroundings.

  • Discover local villages and cultural spots.

  • Reach the summit o Mount Kazbek and contemplate incredible views.

 

I invite you to a 9-day amazing ski tour in the surroundings of Mount Kazbek (5047 m), the third highest mountain in Georgia and the seventh major summit in the Caucasus mountain range.

The first spot of this trip will be Gudauri, a traditional ski resort which is two hours away from Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city. The plan is to spend a few days there, in order to check the equipment and start our training by going to ski down the slope.

Another important location in this itinerary is the small town of Stepantsminda, in northeast Georgia. This is an ideal place for doing some classic ski mountaineering. In addition to that, there’s a historical spot along the way: the beautiful Trinity Church, an orthodox and apostolic church from the 14th century, lying in the top of a mountain.

You will also have the experience of crossing the beautiful Gergeti glacier and finally arrive to Bethlemi Hut, at 3670m.

And of course, the main attraction of this trip is getting to the summit of Mount Kazbek, where you will get some stunning views of the Caucasus mountains.

If you are interested in the details of this 11-day ski touring trip, please check the information below.

Please contact me if you are planning a ski touring in the Caucasus mountains. I will be glad to provide you all the information you need and guide you around some of the most beautiful places near Mount Kazbek.

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.

You can also take a look at my Gudauri 7-day guided freeride and ski touring trip.

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
1500 EUR

Group of 4
1200 EUR

Group of 6
1200 EUR

Group of 7
1200 EUR

Group of 8
1200 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Arriva and warm up

    Arrival to Tbilisi and transfer to Gudauri (2000m), which is three hours away. Once there, we have a rest, warm up and go skiing on the slope using ski lifts. We spend the night in Gudauri.

  • Day 2Mount Bidara and Kobi Pass

    First we use the ski lifts to go as high as possible. Then we hike for half an hour to Mount Bidara (3100m) and Kobi Pass. We return to the hotel in Gudauri, which is about 15-20 minutes away.

  • Day 3Cross Pass

    Short ride to Cross Pass (3000 m). Then, we hike to the saddle between mountains Deda Ena and Gogebashvili. According to snow conditions, we decide the better way to go downhill. Finally, we go back to the hotel in Gudauri.

  • Day 4Gergeti glacier

    Early in the morning, a transfer takes us to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). We start the ascent towards Bethlemi Hut. We pass Trinity Church at 2000 m. Four or five hours later, we reach the Gergeti glacier. We spend two hours to cross the glacier and finally, we reach Bethlemi Hut (3670m) after a short but steep climb. We spend the night at the hut.

  • Day 5Acclimatization day

    Hiking with skis on Mount Orcveri (4300 m). There’s a wonderful view of Mount Kazbek and the glacier. After that, we ski down to Bethlemi Hut.

  • Day 6Summit day

    On this day we try to reach the summit of Mount Kazbek. We take the normal route along the glacier until we arrive to the plateau, at 4400m. Then we go up to the saddle (4900m) on skis or using crampons, depending on the conditions. Finally, we do a little ice-climbing to the summit (5047 m). We descent to Bethlemi Hut.

  • Day 7Extra day

    This day is reserved in case of bad weather.

  • Day 8Return to Gudauri

    We return to Stepantsminda (1700 m). Then, a transfer takes us back to Gudauri.

  • Day 9Relax Day

    We do some easy skiing around Mount Chrdilebi and Mount Miliona, using ski lifts and hiking for a short while.

  • Day 10Sightseeing at Tibilisi

    A transfer takes us back to Tbilisi, where we go sightseeing.

  • Day 11Departure

    Departure.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Airport of Tbilisi (Georgia)

Accommodation

- Bethlemi Hut

- Gudauri hotel

 

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.

 
 
 

 

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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