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Tetnuldi, Queen of the Caucasus 9-day Guided Climb in Georgia

Tetnuldi, Queen of the Caucasus 9-day Guided Climb in Georgia

Join a native Svanetian certified guide on an amazing mountain climbing experience in Georgia. Reach the summit of the stately Tetnuldi and catch sight of the beautiful Caucasus Range from a prominent vantage point!



9 Days

Jul - Oct




* Climb Tetnuldi, Queen of the Caucasus, with a local certified mountain guide.

* Explore Georgia and learn about what life is like in a small Svaneti village.

* Discover breathtaking landscapes and a unique mountain culture.


At 4,858 m (15,938 ft), Tetnuldi is a prominent peak in the central part of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, located in the Svaneti region of Georgia. It is one of the most beautiful mountains in the region, and the locals have dubbed it the “Queen of the Caucasus”. On this 9-day guided climb, I will take you to its summit and share all of my knowledge of the region with you!

After getting picked up at the airport, you will be transferred to Mestia, where our adventure begins. Before setting off to the summit of Tetnuldi, we will enjoy a day of acclimatization and training, and it’s all uphill from there. However, this is not a climb for beginners.  The slopes of Tetnuldi are glaciated, generally about above the 3,000-meter line, so you will need prior mountaineering experience to join. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

Keep in mind that you will need to have an excellent fitness level. Additionally, you will require ice climbing and high altitude camping skills. Being comfortable and knowing how to use the equipment is also important for this ascent. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you every step of the way!

So, are you ready to meet the Queen of the Caucasus? She will be happy to greet you! Contact me now and let’s start planning an unforgettable Tetnuldi ascent.

Or, if you prefer, you can also join me on an 8-day climb to the summit of Ushba, the King of the Caucasus. Why not? You might even go for both!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Transportation start and back

- Mountain guide expenses

- Luggage transfer

Price details

Note: All basecamp equipment - Food, Tents, gas etc. will be shared to all

participants to carry up to the basecamp, except personal equipment.


Day 1: Arrival

Meeting at the airport, transfer to the city, spend a night in a hotel.

Day 2: Mestia

Transfer to Mestia. Meeting with the guide, equipment check, and short briefing about the route
and its details. Overnight in Mestia.

Day 3: Tetnuldi basecamp

After an early breakfast, we will drive up to an altitude of 3000m above sea level. From there, we will start
hiking to the Tetnuldi basecamp at 3700m. The hike to the basecamp is around 4-5 hours and
it’s a 700m vertical drop. Overnight in a tent.

Day 4: Acclimatization and training

Acclimatization and training day. We will climb up to 4000m and the guide will explain how to walk in rope correctly and how to act when someone is in danger on the glacier. Overnight in tent.

Day 5: Summit day

We will start climbing at 03:00 in the morning, the route usually takes 7 to 10 hours roundtrip,
depending on the guests’ physical shape and route conditions. After the climb, we will come back to the
basecamp and spend a night there.

Day 6: Reserve Day

Reserve day for bad weather or additional acclimatization if needed.

Day 7: Mestia

Descend to the point where we left our shuttle, transfer to Mestia. Overnight in Mestia.

Day 8: Mestia

City tour + free day in Mestia

Day 9: Transfer to the airport


Equipment you will need to bring


Ice axe


Water bottle




Belay device


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

A Svaneti native, Nick Phaliani grew up with a strong passion for skiing, climbing and playing in the mountains. Looking to incorporate this passion into a profession he climbed several 4000-5000m peaks multiple times and attended mountain guide courses. He is fully certified mountain guide. (IFMGA/GMGA)

Currently, he is operating Svaneti Travel Guide, a local company providing mountaineering/backcountry guide services and one of the few huts in the Svaneti region (Cloudbase Hut), which serves as a start point for different routes.


Georgian | English



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