Mt. Kazbek climbing tour

Mt. Kazbek climbing tour Highlights

8 days

Group tour

From $1480 *

Mount Kazbek (5047 m) is located on the Russian-Georgian border. The route leading from the Georgian side is technically rather simple, same as on Mt. Elbrus.

We also do ski tours in Kazbek area in winter. There are many possibilities for interesting and various ski touring there.

Most nationalities don't need a visa to visit Georgia. The closest airport to Mt. Kazbek is in Tbilisi. Georgia is famous with its vines, cousine, ancient culture and friendly people.

* - the price depends on season, period and chosen tariff.

Itineraries

Day 1. Our guide will meet you at Tbilisi airport at 12.00 a.m. or at Abanotubani square in the center of Tbilisi at 12.30 am. Transfer to the village of Stepantsminda (former Kazbegi), located at altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. The drive will take around 3 hours.

Day 2. In the morning we prepare things to be brought to the high camp by horses. After that we will ride an off-road vehicle from Stepantsminda to the picturesque and the highest functioning Orthodox Church in the world - Tsminda Sameba (Holy Trinity Church). It is located at an altitude of 2200 meters. Further we set for an acclimatization hike up to the Sabertse pass (3000 meters above sea level) and the new comfortable mountain hotel Altihut (3014 m). After a short rest, we will continue the acclimatization program by hiking to the lower part of the Gergeti glacier (3500 m). Descent to the Altihut for overnight.

Day 3. Today we move to the Bethlemi hut at 3680 m. Overnight there.

Day 4. Acclimatization hike to the glacier at 4400 m. The guide will teach you how to walk in crampons and how to use an ice-axe. Overnight at the Bethlemi hut.

Day 5. Summit day. We start early in the morning and come back to the hut after 11 - 12 hours. Overnight at the hut.

Day 6. Reserve day in case of bad weather on the previous day. Return to Stepantsminda.

Day 7. Reserve day. Transportation to the ancient town of Mtsheta which is located only 10 km from Tbilisi. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 8. Transportation to the Tbilisi airport by 09.30 a.m.


What is included and not included

The cost of a tour includes:


All transfers according to itinerary

Accommodation:

  • guest house Nini in Stepantsminda, twin or triple rooms – 2 nights
  • mountain hotel Altihut (3014 m), mixed dorm– 1 night
  • hut at the Bethlemi hut (3680 m) – 3 nights
  • 3* hotel in Mtsheta, twin rooms – 1 night

3 meals a day in accordance with itinerary (besides meals in Mtskheta)

English-speaking guide for all days of the tour and assistance guides in ratio 1 guide per every 3 clients for the summit day.

Carriage of 15 kg by horses from Stepantsminda up to the Bethlemi hut.

The cost of a tour does not include:


Carrying personal belongings down from the Bethlemi hut - $40 for 20 kg

Meals in Mtskheta. 

Single occupancy supplement - $30 per night.

Hire of personal equipment (such as sleeping bag, boots, crampons, etc) 

Any changes to itinerary

Mountaineering insurance.

Tours FAQ

When to climb?

The best time to climb Elbrus on foot is July and August. The snow level is minimal, weather is most stable. June, September and first half of October are also rather favorable. It is colder and the weather may be changing, but there is not too much snow on the slopes and still many chances to reach the summit.

Attempting it in spring is rather challenging, especially from the north side. The road is blocked by snow and participants have to walk the last 13 km to the base camp carrying their backpacks themselves. This is rather exhausting taking into account the altitude difference of 550 m over that distance. Temperature on Elbrus in spring can fall as low as -40. Add storm winds and icy slopes which can be really dangerous for novices and require fixing a rope.

We don't recommend climbing Mt. Elbrus in winter. There are very few chances to reach the summit because of extremely low temperatures, snow storms and blue ice on slopes.

Best time for a ski ascent as well as for a ski descent is the second half of May and June. There is still much snow and it is not being blown away by the storm winds like in early spring.

Nevertheless, even during this favorable period there can be firn above 4800 m. In this case climbers put on ski crampons or take off their skis and walk in boots.

In July and August snow conditions are not good for skiing. Snow is melting in the sun by day, turning into slush. And it is freezing back by night into an ice crust.

There are not many interesting places for ski touring on Elbrus itself. Mostly, tourists tour in the neighboring valleys - Adyl-Su and Adyr-Su. There are many passes for ski touring and skiing down. Average altitude is 3500 m above sea level which makes it possible to gain good acclimatization and to attempt the summit of Elbrus after that.

Best time for ski touring at that altitude is late March and April. There is much snow at this time and it is no longer as cold as in winter. Early May can be a bit risky because snow begins melting away, but is still possible.

Choosing the right tour

There are no technical difficulties on Mount Elbrus but it is quite challenging in terms of altitude acclimatization. Though Mt. Kilimanjaro is higher than Elbrus, it is easier to do and requires less days. This is because Kilimanjaro is located near equator and there is more oxygen in the atmosphere.

It takes 8 to 11 days to climb Elbrus. The number of days on the mountain depends on the route that you choose and your previous high-altitude experience. If this is your first time to high mountains, you should choose the longest possible itinerary. You don’t know how you body will react to low content of oxygen in the air and to different atmosphere pressure comparing to the sea level. So it is better to have a couple of spare days for better acclimatization. The more days you have for acclimatization, the better you feel on the summit day and the more chances you have to reach the top.

Some people believe they can do Mount Elbrus in 4-5 days. It is possible only when you arrive already preacclimatized after climbing other high mountain during last week. In other cases this fast gain of altitude can be dangerous for your health and life. Please read more about altitude sickness.

Anyway, longer itinerary will ensure better acclimatization for your body and an additional reserve day in case of bad weather which means more chances for reaching the summit.

We limit our climbs to 12 people.

With a group climb, you will be in a party of up to 12 climbers who have booked with us separately (strangers). Group climbs are scheduled for set dates on set routes.

In a private climb, you will be in a party of people you specifically booked with (friends, family, etc.). Private climbs can be scheduled on any date you choose and on any route. There is no maximum number of climbers for a private climb. The service on the mountain is exactly the same.

There is a variety of technical clothing and equipment you will need for your climb. A detailed gear list is available here.

Upcoming group tours

Route Dates Days Price (USD) Availability
Ski tour + climbing (South side) 06.04 - 14.04.2024 9 Standard: 1350
Comfort: 1690
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South route 13.04 - 21.04.2024 9 Standard: 1320
Comfort: 1690
VIP: 1790
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South route 14.04 - 21.04.2024 8 Standard: 1240
Comfort: 1590
VIP: 1690
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Ski tour + climbing (South side) 20.04 - 28.04.2024 9 Standard: 1350
Comfort: 1690
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South route 26.04 - 04.05.2024 9 Standard: 1320
Comfort: 1690
VIP: 1790
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For some tours we have three options Standard, Comfort and VIP.

* - when booking tours for 2 or more participants a discount of 3% is provided.

** - when you pay with a card, payment will be charged in Russian roubles in accordance with the exchange rate of the bank.

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