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The Mountain of Prometheus

The trip is expedition style. Ascend to Mt. Kazbeg 5047 m. demands from members an advanced technical level of mountaineering and experience in moving on snow and ice (2-3 UIAA). All mountaineers should be physically well prepared. One should always remember the great altitude of this peak with its propensity for dangerous changes of weather. For the sake of the success of the expedition and safety measures of the alpinists, the professional mountain guide from Explore Georgia will reserve the right to make on spot adjustment of the route if necessary  and according to the weather conditions decide whether continue or not.

Similar ascent experience is compared to Mt. Mont Blanc 4808 m. and Mt. Monte-Rosa. 4634 m.

  • Regions: Stepantsminda – Tbilisi

  • Duration: 7 nights

  • Food: BB/HB in Tbilisi, FB in Countryside

  • Accommodation: Hotel, Guesthouse, Mountain hut (Meteo Station in Kazbeg)

  • Best Season: From June to early

  • Group Size: Limited

  • Total Trekking Distance:

  • Elevation:

Overview

Overview

Mt. Kazbek is not just another peak over 5000 metres with superb climbs and walks – its a mythological mountain, called Mount Caucasus in ancient Greek legend – here Zeus punished the God Prometheus for giving fire to mankind. He was chained to its cliffs and a raven sent to peck at his liver. This story has a curious parallel with the Georgian legend of Amirani – local to the Kazbegi region. Another god-like character who, in the Georgians case, challenged God – and when he failed  he was also chained to the flank of this dramatic mountain, called by Georgians Mkinvartsveri.

Locals claim it was climbed for the first time by Joseph from Khevi in the 17th century, but officially the first ascent was made by the Englishman Douglas Freshfield, accompanied by local guides in 1868.

Situated in the Eastern Caucasus  Mt. Kazbeg is one of Georgians beloved climb routes. The mountain is accessible for most fit climber. During the trip along the military road you’ll have an opportunity to view many historical places, the UNESCO heritage sites and architectural complexes, like  Mtkheta –  an important political and cultural center from 3rd century BC, 16th-17thcentuires Ananuri architectural complex - a well preserved castle. Gudauri mountainous resort, that is popular all year round for mountaineers and ski-adventure lovers, offering superb conditions for on-piste and off-piste skiing or snowboarding, snow-showing, heliski and many other winter activities. Drive over Cross pass at 2395 m. passing thermal springs and arrive to Stepantsminda (*former Kazbegi) – the hub of multi-adventure, adrenaline and exceptional challenges!

 

Important

  • Our Guide is responsible for the success and safety of the expedition & will make adequate decision on spot. Our mountain guides have passed training courses of EMS Center in Georgia and are capable to render basic First Aid Assistance, without rights of using any medication Therefore, all group members should have their personal First Aid Kits with essential drugs

  • Full Board

  • All Accommodation

  • All Domestic Transfers

  • Certified Mount. Guide

  • Guide Assistants

  • First Aid Kit

  • Basic Ice climbing training

  • Horses for carrying common equipment

  • Crampons and Ropes

  • Visa or Visa Fees

  • Airfare

  • Single Supplement

  • Medical expenses and insurance

  • Re-booking of hotels

  • Alcoholic Drinks

  • Special Meals

  • Mountaineering Gear

  • Horses for Carrying Private Luggage

  • Horses and porters  to carry personal luggage

  • Photographer

  • Items of Personal Nature

  • Extra Sites

  • Items not mentioned in program and detailed itinerary

  • Guide during free time

  • Clothing: High altitude outfit. For visiting churches long trousers/skirts are recommended

  • Footwear: High altitude climbing boots. Comfortable shoes/trainers for the evening.

  • Equipment: 3 season sleeping bag, harness, boots and crampons, snow-getters, ice-exe, head torch, rucksack, sunhat, sunglasses, sun cream, warm hat, mittens/gloves, thermos bottle.

  • Luggage: Explore Leader will carry ropes. Group members will be expected to carry all personal belongings. As an alternative, for additional payment (approx. EUR 100-120) it is possible to hire a local porter from Stepantsminda to “Betlemi Hut” (Max 20 kg).