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Climbing Kazbek. Georgia

Climbing Kazbek

Enjoy the morning and evening views of one of the most beautiful peaks of the Caucasus. It will be an unforgettable experience. Climbing Kazbek is a test of yourself and excellent preparation in front of the big mountains.

  • During the tour, there is an opportunity to visit the Juta (Chaukhi) gorge and the Truso gorge (mineral waters, rivers, lakes).
  • After climbing Kazbek, many participants choose a tour - climbing Elbrus, and you can also go to Kazbek in winter
  • Read our publication about Kazbek and its environs - Read


Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
From South
Number of participants:
From 1 to 12 people
Maximum height:
5033 m
Spring - Autumn
Start of the program:
Stepantsminda (Tbilisi)
Finish program:
Stepantsminda (Tbilisi)
9 days
600 USD
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Day 1

Meeting, group gathering in Stepantsminda settlement (Kazbegi). Overnight in a guest house, hotel (for a fee). Acquaintance with the instructor, testing and distribution of equipment.

Note! Possible collective flight or group meeting in Tbilisi

Day 2

Acclimatization exit on the lung. The beginning of the ascent of the Saberze slope. On the way we will visit the famous Christian monastery of the Holy Trinity Sameba (2170 m) and then climb to the Saberze pass (2930 m). We admire the beautiful views. Tea, coffee, snack.

  • Attention! For an additional fee, a transfer by jeeps to the Church of the Holy Trinity is possible (2170 m)
  • Alternatively, for a surcharge - access to the high-mountainous zone - Juta, Chaukhi massif. Well, a very interesting place and good acclimatization !!

Day 3

The beginning of the ascent. Depending on the state of the group. We rise again to the pass and go down a little to the green clearing Saberce, put up tents, rest. Either we go to the sites under the glacier (3300 m) or go further along the language of the Gergeti glacier to the weather station (3600 m).

Alternatively: in the morning, transfer by jeep to the church and then transfer of backpacks on horseback (load up to 75 kg) to a green meadow, a glacier or a weather station (for a fee). It depends on the condition of the snow cover. Those who love comfort can stay overnight at the AltiHut, 3014 m

Day 4

Crossing the Gergeti glacier and climbing to the Weather Station 3-4 hours (3600 m). Snack, rest, acclimatization walk through the ancient Betlemi monastery to the parking lots at an altitude of 4200 m. Return to the weather station. Overnight at the weather station in tents or accommodation at the weather station itself at the expense of the participants.

Day 5

Acclimatization exit on 4500 m, ice-snow lessons. Descent to the weather station.

Or, depending on the preparation and condition of the group, the installation of an assault camp in parking lots (4200 m).

Day 6

Climbing Kazbek (5033 m.) 5-7 hours. Early departure at 03:00. Descent to the weather station and further, according to the group's status, to the green glade Saberze.

Day 7

Reserve day in case of bad weather. After a successful ascent, this day can be used to visit the Truso gorge (mineral springs, lakes, rivers). Additional charges!

Day 8

Descent to Stepantsminda. Settlement in the guest house. Festive dinner.

Day 9

Departure. See you on new routes!

Attention! Read our publication about Kazbek and its environs - Read

Stepantsminda (Tbilisi) - Holy Trinity Monastery Sameba (2170m) - Saberce Pass (2930 meters) - Saberce Green Glade (2850 m) - Weather Station (3600 m) - parking lots (4200 m) - Kazbek (5033.8 m) - parking lots (4200 m) - Stepantsminda (Tbilisi)

Optional: Juta gorge (Chaukhi) and Truso gorge (mineral valley)

The cost of a package of services - from 600 EURO *

* depends on the number of participants, living conditions ......


  • accommodation in a guest house (3 nights)
  • 3 meals a day on the route (we buy food and cook together)
  • accommodation in tents near the weather station
  • group equipment rental
  • work of an instructor (Guide)
  • transfer to the church
  • branded t-shirt and buff

What is included in the group public equipment
Basic ropes, snow shovel, communications equipment, gas cylinders or gasoline, burners, first aid kit, cooking utensils, etc.

Not included:

  • additional excursions,
  • transfers to Juta and Truso
  • transfer from / to Tbilisi
  • food in cities
  • horse cast (recommended)
  • tents (negotiated in advance)

Brief information on the area

The village of Stepantsminda (from Georgian - St. Stepan, earlier from 1921 to 2007 had the name - Kazbegi. The village is located at an altitude of 1744 m, in the eastern part of the Central Caucasus, at the foot of Mount Kazbek.

Mount Kazbek (Georgian: Mkinvartsveri (or Mkinvari), translated from Georgian ice peak (peak) - an extinct stratovolcano, the easternmost five-thousander of the Caucasus, 5033.8 m high. It is located in the eastern part of the Central Caucasus, on the border of Russia and Georgia.

The first ascent to the peak of Kazbek was made in 1868 by the English 23-year-old D. Freshfield, Tukker and Moore (from the southeast slope).

It is currently a very popular mountain among climbers and tourists from all over the world.

Climbing routes from 2A to 3B of complexity category, from Russia and Georgia.

During the ascent to Kazbek from the village of Stepantsminda, you will visit: Church of the Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba). The temple is at an altitude (2170 m). This is a cross-domed church built in the 14th century in Georgia. The only temple of this type in the Kazbeg district.

Next is the Saberce Pass (Arsha) (2930 meters), the language of the Gergeti Glacier, a weather station (3600 m) and approximately at an altitude (3800 m) on an 80-meter rock wall in the cave is the ancient Betlemi Monastery (Bethlehem).

Requirements for Participants

  • The route is designed for good physical shape
  • Group size from 3 to 12 people
  • Children are not allowed on the route
  • Insurance

Additional information

  • The receiving party has the right to change the route schedule according to weather conditions and the condition of the group
  • Tourists prepare meals on the route on their own on gas burners - primus stoves under the guidance of an instructor
  • The price does not include: additional excursions, transfers outside the program, environmental fees, etc.
  • It is possible to provide additional services by prior arrangement: transfer: airport - hotel; rental of personal equipment; hotel reservation; recreation on the Black Sea; accommodation in Tbilisi, tours of Tbilisi, Mtskheta, etc.

How to get to the beginning of the route?

  • By plane to Tbilisi. Then take a minibus (bus) to Stepantsminda village or transport them to Vladikavkaz through the Verkhny Lars checkpoint.
  • Settlement guest house or hotel.
  • For a fee, a transfer from Tbilisi Airport to Stepantsminda and back.


  • All recommendations and wishes of the Guide are taken into account
  • If one of the participants became ill on the day of climbing, the participant was injured, etc. Guide (one Guide in the group), for SECURITY purposes, returns the entire group down. A second attempt is made the next day.
  • If there are 2 Guides in the group, the second Guide provides a SAFE descent for the participants, and the first continues to climb
  • Read our publication about Kazbek and its environs Read

We recommend taking with you:
To climb the Kazbek must be prepared. You should not relate to the selection of equipment through the sleeves, even if you plan to climb the simplest route - from the south. Below is a basic list of equipment for climbing Kazbek in the summer:

  • a backpack of 80-120 liters for carrying personal equipment on the approaches to the base camp. If you take a smaller backpack, you will have to carry some of the equipment in your hands, which is not permissible for safety reasons;
  • for your comfort, an additional 30-40 liter assault backpack is recommended for climbing to the top;
  • sleeping bag (comfort - 10C) - the temperature in the base camp can drop at night to -15C;
  • a warm jacket (puff) with a hood for base camp and climbing + an additional thin down jacket;
  • thermal underwear designed for low temperatures and average activity (for the base camp and climbing), some tourists climb to the top in two sets of thermal underwear;
  • waterproof windproof jacket and trousers. Attention! When buying a windproof kit, check with the seller - does the material withstand negative temperatures;
  • a protective mask from wind and frost (balaclava, buff) - there is rarely calm on climbing, the mask will save your face from chapping and burns;
  • tracksuit - running gear on the approaches and during climbing;
  • Climbing boots for climbing. Boots should be adapted for mounting climbing cats. Shoes are bought 1-1.5 sizes larger than you wear in the city;
  • sneakers or mountain boots (easy trekking) for the base camp and approaches;
  • light flip flops for base camp (must be worn on warm socks);
  • warm mittens and warm gloves - fleece;
  • climbing gloves for climbing;
  • ski hat for camp and climbing;
  • cap or panama from the sun on the approaches and on the ascent in the afternoon;
  • climbing cats, the design of cats must match the type of mountain boot;
  • ice ax; ice drill;
  • climbing helmet;
  • climbing safety system (top and bottom);
  • carbines with couplings - 3 pieces;
  • trekking sticks on the approaches;
  • working gloves for the camp and approaches;
  • polyurethane foam or an inflatable rug, choosing a rug remember - overnight stays on the glacier are possible;
  • "Seat";
  • rain cover on itself;
  • rain cover on a backpack;
  • shoe covers on your feet - attention! Shoe covers are special “socks” that are worn on the legs and create additional comfort (warmth) for the leg when climbing;
  • lanterns on the legs - protective leggings made of fabric, worn on the shin of the foot on the approaches;
  • sunglasses with non-breakable glasses to protect the eyes from wind, snow, solar radiation. Often, two pairs of glasses or two ski masks with white (for the night) and black (for the day) glasses are taken for climbing;
  • UV tanning cream at least 30, and preferably a full block;
  • fat hygienic lipstick with a UV factor of at least 30;
  • headlamp (spare batteries - 2 sets);
  • mug, spoon, bowl, knife (KLMN) - the optimal use of thermo dishes, since in high altitude conditions (low temperatures) the products quickly cool;
  • thermos for climbing, with a volume of at least 1 liter;
  • a flask for water, with a volume of at least 1 liter - when climbing, an increased amount of moisture is required;
  • an individual first-aid kit where you put in addition to the medicines that you usually use and an additional 2 sterile bandages, 1 sterile cotton, 1 plate of citramone, a tape of a band-aid - an ordinary, non-bactericidal, 1 plate of mezim;
  • personal hygiene products: toilet paper, wet wipes (if necessary), personal hygiene products for women (mandatory for women!), a toothbrush and toothpaste, a hairbrush.
  • 120 liter garbage bags - 4 pieces for sealing things on approaches and storing the throw.
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