The Mountain of Prometheus

Mt. Kazbek is not just another peak over 5000 metres with superb climbs and walks – its a mythological mountain, per ancient Greek legend – here Zeus punished the God Prometheus for giving fire to mankind and chained to its cliffs. 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.

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.

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



Activity Type: Mountaineering, Climbing

Accommodation: Guesthouses, Mountain Hut, Hotels

Group Size: up to 15 

Tour Itinerary & Details

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8

Arrive in Tbilisi.  Overnight in hotel.

Along the Military Highway to Stepantsminda

Breakfast in hotel.  Depart to Mtskheta, the UNESCO the world heritage site. Visit 6th century Jvari Monastery and 11th century Svetitskhoveli cathedral, celebrating as a cradle of Christianity. Drive along the Georgian military highway to Ananuri architectural complex, dated to 16th -17th centuries. Brief stop at view-points of Gudauri mountain resort and transfer straight to Stepantsminda. Dinner and overnight at local guesthouse/hotel in Stephantsminda.

Trek to Betlemi Hut Mt. Kazbek

Breakfast in guesthouse/hotel. Full day trek to “Betlemi Hut” 3670 m. a big meteorological station, built in 1933. Dinner and overnight at hut.   Conditions at hut is very simple and basic.

Acclimatization/Preparing for  the Summit

Breakfast in hut. After good sleep as a consequence of hard day trek, ascent to Mt. Ortsveri 4200 m. Practice ice and rope techniques. Dinner and overnight at hut.

Summit Day

Breakfast in hut. Move onto the glacier and continue below the South-West Face to the Maili Plateau at 4500 m. Climb 20-25 degree slope to the saddle at 5000m.  Then the last part of 35 degree snowy/icy slope to the summit about 6-8hr.  Retrace down to the hut 3-4hr. Overnight at hut.

*Note: In case of bad weather day 6 will be used as a back-up day. Departure to Tbilisi will be arranged on day 7.

Betlemi Hut - Stephantsminda – Tbilisi

Breakfast in hut. Descend to Stepantsminda 3-4 hr. In the center there is an opportunity to gulp a barrel or two of well-known “Kazbegi” beer. Drive to Tbilisi. Free evening for own arrangements. *Optional visit to sulfur bathhouses, for massage and spa procedures. Overnight at hotel.

Tbilisi sightseeing tour

Breakfast in hotel. Tbilisi city tour. Explore old town and important historical, cultural and architectural monuments. *Optional visit to D.Sarajishvili cognac factory with tasting and excursion around the factory. Evening, free time for leisure. Overnight at hotel.


Transfer to the airport.

  • 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
  • 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

Practical Information

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).

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