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.
Tour Itinerary & Details
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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