The Mountain of Prometheus
Experience superb climbs and walks from this expedition style ascend to Mt. Kazbeg 5047 m. demanding from members physical preparation.
Similar ascent is compared to Mt. Mont Blanc 4808 m. and Mt. Monte-Rosa 4634 m.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Ultimate
Group Size Medium Group
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!
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).
should be physically well prepared.
Note: 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.
- 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
- 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
- Items of Personal Nature
- Extra Sites
- Items Not Mentioned in Program and Detailed Itinerary
- Guide During Free Time
Arrive in Tbilisi. Overnight in hotel
Along the Military Road 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'
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.
17 km 1960 m.
Acclimatization/Preparing for 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.
530 m.530 m.
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.
4.5 km 1380 m.1380 m.
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.
17 km 1960 m.
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.