Skitour. Aragats; Kazbek; Elbrus

Tour Duration: 17 Days
Location: Armenia; Georgia; Russia

Equipment hire
Crampon: Per person per day 3 €
Ice Axe: Per person per day 3 €
Harness: Per person per day 3 €
Helmet: Per person per day 2 €
2 Carabiner: Per pax per day 1€
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Additional Offers
We can Also offer you Other kind of tours through the whole Georgia

• Rafting
• Mount biking
• Trekking (Khevsureti, Svaneti, Tusheti, etc.)
• Horse Riding tours
• cultural tours
• Wine tours
• Ski tours (also on mountain Kazbek)


Gallery

Mt. Kazbek and Sameba Church

Mt. Kazbek Summit


Group on Gergeti Glacier 3150 m.


Sameba Church

Ananuri Church

Jvari Church

Svetitskhoveli Church

About
Ski tour Mt.Aragats; Mt Kazbek; Mt. Elbrus

The Caucasus is one of the cradles of civilization where ancient states and powerful civilizations flourished for many thousand years BC. Its unique geographical location at the crossroad of Europe and Asia and vibrant political developments through centuries have created a unique blend of history and cultural traditions having no analogue in the modern world. Georgia and Armenia are considered the biggest attractions of the region due to their fascinating history and landscape where one can enjoy different types of extreme sports and simultaneously explore ancient caved towns and medieval churches, observe local cultural traditions and customs, experience exquisite national cuisines and the oldest known winemaking methods.
Our team has put immense efforts to make this tour unforgettable and inspiring. It includes visiting the most beautiful and challenging places in three countries of the region and ascending the most beautiful peaks and mountains: Aragats (Highest mountain in Armenia), Armenia (4090m), Kazbegi, Georgia (5047m), and Europe’s highest peak Elbrus, Russia (5647m).


For the convenience of our clients, we decided that from 2017 climbing season all our groups heading to the Kazbek's summit will spend the first night at a hotel in Gudauri ski resort (2100 m.a.s.l.) instead of a guesthouse in Stepanstminda (1700 m.a.s.l.). This change should have a positive impact on acclimatization of our clients, as the walk to the Base Camp will start almost from the same altitude at which the night was spent.

Itinerary for Ski tour: Mt. Aragats 4090m. (Armenia); Mt. Kazbek 5047m. (Georgia) and Mt. Elbrus 5647m. (Russia)

Day 1 – Meet at the international airport of Yerevan and transfer to hotel (10 min Walk till downtown)
Day 2 – Transfer Yerevan – Kari lake (3200 m) and excursion (Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery)(145 km/ 3.5 hours). Night in Hut 3200 (B / L / D)
Day 3 - Kari lake - Summit - Kari lake– Skitour 7-8 hours. Drive to Yerevan. Night in hotel the center of Yerevan. (B / L / D)
Day 4 – Transfer: Yerevan – Tbilisi (Georgia). Meet at 8:00 am and drive to Echmiadzin cathedral church. Then we will visit Zvartnots cathedral. After we will drive to Lake Sevan direction and we will visit Sevanavank church. After Sevanavank we will have lunch in traditional Armenian restaurant and then we will drive to Tbilisi. Free Evening. Night in hotel in the center of Tbilisi. (B / L / D)
Day 5 - Transfer: Tbilisi – Gudauri. Meet an 12 Am and drive to Gudauri Ski resorte (2000m) 150 km. 2 hours driving. During the way we will visit: Town Mtskheta (Capital of Georgia befor VI c.), Jvari Monastery; Ananuri Fortress; Before 12 Am you will have possibility to walk in downtown and take photos. Night in Hotel in Gudauri. (B / L / D)
Day 6 - Gudauri (2000m) – Betlemi Hut(3650 m). Start at 8 am. Jeep transfer to Sameba Church (2200m) and then Skitour to Betlemi Hut (3650m). Approximately 7.5 hours. (B / L –box / D)
Day 7 - Acclimatisation – Skitour to 4000m during which time we will practice skills necessary to climb to the summit (rope work, ice axe arrest etc.) Approximately 1.5 hours. (B / L / D)
Day 8 -
Summit Day. Betlemi Hut (3650 m) – Summit - Betlemi Hut(3650 m). Start at 5 am and Skitour to Plato (4500m) – 4 hours approximately. Plato to Saddle (4900m at 30 degrees). From Saddle to Summit at 40-45 degrees, use of ice axes and fixed ropes. Return to Betlemi Hut (3650 m). During the Skitour from 3900m to the summit , the group will be roped due to crevasses. Night in "ClimbingGeorgia" BC (3650 m). (B / L –box / D)
Day 9 - Reserve day in case of bad weather. (B / L / D)
Day 10 -
Ski down to Sameba Church (4-5 Hours walking) and than to Guesthouse (Stephantsminda) (B / L / D)
Day 11 -
Drive from Stephantsminda to Terskol (Russia). 280 km Accommodation in hotel A hotel is situated on the Cheget meadow in the village of Terskol. The rooms are comfortable and cozy, with a toilet and a shower. (B / L / D)
Day 12 -
After breakfast tourists vacate their rooms. Check-out. TRF to the cable-car station Azau. We take two trams and a chairlift up to the Garabashi lift station (3750m). Check into the Barrels Refuge.(3750m). An acclimatization hike to 4100m. (where Priutt 11 Refuge was situated). Overnight in the hut. *The Barrels Hut - it is situated on Elbrus slope close to the Garabashi lift station at 3750m. These are small houses shaped like barrels to stay in. There is a sleeping room with 6 beds and a small room with a wardrobe, and a table in every house. There is a canteen with kitchen in a separate hut. There is no shower, the toilets are in a separate hut. (B / L / D)
Day 13 -
After breakfast we’ll do an SKitour to 4700m to the top of the Pastukhov Rocks. From everywhere on the slopes of Elbrus a panorama of the Central Caucasus spreads out. Overnight in the hut. (B / L / D)
Day 14 -
Summit attempt Elbrus. Today we will make an attempt to reach the main target of the trip - summit of Mt Elbrus(5642m). We have to start very early before dawn. Using headlamps we make our way to the Pastukhov Rocks where we stop for a short rest and some drinks. The time limit is 12.00 at the saddle (5300m). The more difficult parts are located higher the Saddle, altitude 5350-5600m. In the end of our way is the wide Plato where usually is very windy and finally the Summit! Ski down to the Barrels Hut. Overnight in the hut. (B / L / D)
Day 15 -
Ski down to the hotel (B / - / -)
Day 16 -
Reserve day in case of bad weather (B / L / D)
Day 17 -
Breakfast at the Hotel and Transfer to Min Vody airport (Rusiia)


Price includes:
• Transfer from and to airports
• All transportation over duration of the tour: Armenia - Georgia - Russia
• 2 nights in Hotel*** in Yerevan (including breakfast)
• 1 nights in Hotel*** in Tbilisi (including breakfast)
• 1 nights in Hotel*** in Gudauri (2000 m) (including breakfast, lunch box and dinner)
• 1 nights in the hut (Kari lake 3200 m)(including breakfast, lunch box and dinner
• 1 nights in Guest house in Stephantsminda (1700 m)(including breakfast, lunch box and dinner
• 4 nights in "ClimbingGeorgia" BC (3650 m) (2 people per tent)(including breakfast, lunch an dinner)
• 2 nights in Hotel*** in Terskol (including breakfast)
• 4 nights in Barrels Hut (including breakfast)
• Ski tour guide for Mt. Aragts
• Ski tour guide for Mt. Kazbek
• Ski tour guide for Mt. Elbrus
• Excursion: Armenia: Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery, Echmiadzin cathedral church, Zvartnots cathedral, Sevanavank church, Lake Sevan
• Excursion: Georgia: Town Mtskheta, Cathedral church Svetitskhoveli, Jvari monastery, Sameba Monastery, Ananuri fortress

Note: Price can be changed, depend your fly schedule.

Not included
• Prvate equipment (Crampons; Ice ax; Helmet; Harness etc.)
• Air tickets
• Visa and invitations
• Visa Fees
• Medical expenses and insurance
• Re-booking of hotels
• Single supplements
• Alcoholic drinks

Note
- We can organize any personal variant for the Mt. Kazbek program at group’s request for individual program.

Guides
Guides’ equipment include: climbing equipment, GPS navigation, 2 way radio, mobile phone, satellite phone, first aid kit for the mountains)

  Climbing equipment
Personal Climbing equipment:
• Ice axe
• Crampons
• Harness
• Tape Slings (2)
• Karabiners (2 lock)
• Descender
• Mountaineering Boots
• Ascender
• Helmet
Group Climbing equipment:
• Ice axe
• Tape Slings
• Rope
• Ice Hammer
• Ice Screw





  Accessories
• Sleeping bag
• Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Tika)
• Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
• High protection sun cream SPF 30 or more
• Basic First Aid Kit
• Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry
• Trekking Poles
• Water bottle, Termos
• Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
• Ear plugs (who knows, maybe some of the climbers in the group are snorers)


  Clothing
Head:
• Sun hat or scarf
• Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
• Sunglasses with UV protection
• goggles
Feet:
• Thin, lightweight inner socks
• Thick, warm wool hiking socks
• Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
• Gaiters
• Mountain boots
Hands:
• Lightweight gloves
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer


Lower Body:
• Under Garments
• Hiking shorts
• Lightweight cotton long pants
• Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
• Fleece or wool pants
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Upper Body:
• T-shirts
• Light and expedition weight thermal tops
• Fleece jacket or pullover
• Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
• Down vest and/or jacket


Weather forecast for Mt. Aragats
- 3500 Meter (Close to "Kari lake")
- 4090 Meter (Summit: Mt. Aragts)

Weather forecast for Mt. Kazbek
- 3500 Meter ("ClimbingGeorgia" BC (3650 m))
- 5047 Meter (Summit: Mt. Kazbek)

Weather forecast for Mt. Elbrus
- 4000 Meter (Close to the Hut)
- 5642 Meter (Summit: Mt. Elbrus)


Photo of the tour

   
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