Georgia: Trekking, rafting + Kazbek

Price: 470 $ Duration: 15 days Next: 04/09/2018

Gruzja: Trekking, rafting i Kazbek Overview

Try to enjoy as much as you can from the huge tourist potential of Georgia during two weeks. The active part includes hiking mountain range Chaukhi, white-water rafting the Rioni, and the main challenge -climbing Kazbek, Georgian giant “the five-thousandth”. It is successfully combined with the entertainments – visiting historical and cultural monuments of Georgia and a pleasant opportunity to taste delicious Georgian national dishes and wine. All these will make your holidays rich and unforgettable.

– Before climbing Kazbek one should acclimatize, so first you enjoy two-day trekking in Georgia through the mountain ridge Chaukhi, with the predominant elevation of the route from 2000 – 3000 m. A relatively simple route is great for warming-up and admiring the incredible scenery of the Caucasus

– The main challenge of the tour is climbing Kazbek (5033 m). A few days of acclimatization climbing – and finally conquering the peak. Attention! Tourists should have the relevant experience of climbing lower peaks and working with climbing equipment for successful climbing Kazbek.

– There is a short rest in Tbilisi after an exhausting climb and then two days of white-water rafting in the Rioni. The powerful rapids, high walls and “barrels” (foamy pits) require well-coordinated team work. Fantastic surrounding scenery can be viewed only in the calmer parts of the river. Attention! The rapids of 3-4 levels of complexity require from the participants prior experience of rafting at high water whereas capsizing may happen.

Tours to Mtskheta and Tbilisi, visiting Ananuri fortress, Prometheus caves, and cave town Uplistsikhe will add some Georgian coloring to the active part of the tour.

– And in the end of the tour – a day at Black Sea beach in Anaklia.

Price includes:
  • guide service
  • using common camp gear (tents, camp tools, kitchen equipment, first aid kit)
  • using of common water equipment (vehicles, paddles, life jackets, helmets)
  • meals during the campaign (hot breakfast and dinner, lunch as a snack (meals in a café is self-maintained)
  • overnight stays in a tent during the tour
  • internal moving during the tour by minibus
  • insurance
Extra paid:
  • plane tickets
  • rental of sleeping bag and mat, backpack, clothing for rafting
  • rental of personal equipment for climbing Kazbek
  • meals in cities (restaurants, shops)
  • entry tickets to: Prometheus cave, cave town Uplistsikhe, other museums, canyon Okatse
  • visiting Tiflis baths

Day 1. Overviewing Mtskheta and ancient fortress Ananuri, moving to the start of trekking
Instructors meet a group in Tbilisi. That evening group will move to the start of the training route, the foot of the mountain ridge Chaukhi, but there will be some enjoyable excursions first. The road to the starting point of trekking goes through the ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta which is known as a spiritual heart of the country. It was the first place in Georgia where in 327 BC Christianity was accepted. And so no other place in Georgia has so many ancient churches, holy and religious places as Mtskheta does. For this reason the city is called “second Jerusalem”. One of the main Mtskheta’s monuments is Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the XI century. According to the legend, the temple was built where chiton of the Lord had been buried. The cathedral is interesting by its architectural style, ancient frescoes and reliefs. Mtskheta and its surroundings are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. After the lunch we will stop near Ananuri fortress (XVI-XVIII centuries), situated on the shore of Jinvali water reservoir. This is one of the most famous castles in Georgia, which main advantage is its undamaged state. All walls and towers and some ceiling remained there. And another nice advantage of this day is the opportunity to arrange a gastronomic excursion of Georgian cuisine, because the next week you will eat only camp dishes or lunches in cafes.
Day 2. Training trekking at the foot of the mountain ridge Chaukhi
Route: village Jute – foot of North Chaukhi, slopes of North Chaukhi and Roshka mountain. Average altitude per day – 1000 m. Overnight stay is at a height of 3250 m
Day 3. Training trekking at the foot of the mountain ridge Chaukhi
Route: down into the valley of Roshka – climbing Sadzele pass – descent to the village Jute. Altitude per day – -900, +700, -800 m
Day 4. Start climbing Kazbek
Moving to Stepantsminda village (altitude 1750 m) where the route of climbing Kazbek starts, packing the things and starting getting up to the glacier. The route of this day goes through grassy slopes and rocky areas. Altitude per day is about 1250 m, overnight stay at the altitude of 3000 m. Attention! The approximate weight of the backpack before climbing is 18-25 kg (including food and climbing equipment). From the cliffs above Stepantsminda we will be able to see the main beauty of Kazbegi – Tsminda Sameba Cathedral (Holy Trinity Cathedral), an ancient temple of the XIV century, located at an altitude of 2170 m above the sea level.
Day 5. Acclimatization: ascent to Meteorological station and the overnight stay at the altitude of 3850 m above the sea level
The second day of the climbing passes through Glacier Gergeti, movement through the glacier is in crampons. In the afternoon a group goes to the Weather Station – the most high-altitude building (3675 m) of Georgia. The station has not been used for a long time for the main purpose, but its part is equipped as a shelter for climbers “Betlemi Hut”. There a group is registered by the rescue team and goes to the place of lodging, 200 m above the weather station, pitches and strengthens the tents, builds the wall. This is the main camp before climbing the peak.
Day 6. Acclimatization: training work with climbing equipment
The plan of the day is training with climbing equipment in a rope team: the rise and descent through the steep ice slope, belaying, drops, work with ice screw, ice axes, carabiners. In the afternoon there acclimatization exit up to 3900 m to a small chapel Kazbek Bethlehem Monastery – chapel Betlemi. The chapel has a very interesting look – this is metallic hut, chained to the rocks.
Day 7. Conquering: climbing Kazbek (5033 m)
There is an early wake up at 1: 30-2: 00 in the morning and then the route starts. The ascent lasts 15-20 hours, elevation is about 1100 m. The route of ascent can be divided into three parts: the first is a gentle climbing rocks,; the second is through covered glacier, movement in bunches, using an ice axes, crampons. Initially the ascent is gentle, then it goes into a steep rise to the bridge; the third part is from the bridge to the top of a steep ice climb, using equipment such as ice screw, ropes, strapping and so on. Going back is the same way. Attention! Climbing is possible only in case of good weather conditions (calm weather, good visibility). Participants who according to the instructor lack physical fitness or acclimatization, stay to rest in the base camp.
Day 8. Conquering: reserve day in case of bad weather
If that day is not needed – it is an extra day at the seaside in Anaklia.
Day 9. Descent
The most difficult part of the trip is done. This day the group descends down the mountain (from Weather Stations – 5-6 hours of trip). Then we go to Tbilisi and rest. The route passes through the Georgian Military Highway, through the Cross Pass, beneath of which there is the most popular ski resort Gudauri. Along the road there are souvenir shops where you can buy wool socks or hats, and local delicacies, such as churchkhela. Evening walking in Tbilisi is very colorful – the narrow streets of the Old Town are extremely picturesque, old two- or three-floor houses with open balconies and galleries are unusually closely situated. And in contrast to the historic architecture there is The Bridge of Peace over the river Kura which is an ultra-modern structure of steel and glass, with amazing lighting. Those interested can also go to the famous Tiflis sulfur bath, built on springs of hydrogen sulfide in the center of Tbilisi. Overnight stay can be either in a tent or in a hostel in Tbilisi.
Day 10. Recreation: tours in Tbilisi, Gori, visiting cave town Uplistsikhe
In the morning there is a walk in the capital. You can visit Tbilisi Botanical Garden, which is about 400 years old, the Narikal Castlethat has protected the city from invaders many times. The time of its foundation is about IV century. Then we go to the city Gori, one of the oldest cities of Georgia, known as a birthplace of Stalin. One of the most interesting places in Gori is fortress Goristsykhe, XII century. And nearby Gori we will visit another interesting place – the cave town Uplistsikhe. City which is carved in the stone cliffs, emerged in the late II and early I millennium BC, experienced several ups and downs, and finally was abandoned in the XIX century, so it is very important monument of Georgian culture. Once Uplistsikhe included more than 700 caves, and only about 150 are undamaged today. After that we will have a lunch in a café.
Day 11. Preparation for rafting
Transportation to the place where rafting starts. Our minibus will go near the picturesque reservoir Shaori – most high-altitude reservoir in Georgia. Its length is 7 km, and the reservoir is at 1,132 m with the dam of 1210 m long. We will enjoy the view of mountain serpentine route Racha-Lechkhumi, Georgian villages and stop near the famous wine region Khvanchkara. In the evening, you will need to set up camp near the village Oni and to prepare the vessels and waterproof clothes for rafting. Lunch is in a cafe.
Day 12. Rafting the Rioni, village Utsera – village Oni, 15 km
The first day of rafting is through the canyon Muhli and S-shaped canyon near the village Tsesi. Rapids are of 3-4 levels of complexity. After the rafting we go to the canyon Sharauli and visit Khvanchkara village, famous for its wines.
Day 13. Rafting the Rioni, village Oni – village Ambrolauri, 30 km
On the second day rafting takes place in the Sharauli canyon which changes into canyon Makvena. In the afternoon we collect boats, dry ourselves and move to the Prometheus cave.
Day 14. Recreation: tour to Prometheus cave, transportation to seaside in Anaklia
Prometheus Cave fimpresses by a huge number of limestone formations – stalactites and stalagmites, massive columns, wavy wings and so on. Multi-coloured lighting, designed to the smallest details creates an incredible effect. Designers from Germany and France were engaged in creating interior and exterior. Most tours are along concrete pass with a fence. Lunch is in a cafe. A tour finishes at the Black Sea beache in Anaklia
Day 15. Coming back home
Finish of the tour is in Batumi.

More information about the equipment:

Personal clothing:

  1. Trekking shoes
  2. Spare shoes
  3. Trousers, 2 pairs
  4. Shorts
  5. Socks – thick and thin ones, 2-3 pairs
  6. T-shirt – 2-3 pieces
  7. A light sweater of a thin fleece or something like that
  8. A warm sweater
  9. A windbreaker jacket
  10. A raincoat
  11. A panama hat/a bandana/a cap and gloves
  12. Hats and warm gloves
  13. Spare underwear and swimsuits

Personal gear:

  1. A backpackRental
  2. A sleeping bag and a padRental
  3. Kitchen utensils (a plate, a spoon and a cup)
  4. Waterproof sacks
  5. Flashlight
  6. A flask or a bottle of water
  7. Personal first aid kit
  8. Personal hygiene items
  9. Sunglasses
  10. The documents, money, cell phone

Equipment for high-altitude climbing:

  1. Boots
  2. Gaiters
  3. Layered underwear
  4. Trousers – ordinary windproof, warm enough for climbing, dress over underwear
  5. Light fleece sweater or similar and a warm sweater for leisure or extreme cold
  6. Windbreaker/raincoat
  7. A hat and a mask
  8. Gloves
  9. A warm or a down jacket

Personal mountain gear for climbing:

  1. Carabiners, 3 pcs.
  2. Crampons
  3. Prusyk
  4. Ice axes with a leash
  5. Lanyard, 2 pcs.
  6. Self-support system (lower)
  7. A helmet

Equipment for rafting:

    1. A wetsuit for raftingRental
    2. Waterproof socks or shoesRental
    3. Neoprene glovesRental
    4. Footwear
Wear: a T-shirt/a layered shirt, thin pants, leggings or layered trousers under waterproof clothes, thin socks – on your feet, a light hat, a bandanna or a buff on your head.

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