Don’t let Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact your mountain trip!
We at Mountain Planet prioritize safety and not only in the mountains. Thing are changing every day and there is so much that is still unknown. We want you to keep on planning your next mountain trip and not worry about cancellations. We guarantee 100% refund if you have payed deposit for the climb in the period of 15th March'20 - 15th June'20, and your plans have changed due to Coronavirus precaution measures (borders closed, flights cancelled, visa problems, etc). If you booked before or after that period, we are still very flexible and will be able to offer you change of dates or deposit transfer to another mountain destination free of charge.Read More in the Blog: COVID and Mountains — What is the Future?
Mount Kazbek is a dormant stratovolcano last erupted in 650 B.C. First climbed by british mountaineers Douglas Freshfield, A. W. Moore, C. C. Tucker and François Devouassoud in 1868, now it has become an extremely popular destination among mountaineers. The area around Mount Kazbegi includes beech forests, subalpine forests and alpine meadows. The ascent itself is very interesting because of the contrasts: within one day you will move from the alpine meadows zone to the snow line; you will sunbathe on the snow during the day and the spend the evening enjoying the sunset while sipping hot tea.
Сlimbing Kazbek is not only a great start for climbing, but also an opportunity to introduce yourself Georgia, a wonderful hospitable country.The high season on the mountain is from the middle of June till the end of September. Climbing during spring is not recommended, because of the severe winter conditions that still remain on the mountain, and the weather instability. As for the routes, there are two main ones on Mount Kazbek. The one from the Russian side is more complicated and diverse. This is why we recommend to plan your ascent from the Georgian side, as it provides good logistics and maximum security services.
WildGuru offers excellent guided expeditions as well as the highest quality and most comprehensive logistical services on the mountain.
I climbed with guys twice, each time there was enthusiasm and warmest emotions. They are not only super-professional and caring guides ready to help with everything, but friends I want to meet with again. I recommend climbing Kazbek with them!
I went with WildGuru guys on an expedition in August 2018. It was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life: helpful stuff, experienced guides and a beautiful mountain. Would recommend this trip 100%!
Our expeditions are limited to 10 climbers, a climber-to-guide ratio is one guide for every 2-5 team members. Small teams with low climber-to-guide ratios allow us to assist climbers more, resulting into higher rates of successful climbs to the summit.
All citizens of US, EU, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and number of other countries may enter Georgia without Visa for 1year.
Your guide will carry a first aid kit all the time your climb. However, please, bring your own medicine in case you need any prescribed items. Finding all necessary medicine in Tbilisi is a tricky task, so pack your personal first aid kit.
Most of the days during the climbing season are sunny. There might be short storms, but they usually last no more than one day. Temperature in Stepantsminda is +20°C … + 25°C, on top of the mountain it 's -5°C … 0°C. The glacier during this period is mostly open, and all the cracks are visible. Often there are calm days when it is possible to sunbathe, even at the top.
The reception is steady from Stepantsminda to Betlemi Hut. The rest of the time, the connection is very weak or absent altogether. There will be reception on the summit day, but 4G works well in all the camps.
Throughout the program, participants eat together; your guide prepares food on gas burners. If you have any dietary restrictions please inform us at least 1 week prior to your arrival. We’ll try our best to make you feel comfortable.