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Review of Mount Kazbek

Mount Kazbek
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Full-Day Snowshoeing Tour to Kazbegi from Tbilisi
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

It is the third highest mountain in Georgia(5,033m).The summit lies directly to the west of the town of Stepantsminda and is the most prominent geographic feature of the area. Mt. Kazbek is the highest peak of Eastern Georgia. Kazbek is a potentially active volcano.Mount Kazbek is associated in Georgian folklore with Amirani, the Georgian version of Prometheus, who was chained on the mountain in punishment for having stolen fire from the gods and having given it to mortals. The location of his imprisonment later became the site of an Orthodox hermitage located in a cave called “Betlemi” (Bethlehem) at around the 4000 meter level. According to legends, this cave housed many sacred relics, including Abraham's tent and the manger of the infant Jesus.
Just under Mt Kazbegi at an elevation of 2170 meters is situated Gergeti Trinity Church from XIV century. Both,church and Mt Kazbegi creates unforgettable and the most spectacular, romantic view that you can only imagine. Church can be easily reached by 4x4 cars,wouldn't recommend getting there with any other cars especially when is raining or snowing. You may stuck there forever! So be careful.
Use Tsminda Sameba Church where you can set up your tent (2170m) as your base to reach the summit.Under usual summer conditions, the standard glacier gear is enough to handle the climb - crampons, ice axe, rope, harness.A warm, windproof clothes is a must - the mountain is a lone stander and attracts gale winds, which can pull the temperature below -20C, even on a sunny summer day. Trekking poles and ski goggles makes sense to carry.

9  Thank ArturNorthLondon
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Starting in Tblisi, the (military) road to Stepantsminda/Kazbegi is a first adventure in this shocking trip. It´s a couple of hours of driving but if you take it easy, the road will allow you to a first contact with locals and their products (fruits, vegetables, home-made sweets..). You also will enjoy the astonishing landscape and of course drivers proficiency.
Once in Stepantsminda I suggest to hire a four wheel traction taxi to reach the beautiful Gergeti church of St. Trinity. A visit and pictures are a must. From this point an easy path through meadows will leave you to the first real difficulty that´s crossing the Ortsveri river (altitude 3000m) and then follow the path that leaves you at the foot of the Ortsveri glacier. Now the target is to reach the former Meteo Station (Bertlemi Hut) at 3680m.
From Gergeti to the Bertlemi Hut 6h. Beware; do not expect a gorgeous and sophisticate Alpine hut, but you will get some comfort and shelter.
Kazbeg summit (5047m) is closer though success always depends on weather conditions. Snow, sleet, fog and strong winds could be present in summer.
Hut to summit and return 12h.

4  Thank JUANMA_1312
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

We didn't go all the way to the top, but did the first part from geveti, to the church and then two hours more up. Ehich was a beautifull hike full of flowers an great views on Kazbegi and the church. The way down was sometimes steap, but very doable!

3  Thank Jasper F
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

simply beautiful, unfortunately too much snow to up by car. We will try next time to go there in Summer time

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Reviewed 24 January 2013

The view from the ground was already awesome but when we reached the top we were speechless! The temperature was about 8 degrees and the wind was crisp but it just added to the appeal of the place. The Steatsminda church is a charming edifice on top of the solemn and tranquil surroundings of the hill.

The drive from Tbilisi to Kazbegi was all worth it...

1  Thank Ruby Pearl D
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