Kasbek [5'047]

Beginning of April 2023

Ski-Tour - Mountaineering

FreerideGeorgia, Caucasus, Skitour, Kasbek
Mt. Kasbek [5'047m], left Gergetis Sameba Church [2'170m], 16/03/2016.

At 5,047 meters, the Kasbek is the third highest mountain in Georgia and is particularly suitable as a ski summit due to its geography.

According to legend, Prometheus was chained to a rock here because he gave fire to the people. We climb the mountain from Stepantsminda and spend the night at the Bethlemi hut at 3,653 meters.

The ascent starts at the Gergetis Sameba (Holy Trinity) Church at 2,170m. In the afternoon we reach the former weather station at 3,653 meters, which will be our base for the next 2 days. The next day we undertake a moderately difficult hike to improve our acclimatization.

The next day is reserved for the summit. A strenuous 1,400 meters in altitude await us and then we stand on the 5,047m high Kasbek. If the weather doesn't allow it, we can wait another day and try again.



Climbing a 5'000m peak requires stamina, technical ability and a lot of patience. The Betlemi hut is simple and sometimes very crowded. The guest houses in Stephantsmina are rather small and offer a taste of Georgian tradition and hospitality.

It is a high alpine tour and differs significantly from our freeride offers.


GMGA - IFMGA mountain guide

The tour is led by a trained and experienced Georgian guide who speaks good English. He has known the Kasbek for many years and has led over 20 successful tours in spring and summer.

He is also on the road for us in the winter and guides our groups in Bakhmaro and Adjara.

We will have a second experienced guide with us on the tour in order to be able to separate the group in case of doubt and to enable parts of the group to reach the summit if one participant is not able to do so. A second guide also increases safety on the demanding high-altitude tour.


  • safe freeriding in high alpine (steep) terrain.
  • Safe technique on the descent and the ascent.
  • Condition for long touring days & up to 2,000 meters of ascent per day (several days in a row). Patience (for alpine conditions, weather and the situation in a country in transition like Georgia).

Please consider that for a safe expedition there must always be a reserve. The mountain guide has the right & obligation in the interest of safety to adjust the program and the composition of the group, especially if the requirements of individual group members are not met. Since a co-guide accompanies the group, the group can be split up for a short time (e.g. if not all group members make the summit). The goal, however, is to stay together.

Equipment that is not available can be rented on site. A timely reservation of the material is absolutely necessary.


  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Entry Tour
    Ski tour on Mt. Deda-Ena [3,445m] 5-6h. Guesthouse
  • Day 3: Stephantsminda - Bethlemi Hut
  • Day 4: Acclimatization day
  • Day 5: Summit Day
  • Day 6: Bethlemi Hut – Stephantsminda
  • Day7: Rest/reserve day
  • Transfer to the airport.


Itinerary Mt. Kasbek
Itinerary Kasbek 2023.pdf
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  • all transfers
  • 7 nights in a simple mountain hut and local guest houses.
  • full board: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
  • 5-6 days ski-touring.
  • experienced English speaking IFMGA guide.
  • English speaking contact person with local knowledge.

Packing-list and information prior to arrival
Packing-List Adjara 2020.1.pdf
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reasons to ride with us

  • Professionalism - German / Swiss organization, quality and safety management, IFMGA guide.
  • Ease - no visa required, good flight connections with direct flights from Milano, Barcelona and other cities.
  • Adventure - one of the few 5'000m peaks in Europe.