Day 1

Meeting with your guide at the Tbilisi airport. Transfer to a hotel. After check-in you will have free time. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel we will have Tbilisi city tour. This tour  includes visiting Holy Trinity Cathedral, Abanotubani (historical part of Tbilisi), Narikala (ancient fortress built in 4th century), amazing Valley of Waterfall (known also as a Fig Waterfall, because in the past this area was full of fig trees), Clock Tower. We will also walk throuhg the ‘wadden row’: one of the oldest streets in Old Tbilisi with characterisitic flavour  and architecture. After city tour we will have a meeting at the hotel with your mountain guide. Transfer  to Stephantsminda (170km / 2,5 hours). Overnight at a hotel in Stephantsminda.

Day 3

That day we will climb to Bethlehem shelter (3650 m). At  7-8 a.m. (after breakfast) we will drive to Sameba Church (2200 m) and then walk about 12 km (it will take aprox. 5-6 hours) to campsite located at an altitude 3650 m. Horses will carry our luggages. Overnight in Bethlehem shelter

Day 4

Acclimatisation  day. We will walk to 3900 m or a bit higher. We will start at about 11 a.m. and walk aprox. 3km (1-2 hours) to the Small temple of the Holy Trinity church. After visiting the church we will back to the Bethlehem shelter. After dinner (which will be served at 3 p.m.) we will practice skills necessary to climb to the summit (rope work, ice axe arrest etc.). Overnight in Bethlehem shelter.

Day 5

Summit Day. Bethlehem shelter (3650 m) – Summit – Bethlehem shelter  (approximately 10-12 hours walk). We will start early in the morning, at 1-3 a.m. (depends on the weather conditions) and walk to Plato (4500m / 4 hours approximately). From Plato we will ascent to Saddle (4900 m at 30 degrees). From Saddle to Summit at 40-45 degrees. Return to Bethlehem shelter (3650 m). During the walk from 3900m to the summit and back to 3900 m, the group will be roped due to crevasses. Night in Bethlehem shelter (3650 m).

Day 6

Return to Sameba Church (4-5 hours walking). Return to Tbilisi and accommodation at the hotel. Farewell Dinner in restaurant. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 7

Transfer to the Tbilisi airport.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • All transportation over duration of the tour: Tbilisi – Stephantsminda – Church Sameba –Tbilisi
  • 2 nights in hotel*** in Tbilisi
  • Tour guide in Tbilisi
  • Meals (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 suppers)
  • 1 night in guesthouse in Stephantsminda
  • 3 nights in Mountain hut (3650 m) (including breakfast, lunch an dinner)
  • English speaking mountain guide for the duration of the expedition
  • Horse for personal bags from village until 3650 m. and back to village
  • First-aid medicines
  • Gas
  • Ice axe (wit leash)
  • Crampons
  • Belay/rappel device
  • Rope
  • Hiking sticks
  • Head-mounted flashlight

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Air tickets
  • Visa and invitations
  • Visa Fees
  • Medical expenses and insurance
  • Re-booking of hotels
  • Single supplements
  • Alcoholic drinks