Ski touring 8 day Adventure in The Republic of Georgia

8 days
Duration
3/5
Difficulty
Gudauri
Location
18+
Age
4+
Persons

SKI TOURING 8 DAY ADVENTURE IN THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA

Gudauri is one of the main ski resorts in The Republic of Georgia. Situated in the region of Dusheti in the municipality of Kazbegi at 2200 metres Gudauri lies on the southern slopes of the Caucasus mountain range, the highest range of mountains in Europe. Using Gudauri as our base we'll take you back-country into some of the most remote areas of this former Soviet Republic to experience the ultimate off-piste adventure. Our Georgian, English speaking, guides have an intimate knowledge of the very best off-piste back-country skiing available in the area along with the expertise to fill your holiday with thrills and excitement whilst making your safety a number one priority.

  • Carve your way down pristine virgin snow from 3300 meters peaks.
  • Discover ancient monasteries and the ruins of Erkhoti along 2400 meter ridges.
  • Ski through pine forests and valleys in the shadow of 4-5000 meter plus mountains.
  • Enjoy the superb Apres Ski in the beautiful resort of Gudauri.
  • Climb Mt. Dedaena standing at 3449m to the plateau at 3000m and be inspired by stunning 360 views over the Caucasus.
  • Ascend to the Narvani- Kaparchani ridge at 3200m and be awestruck at the sight of Mt Kazbegi at 5047 meters. 
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Tbilisi
INCLUDED
  • Transportation: 2 x airport transfers
  • Transportation: by 4x4 (support vehicle) during the tour
  • Accommodation: All included, as in itinerary.
  • English-speaking professional guide as per program.
  • Entrance fees to the museums and historical sites.
  • Meals: as in itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights
  • Medical insurance, (mandatory)
  • Alcoholic beverages
RECOMENDATIONS

ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR SKI TOURS

Documents:
Flight information for Mogzauri Rent
Valid Passport – visas are not necessary for US and EU citizens travelling to Georgia (however check with your Embassy for any changes prior to your journey) 
Medical insurance (Mandatory).
Cash for alcoholic beverages, snacks, tipping guides, souvenirs and incidental costs.($1=2.4 gel)

Ski equipment:
Touring Skis or split board
Touring boots
Avalanche transceiver 
Snow shovel 
Snow probe 
Telescopic ski poles with wide powder baskets (4-5 inches/100-120mm diameter)
Crampons
Ski crampons 
Climbing skins 
Ice axe
Goggles 
Helmet 
Avalung or avalanche airbag (Recommended)
35-40 L Backpack

* ZAG and Elan Touring Skis, Blackhole Split boards and Ortovox Avalanche safety equipment can be rented from Mogzauri Rent.  

Clothing:
Wicking base layers (synthetic or wool) 
Fleece jacket or vest (insulating mid layer)
Fleece pants (for cold days)
Insulating jacket (down or poly-fill; worn at stops)
Jacket (waterproof/breathable or soft shell)
Gloves, mittens and/or overmittens Light gloves (for high-energy activity) 
Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares 
Pants or bibs (waterproof/breathable or soft shell) 
Liner socks Insulating hat, cap, balaclava or headband 
Gaiters 
Bandana or Buff (neck or face gaiter)
Sun-shielding cap or hat for bright days

Other Essentials:
Sunscreen and lip balm
Sunglasses
Headlamp or flashlight
Matches or lighter
Knife or multi-tool
Duct tape strips; repair items as needed
Water bottles or hydration system (insulated)
First-aid kit
Bivvy bag or reflective blanket
Energy food (bars, gels, chews, trail mix) 
Energy beverages or drink mixes

Personal Items:
Toilet paper
Quick-dry towel
Waterproof bags for your passport and other valuable

TOUR PRICE 8730 GEL
DEPOSIT 600 GEL
1

Day 1: Transfer day

You will be met at Tbilisi international airport by one of our team before transfer to your hotel in Gudauri.

Transfer by 4x4 vehicles to Gudauri/ Hotel check-in Gudauri. 1.5-2 hour

Overnight hotel Gudauri 

2

Day 2: Mt. Chrdili- Gudauri

After taking on plenty of carbs at breakfast we start the morning with an avalanche briefing including tour rules followed by a warm up skin of 300 metres to Mt Chrdili (2500 metres) Followed by a thrilling first descent into Gudauri.

300 vertical meters time needed 1.5 -2 hours Difficulty *

After lunch we take the lift up to the highest station Sadzele (3300m) before heading for the Kobi Pass at (3000 m) for an afternoon full of freeriding and 1300 metres of descent back to the vehicle before the return drive to Gudauri and the comfort of our hotel.

Freeride 2 hours, Difficulty ***

Overnight in Gudauri

B,L,D

3

Day 3: Mleta - Lomisi Ridge - Mt. Bidara

Today we transfer by vehicle to the village of Mleta  before skinning/ skiing to Lomisi peak, where the 7th century Lomisi monastery is located here we have a chance to meet the monks living there and hear the legend of this this ancient monastery along a ridge at 2400m with spectacular views over the high Causasus before enjoying the (800 metres) of descent back to the vehicle for a transfer on to our next start point. 

750 vertical meters, 3-4 hours, Difficulty ***

In the afternoon we head for the Jvari pass, and begin our tour to Mt. Bidara at 3000m with a 650 vertical meters of ascent. On the top we can enjoy a small stop and tea with stunning views over the Gudauri resort and Caucasus valleys followed by an incredible descent of 1000 m right back to the hotel door.

3.5 hours Difficulty ***

Overnight in Gudauri

B,L,D

4

Day 4: Jvari Pass- Mt. Dedaena Plateau

We start the day with a 15 minute transfer from our hotel to the foot of Mt. Dedaena standing at 3449m and climb to a plateau at 3000m where we are met by stunning 360 views over the Caucasus. After a briefing and explanation of the route we head down this superb descent of 1000m back to our waiting vehicle for our transfer back to Gudauri.

1000 vertical meters, 6 hours Difficulty ****

Overnight in Gudauri

B,L,D

5

Day 5: Mt Miketi- Mt Sheli

Today we transfer by vehicle to the village of Mleta. We start our tour from the lowest serpentine on the way to Gudauri , after crossing the white Aragvi river we pass the small settlement of Ganisi and the ruins of Erkhoti until we reach a plateau at approximately 2200m. From the plateau we climb mount Sheli (2579m) and continue to the peak of mount Miketi (2940m). After enjoying the amazing views from Miketi peak and a small break we head down this superb descent of 1100m   back to our waiting vehicle for our transfer back to Gudauri.

1100 vertical meters 7 hours, Difficulty ****

Overnight in Gudauri

B,L,D

6

Day 6: Sioni- Narvani- Kaparchina Mountains- Sioni

Following our transfer to Sioni valley on the northern side of the jvari pass we start our ascent at 2100m from sioni valley and climb to 3200m where we follow the ridge connecting the narvani – kaparchina Mountains if the weather is favourable we can enjoy the imposing view of the legendary Mt. Kazbegi at 5047m and the stunning Truso valley. Our return descent takes us back down untouched slopes of 1100m to Sioni.  

1100 vertical meters, 8  hours, Difficulty ***

Transfer to Tbilisi

Overnight in a hotel in Tbilisi

B,L,D

7

Day 7: Sightseeing in Tbilisi

Today is a free day to discover the delights of this Ancient and historical capital situated on the old silk road at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Our hotel is situated a 5 minute walk from Tbilisi old town where there are many café’s, restaurants, bars and of course shops to buy souvenirs to take back home. Narikala fortress stands watching over the old town and it’s a short walk or gondola ride to the castle which provides 360 views over the city, along the fortified walls is the Mother of Georgia standing guard over this beautiful city. And we can soothe our aching limbs in the ancient sulfur baths.

Breakfast included.  

Overnight in a hotel in Tbilisi

8

Day 8: Transfer to Tbilisi international airport