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Kazbek via Karmadon valley

South Caucasus. Russia. Climbing Kazbek (5033 m). Classic climb of East Summit (5033 m) the route via Karmadon valley

Altitude: 5033 m
Program category: Mountain Climbing

Duration: 14 days
Season: June - September
First climb:
Douglas Freshfeald, 1887
Program price from: 650 Euro

  • 18.06.20 - 26.06.20Standart, group 6 part. 850 EURO booking

Classic climbs of Caucasus - Climbing Kazbek (5033 m) from Russia via Karmadon valley with acclimatization in Bezengi Mountain Center 

Program "Climbing Kazbek from Russia via Karmadon valley" is available on the reservation at least 90 day prior the trip - special permission needed for entering the border area.

Climbing Kazbek - is one of the classic mountaineering programs of MCS AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School. The Kazbek normal route goes via the territory of Georgia - here you can see the overview of the Standard Kazbek program. But due to certain reasons it is not always convenient or interesting to do the ascent of Kazbek by the normal route. There is another version of the Kazbek climbing program which is not connected with the crossing of the Russian-Georgian border and additional bureaucratic difficulties. This route is quite popular and well known as a variation of the Kazbek climbing route via Karmadon Gorge (North Ossetia). Below are listed the main advantages of the "Climbing Mount Kazbek via Karmadon Gorge" MCS AlexClimb program:

- Participants do not need Georgian visa.
- No need to cross the Russian-Georgian border.
- Approach to the beginning of the route is shorter than the same approach from Georgia (Kazbegi).
- Kazbek is not very hard mountain; the chance of success is higher than if climbing Elbrus.
- Kazbek is a good safe mountain and is perfect as the first "fivethousander," or as acclimatization before climbing higher mountains (Elbrus, for example).
- Cheaper Logistics - if going from Russia there is an opportunity to get to Nalchik (Vladikavkaz) by train from different parts of Russia.

This 14-day program "Climbing Kazbek from Russia" was developed for people who have no prior experience in mountain climbing and who want to try themselves at mountain climbing. Climbing route of Kazbek is not very hard physically, does not require to overcome any technically difficult parts nor stay long at high altitude conditions. Regardless your climbing experience, we recommend the Course of general physical preparation and passing MCS AlexClimb Course of Mountain Technique (advanced level) before participating in this program.

The First Principle of MCS AlexClimb
The First Rule, by which we are guided in the development of our mountain programs - is safety. Professional Guides lead the group, the highest quality certificated equipment and the most modern navigation equipment are used. This guarantees the highest possible level of your safety in the mountains, which is the most important side of our work. As for Kamchatka programs - in addition to our climbing safety issues, the armed ranger accompanies the group to protect participants from too close contact with the wild life.

Program Schedule

The AlexClimb South Caucasus climbing schedule (Climbing Kazbek 2020 via Karmadon valley Russia)

Guided ascent of Kazbek (5947 m) by the route via Karmadon valley
Easy Climb, Basic level

Day 1 - Arrival to Nalchik, transfer to the Bezengi educational mountain center, accommodation in 3 bed rooms with private facilities. Introduction of participants. Overview Program. Overnight at the Bezengi Base Camp.
Day 2 - Walk to Mizhirgi glacier, iceclimbing class, descent to the camp, dinner and overnight at the Bezengi Base Camp
Day 3 - Rockclimbing training on the equipped routes close to the camp, overnight at the Bezengi Base Camp
Day 4 - Walk to the Ukyu hut and "dovecote", acclimatization. Overnight at the Bezengi Base Camp.
Day 5 - Transfer to North Ossetia to beginning of the Karmadon Kazbek route. Overnight in the tents.
Day 6 - The first day of the Kazbek route, overnight in the tents.
Day 7 - The second day of the Kazbek route, overnight in the tents.
Day 8 - The third day of the Kazbek route, overnight in the tents.
Day 9 - Depending on the weather and the condition of the route - the Summit climb or setting the camp on the 500 meters higher. Overnight in the tents.
Day 10 - Extra day. Spare Summit Day. Overnight in the tents.
Day 11 - Descent. Overnight in the tents.
Day 12 - Descent. Transfer to Nalchik. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 - Departure (or departure).

Prices and conditions

The price of the "Climbing Kazbek 2020 - the route from North via Karmadon valley":

650 Euro - standart group 5-10 participants
850 Euro - mini-group 3-4 participants
1200 Euro - private program for 1-2 participants
* Price per participant

You have to be ready for: 

  • 5-7 days of camping life in the field conditions;
  • Cooking your meals by yourself while climbing mountains;
  • Carrying a 20-25 kg backpack;
  • Air temperature can be down to -20°C on the altitude higher than 3000 m;

Conditions: passing of the acclimatization module and  Brief AlexClimb course of mountain technique is recommended before the trip.
The price includes: Professional mountain guide services, rent of the communal equipment (ropes, belaying and navigation equipment, cooking gear), hotel accommodation, transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end (Nalchik), using the
communal basic medical kit, local registering and climbing permits, food for outdoor part of the program.
The cost does not include: Russian visa charges*, International and domestic flight expenses** to and from the point of the beginning of the program (Nalchik),
one day in Moscow if you have long transfer***, obligatory climbing insurance, rent of the personal equipment, food and drinks while being in cities, using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 12
Guides: 2

*AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can provide Russian Visa support for you. More information on request.
**AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can book the flights for you.
***AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can book hotel for you in Moscow and organize, transfers sightseeing and recreations according to your preferences - basic Moscow package cost is 270 Euro wich inclides pick up and drop off in the airport and one night in the Hotel 3*.

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Russia. Climbing Kazbek via Karmadon valley" can be read in the Offer section

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Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.