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Layla - Ararat

South Caucasus. Georgia - Turkey. Climbing Ararat (5156m) and with acclimatization in Georgia - Svanetia

Altitude: 5156 m
Program category: Mountain Climbing
Difficulty: basic (SPECIAL SKILLS ARE NOT REQUIRED)

Duration: 14 days
Season: June - September
Program price from: 1150 Euro

  • 20.06.18 - 01.07.18Standart, group of 6 participants 1150 EURO booking

Classic climbs of Caucasus - Climbing Ararat (5156m) with acclimatization climb of Layla in Svanetia (Georgia).

The program of climbing Mount Ararat with the logistics via Georgia allows us to combine in one program two interesting classic mountain climbing programs - climbing Ararat and Layla. About the features of these Mountains it is written in detail in the relevant sections of our Web-page - climbing Mount Ararat and climbing Mount Layla.

The program combines two parts - the acclimatization climb of the initial level of Mount Laila, the highest mountain of the Svanetian Mountain Range and legendary Mount Ararat. Adding befor climbing Ararat acclimatization climb of Mount Layla makes the overall program particularly interesting due to the possibility of visiting Svaneti - one of the most remote and historically interesting regions of Georgia. Climbing Layla origunally is very interesting climbing event. Further, having acclimatization for 4000 meters, we can be quite confident to try the climb of the higher mountains - Mount Ararat as the main part of our program.

The Ararat climbing program with acclimatization in Svaneti (Laila) runs throughout the summer season - from 1st June to 30th September.

In the Ararat climbing program schedule with acclimatization in Svaneti (Laila) we put two spare days - in case of successful realization of the climbing program these days can be used for additional sightseeing program in Georgia - visiting Vardzia, Gori, Uplistsikhe.

This 14-day program "Climbing Ararat, Turkey - Georgia, with acclimatization in Svanetia" is designed for people who have no prior experience in mountain climbing and who want to try themselves at mountain climbing. Climbing routes of Ararat and Layla are not very hard physically, do 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 Russia climbing schedule (Ararat and Layla in Svanetia 2020):

Mountain climbing program "Climbing Ararat with acclimatization in Svanetia - climbing Layla" with MCS AlexClimb and Bezengi Guides
Easy climb, basic level

Day 1 - international flight to Tbilisi, hotel accommodation (***)
Day 2 - transfer to Mestia - capital town of Svanetia (10-12 hours, minibus), guest house accommodation
Day 3 - transfer to the beginning of the Mount Layla route (Zkhumary village), walking up (3-4 hours, loads are carried by horses) and setting the First Camp (2700 m), overnight in the tents
Day 4 - walking up the Mount Layla Pass (3700 m) descent to Layla valley and setting the Second Camp (3400 m), overnight in the tents
Day 5 - summit Day, Climbing Mount Layla (4008 m) - the highest mountain of Svanetian Mountain Range, descent to the Second Camp, overnight in the tents
Day 6 - descent to Mestia (6-8 hours, loads are carried by horses), overnight in the guest house
Day 7 - 4x4 transfer to Akhalzikhe (Georgia) - town located close to the border with Turkey, overnight in the hotel
Day 8 - crossing the border with Turkey, transfer to Dogubayazet at the base of Ararat, overnight in the hotel
Day 9 - transfer to the base of Ararat route, trekking to the Ararat Base camp (loads are transported by horses), overnight in the tents
Day 10 - climbing Mount Ararat, descent to the camp and transfer to Dogubayazet, overnight in the hotel
Day 11 - extra day
Day 12 - 4x4 transfer to Georgia, overnight in the hotel in Borjomi
Day 13 - transfer to Tbilisi, hotel accommodation
Day 14 - extra day

Prices and conditions

The price of the "Climbing Ararat 2020 with acclimatization on Layla":

1150 Euro* - standart group 5-10 participants
1350 Euro* - mini-group 3-4 participants
1800 Euro* - private program for 1-2 participants
*Price per person 

You have to be ready for:

  • 4-5 days of camping life in the field conditions;
  • Cooking your meals by yourself while climbing mountains;
  • Carrying a 15-20 kg backpack;
  • Air temperature can be down to -20°C on the altitude higher than 3000 m;

Conditions: minimum 4 participants, the Brief AlexClimb course of mountain technique is recommended before the trip.
The price includes:
Professional mountain guide services, all necessary documentation and climbing permits, rent of the communal equipment (ropes, belaying and navigation equipment, cooking gear), hotel accommodation (B&B), transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end (Tbilisi), using the communal basic medical kit, food for outdoor part of the program
The price does not include: Georgian and Turkey visa charges**, International and domestic flight expenses to and from the point of the beginning of the program (Tbilisi), obligatory climbing insurance, rent of the personal equipment, food and drinks while being in cities, using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 12
Guides: 2

*Most European citizens do not need visa for entering Georgia, check that in Georgian consulate in your home country.

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Georgia - Turkey. Climbing Ararat with acclimatization in Svanetia - climbing Layla" can be read in the Offer section

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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.

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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.

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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.
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