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North Central Caucasus. Russia. Kabardino-Balkaria. Climbing in Bezengi Valley - climbing Peak Gestola"

As the route from Russia is complicated with many burocratic formalities, the Gestola approach variant from Georgia is preferrable

Altitude: 4860 m
Program category: Mountain Climbing
Difficulty: advanced (SPECIAL SKILLS ARE REQUIRED)

Duration: 7 days
Season: June - September
Program price from: 950 Euro

  • 01.08.21 - 08.08.21Mini group + accl. 75 RUR booking

Climbing Peak Gestola (4860 m) - the program of MCS AlexClimb mountaineering School in collaboration with alpine educational center  "Bezengi".

Program "Mountain climbing in Bezengi valley, climbing Peak Gestola" is available on the reservation at least 90 day prior the trip - special permission needed for entering the border area.

It should be kept in mind that climbing Mount Gestola from the Russian side is prohibited by the rules for the border zone of the Russian Federation. In case of capture and proof of guilt, climbing this most beautiful peak can lead to the imposition of an administrative fine under Article 18.2 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (up to 3000 rubles). The preferred route for climbing Gestola is the route from Svaneti - it is open and free from any border prohibitions and formalities.

Peak Gestola - one of the most beautiful mountains, located in the region of the educational mountaineering center "Bezengi". The climbing program of Gestola stands in the row with another MCS AlexClimb mountain programs of medium difficulty connected with overcoming the  serious climbing obstacles and using climbing equipment. The Summit of Gestola - that is a kind of unofficial symbol of the Bezengi educational center - silhouette of that mountain as well marked on the logo of the joint project of MCS AlexClimb mountain School and Mountain Educational Center "Bezengi" . Perfect pyramidal form of the mountain attracts the eye of every visitor of Bezengi valley with its ideal shape and bright snow Summit dome, crowning the upper Bezengi glacier. It's hard to take your eyes away from this far away beauty. Feeling its inaccessibility even more enhanced by the fact that the normal route of ascent of Gestola normally is out of sight of the viewer, and that part of the mountain, which can be clearly seen from the Bezengi valley - it is steep and almost impossible for ascent face - it is like that mountain say to the climbers - yes, enjoy me from the distance, but do not even try ! But the first impression is deceptive, and climbing Gestola is quite real, as the classic route of ascent to its Summit is not as difficult as the most of the neighboring mountains in the Bezengi region - Shkhara, Jangi, Dykh Tau

This 7-day program "Mountain climbing in Bezengi, climbing Peak Gestola" was developed for the people who have some prior experience in mountain climbing and who want to try themselves at the technical mountain climbing route. It is highly recommended to take a course of acclimatization before participation in Gestola climbing program - our acclimatization program "Classic of Bezengi" is ideal from that pupose. Regardless your climbing experience, we recommend passing the MCS AlexClimb Course of general physical preparation and  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.

Program Schedule

The AlexClimb Caucasus Bezengi climbing schedule (Gestola climbing 2021)

Guided ascent of Peak Gestola (4860 m) Normal route
Moderate difficulty Climb, Advanced level

Day 1 - Domestic flight to Nalchik, airport pick up and transfer to the "Bezengi" Base Camp, accommodation.
Day 2 - Acclimatization and preparation.
Day 3 - Approach to the beginning of Gestola climbing route 3900, overnight in the tents
Day 4 - Climbing Churlyonis pass, setting a second camp 4310, overnight in the tents
Day 5 - Climbing the Summit of Gestola 4860, descent to the camp 3900, overnight in the tents
Day 6 - Descent and return in "Bezengi" Base Camp
Day 7 - Departure

Prices and conditions

The price of the "Climbing Peak Gestola, season 2021":

950 Euro* - mini-group 3-4 participants
1400 Euro* - private program for 1-2 participants
* price per person

You have to be ready for: 

  • Climbing the route of the moderate difficulty. The risk and physical load levels are high enough;
  • 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: previous climbing experience, good physical form. Acclimatization program "Classics of Bezengi" is highly recommended before climbing Peak Gestola, the Brief AlexClimb course of mountain technique is recommended.
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: 4
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 "Caucasus. Russia. Bezengi. Climbing Peak Gestola" 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.