Trip: Ascent of Mount Tetnuldi (4858m)
Region: Upper Svaneti, Caucasus, Georgia
Dates: 7th – 14th July 2018
Experience required: Proficient use of ice axe and crampons. Alpine climbing / mountaineering experience at PD or equivalent. Strong fitness.
Price: £999 per person
Join us on our 2018 mountaineering expedition to Mount Tetnuldi (4858m), deep in the remote region of Upper Svaneti in the Georgian Caucasus.
Experience the thrill of climbing a summit higher than Mt Blanc, but without the crowds.
Mount Tetnuldi is a majestic peak in the Caucasus and the we take an exciting route across the West Face and along the South West ridge to the summit. This is a great mountaineering peak in a true wilderness.
Mestia, the capital of Upper Svaneti and our base for the climb, is a small town steeped in history nestled in the valleys of the High Caucasus. A paved road to the town was only completed in 2011 and the region still retains a strong local culture, with its own language, which developed independently of the rest of Georgia. The mountaineering scene in this region is still very much in its infancy.
7th July: Collection from Tbilisi early morning and transfer to Mestia. (8-9 hours) Dinner in Mestia.
8th July: Transfer to the start of the climb, hike up to Camp 1 (~3000m)
9th July: Ascend to Camp 2 and establish Base Camp on the glacier at ~3700m
10th July: Acclimatisation day / excursion to Camp 3 (~4300m)
11th July: Summit Mount Tetnuldi
12th July; Spare Summit Day
13th July: Descend and transfer back to Mestia. Dinner on us.
14th July: Transfer to Tbilisi.
Collection and return to / from Kutaisi can be arranged as an alternative.
There are limited rescue services in the Caucasus and the region feels very remote in comparison to the Alps, for this reason the cost includes a dedicated expedition medic as well as the qualified guiding team.
The climb starts at a height of 2700m and culminates at the summit of Tetnuldi at 4858m, meaning there is significant elevation gain during the programme. Given the nature of the terrain, it is not practical to take porters and participants will be expected to carry all of their own equipment, including any equipment that may be provided by Remote Corner Adventures. The ascent to the glacier (3700m) is a very strenuous climb with full packs and will most likely require the use of crampons. Summit day will require an alpine start (2-3am) after which it should take approximately 6-7 hours to reach the summit depending on group speed, with a slightly quicker descent. The route involves crevassed glacier travel and includes significant exposure on the summit ridge, which can be icy.
The route is graded Russian 2B, which roughly translates as PD+ in alpine grading, however given the prolonged nature of the climb and remoteness from other climbers and emergency services, it is more intimidating than climbs of a similar difficulty in the Alps.
Participants should have a strong level of fitness and be comfortable at PD graded alpine routes. A brief time will be allowed to refresh the appropriate skills, but participants are expected to be familiar with these already, including the use of crampons up to 45-50 degree ice, use of ice axes for self-arrest and basic belaying, crevasse rescue techniques.
The expedition will be led by two Georgian Mountain Guide Association (GMGA) guides with a guide : client ration of 1:4. A Remote Corner representative and an expedition medic will join the climb but climb independently of the client groups unless an unforeseen medical situation requires otherwise.
Due to the remote nature of this expedition, a qualified expedition medic will join for the duration of the trip. The medic also plays a key role in pre-expedition planning, including incident and emergency response plans and evacuation protocols, to ensure a safe expedition from the outset.
They will also carry out medical screening and will speak individually to each of the participants during the booking process.
Dr Nick Haslam is an Anaesthetic trainee at Bart’s & The London School of Anaesthesia. He has worked in a number of remote and challenging environments from rural aid posts in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to high altitude rescue posts in the Everest region of Nepal. As an expedition doctor he coordinated the first successful wheelchair ascent of Kilimanjaro by a patient with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FRDA) and has worked on larger expeditions in the Himalayas. He has the UK Diploma in Mountain Medicine and the Gorgas Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. An Aspirant member of the Alpine club, has climbed in the Scottish Highlands, Alps, Himalayas, Andes and Caucasus.
Accommodation is provided in Mestia based on 2 people sharing rooms in a private apartment. Tents are also provided for the duration of the climb based on 2-3 people sharing. Participants are welcome to bring their own tents if preferred.
– Qualified GMGA guiding team.
– Dedicated UK expedition medic
– Accommodation (excl. Tbilisi / Kutaisi)
– Transfers to from Tbilisi / Kutaisi
– Shared climbing equipment
– Shared camping equipment (tents, stoves)
– Expedition meals (morning and evening)
– Selected evening meals in Mestia
– Fully equipped medical kit
We are pleased to be partnered with Be Well Expedition Food and Extreme Adventure Food for this expedition.
What you need.
Graded Russian 2B, Tetnuldi is a physically demanding climb with some relatively easy technical sections. The ascent feels long and committing so a strong level of fitness is required and participants should be comfortable at PD graded alpine routes. You will be required to carry all your equipment, including that provided by us (shared tent, stove etc.)
All group equipment is provided but you will need to bring your personal climbing, camping gear and clothing including:
– Mountaineering boots
– Ice axe
– Sleeping bag
– Ground mat
Morning and evening expedition meals (circa 2400 calories) are provided but you will need to bring your own lunches / snacks for the climb.
Personal climbing insurance providing mountain rescue is also required.
Flights not included.
Maximum group number: 8
£999 per person.
Limited space. Book now.
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Interest? Have any queries? Please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (+44)07747 810543or send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to assist.
Want to extend? Georgia is a fantastic country and we’d be happy to recommend various other activities – single or multi-day hikes or other climbs in the region.
Can’t do these dates? We are happy to arrange alternative tour dates and itineraries specific to your needs.