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I am planning to climb Mt. Kazbek, from the Georgian side, in August, but I am not really keen on the idea of booking a whole package all the way from Kazbegi. I've read elsewhere that you can hike to the meteo station (the route is well-documented) and hire a guide for a much cheaper price from there to reach the peak. How true is this?

  • I'd try and ask at risk.ru - although it's a Russian-speaking community I believe that someone with good knowledge of Kazbek ascends will ask your question. – Usurer Aug 26 at 8:54
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On Meteo there are many others climbers. So you can join some other group of people :-)
Hiking to Meteo is easy except for the Gergeti glacier (rolling stones, water, cracks).

For ascending/climbing you will need a crampon, ice axe, headlamp, helmet and something to melt snow for drinking water. A good idea is to start around 3 am because descending is dangerous when glacier is melting and stones are moving

And important for your safety: do not hike alone.

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