Kazbek (Mkinvartsveri)



Kazbek is located in the northern part of Georgia, on the ridge near Kavkasioni, near the border with Russia. Its height is 5033 m and is the highest peak of eastern Georgia. The local population calls him "the bride of the gorge," the neighbors from Tusheti - a lion, and the pshavs - Gergeti. Mkinvartsveri is the peak that attracts people with different tastes. It is not necessary to be a climber to put a foot on this wonderful peak. Anyone who is not too lazy can visit it at the right time, with the necessary equipment and an experienced group, can get to this place.


Kazbek is a "sleeping" volcano, the eruption of which, according to some scientific figures, last happened about 6 thousand years ago. The peak is covered with glaciers, which hang over a sufficiently large distance. According to the literary sources, the peak was first conquered in 1799 by the priest Joseph (Pavlenishvili), who developed a parking lot and preached the Christian doctrine for two decades. It is also known that in 1868 the famous English mountaineer, Douglas Freshwild, climbed to the top. A scientific study of Kazbek begins with the first Georgian expedition in 1923.



The top is covered with snow in winter and in summer. It is possible to climb Kazbek at any time of the year, nevertheless in winter and spring it is an extremely dangerous zone, as there are a lot of avalanches around it. Also, in winter the temperature is very low and accordingly requires preparation and equipment. For those who are not ready for such difficulties, the season opens in the second half of the summer and lasts until the end of September. During this period, the sun slides on the cold slopes of the glacier, which leads to the melting of snow and the road becomes less dangerous. In the first half of September the snow cover reaches a minimum level and the chance to get into the crack decreases as much as possible, since the most important problem is a crack covered with snow becomes a rare phenomenon. At this time, also, there are rarely rains and storms, and accordingly most of the tourists are just at this time heading for the peak.


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