Caucasus. Georgia. Svanetia.
Southern Central Caucasus. Climbing Tetnuld, 4920 m. Classic climb of Tetnuld, 4920 m by the South West Crest (2a Russian Grade)
Altitude: 4920 m
Program category: Technical Mountain Climbing
Difficulty: moderate (SPECIAL SKILLS ARE REQUIRED!)
Duration: 13 days
Season: June - September
First climb: Douglas Freshfeald, 1887
Classic climbs of Caucasus - climbing Tetnuld, 4920 m by the South West Crest - legendary climb of the world class!
Guided climb of Tetnuld - is the exclusive mountain program of MCS AlexClimb, one of the most interesting and beautiful programs.
Tetnuld, Tetnuldi, or, as jokingly Svanetians call that mountain "The Bride of Svanetia". The existing of Tetnuld clearly proves the fact, that Nature can create the most perfect geometrical forms
not only in micro crystals but in the overwhelming mountains as well. Not depending from which side you look at Tetnuld - from every side it looks like a perfect pyramid with four distinctive sharp ridges.
Tetnuld is located in the South spur of the famous Bezengi Wall and with a narrow bridge is connected to Mount Gestola in the Main Caucasian Mountain Range.
During the times of USSR by that bridge there was a way to the base of Tetnuld route from Russia (4b Russian Grade), but now because of some geological changes - lowering and melting of Tetnuld
glacier, that route is highly dangerous, and officially forbidden as is connected with crossing the Russian-Georgian border. From Georgia (Svanetia), there are two unbelievable beautiful routes to the top
of Tetnuld, one of which, the Classic was climbed for the first time in 1887, in the year when the most famous European climbers conquered the most important mountains of the Main Caucasus.
The first climb of Tetnuld was successfully done in 1887 by the Austrian team under the command of Douglas Freshfeald.
For today, climbing Tetnuld is quite interesting sportive ascent of moderate difficulty, more complicated than climbing Mount Layla,
but much less difficult, than Ushba program or Shkhara program. Climbing Tetnuld can be
recommended as medium link from the easy mountain programs for beginners to the next more technical level. The location of Tetnuld gives to the climbers the unique chance to enjoy all the power
and magnificence of the famous mountains of Bezengi Wall, just to the opposite of which Tetnuld is located.
Classic climb of Tetnuld, 4920 m by the South West Crest (2a Russian Grade)
This program is developed for people, experienced in mountain climbing. This climb requires serious preparation,
convenient physical form and experience. The
Brief AlexClimb course of mountain technique is recommended before the trip. Acclimatization program on Mount Layla is highly recommended before climbing Ushba.
The First Law of AlexClimb
The first rule, by which we are guided in developing of the program - it is Safety. Professional Guides lead the group,
only the high quality certificated equipment and advanced navigating systems are used. All that guarantees
the highest possible level of your Safety, and it is the most important part of our work.
The AlexClimb Tetnuld climbing schedule:
Guided ascent of Tetnuld from Svanetia, Classic route, South West Ridge 2a Russian Grade
Mixed Climb, Advanced level
Day 1 - international flight to Tbilisi, hotel accommodation (***)|
Day 2 - transfer to Mestia - capital town of Svanetia (7-8 hours, minibus), guest house accommodation
Day 3 - day off, sightseeing excursion in the historical Mestia neighborhood, overnight in the guest house
Day 4 - trekking to Chalaat glacier, brief instruction, working on the belaying skills and iceclimbing, return to Mestia, overnight in the guest house
Day 5 - day off, climb preparation, overnight in the guest house
Day 6 - transfer to the beginning of the Tetnuld route (Adyshi village), walking up (4-6 hours, loads are carried by horses) and setting the Tetnuld Camp I (3200 m), overnight in the tents
Day 7 - walking and scrambling to the Tetnuld Plateau (4000 m) via Tetnuld Pass, setting the Tetnuld Camp II (4100 m), overnight in the tents
Day 8 - summit Day, Climbing Tetnuld Summit (4920 m) - descent to the Tetnuld Camp I, overnight in the tents
Day 9 - descent to Adyshi (3 hours), transfer to Mestia, overnight in the guest house
Day 10 - spare summit day
Day 11 - day off, Visiting the Museum of Mikhail Khergiany, city tour, overnight in the guest house
Day 12 - transfer to Tbilisi, hotel accommodation
Day 13 - return International Flight
You have to be ready for:
- Climbing the route of the moderate difficulty. The risk and physical load levels are high enough;
The cost of the program from: from 1200 Euro
Conditions: previous climbing experience or very good physical form. Acclimatization program on Mount Layla is highly recommended before climbing Ushba.
The cost includes: guide services, rent of the communal equipment (ropes, belaying and navigation
equipment, cooking gear), hotel, camping and mountain hut accommodation, transfers from the point of the
beginning of the program to its end (Tbilisi),
using the communal basic medical kit, local registering and climbing permits, food for outdoor part of the program.
The cost does not include: Georgian visa charges*, International and domestic flight expenses to and from the point of the
beginning of the program (Tbilisi), climbing insurance, rent of the personal equipment, restaurant food and drinks while being in Tbilisi,
using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 4
*Most European citizens do not need visa for entering Georgia, check that in Georgian consulate in your home country.
Equipment list for the Tetnuld AlexClimb Program
The application form for participation in the Tetnuld AlexClimb Program.
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Greece Kalymnos 2011
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Lots of updates!
New photoalbums are uploaded!
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Crimea Rockclimbing 2009
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Peru May 2009
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Happy New Year!!! Let it be more successful and brings new Heights and new Summits!
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Elbrus Photoalbum is uploaded. Caucasus July 2008.
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Peru Photoalbum is uploaded. Andes May 2008.
The AlexClimb Summer Mountain climbing Season is finished... Photoalbums and articles about our summer climbs will come soon!