Ski touring Svanetia

  • Adventure Factor
    spirited
  • Experience Value / Emotion
    thrilling
  • Fitness / Struggle
    enjoy
  • Risk
    feel free to tell your partner about it
  • Travel Comfort
    simple

You wish to get out of our highly demanding, modern and connected world? Then you have found what you were looking for! This travel takes you to a natural, original and simple world – to Svanetia, a historical region in the Georgian Caucasus.

Discover with us the highest mountains of the central Caucasus, put endless tracks in the untouched powder slopes, resist the rough nature, enjoy the famous Georgian hospitality and learn about a culture that is thousands of years old and hasn’t changed much until today.

The week starts in Mazeri, a small mountain village situated on the foot of the well-known Mt. Ushba. For the next 3 days, a variety of ski tours of up to 1500 vertical meters awaits us, starting directly from our accommodation. After that, a jeep takes us on an adventures journey to Ushguli, Europes highest constantly inhabited Village, which also considered a world cultural heritage. In total solitude, we will enjoy the next 2-3 ski touring days in this unique place.

This adventure is led and guided by one of our Austrian UIAGM mountain guides who knows his way around the area.

Solitary, pristine, wild, impressive, isolated, mysterious and simply magnificent – this is Svanetia.

 

Highlights:

  • 5 days of ski touring with licensed UIAGM guide
  • Untouched, lonely summits
  • Unique, pristine nature
  • Farewell dinner with Svanetian folklore ensemble
  • safety equipment for rent

 

 

Special features:

Due to its exposed location and the involved risk of possible obstruction of traffic routes, the schedule is subject to short-term changes.

In relation to the local circumstances, it is recommended to bring a backpack or a portable travel bag for your luggage instead of a suitcase. 

 

January 27th - February 2nd 2019 (7days from/to Kutaisi)

Booking Code: SVAN19

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February 3nd - February 9th 2019 (7 days from/to Kutaisi)

Booking Code: SVAN219

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February 10th - February 16th 2019 (7days from/to Kutaisi)

Booking Code: SVAN319

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Price: € 1.990

Minimum members: 6

 

What the price incudes:

5 days (depending on weather and snow conditions) guided ski touring with Austrian UIAGM mountain guide (1 guide per 6 members).

6 nights in simple hotels and guest houses in double rooms (single rooms available for an additional charge)

Breakfast

Fare-well dinner with Svanetian folklore ensemble

Transport of material (personal equipment has to be carried by yourself)

Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator 

What the price does not include:

Flight from/to Kutaisi (perhaps Tbilisi or Batumi) - we gladly make you an offer

Single room surcharge (€ 500 per person)

Personal medicine

Personal insurance

Lunch and dinner including alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages

Tips

Personal expenses of all kind

All costs and services that might occure due to any events beyond our control e.g. natural disasters, flight cancelation, strike, increase of fees for hotels, transport, etc

All not specifically mentioned included services

 

Optional:

Flight to Kutaisi (perhaps Tbilisi or Batumi)

Single room surcharge (€ 500)

 

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures GmbH, Hoehenstrasse 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, phone: +43 (0) 512 204134, mail: info@furtenbachadventures.com

 

 

The following schedule is planned:

Day 1: Arrival in Kutaisi International Airport, appr. 5-6 hours to Mazeri, check-in at the hotel, safety equipment check and instruction by the guide

Days 2-6: Ski touring. The exact runs will be scheduled every day in the morning by the mountain guide according to the weather and snow conditions. We will target spots like “Lamaria ridge”, “Zuruldi ridge” and “Gull Pass”. On a typical day, we will master between 800 and 1400 vertical meters and in between we might have some time to explore the local skiing areas.

Day 7: Transfer back to the airport and individual departure home.

General 
Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in Heliskiing / Ski Touring lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.
If you are not sure whether taking part in an certain trip is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per emaillukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Difficulty / Technique
Ski Touring always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in different snow conditions and steep terrain. For Ski Touring members should be able to perform kick-turns. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperatve that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

Physical fitness 
A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain.


Equipment 
Please note which equipment is included under the point “What the price includes”. We will supply you with adequate safety equipment (avalanche airbag, shovel, probe and avalanche transceive)


Health 
We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

Entry Requirements
Passport and Visa Regulations
Russia
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 or more months.

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

 

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

 until 30 days prior to departure............................... 30%
29 - 20 days prior to departure.......................... 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure.......................... 70%
9 - 4 days prior to departure.............................. 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours).........100%
on the day of departure....................................... 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.

 

Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG” [European Travel inscurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

 

 

 

Furtenbach Adventures is the most innovative organizer of expeditions and exclusive adventure travel.

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Get in touch

Furtenbach Adventures GmbH
Höttinger Gasse 12
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

+43 (0) 512 / 204134

office@furtenbachadventures.com

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