Deda Ena - Khorisar - Truso

A beautiful, remote route, striking because of its scale and landscapes and large selection of lines for descent.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
16 km
Ascent
1.6 km
Descent
2 km
Duration
7-8 hrs
Low Point
2 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
32˚
Deda Ena - Khorisar - Truso Map

The route starts with a stop on the Georgian Military Road (42°31’10.3”N 44°28’3.4”E), opposite the old (non-functional) stone bridge 2.5 km away from the Cross Pass in the direction of Kazbegi.

Description

Taxi from Gudauri can take you to the start of the route and then pick you up at the Truso gorge near the first abandoned village Nogkau (42°34’32.2”N 44°28’27.5”E). The total cost of the round-trip car is 70-100 GEL.

Ascent to the Deda Ena passes along the classic path. The approach to the Khorisar volcano with a smooth height gain and the subsequent ascent to the peak through the southern couloir.

Multiple selection of descent lines on the northeastern (more open sections) and eastern slopes of Khorisar (couloirs).

You should take the route only under the conditions of good weather forecast on a sunny day.

There are three options to shorten the route in case of unfavorable weather, snow conditions and poor visibility - "A": You can go back from Deda Ena ridge down to the starting point; "B": after the descent from Deda Ena ridge you can go right into the Truso Gorge and "C": to decide not to ascend Khorisar volcano at its very foot, descend down its southwest slope towards the Truso gorge and go to the main route line without ascending to the top.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

March, April, May

Features

  • Alpine
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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