7.4 km away
One of the most beautiful steep skiing lines in the Caucasus
Extreme Ski Touring
- 22 km
- 3 km
- 3 km
A long, serious and high alpine ski tour in the High Caucasus
Ski Touring Difficult
At 4400 - 4450 m you are reaching the Kazbek plateau, a wide and flat glacier area. Here you diverge left from the standard route to Mkinvartsveri. Ascend to the summit of Spartak (4517 m) and then descend into the col between Spartak and Maili (4380 m). The final ascent to Maili is not hard, but the summit is exposed - the drop to the left is massive! Stay well-away from the cornices on the right (north aspect). Still, it is one of the more beautiful ridge climbs in the Georgian Caucasus, with tremendous views.
Descend the same way. You can avoid the summit of Spartak on the way back, by staying right of the summit. It saves you a few meters, but I prefer to go back over Spartak, as it sets me up for a better ski descent.
Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.