Khorisar Backountry Camp – backcountry camp in the area around Khorisar volcano (Main Caucasus Range, Georgia).

Dates: 01.04.2018–07.04.2018

Program: 2 days of skitour/freeride at the resort + 5 days of full-time ski-tour and riding at one of the best spots around Gudauri

Pricing: $550

What’s included in the price:

  • 7 days of guide service;
  • Accompaniment by organizers from the start of deployment to the camp to the end of camp;
  • Сonsultations on any administrative and other issues, information support;
  • Сamp stuff (meal, gas, “kitchen” tent) is transported by organizers;
  • General camp equipment (Common expedition tent for eating and heating, prepared places for tents);
  • Three times per day meal during camp (Breakfast, supper and snacks during the day);
  • Gas for cooking;
  • Transfer Gudauri – Khorisar – Gudauri;
  • 3 days of accommodation in Wildguru hostel;
  • Common medical kit and equipment repair kit;
  • Celebration party on the last day.

Backcountry Camp Khorisar-2017 (PHOTOS)
You can read a report about Khorisar-2016 here.

Requirements for participants

  • Confident level of off-piste riding;
  • Skitour experience;
  • Good physical fit;
  • Good skills in an avalanche gear;
  • Special extreme medical insurance for the camp period 01.04.18 – 07.04.18

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Location and weather

A huge lava cone of the Small Khorisar peak created a unique location near Gudauri. This snow plateau is located at the altitude of 2700 m and surrounded by such peaks as Khorisar (3736 m), Dedaena (3450 m) and Khyrguma (3291 m). Steep rocky couloirs of the Dedaena – Khyrguma ridge, snow fields of Small Khorisar with a huge number of snow pillows and steep walls of Khorisar volcano create a perfect and versatile freeride terrain. Northen aspect of slopes and big altitude hold the snow structure for a long time and keep it in a good condition for the riding. That’s the reason, why freeride in April in this area is so popular among experienced riders.

Daily temperatures: -2°C..+2°C.

Temperatures at night: decline to around -10 °C.

Program description

  • Dates: April 1–7, 2018
  • Base camp altitude: 2630 m above sea level
  • Time to base camp: 3-4 hours
  • Altitude to gain to reach base camp: 600 m
  • Acccomodation:
    April 1–3:
    hostel WildGuru;
    April 3–7:
    tents;
    April 7-8: hostel WildGuru.
  • Food: cooking with gas stoves, eating in hostel;
  • Difficulty level: middle (active riding during 5 days with regular climbs on skitour/splitboard).

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Required equipment for riding

  • Skitour/splitboard gear
  • Avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Trekking poles (for splitboarders)
  • Helmet

Required equipment for camp

  • Sleeping bag (comfort -10 °C)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent (for 2-4 people)
  • Gas stove (for 2-4 people)
  • Cooking pot (for 2-4 people)

Required personal equipment

  • Backpack 45–55 l
  • Membrane jacket
  • Membrane pants
  • Base layer (Thermal underwear)
  • Thermal socks – 2-3 pairs
  • Mittens / gloves
  • Mask
  • Sunglasses
  • Boots (snowboard / ski)
  • Down / Synthetic insulation jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down / Fleece / Synthetic insulated pants
  • Head Flashlight + spare set of batteries
  • Sunburn cream
  • A bowl, a cup, a spoon
  • Thermos (optional)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Spare parts

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Preparing for the camp

April 1 During the day we ski the slopes and ski off-piste at Gudauri ski resort.   An avalanche training with beacons. In the evening: general meeting in WildGuru hostel.

April 2 Second warm-up day, ski-tour to one of the locations. In the afternoon packing and preparing for moving out.

Detailed camp program

April 3

  • 8.00–9.00 Transfer to the start point
  • 9.00–12.00 Ski-tour to the base camp
  • 12.00–14.00 Setting up the camp
  • 14.00–18.00 Ski-tour or rest

April 4–6

  • Ski-tour in Khorisar area

April 7

  • 6.00–14.00 Ski-tour
  • 14.00–15.00 Packing up the base camp
  • 15.00–16.00 Returning to civilization
  • 16.00–17.00 Transfer to Gudauri
  • 19.00 Good-bye party at WildGuru Hostel

Additional services

Transfer

  • Transfer Tbilisi – Gudauri: 80-100$ (4-7 people);;

Rent

  • Avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe): $12/day;
  • Ski-tour / Splitboard kit: $20/day.

More information about rent here.

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Lodging:

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