Kobi valley, N (north), 5,8 km., ⎋ 02:30 h., ⇡ 01:30 h., ↑ 243 m., ↓ 618 m., ▼ 2517 m. - ▲ 3067 m.
Kobi valley, N (north), 5,8 km., ⎋ 02:30 h., ⇡ 01:30 h., ↑ 243 m., ↓ 618 m., ▼ 2517 m. - ▲ 3067 m.
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Kobi valley, N (north), 5,8 km., ⎋ 02:30 h., ⇡ 01:30 h., ↑ 243 m., ↓ 618 m., ▼ 2517 m. - ▲ 3067 m.

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Adventure title
Kobi valley
Linear routes, Day trip
One line summary
The circular ski-tour route through the top of East Sadzele with a descent to the Kobi gorge and a return to the resort by ski lift
Alpine difficulty
F: Easy (Facile)
Slope aspect
N (north)
Route Lenght
5,8 km.
Total duration ⎋
⎋ 02:30 h.
Duration of skinning up ⇡
⇡ 01:30 h.
Ascent ↑
↑ 243 m.
Descent ↓
↓ 618 m.
▼ 2517 m. - ▲ 3067 m.
Descent difficulty
S2 : Wide slopes which are easy to manoeuvre, maybe fairly steep (25°).
Remote: Away from help but easily accessed.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
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This and others (more than 30 routes) are in the printed version of the backcountry guide to the Gudauri and Kazbegi region from the "Still Wild Georgia" series.
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In just a few words
Acclimatization ski-tour route from the Kudebi mountain through the eastern summit of Sadzele to check the equipment and skiing level. On the backside of the resort.
After the Chrdili route, this is the most easily accessible ski-tour route in the resort zone, returning to the resort by ski lift. A short overall duration, smooth height gain, and relative proximity to the resort allow choosing this route during the first days of vacation in Gudauri.
Route description

Starting point

The route starts with a short descent by the northern slope from the top point of Kudebi mountain, then continues on skins along the trajectory of piste from the Sadzele mountain in the direction of the pass between the top of East Sadzele (3307 m.) and the rocky foot of the spur that goes into the Khado gorge.


After the ascent on the pass, go counterclockwise around East Sadzele, then through the long plateau, skiable the first part. Then – on skins to the col and the descent to the Kobi gorge.


Descent from the pass is in one of the parts of the col – to the north, closer to the Sadzele slope, there is a steeper slope, and you can ascend a little bit to increase the descent line if the snow cover is stable. However, the snow from the next valley side (“Milioni & “Small Alaska”) is often affected by sun and/or wind crust. Therefore, the most conservative option is the descent from the central part of the col. Starting from the middle of the line viewed between the descent starting point and the cable car station, you need to stick to the left so that you can descend to the Kobi 2 ski lift station without losing height. Sometimes, if the traverse speed on the final part of the descent is not enough, to reach the station, you have to cross a shallow ravine and continue the decline to the station along the marked piste.


In poor visibility conditions, without knowing the terrain perfectly and without a track, after rounding the East Sadzele mountain, you can find yourself on the avalanche-dangerous and steep slopes in the Hado gorge, with rock faults.

Standard avalanche equipment (beeper, probe, shovel)
Mobile connection
In some places there is a mobile connection
Is the route accessible when the Cross Pass is closed?
Best time
January, February, March, April
Recommended maps for this region
Trekking Map # 4: Khevi, Stephantsminda, Gudauri, Truso. Skale 1 : 50 000.
Useful information

If the traffic through the Cross pass is allowed, you can continue the descent to the Georgian Military Road through the waterfall (the right photo) and then return to Gudauri by taxi or hitchhike.

Rescue service: +995 790 211 100
Fire service, police, medical assistance: 112
Helicopters: +995 32 2243 503, +995 595 350 900, +995 595 404 606

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