Fundamentals of Survival (2 days)

Build your own backcountry camp, sleep in an igloo, and learn not only to survive, but to enjoy snow camping!

Can you hear the call of the wild? Are you looking for the stark real and intense nature experience? To listen to the silence broken only by the sound of your own footsteps crunching in the snow? To see what is behind the horizon where no one ever goes? Join our Winter Wonderland overnight survival courses. Our guides use all their experience, knowledge and passion to make your first winter camping trip positively unforgettable.  We put the FUN in FUNdamentals of Survival! 

This overnight adventure focuses on off-the-beaten path outdoor exploration and backcountry travel skills in winter terrain. We will accompany you to a beautiful hidden mountain area in Georgia to teach you how to create a comfortable campsite in the snow, how to build an igloo or a snow cave, and how to stay warm and safe in the winter fairytale-land of the Caucasus Mountains wilderness. In the evenings, we will be merry and warm around a bonfire enjoying our well deserved hot dinner, sharing toasts and stories before going to bed in our newly built hideout with a whole new set of tips and tricks to enjoy a pleasant sleep. Our mission is to share our discoveries and valuable knowledge to widen your horizon and your comfort zone. Get to know winter from another side – a deeper, integrated, alive one – where the abundance of snow, nature and mountains are exclusively left for you to discover. No previous experience needed, although a basic level of fitness is required. Rental equipment is available on request.

This overnight adventure focuses on off-the-beaten path outdoor exploration and backcountry travel skills in winter terrain. We will accompany you to a beautiful hidden mountain area in Georgia to teach you how to create a comfortable campsite in the snow, how to build an igloo or a snow cave, and how to stay warm and safe in the winter fairytale-land of the Caucasus Mountains wilderness. In the evenings, we will be merry and warm around a bonfire enjoying our well deserved hot dinner, sharing toasts and stories before going to bed in our newly built hideout with a whole new set of tips and tricks to enjoy a pleasant sleep. Our mission is to share our discoveries and valuable knowledge to widen your horizon and your comfort zone. Get to know winter from another side – a deeper, integrated, alive one – where the abundance of snow, nature and mountains are exclusively left for you to discover. No previous experience needed, although a basic level of fitness is required. Rental equipment is available on request.

Day 1

  • Meet in Tbilisi at 8am
  • Drive to the trailhead for our remote winter adventure
  • Hike up to the camp site, with lots of photo and snack breaks
  • Workshop on safe snow hiking
  • Set up camp: dig a kitchen and fire pit, build snow caves and igloos or pitch tents
  • Sunset hike
  • Backcountry supra (Georgian feast!)
  • Workshop on survival skills & staying comfortable at night
  • Play music, dance, roast marshmallows, and contemplate existence around the bonfire
  • Curl up in a nice, warm sleeping bag in our handmade snowcave/igloo or in tents

Day 2

  • Optional sunrise short hike 
  • Restart the fire & cook breakfast
  • Hike up to the ridge for a 360° view, practicing route choice skills we learned yesterday
  • Pack down the camp and return to the car
  • Return to Tbilisi by 8pm

Day 1

  • Meet in Tbilisi at 8am
  • Drive to the trailhead for our remote winter adventure
  • Hike up to the camp site, with lots of photo and snack breaks
  • Workshop on safe snow hiking
  • Set up camp: dig a kitchen and fire pit, build snow caves and igloos or pitch tents
  • Sunset hike
  • Backcountry supra (Georgian feast!)
  • Workshop on survival skills & staying comfortable at night
  • Play music, dance, roast marshmallows, and contemplate existence around the bonfire
  • Curl up in a nice, warm sleeping bag in our handmade snowcave/igloo or in tents

Day 2

  • Optional sunrise short hike 
  • Restart the fire & cook breakfast
  • Hike up to the ridge for a 360° view, practicing route choice skills we learned yesterday
  • Pack down the camp and return to the car
  • Return to Tbilisi by 8pm

Prerequisites

  • Ability to hike for 3 hours at a time at elevations above 2000m

How to Dress

  • Wool or synthetic clothing (No cotton!)
  • Thermal top and bottom layer
  • Wool socks
  • Fleece, down, or pile jacket midlayer top
  • Waterproof and windproof outer layer jacket and pants
  • Gaiters or pants that tighten around your boots
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat

Required Equipment

  • (available for rent)
  • Sleeping bag with comfort level of -15C or less.
  • Insulated sleeping mat (recommended 1 inflatable mat + 1 foam mat)
  • Headlamp
  • Snowshoes or Touring Skis
  • Trekking Poles
  • Foldable shovel
  • Waterproof hiking boots suitable for snow
  • Backpack big enough to carry all of this (60+ L)
  • Tents are optional – you can also sleep in a snow cave or igloo!

Additionally Required

  • Water bottle with at least 1L capacity (thermos is best)
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen

Prerequisites

Ability to hike for 3 hours at a time at elevations above 2000m

How to Dress

  • Wool or synthetic clothing (No cotton!)
  • Thermal top and bottom layer
  • Wool socks
  • Fleece, down, or pile jacket midlayer top
  • Waterproof and windproof outer layer jacket and pants
  • Gaiters or pants that tighten around your boots
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat

Required Equipment

  • (available for rent)
  • Sleeping bag with comfort level of -15C or less.
  • Insulated sleeping mat (recommended 1 inflatable mat + 1 foam mat)
  • Headlamp
  • Snowshoes or Touring Skis
  • Trekking Poles
  • Foldable shovel
  • Waterproof hiking boots suitable for snow
  • Backpack big enough to carry all of this (60+ L)
  • Tents are optional – you can also sleep in a snow cave or igloo!

Additionally Required

  • Water bottle with at least 1L capacity (thermos is best)
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen

Dates

  • January 29-30
  •  March 19-20

From $100 USD / Person (group of 4)

Includes

Transportation from Tbilisi and back, experienced guide (ratio 4:1), snow hiking and winter survival course, dinner and breakfast

Private Groups

For custom dates and pricing, please send us an inquiry with your dates and the the number of people in your party.

Rental Equipment

Standard rental package $40 USD

  • -20°C sleeping bag
  • Insulated sleeping mat
  • Snowshoes
  • Poles
  • Foldable shovel

Additionally Available

  • Hiking boots
  • Headlamps
  • Backpacks
  • Tents

Email us for Details: info@vagabondadventures.ge.

 

Dates

  • January 29-30
  •  March 19-20

From $100 USD / Person (group of 4)

Includes

Transportation from Tbilisi and back, experienced guide (ratio 4:1), snow hiking and winter survival course, dinner and breakfast

Private Groups

For custom dates and pricing, please send us an inquiry with your dates and the the number of people in your party.

Rental Equipment

Standard rental package $40 USD

  • -20°C sleeping bag
  • Insulated sleeping mat
  • Snowshoes
  • Poles
  • Foldable shovel

Additionally Available

  • Hiking boots
  • Headlamps
  • Backpacks
  • Tents

Email us for Details: info@vagabondadventures.ge