Georgian mountains: situated at 3700m asl, probably the highest accommodation in Europe. At the foot of the 5030m Mt Kazbek and on Gergeti Glacier, this is an ideal locale for the most adventurous birders. Thanks to the altitude, a minimum period of altitude acclimisation is recommended prior to your visit, as well as attaining a good level of physical fitness, as there is a 6hr walk upslope to the refuge. Also recommended is getting to know how to cross the glacier with its crevices and keeping yourself updated on meteorological conditions. You should take everything you need to eat and sleep with you, and take all your rubbish away with you when you leave! Around the refuge it is easy to observe Güldenstädt´s Redstart, Great Rosefinch, Snow Finch and Alpine Accentor. During the ascent and descent you cross Caucasiuan Grouse and Caucasian Snowcock territories.
West Caucasian Tur and Stoat are some of the mammals you can come across throughout the year, while Brown Bear is mostly seen during the summer months.
It is possible to hire horses from the town to take your bags up to the refuge.
The refuge has various rooms with six bunks. The beds are quite hard but ok with a sleeping bag.