Be aware that the station is now privatly owned (and is getting improved), with an administrator/guardian being at the station for the spring, summer and fall months, starting in late March.
Price for a night is currently 20 Lari (about 7.5 Euros), pitching tents around the station will cost you 10 Lari.
hello! Is the hit also open beginning of October? Would an ascend then be possible or too late?
many thanks and best regards, André
Probably it is. We were there a few years ago very late September - it was open.
And if the weather is fine, it is not too late. We had the station all to ourselves. Only one of our group made it to the top, but it was not because of the weather but because we only had two days to climb and it proved too much to the rest.
In 2016, price for sleeping inside of the Betlehemi hut is 35 Lari per person. There is also a spring (with delicious water) along the trail inside of the Gergeti village. See the map: https://mapy.cz/s/17Khb
Currently (May 2010) approach from Russian side is again possible, both for Russians and foreigners. However as everywhere at Russian side of Caucasus ridge, you will need a border pass and it takes approximately 1 month to make it, so do apply for it in advance!
Border pass from Russian side can be issued in case of timely apply - 30days for Russians and 60 days minimum for foreign citizens!
The volcano is in a volcanically-active region and is dormant, not extinct.