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Elbrus 13 day Ascent with Training

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Elbrus 13 day Ascent with Training
1395€ - Group 6-15
13 days Grade D  Partly Porter Supported
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This is our standard trip. As with all our Elbrus trips, it begins with arrival into Mineralnye Vody. We meet you from your flight to transfer to the base hotel in the Baksan Valley.

During the first we week we train in using an ice axe and crampons and have a good number of acclimatisation day. From the hotel we make several trips following beautiful forested valleys, walking through alpine meadows, crossing glaciated mountain passes and climbing some of the easiest summits which provide superb panoramas of the Caucasus Range.following beautiful forested valleys, walking through alpine meadows, crossing glaciated mountain passes and climbing some of the easiest summits. These provide superb panoramas of the Caucasus Range.

These initial trips will be porter supported and will involve camping and backpacking. They will also provide us with fitness and theacclimatisation necessary for the ascent of Elbrus itself. But for those who are already rather acclimatized, there is also an opportunity to join us for a short 8-day Elbrus climb. The ascent of Elbrus it is still a tough trip.
The porters carry all food and group equipment as tents, ropes, cooking equipment and etc. You carry your own personal kit including your sleeping bag and mat. A limited number of porters can be hired at an extra charge to carry personal equipment where necessary.

For the ascent of Elbrus we use a cable car system to take us to the height of about 3800m. We stay in the Garabashi Huts (3800m) or Diesel Hut (4100m). The actual program for the ascent of Elbrus will depend on the weather, group condition and the availability of a snowcat which we will use according to the groupís wish to help us up the lower slopes of the mountain.

The following itinerary is intended as a working guide only and is a subject to variation as a result of changes in airline schedules, local conditions, weather and governmental restrictions. We reserve the right to alter (lengthen or shorten) the trek at any time if necessary.


Day 1 Arrive in Mineralnye Vody, on the plains north of the Caucasus. We meet you to drive to the hotel, ca.3,5 hours, in the Baksan Valley near Elbrus, 2100m
Day 2 Our trek starts with a pleasant walk up the Terskol Valley to the "Terskolak" campsite, an alpine meadow campsite at 2500m. From the hotel we drive about 20 min to the Terskol Valley and then take 2hrs walk to the campsite. After lunch we go to the Terskol glacier for crampon practice. This is an excellent day to tone up our muscles for the days ahead.

Day 3 Walk up the Terskol Glacier, ascend Terskolak Pass 3620m. A fine day with a mixture of terrain providing good practice with ice axe and crampons. If the weather and the group conditions are good, it is possible to climb Terskolak Peak, 3790 m. Return back to the hotel on the same day.

Day 4 A short drive to Vierhny Baksan from where we walk up through woods then open mountain slopes to Syltran Lake at 3200m., one of the largest lakes in the Caucasus. Camp. This is a long, demanding day, excellent training for the long pull up Elbrus!

Day 5 Cross the Syltran Pass, 3400m. with a possible 30 min. side trip to a nearby small summit and viewpoint. We descend by the Mukal Valley and then walk up the Mkiara Valley to camp at 3100m.

Day 6 Cross the glaciated Irik Pass, 3750m. to a campsite in the forest lower down in the beautiful Irik Valley. Camp.

Day 7 Finishing our descent from the Irik valley we return to the hotel. The afternoon is free to relax, have a sauna or wander into Terskol.Night in the hotel.

Day 8 15 min drive to the Azau station. We take the cable car/chair lift system up Elbrus and stay in the Garabashi Huts at 3800m or the Diesel Hut at 4100m.

Day 9 Acclimatization walk to Pastukhova Rocks at 4800m. Return to the hut.

Day 10 We begin in the early morning hours to ascend the highest of Elbrus' twin peaks - the West Summit. You carry your day pack with the day's requirements. We return to spend the night in Garabashi or camp.

Day 11
Spare day to attempt Elbrus if the weather on the previous day was bad (otherwise return to the hotel)

Day 12
Return to the hotel. Relax and perhaps enjoy one of the fine walks from the hotel.

Day 13
Drive to Mineralnye Vody for the flight home.

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The land price in Euros from arrival Mineralnye Vody back to Mineralnye Vody (MRV) is Euros 1395 per person. Group size 6 - 15. For groups of less than 6 there will be a supplement following pricing will apply.

Included in the cost:

  • Group transfers as per itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation and tents based on 2 people sharing
  • Mountain hut - common rooms
  • English-speaking guide
  • Assistant guides on Elbrus Summit day. Our guide/client ratio on the Summit day is 1/3
  • All food in Elbrus area
  • Cook on trek and in the mountain hut
  • Group cooking equipment
  • Group cooking equipment
  • Group climbing equipment
  • Porters for communal gear on trek
  • Elbrus cable ways
  • All the necessary permits
  • OVIR registration
  • Russian entry visa support documents
Not included in the cost:
  • Flights to and from MRV
    An overnight flight from London connects with the Mineralny Vody flight, others may consider staying overnight in Moscow with an optional city tour.
  • Individual airport transfers
  • Personal equipment
  • Visa issue fee
  • Personal Insurance
  • Personal spending
Please note: only one summit attempt on Elbrus is included, if you descend to hotel valley early, the extra hotel night is not included

Terrorism and your Security
The Caucasus have recently been on some countries' Office of Foreign Affairs "not recommended to travel to lists" (eg UK).Many countries have no restrictions and the area remains a popular international tourist destination. The Elbrus area has so far been hardly affected by terrorist activities and at present we expect to continue running trips here as we have done for the last fifteen years. We do monitor the situation and do appreciate insurance complications may arise if you are traveling to the area details. After making your booking, should the situation in the area deteriorate to the extent that we have to cancel, alter or curtail the trip at short notice, we will refund all monies paid other than those associated with non-refundable expenses such as flight deposits or payments.

UK citizens, and others, may wish to discuss insurance implications and solutions with us.

We advise Aeroflot flights via the Moscow airport SVO1 for this programme.





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