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Mount Elbrus Climb
998€ - Group of 6-15
8 days Grade D  Mainly Supported
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Introduction
This is the shortest programme we have for Elbrus. Primarily this is for the well-acclimatised and those wishing just to climb Elbrus.
You will be met at Mineralnie Vody airport to transfer by minibus to your hotel the Baksan Valley. The next 3/4 days are designed to provide acclimatization for your forthcoming ascent to Elbrus summit. The program of preparation includes an outing to the slopes of Cheget (3452m) from which in good weather there are fine views of Mt. Elbrus, Donguz-Orun, Nakra and many other Caucasian giants. After this the group transfers to the Garabashi Huts on the slopes of Elbrus for further acclimatisation days. The ascent day is chosen by the guide depending on weather forecasts and group readiness. The ascent involves is a long day, taking between 12-16 hours to complete and descend.

This trip is only suitable for the partly acclimatised or those who acclimatise well.

Programme
Day 1 Arrive in Mineralnye Vody, on the plains north of the Caucasus. We meet you to drive to the hotel, ca.3,5 hrs, in the Baksan Valley near Elbrus, 2100m
An overnight flight from London connects with the Mineralny Vody flight. You might consider staying overnight in Moscow with an optional city tour.
Day 2Acclimatisation walk from hotel to 3404m on the slopes of Cheget Peak, . Magnificent viewpoints over Elbrus. Return to the hotel.
Day 3 Drive to the Azau station. Ascend the cable car system to 3750m, then continue by foot to the mountain hut at 3800m where we will overnight.. Acclimatisation walk up to 4400m. Return to the mountain hut.
Day 4 Acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks at 4800m. Descend to overnight at the mountain hut.
Day 5 3am start for first summit attempt. Descend to the mountain hut to overnight,
Day 6 Reserve day (in the event of bad weather conditions) Overnight at the hut.*
Day 7 Descend to Azau. Lunch. Transfer to your hotel for collection of certificates and relax!
Day 8 Breakfast. Drive back to Mineralnye Vody airport.

* If Elbrus is climbed on day 5 we will descend to the hotel and some valley walks will be organised for Day 6.


Dates

28.06.2014, 19.07.2014, 09.08.2014

Price
The land price in Euros from arrival Mineralnye Vody back to Mineralnye Vody (MRV) is Euros 998 per person. Group size 6 - 15.

This programme can be run at any time during the summer (June to August) for private groups; the cost depends on the number in the group.

Included in the cost
- Russian visa support documents
- all permits and official registration
- Group transfers as per itinerary
- Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
- Mountain hut - common rooms
- full board in the Elbrus area; only dinner on Day 1.
- Cook in the mountain huts
- Group cooking equipment - Group climbing equipment
- Elbrus cable ways
- English speaking guide throughout the trip
- Assistant guides on Summit day. Our guide/client ratio on the Summit day is 1/3)
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Not included in the cost:
- visa issue - tips
- insurance - see below
- snow cat - if used for Elbrus (optional)
- additional transport, accommodation, flights other than in above program
- international flights - see above for cost and below for other details
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 travelling 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.

Flights
If you wish to obtain your flights just into Moscow we will need to know which airport you fly into before we can obtain your flight from Moscow to Mineralny Vody. This is to ensure the flights connect.

normal route
Photo with route click to enlarge
 

View of Elbrus from Cheget Karabashi
 
Ascent Panorama
View of Elbrus from Cheget Karabashi
 
Outside Diesel Hut
Diesel Hut
 
Barrels
Garabashi Barrels
 
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Route Map - click to enlarge

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