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ELBRUS MOUNTAIN (2009)

  Elbrus is a crater of an extinct volcano on a side ridge of the Caucasus Mountains. Its double headed snow covered peak and, its glaciers (the longest of them is 8,2 km) are traditional objectives for many climbers. The twin peaks - the Eastern (5 621 m) and the Western (5 642 m) offer a variety of approaches. Tourists can stay at hotels situated in the Baksan river valley to the south of the top. Climbers can upraise to Alpine meadows using chair–lifts and cable-car, and reach the top that same day. The slopes are relatively gentle near the top which makes climbing easier and eliminates hooks and other specialized equipment. The high altitude (835 meters higher than Montblanc) and strong wind are the main difficulties climbers face on the way to the Elbrus top. Yet those who reached the top enjoy the right to be considered true climbers - which is one reason this route is so popular.

Elbrus Mountain (8 days\7 nights)
Travel dates (Min.-Vody -Min.-Vody):
28.06-05.07.; 05.07-12.07.; 12.07-19.07.;
19.07-26.07.; 09.08-16.08.; 16.08-23.08.;
23.08-30.08.2009
ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrive in Mineralnye Vody airport.. Bus trip to the Baksan valley (4,5 h). Check in to the Volfram hotel (or Esen Htl-enother comfortable privat hotel). Dinner.

Hotel 'Cheget'

Day 2 - Today we will have acclimatization hikes in the Terskol valley. There is a magnificient view of Mt. EIbrus. Ascent along the Terskol river through meadows (5 hours). Return to the hotel for a lunch.

Day 3 - Acclimatization hike to Cheget peak (3400 m) will take us about 5 hours. It is so nice to relax at the "Ai" cafe (2750m.) where you can appreciate a panoramic view of the Baksan valley and the twin summits of Mt. EIbrus. Ascent of the Mt.Cheget top and then return to the hotel for a lunch.

Day 4 - After breakfast we'll have 15 minutes drive to the cable-car station Azau. Take two trams and a chairlift up to the Karabashi lift station (3750m). Check into the Barrels Refuge. The same day we'll do an acclimatization hike to 4200m(where Priutt 11 Refuge was situated). Overnight in Barrels.

Training

Day 5 - Early start for acclimatization hike to the Pastukhov Rocks (4800m). From everywhere on the slopes of Elbrus a panorama of the Central Caucasus spreads out before us. Overnight in Barrels.

Day 6 - Today we will make an attempt to reach the main target of the trip - summit of Mt. EIbrus. We have to start very early before dawn. Using headlamps we make our way to Pastukhov Rocks where we stop for a short rest and some drinks. After the saddle (5300m) is reached, the summit climb itself will start The reward is to stand on top of the highest mountain in Europe. Descent to the Barrels Refuge. Overnight there.

The twin peaks of Elbrus

Day 7 - Descend to the Volfram hotel.Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 8 - Drive to Mineralnye Vody. Fly to Moscow. The programm might be correct -it depends on weather or health condition of participants.

Price
620 Euro p.p.

Included:

  • DBL accommodation in Htl with full board
  • In Barrels refuge (5 persons room) with full board
  • Guide
  • Mountain guide (on climbing Elbrus,1 guide for 3-4 pax)
  • Transfers according to itinerary
  • visum support
  • border permit

The price doesn't include:

  • Snow cat to Pastukhov Rocks
  • Extra lift and transfers
  • Porters
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Air tickets Moscow-M.Vody-Moscow - 240 EURO (subject to change)
Note:
It is not technically difficult but usually requires crampons, and sometimes ice-axes. No previous experience or climbing skills required - our guides provide necessary basic crampons, rope and ice-axe technique lessons during acclimatization hikes.
The following equipment must be taken by participants:
  • Trekking sticks
  • Ice-axe, harness with carabiner - it possible to hire on spot
  • Small Rucksacks (25 l)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sport (or trekking) shoes for acclomatization hikes
  • Bath shoes
  • Sport suit
  • Sweater
  • Rain jacket
  • Light jacket
  • Sun protect hat
  • Woolen socks
  • Sun glasses
  • Down jacket
  • Trekking (better plastic) boots and crampons - it is possible to hire on spot
  • Medical kit
  • Private dishes, knife, torch, matches

e-mail: elbrus@megatest.msk.ru


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