This trip is suitable for the partly acclimatised or those who acclimatise well. If you are uncertain how well you perform at altitude we strongly recommend you contact us to discuss the situation or opt for our 9-day or 13-day trip which provide a longer period of acclimatisation before the ascent. The trip starts from arrival into Mineralnye Vody where we meet you to transfer to the hotel in Terskol in the Baksan valley. Terskol lies almost at the end of the Baksan Valley, at the foot of Elbrus. Accommodation here is in twin-bedded rooms with showers. The first part of the trip is an ascent of Cheget 3600m. This is excellent for some acclimatisation and to limber up after the journey. For the ascent of Elbrus we use a cable car and chairlift to take us to a height of 3800m, From here we walk up to stay in either one of the huts or to camp at 4200m; a snowcat is often available for hire.
An ascent to the summit of Elbrus is weather dependent. After an acclimatisation walk to the Pastuchova Rocks. 4690m, the actual program on Elbrus will depend on the weather, group condition and availability of a snowcat which we will, if available and necessary, use to help us up the lower slopes of the mountain. Our chief guide and his team are well-qualified and experienced mountaineer with expert knowledge of Elbrus and the Caucasus.
An overnight flight from London connects with the Mineralny Vody flight, others may consider staying overnight in Moscow with an optional city tour.
Day 1: Arrive in Mineralny Vody airport. Private bus transfer to our base hotel in Baksan Valley.
Day 2: Acclimatisation walk from hotel to Cheget Karabashi summit, 3404m - a magnificent viewpoint over Elbrus.
Day 3: Ascend cable car system to Garabashi Huts. Possible acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks.
Day 4: Attempt on Elbrus or acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks.
Days 5 - 6: Attempt on Elbrus.
Day 7: Descend to our hotel in the Baksan Valley.
Day 8: Drive back to Mineralnye Vody airport.
* If Garabashi huts are full you may have to use the Diesel Hut or camp in the vicinity of the former “Priut 11” refuge. If Elbrus is climbed on day 5 or 6 you will descend to the hotel and some valley walks will be organized.
A similar program to the above can be run at any time of the summer for individuals or private groups.
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. 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 can obtain your flights for you through to Mineralnve Vody via Moscow if you wish from UK, USA or most countries in Europe. If you obtain your own we suggest you book them through to Mineralnye Vody. 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.
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