Climbing on the toup of Mount Elbrus

 Tour program

1 day

Meeting at Mineralnye Vody airport at 14:00 with English speaker guide. Transfer to Prielbrusie ( Baksan valley witch located near mountain  Elbrus) (3 -4 hours). Accommodation in hotel. Hotel located on the foothills of Mt. Elbrus  2300 m/7546 ft).

2 day

 Acclimatization hike to Terskol peak (3100 m/ 10170 ft)). It's the last day before you leave the valley. After hike you can visit equipment store in order to hire something. Your guide will assist you to choose right equipment items.Overnight at the hotel.

3 day .

This is the day when you move to the mountain refuge at 3800 m. You can leave all not necessary stuff at hotel. It will not be necessary to carry your backpacks self because the group will reach the refuge using ski lifts. There will be only a short distance to walk from the cable cars last station to the hut. You will be kindly asked to help the guide to load the boxes with food onto the ski lifts and then to unload it. The cook will either ascend with you or already awaiting you at the hut preparing light lunch. After having tea or coffee with sandwiches and sweeties we put on all mountain equipment and go for acclimatization hike up to 4300 m/14107 ft. Overnight at the hut.

4 day

In the morning we go for an easy acclimatizing walk to Pastukhov Rocks(4800 m/ 15,748 ft).  Night in the Hut.

5 day

Day of rest and preparation. On this day you will have ice- and snow courses with your guide not far from the refuge. The guide will teach you how to put on the crampons and how to walk in it; he will show you techniques of self-arrest with an ice-axe and you will try to slide down the slope and then fix yourself on the snow using your ice-axe and the crampons. Don't worry when you've never tried it before.  Night in the Hut.

6 day

Day of mountaineering on the top. The long and hard day of the ascent of West Summit. We would have to walk to the saddle between the summits.( it’s height 5322m) . we leave hut at 3 a.m. It is possible to hire a snow-cat (Ratrak) for a group. This vehicle carries climbers (12 people) up to Pastuckhov rocks and saves 4 hours and a lot of energy. Generally, for an average group.  Climb takes 14hr ( 9 hours to reach the top and 5 hours to come back). Night in the Hut.

7 day

Reserve day. If we make our ascent at 6th day, we will go down at previous day. We come down to comfortable hotel. Party in the evening. Hotel.

8 day

Bus drive to Mineralny Vody airport. End of trip.

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