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Region: Russia » Caucasus » Elbrus Region (Prielbrusye)
Level of Proficiency: competent off-piste skiing
Length of Tour: 9 days, 8 nights
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The program is offered to participants, who are in good physical shape and have confidence in skiing. During prolonged expeditions (2 to 5 hours) using the ski touring equipment, you will find yourself in seldom visited areas with greater opportunities for off-piste skiing. In all likelihood, you will make only one descent on this day, but what! The emotional component of these routes is so high that some of you won’t immediately be able to clearly answer the question, Which is the most interesting one - climbing up, enjoying the serenity and unique landscapes or climbing down? Travelling - many feel the harmony of this day: an ascent and a descent ...
In the course of ascents and descents, you will learn to better understand the mountains and "read the terrain” in the course of intimate interactions with our guides. They will tell you, how to plot the safest route of ascent and descent, will conduct workshops on avalanche equipment.
After active acclimatization, Welcome to Elbrus!
Elbrus - the highest peak of the Great Caucasus. Simultaneously it considered to be the highest top of the Europe and Russia. Elbrus is located in system of the Lateral ridge, completely in territory of our country. It represents a cone of the extinct volcano on a high socle with granites and crystal slates. The western top of Elbrus (altitude 5642m) and East (5621m) are divided by a deep saddle (5325). Elbrus is covered by a cap of firn and an ice from which 54 glaciers go down to different sites.
Our guides perfectly know all features of a route as better prepared for the ascention, and it had passed it successfully hundreds of times. Elbrus is not difficult for climbing technically, but can be rather strenuous because of the altitude and of bad weather which can be changed for the worse very fast; in winter conditions ascent without skilled instructors can be very dangerous.
At the airport Mineralnie Vody you will be met by our representative and on a minibus you will come to the hotel.
In the next four days you will get an optimal acclimatization for a forthcoming ascent to Elbrus.The program of preparation (acclimatization) includes outings to the slopes of the mountain of Cheget (3452ì), from which in good weather the fine views of Mt. Elbrus, Donguz-Orun, Nakra and on many other, most beautiful tops of area, the way of ascent to 4050ì up to a former Shelter 11 and the way to the Pastukhov’s rocks (4600ì) are opened. On 6th-7th day is the time for an ascent which usually takes 9-14 hours together with descent.
The description of the route of an ascent Mt. Elbrus Western 2a category of complexity.
1.Barrels (3780m) – Shelter(4050m) – 1,5 hours. Movement on snowy-ice fields. In area of a plateau before rise on the Shelter 11 can be cracks. Closely!
2. Shelter (4050m) – Pastukhov’s rocks – 2-3 hours. Rising goes between two rocky ridges (4300ì), further snowy-ice rise (15-20 °, 50m) with an output on a plateau under Pastukhov’s rocks. Rising to "Pastukhov’s rocks" goes on the closed glacier (20o). Crevasses here are not open. On a plateau the approach under the bottom stones of the Pastukhov’s rocks (5 °, in summertime the rockfall is possible). Further rise on the top part of the Pastukhov’s rocks by a snowy-ice slope with a steepness—15o-20o.
3.Pastukhov’s rocks (4600m) - "Traverse"(5000m) – 1-1,5 hours. Snowy-ice rise 500-600m with the steepness 15o-20o. Rising up, passing ice excesses (but it is impossible to go far to the left, to avoid dumps in southern glacial circus) and turning to the left, we come to the traverse turn (5000m).
4."Traverse" (5000ì) – « motorcycle couloirs» (5340ì) – 2-2,5 hours. Flat enough traverse with smooth ascent. Steepness of a slope on inclined traverse is 15o, sometimes - up to 25o.
5.« Motorcycle couloirs » (5340ì) –to a saddle (5350ì) – 30–40 minutes. Passing the bottom of the Eastern top (400-500m). On this site you can smell the sulphurous gas which is going from the fumaroles on a southern slope. With an up-to-face wind it is a serious handicap for the climbers. By traverse rising up to a saddle, you should move cautiously by the pass. There can be crevasses. On the left, under slopes of the western top there is the beginning of the snowy mulde, where the roof of a ruibed hut can be seen.
6.The saddle (5350m) – out on the plateau’s top (5550m) – 1-1,5 hours. In 50 m from a hut turn to the right and on abrupt enough snow slope (30-35o) it is risen up to a rocky ridge. Before a ridge there can be an ice spot. In this place usage of fixed ropes is advisable.
7.Plateau’s top (5550m) – Mt. Elbrus Western (5642m). From here, rising up and to the left to the plateau’s top. By a 400m flat site we rise on a low dome of the top (40 minutes-1 hour).
8.Mt. Elbrus Western is represented by a small, snowy-ice rise with steepness 15o and a stone pedestal above.
Attention! With the weather going worse orientation on smooth slopes of Elbrus is very difficult! Seeing a cloud-lens above top of Elbrus or clouds above Ushba and Donguz-Orun tops you must postpone or stop the climb. From the first attributes of a bad weather before the full loss of visibility there can be not more than 3 hours.
In connection with the fact that in winter season slopes of Elbrus above Pastukhov’s rocks, as a rule, look like a huge ice mirror more than 500 meters long, all movement there demands a certain climbing preparation. Therefore we recommend the tourists wishing to make a winter Elbrus ascent should have definite tourist or climbing experience on an ice relief using crampons, and realize the problem before you start. It often happens that people come to Elbrus in wintertime without necessary preparation. In a similar situation it is strongly recommended that you should take an individual guide for the ascent.
Good luck while climbing!
Technically easy Elbrus climb enables you to see all the Caucasus from the bird’s eye height. The unforgettable impression takes a panorama changing while you go on. Climbing at a dawn when in beams of a rising sun in the West to see a huge shadow of Elbrus above horizon is a special event.
Route: Mineralnye Vody airport- Terskol - hotel Ozon*** - Adylsu valley - Barrels on Elbrus - Elbrus top 5642m - Barrels on Elbrus - Terskol - hotel Ozon*** - Mineralnye Vody airport
Arrive at Mineralnye Vody, meet our representative, and transfer to Elbrus region (journey time is about 3 to 3.5 hours). Accommodation at hotel. Discuss the program with the guide, Look at and select personal equipment, prepare yourself to ascend to the Cheget.
Ascent in two lines from Cheget glade (2100 m) by cableway to Cheget Mountain up to a height of 3000m (30 minutes). Acclimatization trip to Cheget cupola (3470m), elevation 1470 m, 1 to-2 hours of ascent by ropeway. At the top, there is a good viewing platform overlooking the Elbrus, the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. The route runs along a rocky ridge. A small snack, packed lunch and slide down the snowy slopes of the southern Cheget. Outing takes about 3 to 5 hours. Return to the hotel. Meet the guide, discuss the program for the next day, look at and select your personal equipment, prepare to enter the Green hotel - to gorge Adyl-Su
Acclimatization hike to the gorge Adylsu followed by an ascent near the Gumachi False Pass (3576m). Back to the hotel. Packed lunch.
From the mountaineering camp Dzhantugan, we go past the shelter Adylsu MO (2200m) to the shelter Green Hotel (2400m). Here, we take a little rest and then via the moraine on the right, we exit to the glacier Dzhankuat. Further, we go up along right side of the glacier, we reach its center, go under the slopes of the Aristov Rocks (a closed glacier, so we move in groups), and before reaching the foot of the Pass, we start ascending on the right steep snow slope that leads to the Pass. (The Pass is the border and it is forbidden to transgress!!), We make a stop here, relax and climb down. In good weather, it offers a beautiful view of Mount Elbrus and crater East Summit is clearly visible! 3 to 4 hours from the Green Hotel. The descent is via the ascent route. Back to the hotel.
Ascend by shuttle ropeway up to Mir station - Staryi Krugozor (3000m) - Mir (3500m) - Garabashi (3850m). Ski tour to the rocks of Pastukhov - 4600 m and descend via the ascent route – down, to Azau - 2200 m. Vertical descent - 2300 meters. Back to the hotel.
Discuss the program for the next day, look at and select your personal equipment.
An acclimatizing outing to the Pastuchov’s rocks (4650m).
Ascent Tour Pastukhov’s Rocks. Ascent 3-4,5 hours, descent 1-1,5 hours. Discussion of the tactic of the ascent to the Mt. Elbrus, viewing and selection of personal equipment, preparing for the ascent. Overnight at the Barrels.
Ski touring to Shheldinsk gorge up to a height of 2800 meters, to the Shheldinsk bend. Here we are at the foot of a beautiful mountain - Shhelda and there is a splendid view of the peak Shurovski and the World-famous USHBA Summit (regrettably only the North Peak is visible!) After a rest and a photo shoot, descent to AUSB Shhelda 1900m. Vertical descent 900 m. Transfer back to the hotel.
Ski touring to small Kogutai (3732m). Vertical descent 1632m. It happens under the conditions of good weather and stable snow cover, since the first half of the route runs along the steep couloirs - ATTENTION, AVALANCHE PRONE AREA! Descent to Cheget glade via the ascent route.
Return to the hotel.
Descent to the Azau. Final Party, lunch, transfer to the hotel. Free time. Handing in certificates on climbing to Mt. Elbrus and Elbrus T-shirts. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Mineral Vody airport.
1. “Alpindustria” staff company for all the program.
2. Transport. All transfers according to the program (Minvody airport – hotel- airport, transfers in the region).
3. Accommodation. Double hotel rooms: “Ozon” – 4 nights HB,
4. The Barrels (3720 m) accommodation on Elbrus 4 nights FB.
5. An English -speaking guide.
6. Elbrus and Cheget cable-way/chair lift return tickets according to the program.
7. Food. Full board in the Caucasus - 2 meals a day in hotel restaurants. Lunch in cafes. Pocket lunch while skitouring and climbing.
8. Certificates on Elbrus expedition.
9. Cook service on Elbrus.
10. Local and state tourist taxes:
a. Passports registration;
b. Border area Pass;
c. Visa invitation;
1. Single accommodation.
2. Additional food and drinks.
3. Additional transfers and cable-way tickets (not included in the program)
4. Equipment rental.
5. Ratrak (snow grooming machine) for climbing.
6. Extra night in Elbrus hotel if coming from Elbrus earlier than it was planned.
7. National Park permit for climbing
Domestic and international air fare. Insurance.
Only ONE attempt of climbing Elbrus is included.
During the trip:
- for the foreign citizens - international passport, migration card (given while crossing the Russian border), visa stamp.
At the height of 5,000 m or more, it can be rather cold: -20 in summer; -40 in winter. Sometimes wild winds blow. We prepare ourselves for the worst weather conditions. At the same time, it can be rather hot down in the valley at the same time.
Equipment rental. The price of the full set of equipment for Elbrus climbing is from 1000 rub per day for 1 pax. For booking equipment you should inform us beforehand giving the boot and clothes sizes.
Sweater/thin fleece shirt.
Fleece/windblock jacket and trousers.
Gortex (membrane tissue) jacket and trousers.
Wind-proof mask (balaclava)
Mittens (it’s better to have two pairs).
You can take a warm down jacket with you.
Plastic or leather boots designed for ascents. It’s better to have welted boots and climbing crampons with automatic bindings.
Comfortable climbing harness.
Telescope ski poles.
Climbing crampons with automatic bindings (matching your boots).
Sometimes, we have a rest sitting on a stone, that’s why it’s good to have a carrimat to sit on. You can use it inside your tent: it can be placed under a gas stove or a hot pan.
Carry mat/inflatable mat to sleep on in the snow.
Sleeping bag to keep you warm when camping (a comfortable temperature of +10).
You should have your own spoon, mug, and knife.
Climbing Mt.Elbrus is an active kind of sport in the mountains potentially dangerous for the life and health for all the participants of this program.. Our guides will provide the necessary level of safety in case you will follow the Safety Insruction. The guide has a radio, GPS, mobile telephone, all necessary group equipment.
Decision of stopping the programme when the weather and snow conditions impose a threat to lives of the participants is in exclusive competency of the guide accompanying the group on the route and can not be discussed. The guide is responsible for providing safety on all kinds of mountain relief.
All guests should have medical insurance in case of incidents or immediate illness which can cover medical and other expenses in emergency.
We use comfortable passenger cars for transfers (depending on the number of persons in a group) or minibuses for 10 to 15 persons. Generally, it is Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and the like.
Depending on the number of persons in each group, transport is provided:
• Comfortable passenger cars or minibuses for 10 to 15 persons (Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, etc.).
Important: Prepaid transfer for airport - hotel - airport is available only part of a group once on the day of arrival and once on the departure day. At your request, we can book a private transfer by a passenger car for an additional fee.
We ascend to the high-altitude shelter by cable cars, and ratrak can be used for reaching to Pastukhov rocks.
Our basic hotels are Ozon, Povorot and Chiran.
These are modern, comfortable hotels having all the necessary infrastructure and comfortable rooms, and with polite and responsive staff.
There are more spartan furnishings in the high-altitude shelters. Shelters are equipped with beds and a kitchen, toilet outside. The furniture includes beds with mattresses, blankets and pillows, a table and an electric heater. Temperature up to +18 C, the floor is colder (+5 C), and you will have to spend the night in a sleeping bag.
A guide from our company will be working with you. All employees of Alpindustria adventure Team are at your service.
The guide always has a radio-set and a satellite phone on any outing. This set allows you to get in touch anywhere at any time.
Mobile communication ends in Hurzuk settlement. You can use satellite communication for an additional fee. The hotels have Wi-Fi internet access.
Temperature in the Valley varies from 20 to 30 degrees. It can be from +15 to -5 on the mountain at an altitude of 3500 m, and from +10 to -15 on top depending on the weather. In bad weather, we try not to venture out.
In the valley, it can be up to -20, but this is rare, usually -5 to 10 degrees. On the mountain, the temperature can drop up to -40 at an altitude of 5000 m.
A First-aid kit to render first aid is available with the guide. At any time and in any place, the guide has the ability to communicate with the rescuers of MES. You should be in possession of specific individual medicines.
• Moscow - Mineralnye Vody - Moscow flight, international flights.
• In case of an early descent from the high-altitude shelter before the period stipulated in the program, hotel accommodation.
• Money paid for shelters, booked in advance in accordance with the tour program is not refunded. We earnestly hope that you understand these conditions well. In peak season, seats in the shelters are not adequate for all guests, so we book the seats in advance considering the required number of reserve days.
• Local souvenirs.
• Self-catering in the valley (the average price for lunch/supper starts from 300 rubles per head). In the valley, there are many cafes and restaurants, mostly of Caucasian cuisine.
• Climbing by ratrak on the day of ascent costs 600 euros per ratrak (a group of up to 10 persons).
• Excursion ticket by chair lift to Cheget costs 450 rubles per head and by shuttle ropeway to Azau costs 750 rubles per head.
• Please meet our rules of payment conditions. To provide a successful and safe realization of the program we are to undertake definite efforts and preparation which require expenses.
Down payment when booking is 5000 rub. In case you cancel the trip it is not refundable.
• Full payment should be done not later than 20 days prior to the beginning of the program. If the full payment is not done in this term we consider the trip cancelled and quit the booking.Please, be aware that the first payment is not refunded in this case.
• You can pay in cash in our offices in Moscow, make a bank money transfer or via credit card on-line.
During your stay at the hotel, half board meals are provided in the Elbrus region. On the mountain, a cook (for a group of 2 persons onwards) will cook for you, while packed lunch (sandwich, fruit, biscuits, chocolate and a pack of juice) is served during daytime acclimatization trips. Utensils are provided. Gas is available at Barrels.
If you have any restrictions on food, for example, if you are a vegetarian, you must inform us in advance. We will do everything to make you feel comfortable.
You got question? Call us +7(495) 229-50-70 (Moscow)