9 Days Nature tour itinerary for Mount Elbrus: Delight With Snowy Trek Joys
Climb up to see the snow clad peaks on Elbrus, the highest mountain of Europe. Start from the South to the Northern side for comfortable acclimatisation stops and also at the Cheget peak. Celebrate with spectacular sunrises atop summit point!
Land at Mineralnye Vody Airport – preferably before 3 pm.
Take a 200 km (3-hour) ride to a mountain hotel, situated at the beginning of the Baksan Valley, almost on the slopes of Mt. Elbrus.
Meet and have dinner with your Russian guide.
Maid’s Braids waterfall
Start with a morning acclimatization hike to Maid’s Braids Waterfall (2,700 m) and further on, to the observatory (3,100 m).
Do an acclimatization hike to Cheget Peak.
Descend to a mountain hotel for overnight stay.
Take a lift or cable car ride to the Refuge where many huts and accommodation options are available.
Make an acclimatization hike at an elevation of 4,400 m, till the end of the ridge.
Overnight stay in the huts at Refuge.
hike to Pastukhov’s Rocks
Do an acclimatization hike to Pastukhov’s Rocks (4,700 m).
Use the day for rest and relaxation, and also for making final preparations for climbing Mount Elbrus, on the next day.
Climb up to reach the summit of Mt. Elbrus (5,642 m). We will begin early, between 2 - 4 am. There will be the use of a Snowcats, depending upon trekking conditions. The proportion of Russian guides and clients is strictly in the ration of 1:3.
Descend to a hut on the northern side of the mountain.
Use the day for rest or reserve day, in case a need arises during the climb up to Mount Elbrus.
Else, we will descend to Emanuel glade point for further transfer to Terskol.
Transfer from Terskol
There will be airport transfers from Terskol at 7 am, so plan your return flights accordingly. On the way, if there is time, you can stop at Pyatigorsk city before reaching the airport and also see the birth place of well-known Russian poet Lermontov.
Mountain guides: one leading Russian tour guide for the program of Elbrus South to North traverse and several assistants for the day of summiting, with a strict proportion of 1 guide per three climbers. This means that if there are four clients in a group, there will be two guides for them. We have no limitation of attempts for the group to summit. However, if part of the group made it to the summit while some members failed to, summiting is considered successful, and any additional attempts are made for additional payment.
Services of a cook.
Hotel with accommodation in double and triple rooms. Duration of stay depends on the schedule.
Accommodation in huts. Duration of stay depends on the schedule of Elbrus climb.
All transfers mentioned in the itinerary (including lifts) – from and to airport/station.
Meals three times a day throughout the trip. Dinner on the first day, breakfast – on the last.
All required permits and registrations.
Equipment for the group (ropes, ice screws, radios, first aid set, satellite navigators/GPS).
Snowcat on the summiting day.
Any deviations to the original schedule.
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