9 Days Nature tour itinerary for Mount Elbrus: Climb Up By The Classical Route
Get set for this relaxed mountaineering adventure for white landscapes and cable car rides. Climb from the southern side of this mountain that promises a relaxed climb and pleasure time without many struggles.
Land at Mineralnye Vody Airport – preferably before 3 pm.
Take a 200 km (3 hours) 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 - observatory
Climb Mount Cheget to 2,900 m to see the great view of Mount Elbrus.
Do an acclimatization hike to Maid’s Braids waterfall (3,000 m) and further on, to the observatory (3,300 m).
Begin with a cableway ride to the Refuge, where many huts and accommodation options are available.
After a short break, do an acclimatization hike to an elevation of 4,400 m, till the end of the refuge here.
Overnight stay in the huts at the Refuge.
Do an acclimatization hike to Pastukhov’s Rocks (4,700 m).
Spend the day resting and in relaxation, and also making final preparations for climbing Mount Elbrus, on the next day.
Climb up to reach the summit of Mt. Elbrus (5,642 m). 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.
Use today a rest or reserve day, in case a need arises during the climb up to Mount Elbrus.
Descend to a nearby mountain hotel for stay.
Airport transfers will be at 7 am, so do plan your return flights accordingly. On the way, if there is time, you can stop at Pyatigorsk city before reaching the airport.
Mountain guides: one leading Russian tour guide for the program of Elbrus climb 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. There is no limitation on 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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