Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia and in Europe, and the tenth most prominent peak in the world. A dormant volcano, Elbrus forms part of the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia, near the border with Georgia.
Mount Elbrus – one of the 7 summits, the highest mountain of European continent. Its West summit is 5642 m high, the East one is 21 m shorter – 5621 m.
Mt. Elbrus is situated between the Black and the Caspian sea on territory of the Russian Federation, only 20 km from the Georgian border. Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano. The last explosion occured about 2000 years ago. The two summits of Elbrus are in fact two craters of volcano. Everywhere on its slopes you can see debris of solidified lava.
Mount Elbrus climb via the north route, 10 days
The main difference between the south route and the north route is that there are lifts and snow-cats on the south side. You don’t have to carry your backpack from 2200 m up to 3800 m, you enjoy views from a cable car instead. Same on the summit day: almost every group rides a snow-cat up to 5000 m, so there are only a view hours of hiking up to the summit.
On the north side you have to walk the whole distance self and carry your backpack from the base camp at 2500 m up to the hut at 3800 m. That’s why it takes more days than via the south side. The route is less crowded and closer to nature: there are no hotels, restaurants and shops.
Kislovodsk – hotel
Base camp – tent
High camp – huts (dormitory)
1 – 3 clients – 1 guide
4 – 7 clients – 2 guides
8 – 10 clients – 3 guides
11 – 13 clients – 4 guides
14 – 15 clients – 5 guides
IMPORTANT NOTE :
- The total amount payable per person for this expedition is : USD $ 1535.00 ex Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) – 50kms away from Kislovodsk.
- Moscow to Kislovodsk is about 1700kms . There is a Train / Airplane from Moscow to Kislovodsk.
- The amount charged INR 10,000/- through this page is the registration amount , which would be deducted from the total amount payable.
- The amount payable in INR, would be charged equivalent to the latest US Dollar exchange rate, at the payment time
- Climbing permit has to paid on spot by participants (the amount will be set by the National park, still unknown)- around USD $5
- Registration amount is NON-REFUNDABLE & NON TRANSFERABLE.
|Imp Note||The INR price would be calculated on the basis of the USD price at the time of payment.|
Day 1 -Arrival at airport MRV, transfer to city of Kislovodsk
Day 2 -Transfer to the BC at 2500 m. Acclimatization hike in surroundings
Day 3 -Load ferry to the HC at 3800 m. Sleep at BC.
Day 4 -Move to the High Camp at 3800 m. Overnight at the hut at HC.
Day 5 -Acclimatization hike to Lenz Rocks (4800 m)
Day 6 -Day of rest
Day 7 -Summit day. Overnight at HC
Light breakfast and start from the camp at about 2 a.m. Initially, all climbers are striving to the West summit since it is 21 m higher than the East one. But the way to there is 3 hours longer and not everybody can manage this. If a group is big enough and there are several guides, the chief guide can decide to split the group in two. This takes place at the altitude of about 5000 m and it is the chief guide who decides who goes to the East summit and who goes to the West summit. He is responsible for safety of the group and every climber and he is experienced enough to estimate physical and mental state of every participant, so his decision is ultimate.
There is an important rule on Elbrus: at 1 p.m. you have to turn down, no matter how close to the summit you are. This is because the weather is worsening after midday. If you are a slow walker you can hire a personal guide and start earlier than the other people in your group. Normally, ascent of Mount Elbrus takes 9 – 11 hours and descent to the high camp at 3800 m – 4-6 hours. Overnight at the high camp (3800 m).
Day 8 -Reserve day. Descent to BC at 2500 m.
Descend to the base camp (2500 m) or reserve day for summiting.
Day 9 -Transportation to hotel in Kislovodsk. Celebration dinner.
Day 10 -Transfer to the airport
|INCLUDED||all group transfers according to itinerary – Ex MRV – Mineralnye Vody Airport.||English-speaking guide for regular days + assistant guides in ratio 1 guide per every 3-4 clients on the summit day|
|full board – all meals ex Kislovodsk||]accommodation at a 3* hotel before and after climb (double and triple rooms) – 2 nights|
|accommodation at camps during the climb: 3 nights at tent at 2500 m and 4 nights at hut at 3800 m||visa invitation letter, local registration|
|completion certificates after climb|
|NOT INCLUDED||extra nights and meals at hotel if someone decides to come back to Kislovodsk earlier that the itinerary says||postal costs for sending original invitation letter to your country|
|insurance policy for mountaineering||climbing permit (the amount will be set by the National park, still unknown)|
|hire of personal equipment||portere services – $3 per kg|
|Phone and internet usage||Personal expenses|
|All not mentioned in the ‘Included’ section|
Please note that cancellation charges are calculated of the total amount payable and not of advance amount. If 100% of the amount is not paid while registering, the cancellation policy stands void.