Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in Russia and Europe and although many mountaineers visit the area to climb the mountain, there are also many other attractions here. On the higher reaches, ski- ing is accessible all year round.
Most of the slopes (up to a height of 4000m) are not too steep. Lower slopes reach a gradient of up to 35° but are interspersed with many rock bands (some 600-700m high), crevasses and ice falls on the southern, northern and western slopes. Eastern slopes are less broken.
At 4100m the unique two-storied mountain hut (Die- sel Hut) is located. About 45-50 people can stay in the building. It is easily reached by using the cable car and chairlift system up to 3800m. Above this, it is sometimes possible to hire a snow cat to save on the two hour glacier walk up to the hut.
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adventure's Itinerary would look like:
Day 1-2: Fly to Moscow and transfer to Baksan Valley:
Depart from the UK and make way to Min Vody Airport via Moscow. Drive to the hotel (about 3.5 hours) in Baksan Valley near Elbrus at the altitude of 2100m.
Day 3: Acclimatisation trek in the Terskol Valley:
Acclimatisation walk in the Terskol Valley up to the Observatory, 3100m, ca. 4hrs walking up, providing very close and magnificent view of Mt. Elbrus. On the way we pass the wonderful waterfall, called “The virgin’s hair”. Return back to the hotel.
Day 4: Walk to Mount Cheget:
Walk to the Mount Cheget spur up to 3100m – a magnificent viewpoint over Elbrus. About 4 hours walking up. Return to the hotel (it is possible to use a chair lift for getting down).
Day 5: Climbing the Ice Base:
Transfer to Terskol, climb the Ice Base, 3550m, descent to Terskol. Transfer to hotel.
Day 6: Trek to the Priut Hut:
We take the cable car up to the Mir station, 3500m, then the chair lift up to Garabashi station, 3800m. Accommodation in the Barrels hut. Acclimatisation walk to the Priut hut at 4100m, ca. Overnight in the Barrels hut.
Day 7: Acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks:
Acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks up to 4700m, ca. 3 hours walking up. Return to the hut.
Day 8: Summit day:
Summit day. We begin in the early morning hours to ascend the highest of Elbrus’ twin peaks – the West Summit. You carry your day pack with the day’s requirements. We return to spend the night at the hut.
Day 9: Buffer day for Elbrus summit:
Spare day to attempt Elbrus if the weather on the previous day was bad. Overnight in the hut.
Day 10: Relaxation day:
Return to the hotel and relax.
Day 11: Transfer to the airport:
Drive to the airport in Mineralnye Vody for the flight home.
Day 12: Travel back to the UK:
Arrive back in UK.
To join this expedition and have a good chance of success you need:
- A clean bill of health and a high level of fitness gained from regular walking in the mountains
- Experience of long days in the hills and of walking in the mountains in winter conditions
- Experience of using crampons and an ice axe
We will be running a winter skills course prior to the departure of this trip.
Once you have booked your place on your bucket list trip, you will receive a kit list from us containing all the kit/equipment you will need to complete the adventure successfully. This will ensure you have everything you could possibly need ready for the big adventure.
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- It will be fun!
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The price of every Bucket List Company adventure trip includes:
- All accommodation
- Our own UK leader who will accompany your group on the whole trip
- Meals on trek/experience
- Any permits
- Entry fees to any regions and sites visited as part of the itinerary
- Group equipment
- Safety equipment
- Our own expedition manager
- 24 UK operations and emergency cover whilst you are in the country
The price of our trips does not include:
- Visa fees
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for local crew ($100 is the recommended rate)
- Personal spending money
It is a booking condition of The Bucket List Company that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country. We will ask you for a copy of this before departure for our records. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact. We can recommend a respected, specialist travel insurance provider for this trip.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advise against “all but essential” travel to the Elbrus Region. Whilst it is now possible to obtain travel insurance for this climb, those who choose to join us must read the FCO advice and accept the risks associated with travelling here.
We can recommend a respected, specialist travel insurance provider for this trip if you wish – simply contact us to find out more.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The Trek Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
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