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Elbrus climb by Classic route, 8 days

   
8 days
Group size: 6-10
from 1 520 USD
Deposit: 300 USD
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Day 1
Arrival to Mineralnye Vody (MRV). Transfer to the Baksan Valley (3,5-4h). Accommodation. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please plan your arrival to Mineralny Vody before 12PM. If you arrive much later, be ready to pay 60-70USD for an individual car transfer.
Day 2
Acclimatization climb to 2700m. Return to the hotel. Visit the rental gear office to organize and try on rented gear.
Day 3
Arrival to Azau cable car station (2356m) by bus. Ascend (4000m) to the Base Camp. We leave our things in the mountain hut where we will stay later that night, and will ascend a bit further to acclimatise. We will pass several huts and in about 1,5h we will arrive to the famous Refuge of 11 (burnt down in 1998) 4100m. Here we spend a couple of hours on snow training (crampons, ropes) and then we go back down to our hut for the night.
Day 4
Acclimatization climb to 4600-4800m. Night in the Base Camp mountain hut.
Day 5
Rest-day and preparation. Dinner and night in the hut.
Day 6
Elbrus summit day. Start at 4am. While ascend we can take a ride with a Snow Cat to ~4700m (see the 'price does not include' section). Ascend duration takes approximately 8-12h. Normally we descend the same day to the valley so we can enjoy our great hotel. In case of late arrival to the cable car station, we can stay in the hut.
Day 7
Reserve day (in case if summit attempt (Day 6) was aborted because of the bad weather). Descent to the hotel (if we stayed in the hut). Full resting day in hotel (if the Elbrus was climbed on Day 6). Party in the evening!
Day 8
The last breakfast in the hotel. Check out before 12PM. Transfer to the Mineralny Vody airport. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our group transfer from the hotel to the airport starts early, please, plan your flight to Moscow from 11AM onwards.
Date Guides Price Group
May 03 - May 10, 2020
1 520 USD
May 10 - May 17, 2020
1 444 USD
May 17 - May 24, 2020
1 444 USD
May 24 - May 31, 2020
1 444 USD
May 31 - June 07, 2020
1 520 USD
June 07 - June 14, 2020
1 520 USD
4 members
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June 14 - June 21, 2020
1 520 USD
June 21 - June 28, 2020
1 596 USD
4 members
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June 28 - July 05, 2020
1 596 USD
3 members
  join the group
July 05 - July 12, 2020
1 672 USD
July 12 - July 19, 2020
1 672 USD
July 19 - July 26, 2020
1 672 USD
July 26 - August 02, 2020
1 672 USD
August 02 - August 09, 2020
1 672 USD
August 09 - August 16, 2020
1 672 USD
August 16 - August 23, 2020
1 596 USD
August 23 - August 30, 2020
1 596 USD
August 30 - September 06, 2020
1 444 USD
September 06 - September 13, 2020
1 520 USD
September 13 - September 20, 2020
1 520 USD
Date Guides Price Group
May 03 - May 10, 2020
1 520 USD
May 10 - May 17, 2020
1 444 USD
May 17 - May 24, 2020
1 444 USD
May 24 - May 31, 2020
1 444 USD
May 31 - June 07, 2020
1 520 USD
June 07 - June 14, 2020
1 520 USD
4 members
  join the group
June 14 - June 21, 2020
1 520 USD
June 21 - June 28, 2020
1 596 USD
4 members
  join the group
June 28 - July 05, 2020
1 596 USD
3 members
  join the group
July 05 - July 12, 2020
1 672 USD
July 12 - July 19, 2020
1 672 USD
July 19 - July 26, 2020
1 672 USD
July 26 - August 02, 2020
1 672 USD
August 02 - August 09, 2020
1 672 USD
August 09 - August 16, 2020
1 672 USD
August 16 - August 23, 2020
1 596 USD
August 23 - August 30, 2020
1 596 USD
August 30 - September 06, 2020
1 444 USD
September 06 - September 13, 2020
1 520 USD
September 13 - September 20, 2020
1 520 USD
Price includes
  1. All land group transfers according to the program
  2. Accommodation (3-4 nights)
  3. Accommodation in our special huts on Elbrus (3-4 nights)
  4. Meals: full board (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8)
  5. One English speaking guide + extra guides during the night of ascent (one guide per 3 climbers)
  6. Elbrus cable cars return tickets
  7. Elbrus National Park fees
  8. Visa invitation if needed (depending on the nationality)
  9. 7 Summits Club t-shirt, buff and a small foldable backpack. 
  10. Special 7 Summits Club Elbrus medal
Price does not include
  1. International and domestic flights expences
  2. Moscow services 
  3. Single accommodation supplement
  4. Individual car transfers
  5. Personal equipment rentals
  6. Personal guides and porters during the ascent night
  7. Insurance (medical and other) 
  8. Snow Cat service on summit day. (This must be paid in cash in Rubles, though if needed, your guides can assist if you only have USD left. The price for snow groomer depends on the height and day rate. The costs will be between 5000 and 20 000 rub, which is approximately $75-300. 
  9. Services of the assistant guides on reserve day (Day 7). If the first summit attempt (Day 6) took place but was aborted, the work of the assistant guides on Day 7 should be paid in cash on the spot (except bad weather circumstances). 
  10. Changes in the program

Trip overview

Mineralny Vody - Terskol - Elbrus (5642m) - Terskol - Mineralny Vody

If asked about the highest and most dramatic mountains of Europe nine out of ten Europeans will answer “the Alps”. Yet, the grandest and by far the highest mountain chain of Europe (seven summits over 5000m plus Mt.Elbrus with its 5642m) is the Caucasus, stretching between the Black and Caspian seas in the continent’s south-eastern corner.


Undoubtedly, Mt. Elbrus, this white double-headed dormant volcano, is the highest, most beautiful and most alluring mountain in Russia. It is also considered as the tenth most prominent peak in the world.

The fact that Elbrus is the highest point in Europe suffices for many to go and climb it. Yet, this obvious attraction is not the main one, for Elbrus belongs to a handful of mountains with a very special and irresistible kind of beauty which lies in their shape and setting. Most of them are volcanoes, such as Fujiyama, Ararat and Kilimanjaro, and like all these, this mountain is a world apart. It stands 11km north from the Main Range and exceeds its neighbours in height by 1200-2000m.

The ascent is made easier by using the new high-speed ski-lift (cable car) and if requested, further support by Snow-Cat. This is one of the 7 summits that can be climbed by anyone in reasonable shape. Even if you do not have experience on glaciers and with crampons, as we will teach you on the spot.

We have been organizing ascents to Mount Elbrus for over 10 years. We offer the best mountain multi-lingual guides and the service, have our own special huts and the access to the best hotels. We have fixed departures every few days with the highest chance of success. 

Good advice

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • Group transfers from the Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) to Terskol are included in the price. Please plan your arrival to Mineralny Vody before 12PM. If you arrive much later, you might need to pay 60-70USD for the individual transfer.
  • For the same reason plan your return flight from Mineralny Vody to Moscow (on the last day of the trip) after 6PM.
  • Most countries need a visa to visit Russia, see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Russia for all details. Note that most of Latin American South African and Israeli citizens (amongst a few others) do NOT need a visa. If you do need a visa, we will supply the invitation letter.
Necessary travel papers (documents)
Passport with a valid Russian visa, immigration card, voucher from the Russian tour operator (a part of an invitation letter). See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Russia for details, we will supply the requested invitation lettter/voucher.
By air and by land
From Moscow to Mineralny Vody you will fly with a Russian air company. Normally it is "Aeroflot", but there might be alternatives. Please plan your arriving to Mineralny Vody before 1PM in order to join our group transfer from MRV Airport to Terskol (departure at 13.00/1 AM). If you arrive much later, be ready to pay extra for individual transfer (60-70USD, could be more).
For land transfers we have comfortable private buses or minivans. To get to our Refuge we use Elbrus Cable-way; from 3750m to 4600m/5100 on the Elbrus summitt we normally take a Snow Cat (not included in the price!).
Accommodation
A hotel in the Baksan Valley.
On Elbrus: our special huts. From 2019 we will use our new hut, which has single beds: no more dangerous and annoying bunk beds with moving upstairs neighbours, enough space for your boots, clothes and gear!
Meals
Full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.
Staff
An English speaking guide from 7 Summit Club for the whole program and extra guides for the Elbrus summit day (2-3 clients per guide); a cook at the hut.
Health and medical insurance
Health-care on the mountain is limited to the first-aid kit the guide carries. Down in the valley in case of serious health problems the local hospital and your insurance policy are to take over. Your policy must cover climbing to 6000m/20,000ft.
Weather
As on any high mountain a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures should be expected: from freezing-cold nights (down to -5/-10ºC, 20-10F), to sizzling hot afternoons if it's still and sunny (especially on the snow); from a delicious calm under a blue sky to a hurricane slashing your face like a whip. The higher you go, the harsher the conditions. So, the range of your clothes and footwear must comply with any of such possibilities. For details see our gear list below.
Extra expenses
In Caucasus meals are relatively cheap: you can have a decent additional meal with meat and beer for 8-10USD.
Internet, phone
Wi-fi access to Internet in each room in our hotel; cell phone works in the Baksan Valley and on Elbrus up to 5000m
Possibility of renting personal equipment
Any climbing gear you can rent in our office in Terskol.
Personal gear
Heavy-weight fleece jacket
Light/medium-weight, synthetic long underwear shirt (polypropylene/capilene)
Water proof / breathable jacket with hood (Gore Tex is strongly recommended)
Long sleeve, light weight shirt for sun protection (preferably synthetic)
Down or synthetic fill jacket with hood, must fit comfortably over your fleece jacket
Fleece pants (full side zips allow ventilation)
Thermal under wear
Wind- waterproof and breathable pants with full length zips

Liner socks - 2-3 pairs
Wool or poly socks (medium-heavy thickness) - 3 pairs
Light weight trekking boots, or strong shoes
Climbing boots, plastic of leather – must be right for step-in crampons
Gaiters

Liner gloves - 2 pairs
Medium weight fleece gloves
Wool or fleece mittens
Wind-stop shell overmittens

Wool or fleece hat
Balaclava
Glacier glasses with side flaps
Extra pair of your normal glasses, or lenses

Climbing gear:
Double climbing boots
Crampons (must fit your climbing boots)
Collapsible ski poles
Down or synthetic sleeping bag good for -10ºC/-20F
Sleeping closed cell foam pad
Rucksack (40-50liters)
Harness
Prussik ropes
Karabiners with screwgate lockers - 3 items
1-1.5 liters thermos
Personal first aid kit
Head torch
Water bottle
Lip balm (spf 25+) and glacier cream (spf 40)
Pocket knife
Favorite snacks

1) We have the biggest record of orginizing many commertial technical and altitude expeditions.

2) Our guides are highly experience with guide work on many serious climbs all over the world.

3) We offer the scheme of discounts for loyal clients.

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