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climb Mount Elbrus

itinerary

DAY 1

Depart UK

We depart from London for our flight to Moscow.


Meals: L,D*   Accom: Flight / Hotel*   *(dependent on flight schedule)

DAY 2

Mineralny Vody

We arrive in Moscow and change terminals for our two hour domestic flight to Mineralny Vody. On arrival, we transfer to the town of Kislovodsk, the last town before the lower steppes of the Caucasus. At our hotel we meet our local guides who’ll be with us for our journey. This afternoon we have a full briefing and organise our gear for the climb.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3-5

Mt. Elbrus Base Camp

We leave the luxury of our hotel and set off on a four hour drive that takes us into the heart of the foothills of the lower Caucasus. We stay in Mt. Elbrus Base Camp at 2,500m for three days to carry out acclimatisation climbs. We ascend progressively higher each day to 3,100 m and 3,800 m, taking supplies to our next camp and practicing our crampons, rope and ice axe technique.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 6

High Camp

Today we start early, heading for High Camp. We climb out of the high grasslands and into the alpine zone, with stunning views across the glaciers of Mt. Elbrus and the lower Caucasus to the north. The last stretch of the climb leads over the rock moraine of the Mikelchiran Glacier before we arrive at our camp.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 7-8

High Altitude Acclimatisation 3,800 m - 4,800 m

We base ourselves at High Camp for two days to further acclimatise. On the first day we climb up to the Lenz Rocks before spending a more relaxed second day in preparation for our bid to reach Elbrus summit tomorrow.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 9

Elbrus Summit

This is a long and tough day; we wake very early to prepare for our summit attempt. We focus on a sustained climb across the glacier to the saddle between the two summits at 5,416 m. Here the route steepens as we climb the next couple of hundred meters to the ridge. The final slope is an easier climb and in less than half an hour we reach the summit. Standing on the roof of Europe, weather permitting, we will be looking out across the magnificent Caucasus range. We return to our mountain refuge and rest after a long hard day.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 10

Base Camp

We continue down to Base Camp for the night. In the event of bad weather, this day can be used as an extra summit day or for extra acclimatization.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 11

Kislovodsk

We make our way from Dzhily-Su to Kislovodsk where we relax and soak our tired muscles in a traditional Russian sauna. After days at altitude and our ascent to the summit of Mount Elbrus it’s time to celebrate our achievement with a meal and, of course, a chilled Russian vodka or two.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 12

Flight Home

We leave to the airport for our return flight from Mineralny Vody to Moscow. Here we catch the onward flight back to London.

 

Meals: B

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