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climb Mount Elbrus - South Route

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Climbing Mount Elbrus is a tough challenge, but a very achievable one with the correct training and determination. Our trek will lead us to altitudes of 5,642 m, and therefore high levels of strength and stamina will be necessary both of which can be honed prior to the challenge.

are there any pre-challenge training days / weekends / briefings?

Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge Training Days in London and the North and South Downs, and Weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons spread across the year, from early Spring until September, so there should be a weekend to suit you.

 

Our training weekends are the best way to prepare yourself physically and mentally prior to tackling one of our Challenges, and they are a great way to meet other trekkers, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified Mountain Leaders. They're also a brilliant excuse to also test out your kit and equipment, against the elements!

 

We also run challenge briefings in Central London.

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - Yes! Prior to arriving in Russia, it is imperative that you have a Russian visa, which will last for the entirety of your Challenge. You will require a 30 day, single entry, tourist visa, which will need to be submitted to the Russian Visa Application Centre. This visa will cost around £30.

 

Insurance - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation, trip curtailment costs and trekking up to 6,000 m. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations - Please contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to ensure that you do not need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

life on the trek

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you with your descent and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while trekking?

In the valleys, day temperatures may rise to over 25°C however at the highest campsites, nights will be far cooler and frosts are very likely. An extra fleece/jacket is recommended for the evenings after the sunsets. As weather is so unpredictable, rain, summer storms and snowfall on the passes could be encountered at any time so preparation for all conditions is necessary.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - All meals are included within the cost of the trip apart from on your free day. We try to provide varied meals, which are simple but wholesome and we hope they exceed people’s expectations given the limited facilities on the mountain. For trekking days we recommend people bring their own snacks to keep their energy levels up such as cereal bars, biscuits, chocolate, fruit gums and carbohydrate gels.

 

Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 

Accommodation- In Kislovodsk we stay in a 3* hotel whilst on the mountain we stay in tents of a good quality. All rooms and tents are on a twin share basis. Please let us know if you have someone you wish to share with whilst on the trip.

 

Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.

 

You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.

 

Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

You can choose to fully fund the challenge yourself, fundraise for a charity of your choice (from which approximately 50% of the sponsorship will cover your trip cost), or opt to do a mixture of both! For all three funding options, an online registration deposit is required to secure your place.

 

We have worked with over 200 UK charities and welcome partnerships with new ones all the time! As long as they are a registered UK or Irish charity and agree to you doing so, we are more than happy for you to fundraise for any charity close to your heart.

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge trek leader
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• All accommodation
• All Meals, except in free time
• Airport / Air travel taxes
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Invitation to a challenge briefing in London
• Discounted training weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and Brecons
• Fitness and training guide
• Discounts from UK retailers
• Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

what's not included?

• Insurance
• Vaccinations - up-to-date on boosters.
• Tips for local staff
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal kit / equipment
• Airline fuel surcharge (anything over £150)

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page, or the dates & prices tab to the left. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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