Ski one the world's Seven Summits. Mt. Elbrus is a stunning volcanic peak located in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia and at 18,510′ (5,642m) it is Europe’s, as well as Russia’s, highest peak. On this 8 day ski mountaineering expedition, you will attempt a ski descent from the summit.
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Agency commission: 5%
- Languages: English
- Avaliable: April — May
- Duration: 8 days
- Group: from 4 people
- Border permits: A special pass to enter the frontier zone shall be made up to 30 days before the trip
- Accomodation: Accommodation: mountain hut - 5 nights, DBL / TWIN rooms in hotel - 3 nights Total transfer: 360 km Duration: 8 days Group: 4 pax Hiking distance: 45-55 km
What's the plan?
Day 1Arrival at the airport. A three-hour drive brings the group to the village of Azau at the base of Mt. Elbrus. Located in the Baksan Valley at 7,500' (2,286m), Azau is a small village full of skiers in the winter and a quiet center for climbers in the summer. Spend the night in a hotel.
Day 2You awake for an early breakfast and to begin our acclimatization hike. Climb up the eastern slopes of the Cheget ski area, bringing the group to over 11,000’ and offering impressive views of Mt. Elbrus across the valley. Descending back to Cheget via a single chairlift, lunch is in a local café before returning to Azau. The rest of the afternoon is spent organizing your gear for the expedition. Overnight in Azau hotel.
Day 3From Azau, ride ski lifts to the Garabashi Hut (12,000') at the foot of Elbrus’ glaciers. Also referred to as "The Barrels", the Garabashi Hut is where you stay while on the mountain. Set off on a ski tour to acclimate on the lower reaches of the glaciers and snowfields to approximately 13,000'. Overnight in a Garabashi Hut.
Day 4You build upon your acclimatization by ascending to Pastukhova Rocks at 4 500m, gaining familiarity with the route and reviewing basic ski mountaineering techniques. Remove skins at the Rocks and make turns back down to the Garabashi Hut for the night. Overnight in a Garabashi Hut.
Day 5The team spend the morning reviewing basic mountaineering techniques such as ice axe arrest, crampon techniques and roped travel. Today's focus is on acclimatization and rest. Final preparations are made for Summit Day and you settle in early in anticipation of tomorrow's summit attempt. Overnight in a Garabashi Hut.
Day 6The team gets an early alpine start for the summit. You will use a mix of ascending techniques, including skinning, ski crampons, or climbing in crampons. After enjoying the summit and its impressive views of the Caucasus mountain range, begin your 6,500' ski descent to the Garabashi Hut. The descent route may vary from the ascent route in order to take advantage of better snow or ski terrain. Depending on the schedule, the time of day and the weather there is an option of taking the tram back down into the valley or spending one more night on the mountain. Overnight in a Garabashi Hut or Azau.
Day 7This extra day is scheduled into the itinerary in case we encounter bad weather or need additional time for acclimatization. Having this extra day has proven to dramatically improve the team's success. If we do not use this day for our summit attempt, we can spend the day in Azau relaxing, hiking or visiting the local market. Overnight in Azau.
Day 8You are leaving the Caucasus. Transfer to Mineralny Vody airport and then by plane via Moscow to Germany.
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