THE ASCENT OF Mt ELBRUS FROM THE SOUTH
8-days standard tour for MIXED GROUP (RUSSIANS, FOREIGNERS)
Elbrus-the highest mountain in Russia, Caucasus, Europe. The highest massif of a volcano Elbrus is located to the north of the Main Caucasian ridge. Some consider that Elbrus - an extinct volcano, and the others - sleeping volcano. The Western top of Elbrus (5642 m) and the East (5621 m) are divided by a saddle (5340 m). The most beautiful and known tops of the Caucasus:Ushba, Donguz-Orun, Nakra-Tau are around the Elbrus. An ascension to Elbrus - prestigious extreme tour, it is possible for ordinary physically healthy people. The route of an ascension begins with Baksan's valley via the southern slope of the mountain and it is considered classical. Previous years of our work shows that nine of our ten guests successfully make an ascension to Elbrus when the weather conditions are favorable ( in the summer weather rather stable).
Professional guides, proper equipment and the optimized program of acclimatization make this tour successful and save.
Feature of a route
The route doesn't represent technical difficulty but it’s required to use special climbing equipment: crampons, ice axe and etc. You can receive skills of use of that equipment as a result of classes technic of movement on snow and ice.
Natural factors such as altitude, an air sparseness, cold, frequent winds, lack of visibility in bad weather, allocation of sulfuric gases, hyperactivity of sunlight will demand from climbers good physical form, endurance and proper equipment.
Tour is not recommended to the people having medical contra-indications!!!
Due to the increased danger of tour the guide’s instructions are obligatory for execution by all members of tour.
Controversial questions can be solved BEFORE an exit to an ascension to Elbrus or AFTER descent to a shelter.
!!!!The guide and travel company have the rights to terminate for certain participants or all group without compensation of payment in cases:
- Autocratic actions of the tourists breaking safety rules;
- Non-observance of rules of a public order and excessive use of alcohol drinks;
- manifestations of disrespect for local population and sights of the area
Day 1. A meeting at the airport of Mineralnye Vody by our guide and driver. Dead line of the departure from the airport -15:30 p.m., from railway station -16:00. Transfer to Mineralnye Vody to Terskol settlement of Kabardino-Balkarian Republic. Questions about accommodation, time and place of a meeting is specified previously by phone or e-mail. Accommodation in hotel in Terskol settlement or Azau valley. There are two alternatives of arrival in the region: by plane to Mineralnie Vody or Nalchik, by train-. Mineralnie Vody, village Prohladnaya, city of Pyatigorsk. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2. Breakfast in the hotel. Acclimatization trek to the slopes of Tcheget-Tau-Chana peak to the altitude of 3000 m. or to the slopes of Terskol peak to the “Noviy Crugozor" and to the observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From the Terskol peak you can observe a good view of the Western and East tops of Elbrus and it is possible to see an ascension route also. From the slopes of the Tcheget mountain ( 3600 m) you can observe a fine view of tops of Elbrus, Donguz-Orun, Nakra and the other most beautiful peaks. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3. Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the Azau valley. Ascent from Azau on the cable-way to the the Gara-Bashi station , (3.750 m.) . Cable-way has got 2 lines. The cable-way from the top station "Mir" to the shelter of Gara-Basha. Unfortunately sometimes it doesn't work, therefore spare option of ascent – by tracking or by snowcat to the shelter at the altitude of 3900m.The rent of snowcat doesn’t included into the price. Questions about accommodation is specified previously by phone or e-mail. Easy dinner with hot tea. Instructing about security measures at the high mountains. The Acclimatization trek to ridge rocks (4400 m.). Rest. . We study and train (repeat) the variants of belay, how to put on crampons, etc. Dinner. Overnight in the shelter at the altitude 3900m or in the tent camp.
Day 4. Breakfast .Acclimatization trek to the Pastukhov Rocks,( 4.600 m -4800m). Training in the technic of movement on the snow and ice. Sightseeing tour on the area. Overnight in the shelter or in the tent camp.
Day 5. Day of the rest. It is recommended to descent to the one of the cable-way stations such as “Mir”, “Krugozor” or “Azau” Preparation for the ascent to mt. Elbrus. Overnight in the shelter or in the tent camp.
Day 6. Ascent to the Elbrus. Early waking up at 2:00 a.m. Ascent to the Elbrus at 3:00 a.m. . Start time depends on the weather conditions. The day before you due to choose from two tops (Western or Eastern). It will depends of weather, rout and group condition. . The decision is accepted by the guide in coordination with group. . The way to the top of Elbrus takes 8-10 hours if conditions are favorable. . Dead line of the ascent to the top of mountain at 13:00 p.m.. After that term all group is obliged to begin descent down. Descent to the shelter takes 5-6 hours. Overnight in the shelter.
Day 7. Reserve day on a bad weather. In case of bad weather in previous day - summit day. In case of success on summit on previous day – day of rest and skiing. (For those who wishes after descent it is possible to order a sauna and/or a dinner in cafe with ethnic cuisine. It is paid in addition). Farewell dinner and handing over of the certificates. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 8. Early breakfast. Departure from hotel at 7.00. Probably later term departure at the consent of all participants of round.
MEDICAL CARE AND SECURITY
Each group is equipped with the first-aid kit, radio station and navigation means (GPS). All groups are registered in group of the Ministry of Emergency Measures of Russia. To communicate with rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Measures it is possible on all extent of a route. It is necessary for you to have only individual medicines (vitamins, tablets from a headache, an adhesive plaster).
Depending on weather conditions and a group condition the program of tour can be changed in coordination with group
Tour is not recommended to the people having medical contra-indications!!!
for foreign citizens - a copy of the international passport, the visa and the medical insurance
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPANTS OF THE ROUND:
Absence of medical contra-indications to occupations by mountain sports. Age restriction - isn't younger than 16 years. Since 16 years - the written permission of parents for participation in this round.
According to the preliminary application it is possible to organize your transfer by minibus "Gazelle" from Mineralnie Vody to settlement Terskol and back. The way back is paid in addition .
Accommodation in hotels. Possible options: in hotel "Vershina", "Salam", "Kjochkhar", "Shamik" and in one of hotels on a glade Tcheget or on Azau's glade. Also you can book high-class hotels according to the preliminary application for additional payment .
Accommodation in high-mountainous shelters. Possible options : A shelter around an arrangement of a hut of glaciologists (3900 m), "Gara-Basha's" ("Bochka") shelter at (3750 m.), "the Priutr of 11" ("Diesel-Hat") ", Maria" (4100 m.).
Accommodation on 5-6 climbers in each carriage of a cylindrical form on "Gara-Basha ("Bochka") shelter. In a carriage are beds with mattresses, blankets, pillows, a table, an electric heater. Temperature from +10 to +25 degrees. Climbers sleeps in own sleeping bags.
“Priut 11” contains 50 people. There are three rooms on the first floor and four five-seater rooms and two numbers of beds on the second floor. In rooms - beds with mattresses and pillows. There is a kitchen with three gas ovens and some most necessary public ware in the shelter.
Shelter "Maria" is a complex with four and six-seater carriages and a common kitchen.
At the hotel in Terscol settlement it is possible to have a meals in the dining room or hotel’s cafe (breakfast is included, other meals are not included into cost of tour). There are a lot of shops, markets and cafe with ethnic and European cuisine in the settlement Terskol.
Due the ascension day members independently cook food (is included into cost of tour), lanch-packages are provided.
In high-mountainous shelters climbers prepare food independently in kitchen of a shelter or on marching gas torches (kerosene stoves under the direction of the guide.
In the summer water exist in a stream on a glacier which is above the burned-down shelter. In the spring and in the winter only snow is. Special torch available for production of water, which turns snow into water (Using kitchen including into accommodation cost).
Recommend in given area to use operators of mobile communication - the BEE-LINE or the Megaphone. MTS works unstably
In settlement Terscol temperature from +15 to +30 C in summer, in spring and autumn from 0 to+20 C On “Gara Basha” (3800 m) in the summertime - temperature from -2 to+20 C.
POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL EXPENSES DURING TRAVEL
Food and souvenirs. In the Cheget” and “Azau” valley it is possible to taste the present Caucasian cuisine and to buy souvenirs. Dinner in café costs about 200-450 rubles.
To receive consultations under the program and equipment, to rent equipment you can in the settlement “Terscol” (demands for equipment to submit in advance). It is possible to look at the prices for hire of equipment here.
TOUR COST INCLUDES:
- visas support;
- all necessary permits and registrations (except a payment for a finding in territory of National park "Prielbrusie");
- Transfer from the city Mineralnie Vody to settlement Terscol and back;
- Transfer from the Azau to Cheget and back;
- Accommodation in hotels with breakfasts ;
- rent of public belay and kitchen equipment;
- Services of the guide;
- Foodstuff during an ascension;
- Ascent and descent in cable-way;
- Accommodation in the high-mountainous shelter;
- The insurance from accident (only for citizens of Russian Federation);
- Safety (registration in the Ministry of Emergency Measures), a radio communication, GPS;
- certificate on ascension commission;
TOUR COST DOESN'T INCLUDE:
- flight from the place of residence to the beginning of a route and back ;
- rent of personal mountaineer's equipment;
- hire of skis and snowboards;
- ascent by snowcats;
- dinners and suppers in the hotels ;
- services of the cook;
- it is probably necessary to pay for stay in the territory of National park "Prielbrusye" - 300 rub from the person;