Marek Wencel and Crew Treks Russian/English Speaking Team invite you to join their expedition to the top of Europe.
Mt Elbrus at 5,642m (18,510ft)located in the Caucasus Mountainsis the highest peak in Europe. It is located several miles north of the main crest of the Central CaucasusMountains in the Russian Republics of Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia.
While we acclimatize and climb the mountain, we will have opportunities to explore Eastern European culture, customs and fantastic cuisine.
Although Mt Elbrus is considered non-technical climb, its size, altitude and unpredictable weather make this a serious accent.
We will follow the standard Southern Route on a 9-day climb to the top and in the process we will review basic glacier skills.
Leader: Marek Wencel - Over 20 year experience in the mountains, previous expeditions to the Andes, Himalaya and Alaska.
Price: $3300 all inclusive (see detail below)
Day 1 (July 30 )Depart home
Day 2 (July 31 )Moscow Arrival
Day 3 (Aug 01 ) Free Day
Chance to visit Red Square, Arbat Street
Day 4 (Aug 2 ) Flight to MineralnyeVody
A member of Crew Treks staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the Baksan valley (4,5h). Check into a hotel. Dinner is served either at the hotel or at the cafe on the road. Our hotel is located in the village of Terskol at the foot of Mt Elbrus. The rooms are simple, comfortable and cozy;each room is with toilet and a shower.
Day 5 (Aug 3 ) – After breakfast we will go for an acclimatization hike on Cheget peak 2,900m (9,515ft)the hike will take us about 5 hours and on the way up we can relax at "Ai" cafe where you can appreciate a panoramic view of the Baksan valley and the twin summits of Mt. Elbrus. Later, we will ascent to the top Mt.Chegetand return to our hotel.
Day 6 (Aug 4 ) – Today we will have new acclimatization hike, this time on Terskol Peak 3100m (10,170ft) with magnificent views of Mt. Elbrus. We’ll hike along the Terskol River and through meadows; 5-6 hrs. Return to the hotel. Afternoon will be free.
Day 7 (Aug 5 ) After breakfast we'll have short drive to the cable-car station at Azau where we will take two trams and a chairlift up to the Garabashi lift station 3750m (12,303ft) and we’ll check into the Barrels Refuge. The same day we'll do an acclimatization hike to 4100m (13,451ft) where Priutt 11 Refuge was situated. This night we will spend at the Barrels hut, situated on Elbrus’s slopes close to theGarabashi lift station. Each shelter consists of a sleeping room with 6-8 beds and a small room with a wardrobe, a table and chairs. There is a canteen with kitchen in a separate hut. There is no shower facilities and the toilets are in a separate building.
Day 8 (Aug 6 ) We'll do acclimatization hike to 4700m (15,1419ft) to the Pastukhov Rocks. The slopes of Elbrus provide panoramic views of the Central Caucasus in every direction. We will overnight second night at the Barrels Hut.
Day 9 (Aug 7 ) Rest day, third night at Barrels Hut, and gear preparations.
Day 10 (Aug 8 ) Today we will make an attempt to reach the main target of the trip - summit of Mt. Elbrus. To achieve this goal, we will have alpine start and using headlamps we’ll make our way to Pastukhov Rocks where we stop for a short rest and some drinks. Later in the day, after we reach the saddle between two summits of Elbrus 5300m (17,388) the last stretch will take us to the top. After summiting, we will spend another night in Barrels Camp. Depending on hotel availability, we can descend to town too; if we descend early, we will have to pay extra for that night.
Day 11 (Aug 9 ) Contingency day/extra day or descent. Please be aware, this day is designated for weather delays and not for second summit attempt!
Day 12 (Aug 10 ) Descend to the hotel in Terskol, and celebrate our summit!
Day 13 (Aug 11 ) Drive to the airport at MineralnyeVody and depart for home.
The best way to get to MineralnyeVody (MRV) is either via Moscow’s Sheremetevo Airport (SVO) or Dementevo Airport (DME) or via St. Petersburg (LED)
Russian visa for US Citizens and permanent residents can be obtained ONLY in The United States. You can apply NO EARLIER than 90 days before you travel and you will need an invitation from Russia (Crew Treks will supply paperwork)
Crew Treks will assist you with visa application issues; please see the link below for more info. http://www.russianvisaservices.net/visa_req_Russia.php
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