Almost all first time visitors to the Caucasus are keen to ascend Mount Elbrus, 5642m, the Europe's highest mountain.
The double-breasted summit of Elbrus can be seen for miles around from different parts of the Caucasus region. Both East (5621m) and West (5642m) summitsare permanently covered with snow. Many of the remote side valleys where it is possible to have some acclimatization training are seldom visited even by locals.
This trip is 14 days long. During the first week we have a good number of acclimatization walks enjoying the mountain sceneries. But for those who are already rather acclimatized, there is also an opportunity to join us for a short 8-day Elbrus climb.
The trip begins with the arrival in Mineralnye Vody and driving to the northern foothills of Elbrus. We start approaching Elbrus following beautiful forested valleys, walking through alpine meadows, crossing mountain passes, climbing some of the easiest summits which provide superb panoramas of the Caucasus Range and even making some part of the Northen Route to Elbrus for a better acclimatisation.
This initial walking trip will be vehicle supported and will involve camping with high standards – mess tent, table and chairs, loo tent. You will have to carry your day pack only.
These walks will provide us with fitness and acclimatization necessary for the ascent of Elbrus itself. For the ascent of Elbrus we use a cable car system to take us to the height of about 3800m. We stay in a hut at 3900m. The actual program will depend on the weather, group condition and the availability of a snowcat which we may use according to the group’s wish to help us up the lower slopes of the mountain (if necessary).
An emergency medical kit accompanies the climb. Nevertheless we recommend you to carry your own personal first aid kit. A suggested list of contents as well as more general health information is included in pre-departure information. No special inoculations are required but we recommend to have inoculations up to date and to consult a doctor for other cover such as typhoid. Check if the insurance is up to date and covers mountain risk.