This trip is suitable for climbers who need some time for a proper acclimatisation but can not afford two weeks to join our 13 days Mount Elbrus trip or do not want camping on trek.
For background information on this program and facilities in the Baksan Valley please see Mount Elbrus - 13 days trip.
The following itinerary is a working guide only and might be a subject to change due to local conditions, weather and governmental restrictions
Arrive in Mineralnye Vody, on the plains north of the Caucasus. Drive to hotel (about 3,5 hours) in Baksan Valley near Elbrus at the altitude of 2100m.
Acclimatisation walk in the Terskol Valley up to the Observatory, 3100m, ca. 4hrs walking up, providing very close and magnificent view of Mt. Elbrus. On the way we pass the wonderful waterfall, called “The virgin’s hair”. Return back to the hotel.
Walk to the Mount Cheget spur up to 3100m - a magnificent viewpoint over Elbrus. About 4 hours walking up. Return to the hotel (it is possible to use a chair lift for getting down).
Transfer to Terskol, climb the Ice Base, 3550m, descent to Terskol. Transfer to hotel.
We take the cable car up to the Mir station, 3500m, then the chair lift up to Garabashi station, 3800m. Accommodation in the Barrels hut. Acclimatisation walk to the Priut hut at 4100m, ca. Overnight in the Barrels hut.
Acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks up to 4700m, ca. 3 hours walking up. Return to the hut.
Summit day. We begin in the early morning hours to ascend the highest of Elbrus' twin peaks - the West Summit. You carry your day pack with the day's requirements. Optionally you can use a snowcat up to ca. 4650m.We return to spend the night at the hut.
Spare day to attempt Elbrus if the weather on the previous day was bad. Overnight in the hut.
Return to the hotel and relax.
Drive to the airport in Mineralnye Vody for the flight home.