This trip is suitable for climbers who need some time for a proper acclimatisation but can not afford two weeks to join our 14 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 airport. 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 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.
Drive to Azau Cable Ways station. Lift up to 3800m. Acclimatisation walk up to 4200-4400m. Night in a mountain hut at 3800-3900m.
Acclimatisation walk to the Pastukhova Rocks up to ca. 4800m, 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.