Traverse Mt. Elbrus (5642 m) West Side – South Side 2017 – from 1645 EUR€

The route on Elbrus (5642 m) from the West - this is climbing by fair means, without cableways, without Snow cats and mobile, without hotels and shelters. We guarantee that you have never seen similar Elbrus before: powerful ice formation, rock walls, including famous rock walls of Kyukyurtlyu. And no one person except your group!

At the end of the road we found a small (peoples) resort on the Djily-Suu mineral springs. There on provide warm bathes and numerous mineral water for drink. Climbing route leads mostly by glacier moraine, after a camping overnight we climb snow-ice slopes to the rock ground on 4400 m. It is a nice place - when the weather is good. From there amazingly smoothly inclined slope leads to the summit.
The two-headed ice giant crowns the panorama of the Central Caucasus. It is by at least 1000 m higher than all its neighbors. Volcano crater, filled now with ice and snow, form summit plateau of 150-200 m in diameter. All the massif is covered by a gigantic ice cap.

Ascent to Elbrus (12 days)

Day 1 Arrival to Mineralnye Vody (Mineral Waters) airport. 1-hr transfer to Pyatigorsk city. Accommodation in the "Intourist" hotel. Meeting and check equipment.
Day 2 5-6 hrs transfer Pyatigorsk - Cherkessk - Karachaevsk - Uchkulan - Churzuk. Setting tents in Djilisu BC (2500 m) in Ullu-Churzuk Valley. Overnight in tents.
Day 3 Acclimatization ascent to Camp 1 (3600 m) on the moraine of Bityuk - Tyube glacier. Return to BC, 4 hr up, 2 hr down.
Day 4 Ascent to Camp 1. Setting tents. Overnight there.
Day 5 Acclimatization day. Training in fix-rope. Return to C1.
Day 6 Ascent to Camp 2 (4200 m). Going 400 m on moraine and then snow-ice slope (3 ropes). Night in the Camp 2.
Day 7 Ascent to Camp 3 (4600 m). Up on snow-ice slope, 8 ropes, (2 ropes about 70º), then traverse to the Western plateau. Night in the Camp 3.
Day 8 Summit day. Ascent of Elbrus West (5642 m) 5-6 hrs. Descent to the Barrells Refuge (3780 m) 3-4 hrs. Night in the Barrells Refuge.
Day 9 Reserved day for bad weather.
Day 10 Descent in cable-lift to Terskol village. Night in the hotel.
Day 11 Return to Pyatigorsk city. Stay in the hotel.
Day 12 Transfer to the Mineralnye Vody airport. Flight home.

Price for guided groups 12 days expedition
from 1645 EUR€ per person

The price includes:

  • invitation for Russian visa;
  • DBL accommodation in "Intourist" hotel in Pyatigorsk (2 nights with breakfast);
  • 1 night in the hotel in Terskol DBL accommodation with breakfast & dinner;
  • 1 night in the Barrells Refuge full board;
  • cable-lift down from the Barrells Refuge;
  • all ground transportation according the program;
  • mountain guide CET "NEVA" (ratio 1 mountain guide per 2 clients-OBLIGATORY);
  • food in BC and during ascent;
  • climbing group equipment (tents, ropes, ice crews, carbines, cooking-sets, shovel, gas and etc.;
  • necessary permits and registration;
  • administrative fees in Karachaevo-Cherkessia.

The price does not include:

  • climbing insurance;
  • cost of Russian visa;
  • internal regular flights Moscow - Mineralnye Vody and back;
  • luggage air transportation;
  • SGL supplement in "Intourist" hotel (15€ for 1 nights);
  • lunch and dinner in Pyatigorsk city;
  • extra nights in Pyatigorsk (45 Euros per night in DBL), in the Barrells Refuge, in the hotel en Terskol;
  • lunch in Terskol;
  • porters;
  • rent of personal equipment;
  • personal expenses;
  • unexpected premature evacuation;
  • personal expenses;
  • extra pay due to change of the appointed departure time.

Important notes:

- The route from the West Side is technically more difficult
than the route from the South & North Parts of the Mt. Elbrus.
Expedition members must have technical preparation,
it means - be able to move with crampons in the steep slopes traverse the glacier with crevasses,
pass the nights in the tents in the altitude.
Also the clients must have the experience in the altitude ascent & be prepared to carry serious weight.
- During the ascent personal & grope equipment will be carry by guides & expedition members;
- in case of not traverse (in case of bad weather o another obstacles) from the West to South part
the descent will be realized by the ascent route.

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