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$ 1197

Programms » Elbrus from the South. Elbrus climb. Classic summer Program.

Climbing & Mountaineering
Climbing & Mountaineering
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min $ 1197
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Tour details
Destinations: Russia, Mineralnye Vody
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1197 — max $ 1539
Group size: min 1 — max 6
Duration: 8 days
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Climbing Elbrus from the south

Day 1.
Arrive at Mineralnye Vody, meet our representative, and transfer to Elbrus region (journey time is about 3 to 3.5 hours). Accommodation at hotel. Discuss the program with the guide, Look at and select personal equipment, prepare yourself to ascend to the Cheget.

Day 2.
Ascend by chair lifts "Cheget" in two lines up to a height of 3000m. (30 minutes). Acclimatization trip to the shoulder of Cheget (3452 m) and up 1 to 2 hours. There is a good viewing platform atop overlooking the Elbrus, the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. The route runs along a rocky ridge. A small snack, a packed lunch and descend to 2 Cheget Chair lift station (40 minutes). Exit takes about 3 to 5 hours. Return to the hotel. Meet your guide, discuss the program for the next day, look at and select your personal equipment, prepare yourself for hiking to the Diesel Hat or LipRus Refuge.

Day 3.
Ascend by shuttle ropeway up to Mir station, and then by chair lift to Garabashi station. Azau (2200m) - Staryi Krugozor (2950) - Mir (3500) - Garabashi (3840m)
Acclimatization trip to Diesel Hat (4050 m), climbing up along a snowy plateau with moderate rise (8 to 10 degrees) for about 1 to 1.5 hours, a little rest in the area of LipRus Refuge, packed lunch and descend down to the high-altitude shelter (20 to 30 minutes). Overnight stay in the high-altitude shelter (3830). Discuss the program for the next day, look at and select your personal equipment, prepare yourself for climbing to the mountainous area and the Pastukhov rocks. Overnight.

Day 4.
Acclimatization hike to Pastukhov Rocks (4600 m). Ascend for about 3 to 4.5 hours and descend for about 1 to 1.5 hours. Carry out snow and ice activities. Discuss the program for the next day, look at and select your personal equipment, prepare yourself for the ascent. Overnight stay in the Refuge.

Day 5.
Rest day. Accommodation in the Refuge.

Day 6.
Day of ascent. The ascent takes place along the route 2a category of difficulty. Early start at 3 am, if you use ratrak up to Pastukhov Rocks, you can start at 4 am.
Duration of ascent is 12 to 16 hours (8 to 12 hours of climb and 4 to 5 hours of descent). We put on crampons in the morning, when leaving the Refuge. The trail to the summit is marked with poles, but you can only go up in good weather! There are a lot of cracks on the glacier covered with snow, so it is better not to go from the trail. In the summer, the trail is all the way. We should go in crampons! In the summer, ice exits are rarely seen, but there are areas of hard firn. In May and November, the slope to the saddle can have long stretches of pure ice. In this case, the route is accessible to trained athletes. Particularly dangerous is the longest descent (3.5 km at about 30° steep). Overnight stay in the Refuge

Day 7.
Descent to Azau, lunch at the cafe, transfer to the hotel, accommodation at the hotel. Free time, Presentation of certificates.

Day 8.
Breakfast at the hotel, group transfer to the airport Mineralnye Vody (3 to 3.5 hours), departure.
Price includes:  

1. “Alpindustria” staff company for all the program.
2. Transport. All transfers according to the program (Minvody airport – hotel- airport, transfers in the region).
3. Accommodation. Double hotel rooms: “Ozon” – 3 nights HB,
4. The Refuge on 3900 m accommodation on Elbrus 4 nights FB.
5. English -speaking guide.
6. Elbrus and Cheget cable-way return tickets according to the program.
7. Food. Full board in the Caucasus - 2 meals a day in hotel restaurants. Lunch in cafes. Pocket lunch while touring and climbing.
8. Certificates on Elbrus expedition.
9. Cook service on Elbrus.
10. Rental kitchen equipment.
11. Tickets for cableway during the program
12. Guide-assistant for the climbing period
(for groups more than 3 persons)
13. Local and state tourist taxes:
a. Passports registration;
b. Border area permit;
c. Visa invitation;
Price does not include

1. Single accommodation.
2. Additional food and drinks.
3. Additional transfers and cable-way tickets (not included in the program)
4. Equipment rental.
5. Snowcat for climbing. (300 euro per ratrak)
6. Extra night in Elbrus hotel if coming from Elbrus earlier than it was planned.
7. National Park permit for climbing
8. Domestic and international air fare. Insurance.

Only ONE attempt of climbing Elbrus is included.
Documents required:

 During the trip:
- for foreign citizens - international passport, migration card, visa.
Clothes and equipment: 

At the height of 5,000 m or more, it can be  rather cold: -20 in summer; -40 in winter. Sometimes wild winds blow. We prepare ourselves for the worst weather conditions. At the same time, it can be rather hot down in the valley at the same time.

Equipment rental.

The price of the full set of equipment for Elbrus climbing is from 40 Euro per day for 1 pax. For booking equipment you should inform us beforehand giving the boot and clothes sizes.

Ascent Clothing

Thermal underwear.

Sweater/thin fleece shirt.

Fleece/windblock jacket and trousers.

Gore-tex jacket and pants.

Warm cap.


Wind-proof mask (balaclava)

Mittens (it’s better to have two pairs).

Warm socks.


You can take a warm down jacket with you.

Plastic or leather boots designed for ascents. It’s better to have welted boots and climbing crampons with automatic bindings.


Comfortable climbing harness.

3 carabiners.



Telescope ski poles.

Sun glasses.

Sun cream.

Climbing crampons with automatic bindings (matching your boots).

Head lamp

Sometimes, we have a rest sitting on a stone, that’s why it’s good to have a carrimat to sit on.

 Sleeping bag (a comfortable temperature of +10).

You should have your own spoon, mug, and knife.

 Climbing Mt.Elbrus is an active kind of sport in the mountains potentially dangerous for the life and health for all the participants of this program.Our guides will provide the necessary level of safety in case you will follow the Safety Insruction. The guide has a radio, GPS, mobile telephone, all necessary group equipment.
Decision of stopping the programme when the weather and snow conditions impose a threat to lives of the participants is in exclusive competency of the guide accompanying the group on the route and can not be discussed. The guide is responsible for providing safety on all kinds of mountain relief.

All guests should have medical insurance in case of incidents or immediate illness which can cover medical and other expenses in emergency.

Depending on the number of persons in each group, transport is provided:
• Comfortable passenger cars or minibuses for 10 to 15 persons (Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, etc.).

Important: Prepaid transfer for airport - hotel - airport is available only part of a group once on the day of arrival and once on the departure day. At your request, we can book a private transfer by a passenger car for an additional fee.

We ascend to the high-altitude Refuge by lift, and snowcat can be used for reaching to Pastukhov rocks.

Our basic hotel is Ozon.
These are modern, comfortable hotels having all the necessary infrastructure and comfortable rooms, and with polite and responsive staff.
There are more spartan furnishings in the high-altitude Refuge. Refuges are equipped with beds and a kitchen, toilet outside. The furniture includes beds with mattresses, blankets and pillows, a table and an electric heater. Temperature up to +18 C, the floor is colder (+5 C), and you will have to spend the night in a sleeping bag.
Service staff

In the Caucasus (climbing Elbrus, Kazbek, Ushba, DykhTau and other programs) we have a whole office, with a staff of employees, a transport and an equipment warehouse. All our guides are members of the Russian Association of Mountain Guides or instructors of the Russian Mountaineering Federation. 

Temperature in the Valley varies from 20 to 30 degrees. It can be from +15 to -5 on the mountain at an altitude of 3500 m, and from +10 to -15 on top depending on the weather. In bad weather, we try not to venture out.
In the valley, it can be up to -20, but this is rare, usually -5 to 10 degrees. On the mountain, the temperature can drop up to -40 at an altitude of 5000 m.
Medicine A First-aid kit to render first aid is available with the guide. All our guides can provide first aid. At any time and in any place, the guide has the ability to communicate with the rescuers. You should be in possession of specific individual medicines.
Extra costs

• Moscow - Mineralnye Vody - Moscow flight, international flights.
• In case of an early descent from the high-altitude shelter before the period stipulated in the program, hotel accommodation.
• Money paid for shelters, booked in advance in accordance with the tour program is not refunded. We earnestly hope that you understand these conditions well. In peak season, seats in the shelters are not adequate for all guests, so we book the seats in advance considering the required number of reserve days.
• Local souvenirs.
• Self-catering in the valley (the average price for lunch/supper starts from 300 rubles per head). In the valley, there are many cafes and restaurants, mostly of Caucasian cuisine.
• Climbing by ratrak on the day of ascent costs 600 euros per ratrak (a group of up to 10 persons).
• Excursion ticket by lift to Cheget costs 20 Euro per person and lift to Elbrus costs 25 Euro per person.
Payment conditions

• Please meet our rules of payment conditions. To provide a successful and safe realization of the program we are to undertake definite efforts and preparation which require expenses.
Down payment when booking 200 Euro. In case you cancel the trip it is not refundable.
• Full payment should be done not later than 20 days prior to the beginning of the program. If the full payment is not done in this term we consider the trip cancelled and quit the booking.Please, be aware that the first payment is not refunded in this case.
• You can pay in cash in our offices in Moscow, make a bank money transfer or via credit card on-line.

 During your stay at the hotel, half board meals are provided in the Elbrus region. On the mountain, a cook (for a group of 2 persons onwards) will cook for you, while packed lunch (sandwich, fruit, biscuits, chocolate and a pack of juice) is served during daytime acclimatization trips. 
If you have any restrictions on food, for example, you are a vegetarian, you must inform us in advance!

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Alpindustria-Tour
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