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Elbrus - Seven Summits climb

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Destinations: Mount Elbrus
Type of adventure: icon-11.png Climbing & Mountaineering
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3698
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We reach the summit of Mount Elbrus via the pristine North-South traverse adhering to the climbing principles of tackling the mountain on its own terms. The satisfaction that comes from climbing with a small team of equally focused and dedicated mountaineers is extremely rewarding. The summit is always a bonus but having gained it through your own “blood, sweat and tears” is much more satisfying and memorable than taking the chairlift to the top! Mount Elbrus is a huge double-domed dormant volcano located in the spectacular Caucasus Mountains of Russia. Starting on the Northern side of the mountain we begin a gradual ascent of the mountain, carrying our personal gear and a share of the teams’ camping equipment. Taking our time to acclimatise we eventually reach our high camp where we refresh our glacier training, we trek to the summit col before heading up to the Western Summit where an amazing panorama awaits. Finally taking advantage of the aging ski infrastructure on the southern side we have a much faster descent to the distinctly Russian flavoured alpine village where we can relax after the climb. Elbrus is not a technical climb but the physical effort required to reach the summit on the traverse route can make it a tough few days in the mountains.
Departure & ReturnDurationPrice (incl. flight)Price (excl. flight)
07 June 201717 June 201711 days£2,650£2,250

INCLUDED:
- International flights
- Scheduled hotel nights, based on double or triple occupancy
- Food while on the mountain
- Scheduled group restaurant meals
- Group climbing and cooking gear
- Airport transfer to hotel
- National park, and other permit fees.
- Local guides and a 360 guide when group size is over 6 person.
- All accommodation based on two people sharing
- All food whilst on trek and breakfast when city based
- Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!
NOT INCLUDED:
- Personal equipment and excess baggage for domestic flights
- Staff/guide gratuities
- Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service, etc.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Additional single accommodation (post exped).
- Optional snow-cat ride to Pastukov rocks on the summit day . (1hr for Euro 300 for 3 pax.)
- Lunch and dinner when city based except where indicated
- Visas
BEN SMITH
(Elbrus - Seven Summits climb )
Depart UK
Meet up with your team and 360 guide or representative at airport. Fly to Mineralnye Vody via Moscow
Arrive in Russia
Arrive mid-morning in Mineralnye Vody. Transfer to hotel in Paytigorsk and evening brief by 360 guide.
Mineralnye Vody - Emanuil Valley (2,250m)
Board four wheel drives for early morning start to the Base Camp of Mount Elbrus. Fantastic scenery of huge canyons and local villages. A feeling of remoteness is tangible. The last 45 minutes of this 4 hour drive is on a spectacular road along the edge of a spectacular canyon. Descend into an alpine meadow and an exciting river crossing before reaching base camp in Emanuil's Valley (2,250 m). Soaring above us is the twin summit of Mount Elbrus. Afternoon walk to the local hot-springs and a huge waterfall.
Emanuil Valley (2,250m)
Acclimatisation walk to the high camp (3,800 meters, 7 – 8 hrs return). An amazing day starting in the pristine alpine pastures of the valley. Hundreds of flowering plants display a huge variety of colour. Gradually we ascend through a small canyon where dozens of gerbils have set up home to a steep ridge which dissects a broad glacier. We bring some of our equipment (double boots, harnesses and crampons) up with us to aid acclimatisation and reduce the load we need to carry tomorrow. We reach high-camp for a well-deserved lunch and descend via a different route taking in huge strangely shaped mushroom rocks formed by volcanic activity on the way back to camp.
Emanuil Valley - Camp 1 (3,800m)
One way trip to high camp (3,800m, 4-5 hours). Today we retrace our footsteps through a pristine alpine environment to the high-camp sitting on the edge of a huge glacier. We strike camp or can find space on the bunks of a small hut that is to be used by our team. The afternoon is spent soaking up the utter wilderness of our lofty perch.
Acclimatisation ascent to Lenz's rocks (4,600m)
Acclimatisation climb to Lenz's rocks. (4,600m, 5-6 hours return) . Today we rope up to commence an exciting climb up on the glacier’s back to a rocky pyramid known as Lenz's rocks. The views open up as we climb higher and reveal many of the lofty summits of the Caucasus range. Your guides will teach you relevant roping up and glacier travel techniques. We have the chance to scramble up Lenz rocks to reach a cross and to soak up the amazing views over a picnic lunch.
Rest Day
Rest day at the high camp. Today won’t all be about resting however as the guides once again get busy conducting “Ecole de Glace”. For a few hours today you’ll enhance your Alpine skills and learn how to self-arrest, improve crampon and ice-axe techniques as well as partake in a session on how to set up crevasse rescue systems. The afternoon is dedicated to chilling out; rehydrating, eating and sleeping. All of these are important as soon the summit attempt begins.
Contingency day
Contingency day. This day has been built into the program to enhance your chances of reaching the summit of Europe’s highest mountain. Should the weather be unfavourable for a summit bid or should we need a little more time to acclimatise then we may use this day and remain at high camp.
Summit day (5,642m)
Summit day. The climb to reach Europe’s highest point begins around midnight. We retrace our steps to Lenz rock in the light of our head-torches and the stars and moon. Then as the sun creeps over the horizon we exit the glacier to gain a rock band through which a safe path zig-zags to just under 5,000m. By now we can see far over the plains of Russia and the enormity of the Caucasus Mountains. Soon we reach the saddle dividing the twin peaks of Elbrus and cross it to reach the final steep slopes of the west summit. After a break we continue up virgin snow to gain the final ridge to the top. Today is a tough day by anyone’s standards (12 – 14 hrs) but as we reach the summit we are rewarded not only by tremendous views but by the ultimate satisfaction that we have accomplished this amazing achievement by climbing the mountain from the basecamp to the summit under our own steam. There is no finer feeling than this. To reward ourselves for our hard work we descend only 850m and are met by a PistenBully that will take us down to the ski lifts which drop to the valley floor on the South-side. From here we board a final transfer to the village of Cheget and our hotel.
Cheget
Rest day and a celebration lunch in an iconic Caucasus restaurant where you’ll be presented with a summiteer certificate and a complimentary T-shirt. Shopping and enjoying the hospitality of this Alpine village and its good range of restaurants and local markets.
Depart Russia
Breakfast in hotel and transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport for our flight home. This is normally a day flight so arrival time back to the UK is likely to be this evening.
1 * 4 Season Sleeping Bag
1 * Backpack
1 * Dry Sacks
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Sleeping Bag Liner
1 * Sleeping Matt
1 * Small Bag
1 * Waterproof Rucksack Cover
1 * Balaclava
2 * Buff Or Scarf
1 * Ski Goggles
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
2 * Woolly Hat
2 * Base Layers
1 * Down Jacket
1 * Expedition Mitts
1 * Gilet
1 * Gloves
1 * Light Insulated Jacket
2 * Mid Layer
1 * Outer Layer
1 * Long Johns
1 * Softshell Trousers
1 * Trekking Trousers
1 * Underwear
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * 3- 4 Season Walking Boots
1 * High Altitude Plastic Boots
1 * High Altitude Socks
1 * Trainers
3 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Dental Check Up
1 * Nappy Bags
1 * Toilet Paper
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Water Bottles
1 * Wet Wipes
1 * Spare Clothing
1 * Crampons
1 * Harness
1 * Ice Axe
2 * Locking HMS Karabiners
2 * Prusiks
1 * Sling (120cm)
2 * Snap Gate Karabiner
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Personal Medication
1 * Camera
1 * Credit Card
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Money [Elbrus Traverse]
2 * Padlocks
1 * Penknife
1 * Snacks
2 * Sunblock
1 * Trekking Poles
1 * Copy Of Passport
1 * Passport
1 * Passport Photos X4
1 * Travel Insurance
1 * Visa
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of 360 Expeditions
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