Apart from being one of the most popular Seven Summits, Mt. Elbrus can also be good kick start for someone who wants to climb a 6000 mtr mountain in future.
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Mt. Elbrus Expedition is a 10 days programme in Caucasus range in Russia. With an elevation of 18,510 feet (5,642 meters), Mt. Elbrus in the Caucasus Range that spans Asia and Europe, stands tallest in the European continent and is one of the Seven Summits. She has two summits, both are dormant volcanos. West summit is at 5,642 metres and the east summit is 5,621 metres (18,442 ft).
There are two routes for Elbrus climb. North route and South route. Generally the south route is more preferred for its easy access and magnificent facilities such as cable cars, snow cats etc. (at some of the camps) On the other hand, the north route is more pristine yet rugged, inviting accomplished mountaineers to test their endurance limits.Unique feature of accommodation on Elbrus at one of the camps is The Barrel Huts. Yes! Literally the barrels, you can see in the images. They are located at 13,600 feet (3,962 m).
On south route, the lack of crevasses can deceive climbers into a false sense of safety. It is important to remember that, this route is challenging due to too much snow, high winds and a high elevation gains. About 10-15 climbers die each year. Although the climb is easier, fundamentals of ice and snow climbing are the prerequisite here. One must train not only on endurance training but also practice basic usage of ice ax, crampons etc.
WHY GGIM ?
Mt. Elbrus is not a new mountain at least for climbing fraternity. Highest mountain of Europe, one of the seven summits, twin dormant volcano.. So much of credentials for popularity. Each day during the peak season, it is not unusual to find 100 members making a summit push. In a way its a good scene to see so many mountain lovers chasing this beautiful mountain summit. But what is disheartening is the fact that 10-15 members die during these seasons due to unorganized and poor guidance on the mountains. Commercial operators tend to forget that the mountain holds the last authority and allows well trained and well acclimated climbers to embrace her only in her best times. GGIM puts paramount focus on Thorough Preparation, Absolute Safety and Sufficient Acclimatization of the team.
GGIM puts paramount focus on Thorough Preparation, Absolute Safety and Sufficient Acclimatization of the team. For that purpose, we have kept 2 additional days in the itinerary as opposed to typical 8 days expedition, so that the climbers get used to the local climate.
Also, other than fixed dates, we can conduct a customized batch for your group as per your convenience.
B-breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner
Arrival at Mineralnye Vody Airport and Drive to Cheget VillagePick up from Mineralnye Vody Airport to Cheget Village will be arranged. It will be a 3 hrs drive. You will have lunch on the way. Overnight Stay in hotel in Cheget. (Meals: D)
Acclimatization Hike to Irik Chat Valley (2400 m)Post breakfast, a short drive of 10 mins to the village near Irik Chat Valley. Start the hike to the valley. The hike comprises of some steep sections followed by a pleasant walk through the forest. Once you enter the valley, you can see the first view of eastern face of Mt. Elbrus. After the hike, drive back to hotel. You can explore the market in Cheget area. (Meals: BLD)
Acclimatization Hike to Cheget Peak (3600 m)A similar start like day 2, but you will immediately start walking from the hotel. You can see a big mountain and cable cars that operate from Cheget village to Cheget Peak. But instead, you will be walking on a steep slope from the cable car route. Once you arrive above the forest line, a magnificent view of Mt. Elbrus holds us for a moment to witness it. You can see a cable car station which indicates that you are top. Take rest, have snacks, and climb down to the hotel. (Meals: BLD)
Drive to Azau Station – Cable Car to Garabashi Station – Trek to Base Camp and Back to HotelA short 15 mins drive will take you to Azau Station. You will take a cable car up to Mir Station at (3500 m) and after that to Garabashi Station at (3800 m). You will start hiking on a comparatively steep gradient till base camp. You can rest for a while and trek back to Garabashi Station. You will take a cable car back to Azau Station and drive back to Hotel in Cheget. (Meals: BLD)
Drive to Azau Station - Cable Car to the Base Camp (3900 m)You will pack your bags the previous day according to the checklist provided. You will be talking the same route till Azau station and cable car till base camp. The same day, you will wear your crampons right from the base camp. Climb till Priut Hut at (4100 m) in snow. This climb will help you to acclimatize well with the conditions there. Come back to the huts at base camp after the hike. (Meals: BLD)
Acclimatization Climb to Pushtokova Rocks (4800 m)Start early morning climb to Pushtokova Rocks from the base camp. You will climb around 700 m more than the previous day. So maintaining a steady pace during the walk is the key. Back to the huts after the climb. Have dinner early and sleep early for Summit attempt. ** You can opt to come down by snow-cats at extra cost. Intimate beforehand to the guide. (Meals: BLD)
Summit Attempt to Mt. Elbrus (5642 m)Dinner will be early at 6.30 PM. Take good rest and a wake up call around 12.45 AM will be given and a midnight breakfast will be served at 1.30 AM. After breakfast, you can start the summit attempt. You can either take a snow cat till an altitude of (4700 m). (Meals: BLD) **Snow cats are available from base camp.
Buffer Day for SummitThis day is kept buffer in case of bad weather for second summit attempt. If you summit as planned, you head back to the hotel in Cheget Village. (Meals: BLD)
Base camp to Azau station back to HotelClimb down till Base Camp Cable Car Station. Take a cable car up to Azau Station. You can have some snacks at Azau station in nearby restaurants and drive back to hotel. Take good rest and you can plan for Summit Celebrations. (Meals: BLD)
Departure from Cheget Village to Mineralnye Vody AirportTransfer to Mineralnye Vody Airport. Have a safe Journey! Take back Memories to cherish! (Meals: B)
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Accommodation according to the itinerary
- Full board throughout the trip
- Experienced English-speaking Mountain guide for the entire trip
- Additional summit guide(s) starting from the group size of 7. On the Summit day the guide/client ratio is 1/3.
- Outdoor cook
- Visa support, passport registration
- Flights to/from Mineralnye Vody airport
- Equipment rent
- Porters for personal equipment
- Personal expenses, alcohol
- Visa costs
- Extra beverages and mineral water during the trek
- Personal expenses during trek like wi-fi, battery charging, hot water bath, etc
- Extra cost for snow-cat if required (to be discussed orally)
- Emergency Medical Evacuation
- Tips for guides and porters.
The weather in Elbrus region is changeable, and conditions can deteriorate rapidly in case of a storm. Be prepared for temperatures between -7C to 21C with a chance of rain or snow. Temperatures could fall to -20C higher up on the mountain and you may encounter severe winds. Like any large mountain, Mt. Elbrus creates its own weather. There can be serious storms on the mountain, while the next valley is in bright sunshine.
Sleeping bag rated to -5 °C
Sun screen lotion (30 - 40 SPF)
Sun glasses (UV Polaroid)
Insulated parka/jacket, down or synthetic, rated to -10°C and able to fit over other sweater layers
Rain jacket and pants(side-leg zippers are helpful), roomy and water repellent
Midweight fleece jacket
Thermal underwear tops and bottom
Hiking socks, Liner socks
Hiking boots, floaters/ snickers (for camping)
Plastic boots (mountaineering boots)
Mountaineering ice ax (long and straight. No technical ice ax)
Head torch with spare batteries
50-55 L rucksack
1 Harness, 1 self anchor
Gloves, balaclava, pair of gaiters
To be able to comfortably enjoy climbing and summit the mountain you should have not only good number of hikes, walks or any other cardio workouts but also some exposure to mountaineering skills and experience under your belt
You should have learnt some degree of glacier walking, snow and ice climbing. While Ice climbing may not be a prerequisite on Elbrus but being able to confidently walk with crampons and ice ax will be a lot helpful.
Basic knowledge of mountaineering knots, equipment usage (rope, harness, carabiners) is advisable. Team GGIM will guide you in training your technical as well as physical skills.
Activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, spinning could be great ones to put in force. If you are lucky to have hills and mountains nearby, they are your best weekend hiking destinations.
Along with cardiovascular training, it is equally essential to put in strength training in your workout regime. Particularly, lower body, back and core muscles. Thrice a week you can engage in doing pushups, crunches, squats, lunges etc. Suryanamaskaars & Yog will give maximum benefits.
After every workout, and even after the treks, never forget to stretch your muscles to relieve the stresses and pulls created during the activity. This will help you keep injuries at bey