Almost all first time visitors to the Caucasus are keen to ascend Mount Elbrus, 5642m, the Europe's highest mountain.
The double-breasted summit of Elbrus can be seen for miles around from different parts of the Caucasus region. Both East (5621m) and West (5642m) summitsare permanently covered with snow. Many of the remote side valleys where it is possible to have some acclimatization training are seldom visited even by locals.
The trip begins with the arrival in Mineralnye Vody and driving to the base hotel in the Baksan Valley. From the hotel we make several trips following beautiful forested valleys, walking through alpine meadows, crossing glaciated mountain passes and climbing some of the easiest summits which provide superb panoramas of the Caucasus Range.
The following itinerary is a working guide only and might be a subject to change due to local conditions, weather and governmental restrictions
Arrival in Mineralnye Vody. Transfer to Baksan Valley, hotel.
Acclimatization walk from the hotel to the Cheget Karabashi summit, 3404m. Magnificent viewpoints over Elbrus. Hotel.
Drive to Azau station. Cable ways up to 3800m. Acclimatization walk up to 4400m. Night at the mountain hut.
Acclimatization walk to Pastukhova Rocks, 4800m. Hut.
Attempt on Elbrus.
Spare day to attempt on Elbrus*.
Descend by cable ways and drive back to the hotel in Baksan Valley. Hotel.
Drive to Mineralnye Vody, fly to Moscow, move to the international airport for the return flight home.
* If Elbrus is climbed on day 5 we will descend to the hotel and some valley walks will be organized.