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"Elbrus climb short Classic"
Attention! With the weather going worse orientation on smooth slopes of Elbrus is very difficult! Seeing a cloud - lens above top of Elbrus or clouds above Ushba and Donguz - Orun tops you must postpone or stop the climb. From the first attributes of a bad weather before the full loss of visibility there can be not more than 3 hours.
Price: $ 650
The description of the route of an ascent Mt. Elbrus Western 2a category of complexity.
- Barrels (3780m) –
Shelter(4050m) – 1,5 hours. Movement on snowy-ice fields. In area of a
plateau before rise on the Shelter 11 can be cracks. Closely!
- Shelter (4050m) –
Pastukhov’s rocks – 2-3 hours. Rising goes between two rocky ridges
(4300ì), further snowy-ice rise (15-20 °, 50m) with an output on a
plateau under Pastukhov’s rocks. Rising to "Pastukhov’s rocks" goes
on the closed glacier (20o). Crevasses here are not
open. On a plateau the approach under the bottom stones of the
Pastukhov’s rocks (5 °, in summertime the rockfall is possible).
Further rise on the top part of the Pastukhov’s rocks by a
snowy-ice slope with a steepness—15o-20o.
- Pastukhov’s rocks (4600m) - "Traverse"(5000m) – 1-1,5 hours. Snowy-ice rise 500-600m with the steepness 15o-20o.
Rising up, passing ice excesses (but it is impossible to go far to
the left, to avoid dumps in southern glacial circus) and
turning to the left, we come to the traverse turn (5000m).
- "Traverse" (5000ì) –
« motorcycle couloirs» (5340ì) – 2-2,5 hours. Flat enough traverse
with smooth ascent. Steepness of a slope on inclined traverse is
15o, sometimes - up to 25o.
- « Motorcycle
couloirs » (5340ì) –to a saddle (5350ì) – 30–40 minutes. Passing
the bottom of the Eastern top (400-500m). On this site you can
smell the sulphurous gas which is going from the fumaroles on a
southern slope. With an up-to-face wind it is a serious handicap
for the climbers. By traverse rising up to a saddle, you should
move cautiously by the pass. There can be crevasses. On the left,
under slopes of the western top there is the beginning of the snowy
mulde, where the roof of a ruibed hut can be seen.
- The saddle (5350m) – out on the plateau’s top (5550m) – 1-1,5 hours. In 50 m from a hut turn to the right and on abrupt enough snow slope (30-35o)
it is risen up to a rocky ridge. Before a ridge there can be an
ice spot. In this place usage of fixed ropes is advisable.
- Plateau’s top
(5550m) – Mt. Elbrus Western (5642m). From here, rising up and to the
left to the plateau’s top. By a 400m flat site we rise on a low
dome of the top (40 minutes-1 hour).
- Mt. Elbrus Western is represented by a small, snowy-ice rise with steepness 15o and a stone pedestal above.
connection with the fact that in winter season slopes of Elbrus above
Pastukhov’s rocks, as a rule, look like a huge ice mirror more than 500 meters
long, all movement there demands a certain climbing preparation.
Therefore we recommend the tourists wishing to make a winter Elbrus
ascent should have definite tourist or climbing experience on an ice
relief using crampons, and realize the problem before you start. It
often happens that people come to Elbrus in wintertime without necessary
preparation. In a similar situation it is strongly recommended that you
should take an individual guide for the ascent.
Good luck while climbing!
Technically easy Elbrus climb enables you to see all the Caucasus
from the bird’s eye height. The unforgettable impression takes a
panorama changing while you go on. Climbing at a dawn when in beams of a
rising sun in the West to see a huge shadow of Elbrus above horizon is
a special event.Route:
Mineralnye Vody airport- Terskol - hotel - Barrels on Elbrus - Elbrus
top 5642m - Barrels on Elbrus - Terskol - hotel - Mineralnye Vody
|Day 1. Flight to Mineralny Vody, Transfer to Terskol.
Air flight to Mineral Vody, meeting in airport by our
representative. Transfer to the Elbrus region (4 hours), accommodation
at the hotel. Briefing with the guide on personal equipment, preparing
for outing to Azau.
|Day 2. Azau station – Diezelhut (4055).
Rising by the cableway to the station "Mir”, then using
chairlift to the station "Garabashi”. Azau (2200m) – Staryi Krugozor
(2950m) – Mir (3500m) – Garabashi (3750m). Ascent Discussion of the
tactic of the ascent to the Mt. Elbrus, viewing and selection of
personal equipment, preparing for the ascent. Overnight mountain hut
|Day 3. Ascent Mt Elbrus (Western, 5642m). first possible summit ascent
Day of ascent. An early start (at 3 o’clock). If you take a
ratrak to the Rocks, you can start later, at 4-5 a.m. The climb will
take you 12-16 hours with the way down to the Barrels. Moving on skies
or crampons, depending on the snow condition. If there is a lot of snow,
you can go up to the saddle by skies; if it is not possible, you can
leave them in the end of ridge or at the Pastukhov’s rocks. The track to
top is marked by landmarks, but it is advisable to go on climbing only
in good weather. There are o lots of closed crevasses on the glacier,
and you should keep the path. You should go only using crampons. In May
and November the slope to the saddle can have long part of pure ice. In
this case the route is possible only for well-prepared sportsmen.
Especially dangerous is the way down (3,5 km at a steepness 30o) They
say, in an ideal weather from the top you can see both the Caspian and
the Black seas…
mountain hut 3900 m
|Day 4. Descent to the Azau. Transfer to Mineralny Vody.
Handing in certificates on climbing to Mt. Elbrus and Elbrus T-shirts.
Price per person: from 650€
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. SGL hotel rooms– 1 night HB,
4. The mountain hut 3900 m accommodation on Elbrus 2 nights FB.
5. An English -speaking guide.
6. Elbrus 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 cablewaychairlift during the program
12. Local and state tourist taxes:
a. Passports registration;
b. Visa invitation;
c. National Park permit for climbing
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. Ratrak (snow grooming machine) for climbing to the Pastukhov’s Rocks . (600 euro per ratrak)
6. Ratrak (snow grooming machine) for climbing to the 5000 m . (1000 euro per ratrak)
7. Extra night in Elbrus hotel if coming from Elbrus earlier than it was planned.
Domestic and international air fare. Insurance.
Only ONE attempt of climbing Elbrus is included.
During the trip:
- for the Russians – Russian passport
- for foreign citizens - international passport, migration card, visa.
– passport copy
Clothes and equipment
Equipment rental. The price of the full set
of equipment for Elbrus climbing is from 1000 rub per day for 1 pax.
For booking equipment you should inform us beforehand giving the boot
and clothes sizes.
Sweater/thin fleece shirt.
Fleece/windblock jacket and trousers.
Gortex (membrane tissue) jacket and trousers.
Wind-proof mask (balaclava)
Mittens (it’s better to have two pairs).
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.
Telescope ski poles.
Climbing crampons with automatic bindings (matching your boots).
we have a rest sitting on a stone, that’s why it’s good to have a
carrimat to sit on. You can use it inside your tent: it can be placed
under a gas stove or a hot pan.
Sleeping bag to keep you warm when camping (a comfortable temperature of +10).
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
All guests should have medical insurance in case of incidents or
immediate illness which can cover medical and other expenses in
If coming from Elbrus earlier than it was planned the guest is responsible for extra night in Elbrus hotels.
There is no refund for the huts booked beforehand. Please meet this with
respect. In the rush season there are not places available for all the
coming people. So we book the sleeping places beforehand considering all
It is worth buying souvenirs, keep it in your budget.
In the valley there are many cafes and restaurants, mostly local cuisine. Dinner or lunch will cost you 300 rub and more.
Booking ratrak on the climbing day costs 400 euro for the whole machine (up to 10 pax). Skipass 900 rub a day,
Excursion sliticket to Cheget and Elbrus costs 600 rub.
During the trips the guide
has the first medical kit. In any place it is possible to contact the
Rescue service. It is necessary for you to have individual medicines.
Down the valley it can be up to +30 C. On the mountain on the altitude
of 3500m it can be from +15 to -5, on the top depending on the weather
from +10 to -15. In bad weather we prefer to stay in.
Down the valley it can be up to -20 C, but it is seldom, usually it is ,
-5 -10 C. On the mountain it can be up to äî -40 on 5000 m.
You will be accompanied by a guide of our Company. "Alpindustria-Terskol”staff is at your service
For transfer we use
comfortable sedans (depending on the group size) or minibuses (for 10-15
people) like Mercedes, Volkswagen, or Ford. For small groups we use
sedans Transfer airport – hotel – airport is a group one and is made
once on the arrival day and once on the departure day. In case of
necessity we can book an individual car for extra fee.
To come to the Barrels hut we use the cableway skilift. To reach the Pastukhov rocks you can book a ratrak.
We offer you complete and
balanced meals useful for people exercising up in the mountains. They
include vegetables, meat, fish, bread, cereals, tea, coffee, and milk.
If you have food restrictions (for example you are a vegetarian), you
should warn us beforehand. We’ll try our best to make you feel