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Join us on Mount Elbrus climb and experience Russia this summer.

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by admin

Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus is located in the heart of the Caucasus Mountains in Russia. It is one of the famous Seven Summits. The mountain has two summits, its higher western summit stands at 18,510ft and the eastern summit slightly lower. Little known outside of Eastern Europe, the peaks, glaciers and valleys of the Caucasus are as beautiful as the Swiss Alps. The route ascends gentle snow slopes to a saddle between the two summits and gains over 4,000 feet before reaching the western summit. Although the climb requires no previous climbing experience the ascent is long requiring good physical conditioning and the use of crampons and ice axe.

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Mount Elbrus Climb • 10 days

Our expedition begins in the historic city of Moscow where we tour the city’s famous landmarks including Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin. We then fly to the city of Mineralnye Vody and travel by van to the small village of Azau located within the heart of the Baksan Valley near the base of Mount Elbrus. Our Southside climb utilizes a series of chairlifts and high mountain huts where you’ll enjoy delicious hot meals and comfortable accommodations prepared by our Russian cook. The Southside route allows us to climb Europe’s highest peak carrying only light daypacks. Our expedition also offers the option of using Snowcat support to Pastukhov Rocks at 15,000′. After the climb, extend the journey and travel to famous Saint Petersburg for a tour of this beautiful city, once the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years.

Mountain Gurus offers both South and Northside climbing expeditions. The Northside offers remote expedition style climbing where we establish a series of camps on the upper mountain. Both routes summit via a Saddle which separates the East Summit from the West Summit.

Elbrus Ski Tour • 8-10 days

Ski Russian style! The Elbrus region has long history of alpine and ski activity. The Caucasus Range offers great snow conditions due to the higher altitude and colder weather, which is the winning recipe for excellent skiing. The lift system of the Elbrus region offers some of the biggest vertical in the world with ski descents of 1700m right off the tram! Inquire for options.

Day 1 • Arrive Moscow
Day 2 • Moscow tour
Day 3 • Arrive Mineralnye Vody
Day 4 • Ski-tour on Cheget
Day 5 • Ski-tour on slopes of Elbrus to altitude 3700m
Day 6 • Transition to mountain hut. Ski-tour on Elbrus for acclimatizing
Day 7 • Ski-tour to the Pastuhov rocks 4700m
Day 8 • Summit day. Ascend Elbrus to 5642m and ski down
Day 9 • Contingency day
Day 10 • Transfer for flights home

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