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Climbing to the Highest Mountain in Europe - Elbrus (EL-01)

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2-12 people
10 days
Moscow, Elbrus
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We invite you to join our tour to climb the legendary Mount Elbrus (5,642m) - one of the World’s Seven Summits and an essential ascent for those who can meet the challenge and reach the roof of Europe! Travelling amongst the four- and five thousand metre peaks you can’t miss the highest one of all. You’ll be stunned by the view of the double-capped Elbrus, towering in its majestic grandeur over lower ranges of snowy mountains, and inviting you to scale it.

The breathtaking scenery of the Caucasian mountains and this ultimate climbing challenge will make this trekking trip unforgettable for anyone looking for some holiday adrenaline! Climbing Mount Elbrus by the classic route from the South, which is the most popular, is a splendid, long, high-altitude ascent over a moderate incline, that requires good acclimatisation but has no technical difficulties.

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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Arrival in Moscow. Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector with a Go Russia sign board. Transfer to the hotel. Free time to explore the city on your own.
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Moscow / Elbrus
Day 2
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Flight to Mineralnye Vody: Moscow - Elbrus
Transfer to Terskol village
Transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Mineralnye Vody where you will be met by our representative. On the way from the airport we pass local cities and villages and in approximately 4 hours, arrive in the valley of the Baksan River. Here we can already see the snow-capped summits. Check-in at the hotel.
Day 3
Acclimatisation hike to Cheget peak (3,050m)
A day to acclimatise. After breakfast we hike up to the Cheget peak (3,050m) for approximately 5 hours, stopping to relax at the “Ai” café (2,750m), from where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Baksan valley and the twin summits of Mt. Elbrus. The route is not technically difficult, and the degree of the slope is approx. 15-25°. Return to the hotel.
Day 4
Breakfast. Check out from the hotel
Acclimatisation hike up to the former refuge Prijut 11 (4,200m)
Breakfast. Check out from the hotel. Drive to the cable-car station "Azau" and then up to the "MIR"/Garibashi station (3,750 m) by two lift trams. Begin an acclimatisation hike to 4,200m. Up to the former refuge “Prijut 11”. Overnight in the huts of the National Park.
Day 5
Acclimatisation hike up to the Pastukhova rocks (4,700m)
Breakfast. Acclimatisation hike higher up to the Pastukhova rocks (4,700m). The route is not too steep with the last part being the steepest at 20 to 25 degrees, but it is tough going at this high altitude. Be prepared for hard walking. Overnight in the huts of the National Park.
Day 6
Rest day. Training on the glacier. Overnight at the Bochki camp
Rest day. Overnight in the huts of the National Park.
Day 7
Summit attempt. Celebration dinner at the Bochki camp
Today we attempt to reach the main target of our trip - the summit of Mt.Elbrus. We will wake up very early, at 3 a.m., to start our climbing. Using the headtorches we make our way to the Pastukhova rocks where we stop for a short rest and have some drinks. From Pastukhova rocks the slope is not more than 20-25 degrees, but the high altitude starts to affect your stamina. Over 5,000 m the route turns to the left and we start traverse the slope in the direction of the small flat “saddle” plateau, which we will reach in 2-3 hours. A final big effort is needed to reach the top, which we can do by going either to the East or West Summit.

East Summit (5,624 m) - it is an easier option because the icy slope from the saddle is not so steep (maximum 30 degree). The route leads to the top without any technical difficulties. However this route takes some time.

West Summit (5,642 m) - this is a more difficult choice because a steep clear ice slope (30-35 degrees) leads to the summit plateau. We will need to use crampons, ropes and in some cases ice-screws here. But after hard work we will arrive at the long (approx. 1 km) flat top plateau, leading us directly to the peak.

Return to the camp and prepare for a celebration dinner for the winners in the evening. You will also receive your certificate confirming you’ve been on the top of Mt. Elbrus once you are down in the valley. Overnight stay at the National Park camp.

Note: for this day there will be 1 guide for every 3 clients. Only one summit attempt is provided.
Day 8
Descend down to Terskol
Descend down to Terskol and overnight at the hotel. In case of bad weather this is a back up day for summit attempt.
Day 9
Hike in Baksan Valley
Relaxation day. After breakfast we go trekking in Baksan valley which offers magnificent views of Mt.Elbrus. Return to the hotel. Free time.
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Elbrus / Moscow
Day 10
Free time in the morning. Transfer to the airport Mineralnyje Vody
Flight to Moscow: Elbrus - Moscow
Breakfast in the hotel. Free time. In the afternoon transfer to the airport Mineralnyje Vody for your flight back to Moscow.
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See what our clients say about this tour
We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
The service was excellent. All transfers went smoothly and the hotel accommodation was very good. The base camp hut at Elbrus was a bit cramped.
I have completed the feedback form and thank you for your excellent service - we had a fantastic time and all members of our team reached the summit of Mt Elbrus and returned safely.
The programme as a whole was excellent, such the acclimatisation days, hotels and food. The guide, Vladamir was excellent, I can say so many good things about him.
The tour itself lasted twelve days, the acclimatization hikes where set out perfectly and time on the mountain was also arranged perfectly. The food was adequate and accommodation was suitable. Summit day the weather was fantastic with extra guides brought in for the group. The guides were professional well organised and methodical, knew the mountain well and that reflected on the day.
Just back home from a wonderful 10 day trip to Elbrus. I would like to thank you for your assistance in organising the trip, which was well planned in every detail. It was without a doubt an experience of a lifetime. Please pass on my thanks to Roxana and Igor for their kindness and professionalism, with guides like those you cannot go wrong.
The guides used on Elbrus were exceptional and made the trip very very special, specifically Lena and Eugene.
Just a quick mail to say thank you for all your help in organising Kenneth and Kevin's trip to Elbrus. They arrived back home on Saturday, shattered but overwhelmed. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience having reached the summit on Wednesday last. Everyone they met through Go-Russia was so professional and pleasant.
Sitting outside the hut waiting for the others to arrive after reaching the top of Europe and exchanging congratulations as they stumble back into camp is for me possibly the most satisfying time. It's when you see your own struggle reflected in the condition of the people around you. it marks the real culmination of the 14 hour summit slog, the 5 days of climbing before it, the months of training before that, and the years that you've been wanting to do this.
Trip was awesome, very satisfying if somewat painful....I think a bit more time acclimatising would be better, but aprt from that it was amazing. Thank you so much.

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