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Elbrus Climb - North route

9 day trip

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Elbrus climb - North route
Euros 1150; - Group 6-15
9 days Grade D  Partly Porter Supported
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Physical fitness and previous mountaineering experience are crucial if you choose the Northern route. It is a longer and harder route than the Southern routes. We require participants to be experienced in walking in crampons, using ice-axe and with rope work.. This trip is not a climbing course though there will be our guide who will definitely instruct the participants mainly about safety precautions and will make sure that all of them can walk on the glacier correctly. The participants will have some time for practicing self arrest.

Elbrus ascent from the North does not have cable ways, snowcats nor hotels. It is wild, more adventurous and can be more interesting.. There is however some infrastructure: tented base camp (2500m) and base camp with shelter(3760m). There are many interesting acclimatisation walks such as to Stone Mushrooms, Djili-Su Mineral springs, Silver Spring, two waterfalls and a Natural Bridge). North route is an authentic mountaineering or a real expedition route rather than a normal trip from the South. It is a wilder, more adventurous and interesting route. Please note: Participants carry their own personal equipment from Base Camp to the North Hut. Porters carry the communal equipment and food.

If you are not fit enough or have poor previous mountaineering experience we strongly recommend one of the routes from the South!


Day 1 Arrive in Mineralny Vody airport. Transfer 30km to Piatigorsk. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
   An overnight flight from London connects with the Mineralny Vody flight, others may consider staying overnight in Moscow with an optional city tour.
Day 2 Early departure. Drive ca.100 km to Khatkhansu Base Camp, 2500m, located in Jylysu Valley.
Day 3 Acclimatisation walk up to the North Hut, 3760m. Return to Khatkhansu Camp.
Day 4 Walk to the North Hut, 3760m, and stay there overnight.
Day 5 Acclimatisation walk up Elbrus slopes. Return to the North Hut
Day 6 Ascent of Mt Elbrus West 5642m. Overnight in the North Hut
Day 7 Spare day in the case of bad weather. North Hut.
Day 8 Descend to the Khatkhansu Camp. Drive to Piatigorsk, 100km. Relax. Hotel
Day 9 Transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport. Trip ends.

This programme can be run at any time during the summer (June to August) for private groups.
In order to accommodate travellers who would like to join a group we have scheduled departures from Mineralnye Vody during 2013 on the following two dates:
05.07.2014 and 27.07.2014

The land price in Euros from arrival Mineralnye Vody back to Mineralnye Vody (MRV) is Euros 1150 per person. Group size 6 - 15. We can operate the trip with less than 6 but with a supplement.

Included in the cost:

  • Group transfers as per itinerary;
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy;
  • Mountain hut accommodation;
  • All food in Elbrus area; dinner in Piatigorsk on Day 1
  • English-speaking guide;
  • Assistant guides on Elbrus (1 guide per 6 clients);
  • Cook on trek;
  • Group cooking equipment;
  • Group climbing equipment;
  • Porters for communal gear;
  • All the necessary permits;
  • OVIR registration;
  • Russian entry visa support documents;
  • Land transport as per above program from MRV return;
Not included in the cost:
  • Flights to and from MRV;
  • Individual airport transfers;
  • Personal equipment;
  • Visa issue fee;
Please note: only one summit attempt on Elbrus is included, if you descend to hotel valley early, the extra hotel night is not included

Terrorism and your Security
The Caucasus have recently been on some countries' Office of Foreign Affairs "not recommended to travel to lists" (eg UK).Many countries have no restrictions and the area remains a popular international tourist destination. The Elbrus area has so far been hardly affected by terrorist activities and at present we expect to continue running trips here as we have done for the last fifteen years. We do monitor the situation and do appreciate insurance complications may arise if you are traveling to the area details. After making your booking, should the situation in the area deteriorate to the extent that we have to cancel, alter or curtail the trip at short notice, we will refund all monies paid other than those associated with non-refundable expenses such as flight deposits or payments.

UK citizens, and others, may wish to discuss insurance implications and solutions with us.

We advise Aeroflot flights via the Moscow airport SVO1 for this programme.

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