Elbrus ski traverse North to South – 10 days trip
Price: 68 000 Rubles
Period:April – May
Best time: MAY MONTH
Includes:
All transfers, Hotels, camp huts, meals FB, Guides, Porters, visa support.
Not included:
Snow-cat, Equipment, Air flights

Short description of the trip

Day 1. Meeting in Mineralnye Vody airport. Transfer to city Nalchik. Accommodation in hotel 3* city center. Meeting, preparation of equipment. Day 6. Acclimatization to Lenz rocks 4500-4600 or reserve day.
Day 2. Transfer from Nalchik to the North Elbrus. Base camp in a glade Emanuel (2598 m) – accommodation in huts. Day 7. Day of rest or reserve day.
Day 3. Acclimatization to 3200 m. Return to base-camp Emanuel. Day 8. Traverse Elbrus main summit, ski down to South side. Descent to barrels or to hotel in Terskol.
Day 4. Acclimatization to 3800 m. Return to camp Emanuel. Day 9. Reserve day. Descent to hotel in Terskol.
Day 5. Ascent to summit camp 3800 m – accommodation in huts. Day 10. Transfer to airport.



Elbrus north side


The personal equipment The group equipment
  • Skitour Skins
  • Skitour ski-binding
  • Skis, poles
  • Crampons
  • Rucksack
  • The sleeping bag
  • Harness/short rope/carabiners
  • Ice-axe

Full equipment list

  • The first – aid set
  • The electric torches
  • A rope

The cost of Elbrus skitour traverse 10 days – 68 000 Rubles

includes: 

  1. All transfers: Min Vody airport – hotel – Elbrus North side; Elbrus South side – back to airport.
  2. Accommodation in hotels: city Nalchik and village Terskol, according the program.
  3. Accommodation in huts: base-camp 2600, summit-camp 3800, barrels Gara-Bashi 3800, according the program.
  4. Three meals a day (breakfast and supper in hotels, dinner – packed lunch).
  5. All internal transfers.
  6. Cable-ways down from barrels (according the program).
  7. Qualified skitour-guide for acclimatization and climbing.
  8. Cooks in camp huts.
  9. Porters for personal equipment up to summit camp and down to base-camp.
  10. Transfer of bags from North side to South side hotel.
  11. Visa support, local registration.
doesn’t include: 

  1. Snow-tractor.
  2. Personal equipment.
  3. Air flights.

The detailed description of the trip

About camps

The program is based on the existence of climbing stationary camps and the necessary infrastructure in them, enough to ensure a comfortable stay in these quite uncomfortable and natural conditions, and balanced so as not to harm nature.
Two camps in total:
Base camp at 2600 m.
Summit camp 3800 m.

The base camp is located on the plateau Irahiktyuz that is from the time of Emanuel also slowly began to be called “Glade Emanuel”. Located at an altitude of 2600 m, the base camp can rightly be considered the most basic high located mountaineering camp in Europe.

Accommodation – stationary tents and huts.
Three meals a day plus snacks.
GSM mobile phone
Internet
Electricity (generator)
Hot showers
Water – the spring
Nearby there is mineral springs.
Incredibly starry sky)) which make the base a “billionstar hotel”))

base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
base camp 2600 -north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus

The summit camp is located on a moraine glaciers flowing down from the northern slopes of Mount Elbrus, at an altitude of 3800 m. If the Base Camp is located in the zone of alpine meadows, the summit camp – in the zone of eternal ice. And that changes everything, except for the fact that you still have a house. It happens that even in the summer there are hard winds here, blows off tents and destroys badly fixed structures.

Accommodation – stationary huts.
Electricity (generator)
Meals – three times a day, plus snacks. In the acclimatization and climbing – lunch packs and hot water.
Water – glacial, melt, clean.
Communication – depending on the phone model, it may be a little better or worse, signal not everywhere, but in most parts of the moraine it works.

summit camp 3800 - north Elbrus
summit camp 3800 – north Elbrus
summit camp 3800 - north Elbrus
summit camp 3800 – north Elbrus
summit camp 3800 - north Elbrus
summit camp 3800 – north Elbrus
summit camp 3800 - north Elbrus
summit camp 3800 – north Elbrus

DAY 1
Meeting in airport Mineralnye Vody or Nalchik. Transfer to hotel in city center of Nalchik. The road from Min Vody to Nalchik takes about one and half hour. Hotel accommodation 3* in park area. Preparation of equipment, leaving unnecessary stuff in storage room, registration copies. Evening excursion around the city and in the park.

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DAY 2
Early breakfast. At 8-30 a.m. transfer to North side of mount Elbrus through village Malka. Time of transfer by minivan from Nalchik till Elbrus north takes about 4-5 hours depending from road condition and weather. Arrival to the Base Camp at 2600 m on the plateau Irahiktyuz, accommodation, dinner.

base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus
base camp 2600 - north Elbrus
base camp 2600 – north Elbrus

DAY 3
Acclimatization to 3200 m. Return to base-camp Emanuel.

Elbrus from plateau
glacier from moraine
Elbrus from plateau
Elbrus from plateau – north Elbrus
Elbrus from plateau
Elbrus from plateau – north Elbrus

DAY 4
Acclimatization to the summit camp at 3800 with some of clothes to leave in huts. We go back to the lower camp.
The entire route coincides with the only classical route of ascent to high camps on this side of Mount Elbrus. On the way we pass through a few notable places as “German airfield” (according to legend, Hitler sent here Tibetan lamas seeking exceptional opportunities of forces and allegedly landed the planes). Moon glade – a large field covered with volcanic rock obsidian. And in the end we remain in the zone of eternal ice on the moraine of 3800 in the upper camp.
Time 5-6 hours.
Elevation + 1200m
Length: 7 km.

DAY 5
The ascent to the summit camp at 3800 with all the necessary things for further acclimatization and climbing – accommodation in huts.

way to north Elbrus
Lenz rocks – north Elbrus
north Elbrus
Lenz rocks – north Elbrus

DAY 6
Acclimatization-training ascent to the lower boundary of the Lenz rocks to the height of 4500-4600 m. (Scheme coincides with the line of the route of ascent).
The start of ascent is optimal at around eight o’clock in the morning in order to use the best, the first half of the day because of the weather. Depending on the condition and training of the climbers this already “fighting” ascent, can take “from the camp to the camp” from three to six hours.

Lenz rocks north Elbrus
Lenz rocks – north Elbrus
Lenz rocks north Elbrus
Lenz rocks – north Elbrus
Lenz rocks north Elbrus
Lenz middle rocks – north Elbrus
Lenz rocks north Elbrus
Lenz rocks – north Elbrus

Clothing. Today all the same clothes as for climbing day. In general, the ascent is going in the whole complete set of clothes and equipment as for the summit, in which you will go directly to the top. The difference of today from climbing day – we leave at eight o’clock in the morning – not as cold as the night when there is a climbing to the mountain. Because of that some warm clothes may not be necessary, but worth to take it anyway, in case of worsens of the weather. Again, depending on the individual thermoregulation, someone may not need a “full” set of recommended clothing and hike of this day makes it also possible to “adjust” your own set of clothes before summit.

Equipment – all ski set, crampons, harness, poles, headlamp flashlight, and sunglasses.

Food: Hiking will not be so very long to become very hungry, but a thermos of tea and some sweets you can take, again, the question of how the body requires or not the feeding during physical activity.

Time: 3-6 hours
Elevation + -700-800 m.
Length – 5 km

DAY 7
Day of rest. On this day, we have a rest, a little walk on the moraine, there are several small lakes, and one rather big.
Dinner at about 18:00 and after it – just sleep because the rise occurs in half past one at night, so that at two o’clock in the morning to be on the route.


Elbrus north-east

DAY 8
Summit day.
At night half past one is wake up. Breakfast, preparation, 2:00 – leaving. Earlier in the evening we leave thermoses and hydropacks (if required) to the cook, he will prepare and pour boiling water in thermoses and water in packs. Also, the cook prepares all lunchpacks, which may include for example: candy, chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, apple, juice, a sandwich. Although, it should be noted that the best “power” on the route is the hot sweet tea. Due to the active work of the diaphragm during breathing at this altitude in active working the presence of any (or arrival) of food in the stomach gives the body more disadvantages than benefits, and can often result as spontaneous get rid of it in the form of vomiting. The body is working at full capacity, it uses all the blood for the muscles and it does not have extra reserves to digest food, and even slight increase of the stomach volume begins to interfere to the operation of the diaphragm, causing a gag reflex. A good idea to carry a strong medicine for headache, because it can become a problem interfering to the normal work on the route.

We go in the dark with headlamps the first part of the route. Sun rise approximately at the level of the lower Lenz rocks. In the trough at the lower boundary of the rocks – a little rest, tea, snacks. Then continue to move till a small plateau in the middle rocks of Lenz at an altitude of 4800 m. From here the slope becomes steeper, and it is at this part which can be decisive in the choice of the summit. Often many of those who wanted to go to the west, on the passing of this segment to the upper rocks of Lenz, understand all tallness of the mountain, and make sound decisions to go to the East top. On takeoff with a slope of 45 degrees, we reach the upper border of the rocks Lenz. It is 5200m. If initially it was decided to go to the East, then continue moving to the dome to which will take a 400-meter climb, if there is a chance and reserves of strength, then we can turn to the West Summit here.

East summit.
From the top of Lenz rocks through not very steep snow slope, about 30 degrees, we rise to the top plateau, we cross it and reach the top. After a short stay begins the descent. Normally, the descent takes one-third of the ascent time. On average, leaving at two in the morning the group comes back at around four o’clock in the afternoon. But it is also good and implementable 8 hours to the top and about three hours for the descent. That is, with respect to an adequate level of training of the group all the climbing can take up to 9 hours. It is on the eastern peak.

West summit.
It is located further, and climbing can last longer (relatively the ascent to the east) for 3-4 hours or more. Climbers with a good level of preparation can reach the western summit starting from 3800 for 8-9 hours. If it is decided to go west top, the turn to it occurs on the upper rocks of Lenz. After it about an hour traverse of the dome to the saddle 5300, then rise to the dome of western summit, crossing the summit plateau and reaching the summit.

It is important to understand one thing: a guide makes decisions on the basis of objective possibilities of the group, which he understood in most cases more than the climbers themselves. The successful ascent to the planned summit – it is always a personal victory for any guide. But for a good guide the main victory – when all came back alive and healthy. A good guide will never go on customer’s unreasonable demands, although it happens that the customer can even offer some extra money on a mountain only to have him climbed at the top by any means, despite the fact that the guide recommends him to go down. The main task of the guide here on the mountain: well know and feel the mountain and take a clear look at the situation, trying to make the most objective, correct and optimal solution, even if for the climbers it does not seem most joyful at first sight. The most important thing – the safety of people and correct assessment of the situation.

Groups on Elbrus - north Elbrus
Groups on Elbrus – north Elbrus
Groups on Elbrus - north Elbrus
Groups on Elbrus – north Elbrus
Middle Lenz rocks north Elbrus
Middle Lenz rocks – north Elbrus
Middle Lenz rocks north Elbrus
Middle Lenz rocks – north Elbrus

Weather. On the slopes of the north side it can be quite severe and even so it is considered acceptable. For example: a wind of 20 m/s – it is a normal working weather, those who doesn’t know that its permanent here can turn back thinking that he was blown off. Over the slope the situation with the wind may be different. It happens that before the lower Lenz rocks it is relatively calm, and from the border of rocks abruptly begins to blow. Sometimes vice versa – in the camp the strongest wind and slightly higher on the slope it becomes calmer. The air temperature in the upper part of the route can drop to -20 degrees, and in the sun can also be same number but in different direction. When the sun does not shine and comes the wind and clouds you are as if in the freezer. When the sun fries – as if in a stove. So you need to be prepared for such features.

Liquid. Loss of moisture – this is an important moment. In addition to the moisture, which vaporizes the skin during physical activity, the greater amount of it is evaporated through lungs when breathing, especially in a dry air. A trained body is able more efficiently use internal reserves of liquid (and nutrients), but even it cannot adapt to dehydration. Dehydration greatly affects on workability – can begin sick, headache, “heavy” muscles. The presence of these signs has already said that the drink is too late, it is better not to bring it up to it, and occasionally drink liquid on the route.

East summit:
Time: 9 hours
Elevation + 1800 m
Length – 7 km

West summit:
Time: 12 hours
Elevation + 1800 m
Length – 9 km.

The beginning of descent in direction to the saddle of Elbrus and then to Pastukhov Rocks (4,800 m). Skiing down to a camp “Gara Bashi”. Here we can stay for the night or depending from the time and if the lifts are working descent down to hotel in Terskol.

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DAY 9
Reserve day in case of bad weather.

DAY 10
Transfer to airport Min Vody. Departure to Moscow.

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