ELBRUS CLIMB with TREK TOURS – 10 days
Price: 56 000 Rubles
Period: from June till September
Best time: July-August
Includes:
All transfers, Hotels, meals FB, Cook, Guides, Extra guides on summit day, Cable-ways, Visa support..
Not included:
Snow-tractor, Personal equipment, Air flights


10 days program with hiking in Irik-chat, Adyl-su, Adyr-su gorges – the most beautiful in the Caucasus. Not difficult routes and motorways, passes in the pine forests and alpine meadows, for good physical training and acclimatization before Elbrus summit.
The program provides an excellent opportunity to diversify the acclimatization plan to prepare for the ascent to Elbrus from the South. The gorges are in close proximity to the mountain, as well as from the places where usually climbers stay before the beginning of the climbing program to Elbrus. One of the treks is designed for two days, with one overnight stay at an altitude of 3000 m in a tent camp. It’s quite long and beautiful hike line, which allows on foot to pass just in two days way from the Upper Baksan forest area to the eternal ice fields of the eastern slopes of Mount Elbrus, which are adjacent to the pass Irik-Chat, which is our way on the second day in order to climb to the top Chatkara 3914 m.

Short description of the tour

Day 1. Meeting in Min Vody airport. Transfer to Prielbrusye. Accommodation in private hotel near Cheget and village Terskol.
Day 2. Acclimatization hike to the Irick-chat gorge, till the tongue of the glacier (3000 m). Tent camp.
Day 3. The rise to the pass Irik-Chat 3667 m. Ascent to Mt. Chatkara 3914. Descent to the village Elbrus.
Day 4. Acclimatization hike to the Adyl-Su gorge, driving till the camp “Djan-Tugan” (2400 m) then continue the way on foot to pass “VCSPC” (3500m).
Day 5. Transfer from hotel to gorge Adyr-su till camp “Djailyk” (2300 m). Hiking to the glacier Yunom (3050).
Day 6. Transfer to Azau. Climbing to tourist’s hotel “Gara Bashy” (3800 m) by cable-ways “Elbrus” and “Gara-Bashi”. Acclimatization hike till base “Priut 11” (4200 m). Returning to Gara-Bashi.
Day 7. Climbing for acclimatization to Pastukhov’s rocks (4800 m). Returning to tourist’s hotel “Gara Bashi”.
Day 8. Climbing to a top of mount Elbrus. Descent to Gara-Bashi.
Day 9. Reserve day for climbing. Descent to valley.
Day 10. Transfer to airport Mineralnye Vody. Departure to Moscow..

The personal equipment The group equipment
  • The tourist plastic boots
  • The ice axe or ski sticks
  • The sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Crampons
  • Rucksack

Full equipment list

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

The cost of 10 days Elbrus tour – 56 000 Rubles per person

includes: 

  1. Transfer from Mineralnye Vody airport to Elbrus hotel and back to Min Vody.
  2. Accommodation in hotel in vil. Terskol, according the program 6 days.
  3. Accommodation in barrels Gara-Bashi, according the program about 3 days.
  4. All meals FB everyday (breakfast and supper in hotels, dinner – packed lunch).
  5. All internal transfers incl. valleys Adyl-su, Adyr-su, Irik-chat.
  6. Cable-ways and lifts.
  7. Qualified guide-instructor for acclimatization and climbing.
  8. Cook and all kitchen stuff in barrels “Gara-Bashi”.
  9. Visa support, local registration, Border permits.
doesn’t include: 

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

The detailed description of the tour

DAY 1
Arrival from Moscow (St. Petersburg, Istanbul or Munich etcetc.) to Mineralnye Vody airport. Meeting and transfer to Elbrus area. Accommodation in hotel 3* on Cheget glade, dinner. The road from Min Vody to hotel takes about 3-4 hours.

DAY 2
Acclimatization in the valley Irik-Chat – climbing Mt. Chatkara 3914 m from the pass Irik-Chat 3667 m.
Starting from the village of Elbrus 1800 m (morning, early).
The rise in “a hanging valley” of river Irik, the road goes through the pine forest.
Out of the woods (about 2200 – 2300 m).
The rise in “a hanging valley” r.Irik-Chat (about 2500 m).
Going to a height of 3000 meters, the installation of camp, overnight.
The duration of the transition is about 6-8 hours.

trek to Irik-chat
village Elbrus
village Elbrus
village Elbrus
village Elbrus
village Elbrus
village Elbrus
village Elbrus
village Elbrus
Sunrise - river Irik
Sunrise – river Irik
Sunrise - river Irik
Sunrise – river Irik
Sunrise - river Irik
Sunrise – river Irik
Sunrise - river Irik
Sunrise – river Irik

Pass Irik-Chat is one of the passes in the closest ring passes around Elbrus, glaciers surround it, flowing directly from the slopes of Elbrus – Irik-Chat on the south side, and a huge ice field Dzhikaugenkez – from the north. The Trek allows, along with the necessary gain of altitude (Chatkara 3914), very seriously to train your legs. Here you will need to walk a lot, though not too hard. There are no steep ascents (perhaps the most hard – the pass, its quite steep but brief), but there are long-distances, the lovers to “walk” in anticipation of the main climb – the mountain – will like the trek. Perhaps your legs will be pretty tired, but the species that are opened from the pass Irik-Chat, and then – from Chatkara, they worth it, and the body at the time of ascent of the Main Mountain then will say thank you for all this. Here Elbrus is very close, visible Achkeryakolsky lava flow – line, on which the ascent of Elbrus from the East. Visible peak Kalitsky, from the pass – a stone’s throw.
However, due to the big distances, people who train in the plain from case to case, and either did not exercise or first time in the mountains, should think twice, before choose this trek. If you train hard and quite fierce, in the most regular manner (your anaerobic threshold, or the threshold of anaerobic metabolism in this case will be no lower than 170-180 beats/min in running or walking, and heart rate at rest is not higher than 55-60 beats/min), then you must come here.

This trek is not technically hard and does not require special climbing equipment. All that you will need in the hike (and what you will need to take care yourself) is sleeping bag, mat, clothing, personal care products (sunscreen lipstick), sunglasses, headlamp flashlight, personal first aid kit, trekking poles. The total weight of the backpack is unlikely to be more than 10 kg. Camping equipment, its delivery, kitchen, food, cooking – provides by our team forces.

trek to Irik-chat


The plan of this day hike to the Irick-chat gorge till the tongue of the glacier (3000 m).
The glade of the river Irik is considered as one of most beautiful rivers in the Elbrus region. The river flows out from the glacier with the same name and runs into the Baksan river near the Elbrus vil. The glade is situated between south-east and eastern ridges of Mt. Elbrus. Its level 500 m higher than the Baksan glade. Before the confluence into the Baksan river it flows in a deep canyon, the slopes of which are covered with a pine forest. 
The route starts on the northern outskirts of the vil. Elbrus (1770 m) near a pier on the left bank of the Irik river. Two paths leave from here. The first one passes by the rocky exits below on the left side of the glade and in 25 min. brings you out to the narzan sources. The second path goes along the herbaceous slopes above the rocky exits to the inclined glade with a spring. The narzan sources are 50m lower, it’s not difficult to go down there.
On this part of the route you should be especially attentive, as even a small uncarelessly removed stone on the steep herbaceous slopes can get you into trouble.

From the glade it is necessary to mount in a direction of huge fungoids with yellow sandstone. Steep screes are replaced by slopes, grown with a century pine forest, above which as a white cupola raises the Mt.Elbrus. As the theatrical sceneries appear snow-white summits – Djan-Tugan (4012m), Ullukara (4302m), Bgeduh (4163m), the Eastern Ushba (4697m) etc.
The path traverses the slope of the glade and enters a pine forest. Here there are a lot of mushrooms and berries. Having passed the glade with the coshi, the tourists intercept some gullies and descend to the Irik river. In 3,5 hours from the village they reach the edge of the forest (2250m). On the background of Mt. Elbrus the glacier Irik is seen.
Continue the rout to the upper reaches of the Irik river.

pine forests
pine forests
pine forests
pine forests
pine forests
pine forests
pine forests
pine forests
valley Irik-Chat
valley Irik-Chat
valley Irik-Chat
valley Irik-Chat
valley Irik-Chat
valley Irik-Chat
valley Irik-Chat
valley Irik-Chat

Over the path of the left bank it is necessary to leave to the coshi, located above a coalescence of the Irik River with the left influx Irik-Chat, then cross over the bridge to the right bank of the Irikchat. On the flat glade grown with grass, by the coalescence of both rivers, there are a lot of ground-squirrel holes. The path leads up to the right bank of the river Irik, and then along it – to the tongue of the glacier (3000 m). Here, about an ice cave, from which the river outflows, the path ends.

trek to Irik-chat

DAY 3
Early rise (at dawn), breakfast, light output.
The rise to the pass Irik-Chat 3667 m (about 2 – 3 hours).
The rise to the Mt. Chatkara 3914 meters (from the pass – one hour) along the western ridge (1B, sometimes guessed trek).
Descent to the camp through the ascent route (2-3 hours). Lunch.
Gathering camp, descent to the village Elbrus (4-5 hours), transfer to hotel.

trek to Irik-chat
pass Irik-Chat 3667 m
pass Irik-Chat 3667 m
pass Irik-Chat 3667 m
pass Irik-Chat 3667 m
pass Irik-Chat 3667 m
pass Irik-Chat 3667 m
pass Irik-Chat 3667 m
pass Irik-Chat 3667 m
Elbrus mount
Elbrus mount
Elbrus mount
Elbrus mount
Elbrus mount
Elbrus mount
Elbrus mount
Elbrus mount

Camp at 3000 m – cozy glade near the river and source of spring water with a small creek. The glade is located at the upper boundary of alpine meadows of the canyon, if continue along the path already begin stones. On all route to this place – very comfortable, well-trodden path that allows trained people to keep very good speed of movement. From the 3000 m camp to the pass and on the pass – the path a little less comfortable, due to the rocky “cover” and periodically small ups, but also readable and stuffed. The way on the ridge to the top of Chatkara is not also too much difficult. Shoes – trekking, comfortable, mobile. Crampons not needed.

trek to Irik-chat
Mt. Chatkara
Mt. Chatkara
Mt. Chatkara
Mt. Chatkara
Mt. Chatkara
Mt. Chatkara
Mt. Chatkara
East slopes of Elbrus

DAY 4

Acclimatization hike to the Adyl-su gorge, then hiking to the pass VCSPC (3500m).

Above the Elbrus vil. (1770 m) from the Baksan highway is branched a road to the glade of the Adylsu river, the right tributary of the Baksan river. We need to go over the pine forest by the left bank of the river past the camp “Adylsu”. About in an hour we leave to the Shkhelda river. By the bridge there is a climbing camp of the same name. Behind the camp “Shhelda” we overcome a small ascent, and then we descend to the bridge on the right bank of the Adylsu river.

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The forest remains behind. Now it’ll be found by separate sites. On the right bank is situated the climbing camp “Elbrus”. From it if to look in the side of the Baksan, the massif of Elbrus is seen. On the left bank of the Adylsu river above the gray moraine slope the glade of the glacier Kashkatash opens. From under the glacier rumbles and outflows a swift flow. Below the greenish ice breaks on a moraine there is a pine forest and above the glacier – a sugar head of the Bgeduch summit. This is a show of amazing beauty!

In two hours from Elbrus vil. we approach “Djan-Tugan” camp. Under the camp – mineral springs.
Here we leave the car and ascend to the pass VSCPS above the Djan-Tugan camp. Rest and descend back the same way to the hotel.

DAY 5

Transfer from hotel to the Adyr-Su gorge till camp “Djailyk” (2300 m). Hiking to the glacier Yunom (3050).

(Verhny Baksan – the Adyrsu river – climbing camp “Djailyk” – the river Klumkolsu river – the glacier Yunom – the Verhny Baksan. Expansion – 30 km, duration – 8 hours).

The route gets acquainted with Upper reaches of the Klumkol glade from where opens a view on the Adyrsu and Elbrus ridges. To the climbing camp “Djailyk” is made the motorway. By the bus stop “Verhny Baksan” (1500 m) from the highway departs the road into the glade of the right tributary Baksan-Adyrsu. In a kilometer from the highway the river Adyrsu goes out the canyon, sawed in the rocks (a mouth step). The bypass of the mouth step is called the Doktorsky pass. In the 1970s here was constructed anautomobile jack (lift) and a stairway by an altitude of 60 m consisting of 400 steps.
Along its left bank there is a path. Rather narrow glade has grown with a forest. Behind it opens the glade of the Koiavgan glacier in the Adyrsu ridge. Soon the tourists pass on the right bank and past summer houses of shepherds make for the turn of the glade. Here in stone screes.

The path is hardly visible. From the port side of the glade flow off springs from the glaciers. Behind it in the Adyrsu ridge opens the Djalovchat glade with a typical moraine row and tumulus of Mt. Elbrus on horizon.
The path leads to the final moraine of the Yunom glacier, to the small lake (3050 m). By the lake there are sites with traces of bivouacs – lower Kichkidarskie night lodgings. In the Upper reaches of the glacier is the Golubev pass, leading to the Chegem gorge. It takes 3-4 hours of an ascent from the climbing camp “Djailyk” up to the night lodgings. It will 4 hours more for coming back to Verhny Baksan village.

DAY 6
Climbing to tourist’s hotel “Gara Bashy” (3800 m) by cableways “Elbrus” and “Gara-Bashi”.

From the Azau Glade up by the aerial tramways “Elbrus-1” and “Elbrus-2” and the chair-cable lift “Gara-Bashi”. Accomodation in camp base “Gara Bashy”, dinner.

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Training hike till base “Priut 11” (“To the Shelter of Eleven”). From Gara-Bashi to the “Shelter of Eleven” the path is made over the snowfields. The marking sticks mark the path. The motion direction is the north. Don’t deviate of the path because the glacier on which the path is made has many crevasses covered by snow. The path comes to the Shelter of Eleven. Its altitude is 4,200 meters above sea level.

From here you can see the wonderful views of the mountains of the Central and West Caucasus. The both summits of Mount Elbrus are seen on the north. On the east, southeast and south you can see the Greater Caucasian Range and its northern spurs. The ranges of Svanetia (Gorgia) are seen behind the Greater Caucasian Range, on the Southwest, behind the Hotu-Tau Range, the West Caucasus and its ranges are seen. 
After the rest skiing down to the Gara-Bashi along the ascent line.

DAY 7
Climbing for acclimatization to Pastukhov’s rocks (4800 m).

For the acclimatization effect there have to be two nights on altitude 4000m with climbing to Pastukhov’s rocks (4800 m) on first day. Skiing to tourist’s hotel “Gara Bashi”.

DAY 8
Early morning climbing to a top of mount Elbrus.

The beginning of climb is planed in 2-3 a.m., in direction of the Pastukhov Rocks (4,800 m), then to the saddle of Elbrus, here tourists have one hour rest and go to the Western or Eastern summit. Return to tourist’s hotel “Gara Bashi” more info..

DAY 9
Spare day for climbing. Descent to valley. Accommodation in vil. Terskol.

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

Trip dates 2017 – Elbrus South climb with treks 10 days

May-June
26/05/17 – 04/06/17
04/06/17 – 13/06/17
13/06/17 – 22/06/17
22/06/17 – 01/07/17
July-August
01/07/17 – 10/07/17
10/07/17 – 19/07/17
19/07/17 – 28/07/17
28/07/17 – 06/08/17
August-September
06/08/17 – 15/08/17
15/08/17 – 24/08/17
24/08/17 – 02/08/17
01/09/17 – 10/09/17

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