To the northern shelter of the Donguz-Orun Pass

The Registration centificate of the tour

1. Region of the journey Elbrus region
2. From of tourism Mountain-hiking
3. Category of complexity
4. Kind of the tour Radial
5. Duration of the tour 5 or 6 hours
6. Number of kilometers 13 kilometers

The necessary equipment

The person equipment The group equipment
1. The tourist boots 1. The first-aid set
2. The weatherproof suit 2. One rucksack for the camp breakfast for every five person
3. Goggles
4. The head-dress



The plan of the tour (the diagram of motion).

Sections of the tour Time Way of motion Rest places Basic excursions objects
1. The Cheget Glade – the cafe “Ai”. 15 minutes hiking By chair lift The Cheget Glade The chair-lift, the panorama of summits
2. Cafe “Ai” – the Medveje Gorge. 50 minutes hiking Near the obelisk in the Medveje Gorge The Medveje Gorge, the Donguz – Orun Lake, obelisk, the panorama of summits
3. The Medveje Gorge – the northern shelter one and half hour hiking the northern The obelisk, the Donguz-Orun Pass
4. The northern shelter – the Medveje Gorge one hour hiking the Medveje Gorge The summits of the Greater Caucasian Range
5. The Medveje Gorge – cafe “Ai” 40 minutes hiking
6. Cafe “Ai” – the Cheget Glass 15 minutes by chair lift

The brief description of the tour

Rise by the chair lift to the cafe “Ai”. The altitude is 2,750 meters. From here the view of Elbrus region summits is opened. In the north the Mount Elbrus is seen. From its foothills where there is vil. Terskol the Shelter of Eleven, the Ice base the Novy Krugozor are seen. The short Terskol spur branches off the Mount Elbrus to the south, Tegenekli spur with its summits Terskol-Ak, Sarykol-Bash-Tersak, and Tegenekly-Bash-to the southeast. The Terskol Gorge lies between the Terskol and Tegenekli ranges. The Baksan Gorge goes east. To the south behind the cable way stations begins the mountain path to the northern shelter. Go south along this path practically keeping the altitude. The path turns west smoothly going round the Donguz – Orun – Kel Lake and after 30 or 40 minutes walking comes up to the Medvejey Gorge. Near the path the obelisk is set in honor of the Caucasus defenders.

In the upper reaches of the Medvejey Gorge you can see the glacier and behind it – the Medvejey Pass (1B category of complexity) leading across the Greater Caucasian Range to the Nenskryra Gorge which is one of the tributaries of the Ingury River. The Medvejey Gorge is the lateral west gorge with respect to the main Donguz – Orun Gorge. The Donguz – Orun – Kel Lake is in the place of these gorges junction. This morainal lake lives on the glaciers of this part of the Greater Caucasian Range. The brook running from the lake is one of sources of the Donguz-Orun River. Behind the lake in the southeast the Northern Donguz-Orun glacier lies under the walls of summits. Donguz – Orun and Nakra.

The path branches off upper to the Medveje Gorge. Don’t go along this part. Cross the Medveje Gorge over the main path, cross over the bridge the brook and adding the altitude go round over the east slope the range, which is the watershed of the Medveje Gorge and upper reaches of the Donguz-Orun Gorge. Go south. Then the path turns south to the right. After one and a half or two hours walking from the obelisk the path comes to the northern shelter.

The northern shelter is situated on the altitude of 2,900 meters above sea level in the upper reaches of the Donguz-Orun Gorge. The Shelter is situated on the moraines of the retreating glacier. To the south of the shelter s the ridge of the Great Caucasian Range with the Donguz-Orun Pass. The altitude of the pass is ice-snowy. The pass leads to the Nakra Gorge, which is the tributary of the Ingury River.

The descent way is the same as the ascent way.


The plan scheme of the tour “to the northern shelter of the Donguz-Orun Pass”

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