Trekking route: Village Terskol — waterfall Devichi Kosy — “Novy Krugozor” 2900 m (New Outlook) — “The105th picket” (3300 m) — “Ice Base” (3800 m) — village Terskol. Climb — 3800 m, duration — 2 days).
The route passes along a road, laid in 1938. Building materials for the hotel Shelter of Eleven were delivered along it. The place where the road ended was called «Ice base» (3800 m). From here, a four-kilometer toboggan road was laid along the ice fields of Elbrus to the construction site, building reliable bridges through ice cracks. Until the launch of the cable cars, this was the most popular route to the Shelter of Eleven.
Day 1: Climbing mount Terskol.
The route passes along a dirty road branching off from the Baksan highway in the village of Terskol (2200 m). The road goes first to the valley of the Terskol river. After 10 minutes, the ascent to the left side of the valley begins, to the slope of the relatively small southern spur of Elbrus. This spur, composed of volcanic rocks, separates the Garabashi and Terskol glaciers. We gain altitude with long serpentines and exit the pine forest to the grassy slopes above the Baksan valley. Above them are areas of picturesque basalt rocks. After 2.5 hours the road turns north, to the transparent multi-jet waterfall Devichi Kosy. This is the first stream along the way. From here we rise to the hanging valley and approach the houses of the «New Outlook» (2900 m). Near the shelter there are convenient places for tents, a clear stream. The way from Terskol will take 3 hours.
The route will allow to admire the majestic panorama of the Main Caucasian Range. The Baksan glade, the tops of the Mt. Ushba, Mt. Donguz-Orun, Cheget and etc. are well seen from the houses. On the opposite slope the ski lifts and famous Cheget mountain-skiing lines are viewed. In pink rays of the sunset the summits of the Main Caucasian Range are most effective in the lateral (western) illumination. Furthermore if the Baksan glade is filled with clouds, there is a unique feeling, as if you are on an abrupt coast of the gray-haired foaming sea.
Day 2: Continue the route to the “Ice Base” (3800 m)
We leave for the “Ice Base” (3800) in the early morning. Mount to the crest of the ridge and move along it in the direction of Mt. Elbrus. In an hour we approach to the small lowering of the crest on which located houses of a meteorological station. This is “The 105th picket” (3300 m).
On the approach to the meteorological station, to the right of a road is the monument to the cavalrymen of the 214th regiment defending the approaches to the Mt. Elbrus during the Great World War. On a broad rocky crest the firing points, odds of the fortification and dugouts are remained. War actions had been running here till the middle of August up to the beginning of November of 1942. The first who had taken up a stroke of the mountain forest men from the division “Edelweiss” exploding from the slopes of Elbrus into the Baksan glade were the cavalrymen of the 214th regiment. By the end of September they were replaced by the soldiers of the 897th rifle regiment.
Above “The 105th picket” the path is choked with rocks, covered by landslides, however it’s difficult to go along it. The glade of the Terskol river and the glacier of the same name hanging above the glade and covered with cracks are well visible from it, as well as a southeastern crest of Mt. Elbrus with a predominant summit Terskol (3787 m). We mount the top of an ancient flow. Both summits of Mt.Elbrus and the glacier Gara-Bashi are well visible. For 3 hours of the way from “Novy Krugozor” we leave for “The Ice Base” (3800 m) – a flat moraine site near upper reaches of the Terskol glacier. Here is a small house of the tourist shelter and the constructions of the scientific station “Ice Base”. “Priut 11” is well seen from here. It’s one and a half hour to reach it, however it’s dangerous to go there without special equipment and necessary skills. Besides it needs a special permission of the Elbrus Control and Resque Service.
The Terskol Peak Observatory is an international astronomical observatory founded in 1980 on Terskol Peak by the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 3 km from the top of Elbrus (at the foot, on the southern shoulder of Elbrus), at an altitude of 3150 meters above sea level.
We can descent down by cable-cars of Elbrus to Azau glade and then to village Terskol.
*The tour can be realized with a group from 4 pax.
Tour price includes:
tents and camping for 1 night (delivery and setting)
all food in camp: breakfasts and dinners, lunch packages
Trekking pole rental;
all program transport services;
transfers (to/from city or airport).
personal equipment rental.
Trekking tour does not require exceptional physical fitness, just good health is enough. From the equipment you also do not need any specialized things, here is a short list of what you need:
Sleeping bag and mat. Comfortable clothing for movement, preferably with covered arms and legs, for hiking. Warm clothes, the temperature in the evening at these altitudes can drop to zero degrees even in summer (usually around +10 in the evening, but it can be humid). Raincoat, or waterproof layer of clothing, in case of rain. A cap, (can be buff, or another headdress), can be with a visor to better protect your face from the sun. Sunglasses. Sunscreen. A middle backpack (for clothes, water and food on a hike). Headlamp. Trekking poles or regular ski poles (can be rented from us).
Full list of equipment and clothes please see in a tab.
|PRICE||15’000 rubles per person|
|DEPARTURE TIME||any day by booking|
|DURATION||2 days / 1 night|
|AMOUNT IN THE GROUP||from 4 pax|
|INCLUDED IN THE PRICE||
|You must have all gear enumerated in equipment list.
Important to know! If weather conditions are unfavorable for the tour, then changes to the planned route are possible, including the day and time of departure.
List of personal trekking equipment
Clothes and shoes
Jacket, windproof coat, light.
Lightweight shirt with long sleeves (protects against burning of the arms and neck)
Hiking pants, light
Cap / panama hat
Waterproof clothing and/or raincoat
baseball cap for trekking (with protective brim covering the neck from the sun).
Fleece 2 pcs (thin and thicker)
Trekking socks (medium and thick) 2-3 pairs.
Trekking telescopic poles (rental included)
Jacket Gore-Tex or any other membrane
Pants Gore-Tex or any other membrane
Alpine sunglasses (protection 3-4)
Backpack 60 l.
Thermos 0.5-1 l.
Safety & Personal Care
Sunscreen and lipstick (Prot 50).
Individual first aid kit. Mandatory: elastic bandage, plaster.
Personal care products
Plastic bottle 0.5 l (for drinking water on the route)
Mug, spoon, plate, knife (for caming in the mountains, for tea a non-breakable mug)
Backpack for walking (20-25 liters). In the backpack — personal belongings and products for lunch, which are issued by the instructor (400-600 gr)
*Equipment can be rented on the spot for an additional fee.
|Transfer airport (city) Nalchik/Minvody — airport or city|
|Tents and camping 1 night|
|Trekking pole rental|
|Intra-route transport services|
|Resort fees, Elbrus National Park, Visa support|
|Breakfast, lunch bags, dinners|
|Additional personal equipment|
|COST||15 000 Rubles|