Mt. Elbrus Expedition
Climb or Ski the Highest Peak in Europe
15 days / 14 nights / Cost: $4,250.00
We begin with the arrival in Mineralnye Vody and driving to the base hotel in the Baksan Valley. From the hotel we make several trips following beautiful forested valleys, walking through alpine meadows, crossing glaciated mountain passes and climbing some of the easier summits which provide superb panoramas of the mountains surrounding Mt. Elbrus. These initial acclimatization treks will be porter supported and will involve hiking and climbing instruction in the Caucasus Range. The Caucausus Mountains which form a chain of high alpine mountains separating the Republic of Georgia from that of Russia. For the ascent of Mt. Elbrus we use a cable car system to take us to the height of 12,350 ft. and a hike to the Garabashi Huts at 12,388 ft. or Diesel Hut at 13,366 ft.
From this location we will spend time on the lower slopes practicing the skills we will need to ascend Mt. Elbrus An alpine start begins our ascent of the twin summits of Mt. Elbrus via the standard route, which requires use of ice ax, crampon, and rope team travel. We will then descend to our basecamp hut for the night. Returning to our hotel in the Baksan Valley the next day with flights to US the following morning. Or join us on the St. Petersburg Extention and a tour to this fantastic and historical city before heading back home the States. Join your personal experienced Senior SWS Mountain guide on an ecologically sound “real” climbing expedition designed by climbers for climbers
Departure City: Mineralnye Vody, United Federation of Russia
Group Size: 6 Climbers or 6 Skiers with 2 guides
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:3
Climbing Experience: Excellent Physical Condition with basic mountaineering skills including ice ax and crampon use.
Skiing or Boarding Experience: Black Diamond / Advanced Skiers or Boarders