MT. ELBRUS CLIMB

 Mount Elbrus (18,510’), one of the Seven Summits, is a sentinel that bestrides the border between Europe and Asia. Locally referred to as, “Mingitau,” or “the mountain of a thousand mountains,” Mount Elbrus is a massive, dormant double-coned volcano covered in eternal snow. Take part in an epic odyssey by climbing to the summit of Europe’s highest peak. Rising almost 3,000 feet higher than its surrounding peaks and located north of the Caucasus main range, the summit of Mount Elbrus offers breathtaking views of the area peaks and the impressive tributary valley systems that feed the raging waters of the Baksan River. The Baksan Valley offers diverse terrain, with steep bowls, vast open snowfields, and pine forests. Our Mount Elbrus Climb affords our guests the opportunity to explore the cultural and historical sites of Moscow as well as immerse themselves in the rural mountain regions of Russia. Our guests will learn glacier climbing and safety skills as we attempt to summit one of the world’s most enticing peaks.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Climb

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 11 days/10 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 10

TRIP COST:

Sliding Scale From $5,000

all prices based on double occupancy

HIGHLIGHTS

    • Conquer one of the “Seven Summits”

    • Experience Europe’s highest mountain

    • Moscow, Russia offers guests unparalleled cultural experiences

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive to Moscow

  • International arrival to Moscow, Russia
  • Transfer to Hotel
  • Explore downtown
  • Welcome Reception and dinner
  • Overnight: Arbat House Hotel or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Moscow Cultural Tour

  • Embark on an exciting cultural tour of Moscow where you will visit renowned sites such as the Kremlin, Red Square, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
  • After the tour enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
  • Enjoy an afternoon at leisure
  • Overnight Arbat House Hotel or comparable
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 3: Moscow to Mineral Vody to Terskol

  • Early morning departure for your flight to Mineral Vody (2.5 hours)
  • Take in the stunning views of the Russian countryside on your private transfer to Terskol (3.5 hours)
  • Overnight: Sky Hotel or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 4: Terskol Acclimatization Day

  • After breakfast, set out on a spectacular hike tailored to allow you to acclimatize before your climb. During your hike, you will trek to the observatory from Terskol and enjoy scenic vistas and a short visit to the Girls Hair Waterfall before you reach the observatory.
  • Gear check with your guide
  • Overnight: Sky Hotel or comparable
  • Meals: B/L/D
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Day 5: Acclimatization Hike

  • Enjoy another exciting acclimatization hike at Chuget Ski Resort.
  • Ride the chairlift down to mid-station and enjoy a delicious lunch before descending down to the base of the ski resort.
  • Overnight: Sky Hotel or comparable
  • Meals: B/L/D
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Day 6: Glacier Training and Acclimatization

  • Depart Terskol on a scenic gondola followed by a snowcat ride that takes you up the mountain, through the ski resort, and to the glacier.
  • Acclimatization hike on the glacier
  • Self-arrest drills with ice axes
  • Glacier skills training
  • Practice using your crampons, harnesses, and other mountain equipment
  • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 7: Acclimatization Hike

  • Early departure for an acclimatization trek to the Pastukhov Rocks
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 8: Acclimatization and Rest Day

  • Enjoy a day of rest at your leisure before your summit day!
  • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 9: Summit Day!

  • Depart early in the morning and take a snowcat to Pastukhov Rocks where you will begin your climb.
  • Reach one of the Seven Summits, Mt. Elbrus! (18,510′)
  • Descend back to the cabin
  • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 10: Alternative Summit Day

  • Option for summit, dependent on weather
  • If you have already completed your summit, enjoy an optional day hike in the stunning Terskol Valley
  • Enjoy our final night on the glacier in celebration
  • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 11: Mineral Vody to Moscow to St. Petersburg

  • Drive to Mineral Vody and fly to Moscow
  • International departures | or continue on to St. Petersburg
  • Meals included: B

Add-On St. Petersburg Ending:

Day 11: Mineral Vody to Moscow to St. Petersburg

  • Drive to Mineral Vody
  • Fly to Moscow
  • Continue on to St. Petersburg
  • Overnight: Nevsky Hotel Grand or comparable
  • Meals included: B

Day 12: St. Petersburg Cultural Tour

  • Enjoy a cultural tour of St. Petersburg
  • Visit Hermitage, considered one of Europe’s largest art galleries with a vast collection of Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso
  • Visit the Peter and Paul fortress
  • Visit Palace in Petergof town
  • Tour the Summer garden in St. Petersburg
  • Overnight: Nevsky Hotel Grand or comparable
  • Meals included: B

Day 13: Explore St. Petersburg

  • Enjoy St. Petersburg
  • Overnight: Nevsky Hotel Grand or comparable
  • Meals included: B

Day 14: St. Petersburg to Moscow for Departure

  • Return to Moscow
  • International departures
  • Meals included: B

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

Our favorite months to embark on the Mt. Elbrus Climb are June and July when the weather is pleasant for sightseeing in Moscow and most agreeable for climbing Mt. Elbrus. The summer offers a welcomed break from the winter cold when temperatures average 18° F.

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip begins and ends in Moscow, Russia. You can fly in and out of Sheremetyevo (SVO), Domodedovo (DME), or Vnukovo (MOW) Airports in Moscow.

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights:

There are many flight options from global airports to Moscow. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Moscow. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

You will need to apply for and secure a Russian visa prior to your departure for your climb. Obtaining your visa for Russia is a multi-step process that World Wide Trekking will guide you through step by step.

You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek, 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Meals:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that we will provide western-style meals every day and happily accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Transportation:

We arrange all in-country transportation and ensure safe, comfortable, and private transportation for all of our travel needs. During the climb, travel light while carrying just your daypack.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get a prescription for Diamox from your physician. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264.

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew on all trips of 8 people or more. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as a plethora of local professionals to aid the group along the way. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

Fitness & Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

At 6,592,800 sq mi, Russia is the largest country in the world by surface area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. It is also the ninth most populous, with over 140 million people. The European western part of the country is much more populated and urbanized than the eastern, about 77% of the population lives in European Russia. Russia’s capital, Moscow, is one of the largest cities in the world, other major urban centers include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan.

Population:

143.9 million

Russian population peaked in 1991, at 148.7 million, just before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then the population has remained around 143 million.

Time Zone:

Russia, being so large, has 11 different time zones. For this trip, we will use Moscow Standard Time (MSK) which is UTC+03:00.

Capital City:

Moscow, Russia

People:

According to the 2010 census, ethnic Russians comprise 81% of the country’s population. The Russian Federation is home to 160 ethnic groups and indigenous peoples, so while Russian is the official language and the most widely spoken Slavic language, there are about 100 languages spoken in the country. Though Russia’s population is comparatively large, its density is low because of the country’s enormous size, allowing for extremely large cultural and geographic diversity throughout the country.

Religion:

Russians have practiced Orthodox Christianity since the 10th century. According to the Orthodox Church tradition, Christianity was first brought to the territory of modern Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine by Saint Andrew, the first Apostle of Jesus Christ. Much of the Russian population, like other Slavic peoples, preserved for centuries a belief in both indigenous religion and Orthodox Christianity. There is no longer an official religion census, though private organizations have estimated about 46% – 70% of Russians are Christians today.

 

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities.

Although we don’t have projects in this part of the world, there are always opportunities to get involved and find a meaningful way to engage with the local community. We would love to talk to you about custom voluntourism and humanitarian opportunities that you can incorporate into your WWTrek trip. The find out more, go to HumanOutreachProject.org or contact us.