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. You will be taking part in an epic odyssey when you climb 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 snow fields and pine forests. Our Mount Elbrus adventure 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 avalanche safety skills as we attempt to summit one of the world’s most enticing peaks.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Climb

ACTIVITY LEVEL: WWTrek Supreme Challenge

TRIP LENGTH: 11 days/10 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE:

TRIP COST: Contact Us for Pricing

DATES

July 25 – Aug. 4, 2018

Custom Dates Available

HIGHLIGHTS

    • Conquer one of the “Seven Summits”

    • Experience Europe’s highest mountain

    • Moscow, Russia offers guests unparalleled cultural experiences

MEDIA

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive to Moscow

      • International arrival to Moscow, Russia
      • Transfer to Budapest Hotel
      • Welcome Reception and dinner
      • Overnight: Hotel Metropol or comparable
      • Meals included: D

Day 2: Moscow Cultural Tour

      • Moscow Cultural Tour: Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Armory
      • Overnight: Hotel Metropol or comparable
      • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Fly from Moscow to Mineral Vody; Drive to Terskol

      • Fly to Mineral Vody
      • Drive 3 hours to Terskol
      • Overnight: Hotel Ozon
      • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Terskol Acclimatization Day

      • Hike in the Baksan Valley
      • Acclimatize
      • Overnight: Hotel Ozon
      • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Acclimatization Hike

      • Hike Mount Cheget (Peak) | Maliy Donguzorun (11,815′)
      • Overnight: Hotel Ozon
      • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Glacier Training and Acclimatization

      • Depart Terskol in a gondola up the mountain through the ski resort to the glacier
      •  Acclimatization hike on the glacier | practice self-rescue techniques and glacier skills training
      • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
      • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Acclimatization, Safety, Training

      • Training | Glacier travel | Self-rescue drills
      • Traversing toward Pashkutov Rocks
      • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
      • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Acclimatization, Safety, Training

      • Acclimatization hikes
      • Climb up to Pashkutov Rocks
      • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
      • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Summit Day!

      • Take snowcat to our previous high point to start climb | Pashkkutov Rocks
      • Leave early in the morning
      • Reach one of the Seven Summits, Mt. Elbrus! (18,510′)
      • Descend back to private cabin
      • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
      • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Alternative Summit Day

      • Option for summit, dependent on weather
      • Otherwise, return to the valley and do a day hike
      • Enjoy our final night on the glacier in celebration
      • Overnight: Private Cabin on Glacier
      • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: Mineral Vody to Moscow to St. Petersburg

      • Drive to Mineral Vody
      • 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
      • 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
      • Meals included: B

Day 13: Explore St. Petersburg

Day 14: St. Petersburg to Moscow for Departure

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

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.

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

The coldest month in Moscow is January with average temperature at 18°F. Tip: the best time to visit Moscow weather-wise is late spring to early June. This is the season when weather is the most convenient for long hours of sightseeing.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in Moscow, Russia. You will fly in and out of Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO).

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

There are many flight options from global airports to Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO). WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached 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 recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

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.

You will purchase a single-entry tourist visa (good for up to 30 days) for $49.

EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE DEPARTURES:

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.

GRATUITIES:

Group tip-pool suggestion will be provided.

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.

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, and the ninth most populous, with over 140 million people at the end of March 2016. The European western part of the country is much more populated and urbanized than the eastern, about 77% of the population live 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:

143.5 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:

Ethnic Russians comprise 81% of the country’s population. The Russian Federation is also home to several sizable minorities. In all, 160 different other ethnic groups and indigenous peoples live within its borders. Though Russia’s population is comparatively large, its density is low because of the country’s enormous size.

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. In August 2012, ARENA estimated that about 46.8% of Russians were Christians (including Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and non-denominational), while 25% believed in God but without any religion.