Landing at Mineralnye Vody airport – preferably before 3 PM. Taking a 200km (3-hour) ride to mountain hotel, situated in the beginning of the 100km Baksan valley, almost on the slope of Mt. Elbrus. Meeting and having dinner with the guide.
Morning acclimatization hike to Maid’s Braids waterfall (at 3000m) and further on, to the observatory (at 3500m).
Taking a lift to Mir station (at 3500m) and making an acclimatization hike to an elevation of 4200m. Descent to the hotel.
Taking a lift to the refuge and setting up there. After a snack, making an acclimatization hike to an elevation of 4400m, till the end of the ridge. Overnight stay in the huts.
An acclimatization hike to Pastukhov’s Rocks (at 4700m).
Rest day. Final preparations for summiting Elbrus.
Summiting Mt. Elbrus (5642m), with an early start (at 2–4 AM) and possible use of a Snowcat. The proportion of guides and clients is strictly 1:3. Descent to a hut on the northern side.
Reserve day. Descent to Emanuel glade, transfer to Terskol.
Reserve day. Trekking to Narzan Valley or Terskol gorge.
Transfer from Terskol to the airport at 7 AM (plan your flight with this in mind!). Probably there will be some time for a walk in Pyatigorsk after you reach the airport and leave your luggage there. On your own, you can visit also the well-known Russian poet Lermontov’s duel site.