Sergey Baranov
Sergey B

“CROSS” OF ELBRUS

Climbing · El'brus, Russia
  • 10 days
  • 1 - 15 people
  • Moderate
$1471Per Person
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Why should you choose us to guide your Elbrus climb? First off, because you are going to entrust our guides to care for your very own life and health. Unfortunately, accidents do happen in the mountains, and having reliable people to safeguard and take care of you is crucial. Our hotel and our refuge on Elbrus slope – along with our own equipment and outfit rental (the newest and biggest on Elbrus foothill) – are all designed to provide for your high profile and safe rest. All expeditions mentioned in Schedule and Services section are available upon request, regardless of the number of climbers in group. We offer also programs for family vacation – rest and recreation for your family members while you are busy climbing Mount Elbrus.
July - August
18 years of guiding it let us be one of the best in the market. We worked even with Gary Johnson when he climbed Elbrus.
  • Mountain guides: one leading guide for the program of Elbrus South to North traverse and several assistants for the day of summiting, with a strict proportion of 1 guide per three climbers. This means that if there are four clients in a group, there will be two guides for them. We have no limitation of attempts for the group to summit. However, if part of the group made it to the summit while some members failed to, summiting is considered successful, and any additional attempts are made for additional payment.
  • Services of a cook.
  • Hotel with accommodation in double and triple rooms. Duration of stay depends on the schedule.
  • Accommodation in huts. Duration of stay depends on the schedule of Elbrus climb.
  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary (including lifts) – from and to airport / station.
  • Meals three times a day throughout the trip. Dinner on the first day, breakfast – on the last.
  • All required permits and registrations.
  • Equipment for the group (ropes, ice screws, radios, first aid set, satellite navigators/GPS).
  • Snowcat on summiting day
  • Single accommodation
  • Personal equipment
  • Any deviations to the original schedule.
“Cross” of Elbrus is a complicated version of Elbrus Climb from the South and Elbrus climb from the North. It comprises of climbing on the Mount’s one side to both of its summits and descending on its opposite site. This is one of the most well-known routes which allows to thoroughly test one’s own abilities before venturing for higher summits. “Cross” of Elbrus can be climbed from north to south (more challenging) or from south to north. There is also an option to climb Elbrus’s East summit and descend from it by three different routes – the Motorcycle coloir (with a Land Rover that was taken up there in 1997 being still there), along the rock of Elbrus Saddle (the western slope of Elbrus’s East summit), or on the southern side (the least challenging route). We can recommend climbing “Cross” of Elbrus as a training program for climbing Lenin Peak, Korjenevskoj Peak, Khan-Tengry, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Aconcagua and Ojos del Salado. There is an option of planning a night stay in tents on Elbrus Saddle.
Full refund 2 days prior to tour.
Host will provide location upon booking
  • Day 1
    Landing at Mineralnye Vody airport – preferably before 3 PM. Taking a 200km (3-hour) ride to hotel, situated in the beginning of the 100km Baksan valley, almost on the slope of Mt. Elbrus. Meeting and having dinner with the guide.
  • Day 2
    Morning acclimatization hike to Maid’s Braids waterfall (at 3000m) and further on, to the observatory (at 3500m).
  • Day 3
    Taking a lift to Mir station (at 3500m) and making an acclimatization hike to an elevation of 4200m. Descent to the hotel.
  • Day 4
    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.
  • Day 5
    An acclimatization hike to Pastukhov’s Rocks (at 4700m).
  • Day 6
    Rest day. Final preparations for summiting Elbrus.
  • Day 7
    Climbing Mount Elbrus’s West summit (5642m) and East summit (5621m). This succession of summits can be changed with the guide’s and other group members’ consent. The day begins with an early start (at 2–4 AM). It is possible to use a Snowcat. The proportion of guides and clients is strictly 1:3. Descent to a hut on the northern side.
  • Day 8
    Reserve day. Descent to Emanuel glade, transfer to Terskol.
  • Day 9
    Reserve day. Trekking to Narzan Valley or Terskol gorge.
  • Day 10
    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.
  • “Cross” of Elbrus
  • “Cross” of Elbrus
  • “Cross” of Elbrus
  • “Cross” of Elbrus

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$1471
Per Person
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