Elbrus Fast Climb from South Side (6 days)
For those who do not have much time, but are strong, experienced climbers and have been climbing at 5000 m or higher before, we have designed this short climbing program following the normal route from the South side.
Your endurance and fitness are essential for success on this climb, and you should train really hard, exercising outside or in the fitness studio or, even better, in the mountains.
It is necessary to arrive in Elbrus area already with some acclimatization. You should have climbed up to at least 3500 m and stayed overnight at this altitude not long before your arrival in Elbrus area, otherwise summit chances will be very low.
There is no reserve day scheduled for this program. In order to have some reserve we strongly recommend to book your flight back home from Mineralnye Vody airport in the late evening of day 6 or early morning the next day.
Best time: mid April - October
from EUR 850
See our equipment list for this program.
|1||Travel to Mineralnye Vody and Azau||After your arrival in Mineralnye Vody, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Azau. The ride takes approximately 3-4 hours. You will stay overnight in our hotel in the valley at 2400 m.|
|2||Acclimatization hike to Prijut-11 hut||After breakfast, you leave the hotel and take a lift ride up to 3700 m. Here you settle in our small, but very comfortable mountaineering camp. After lunch, we take a walk to Prijut-11 hut at 4100 m. Overnight in the camp.|
|3||Acclimatization hike to Pastukhov Rocks||After an early breakfast, we leave our camp at around 9 a.m. for an acclimatization hike up to Pastukhov Rocks (4600 m). After coming back down to the camp, you will have lunch, then rest until dinner.|
|4||Rest day||Today we will provide you some technical training: use of crampons, ice-axe, self-arrest, rope techniques. In the afternoon you will have time to relax, which will give you power for an extra push on summit day. We will have an early dinner, as we will have to get up early for the summit. Overnight at the camp 3700 m.|
|5||Summit day||On a normal summit day, we will have breakfast at around midnight and leave at 1 a.m. It is possible to take the snowcat up to Pastukhov Rocks which makes the ascent 3 hours shorter (this is an extra service, which can be booked in advance or on spot). Time to the West summit of Elbrus (5642 m) is normally 8 to 10 hours, the descent to the camp takes another 4 – 5 hours, bringing us back at 3 to 4 p.m. latest. Overnight at the camp.|
|6||Descent to the valley and departure to Mineralnye Vody||In the morning, you will take the cable car down to Azau, and after a shower and small lunch our driver will bring you to the airport in Mineralnye Vody for your evening flight back home.|
3 December 2014