Elbrus from North Side (10 days)
This program is one of the most demanding of all Elbrus climbs we offer. The road to the North side is long and quite bad, less than 100 km takes us 3-4 hours. There is almost no infrastructure on this side of Elbrus: no hotels, only a few mountain huts which have to be reservated a long time in advance, so we might be staying overnight in tents even at the high camp. Porter services are very limited and not bookable in advance, so you should be able to carry most of your equipment and food yourself. No phone and internet connection at the base camp. Difficult route finding in bad weather conditions. But nevertheless, this climb is also the most beautiful of it all and you will stay for a few days in one of the most remote areas of Elbrus region. To enjoy this climb, you should be a strong, experienced climber and train hard before coming.
Best time: June - mid September
from EUR 1200
See our equipment list for this program.
|1||Travel to Mineralnye Vody and Pyatigorsk||After your arrival in Mineralnye Vody we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Pyatigorsk. The ride takes about 30 minutes. You will stay overnight in a hotel in town.|
|2||Drive to the North side of Elbrus||After breakfast we will drive to the North side right to the hot springs of Dhzylysu, the drive takes about 4 hours. After a walk of 1 hour, we settle in base camp at 2600 m. If we have some time left before dinner we can stroll around in the area. Overnight in base camp.|
|3||Acclimatization hike to 3400 m||Today we will do an easy acclimatization hike to discover the area and will not go higher then 3400 m, for getting acclimatized slowly. Overnight in base camp.|
|4||Ascent to camp 2 (3700 m)||Today we have a long way up to high camp (5-6 hours). We will take it really slow, considering the weight of our backpacks, and will arrive at the camp only in the afternoon. Overnight in high camp.|
|5||Acclimatization hike to Lenz Rocks||After breakfast we will do a long acclimatization hike up to Lenz Rocks (4800 m). After a short brake up there we descent back to our camp. Overnight at high camp.|
|6||Rest day||Today we will rest to get new energy after the last hard days. Overnight at high camp.|
|7||Summit day||Around midnight we will have a light breakfast, then we pack all our equipment and start our climb towords the summit. Up to the saddle it will take us around 6-8 hours, here we deposit our back packs and climb the last 1-2 hours up to the summit. After summit we will descend on the normal route towards the South, in 3-4 hours we reach the our camp at 3700 m, where we will stay overnight.|
|8||Reserve day||We may use today as a reserve day, if our program schedule should need to be postponed because of bad weather. If we managed to climb the summit on day 7, we will descend back to base camp|
|9||Drive to Pyatigorsk||Today our driver will pick us up at the end of the road near the mineral water springs and bring us to our hotel in Pyatigorsk, where we will stay overnight in our hotel.|
|10||Departure to Mineralnye Vody||In the morning, we will bring you to the airport in Mineralnye Vody for your flight back home.|
20 October 2016