Elbrus Ski Touring from south

Elbrus Ski Touring from south 8 days


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Technical complexity of Elbrus is not, but this is his craftiness, so as not uncommon here in bad weather, rising without experienced instructors can be very dangerous. Our guides are well aware of all the features of the route, how best to prepare to climb successfully.
For a well-trained, physically healthy mountaineers ready to test themselves, we offer a rapid rate of ascent to the summit of Elbrus West. This can be a difficult challenge for you, so this program will work with a group of our best guides, the most thoughtful and experienced. Recommended listen to their advice.

At the airport, Mineral Waters you be greeted by our representative and will take on a comfortable bus to the hotel.
The program Elbrus (5642 m) from the south, 8 days


Day 1: Arrival (arrival) in Mineral Waters. Moving to Terskol accommodation. Meeting with the guide, briefing, that is, discussion of the ascent.

Day 2: Transfer to Azau. The rise in the cable cars to the Gara-Bashi (3800m) and the Mir space station. Climbing the slopes of Elbrus to a height of at least 11 Shelter (4200). Overnight stay at the shelter Gara-Bashi (in Barrels).

Day 3: Out on the route, at about 4.30. Using a snowcat up to 4500 m is strongly recommended. Climbing to the top of Elbrus West, descend and overnight at the shelter Gara-Bashi (in Barrels).

Day 4: Descend down. Rest in Terskol. Perhaps sauna and restaurant. Overnight at the hotel ***

Day 5: Drive to Essentuki. Rehabilitation program, massage, mineral bath, Russian bath. Overnight at the hotel ***

Day 6: Excursion to the Caucasian Mineral Waters. restaurant. Essentuki. Overnight at the hotel ***

Day 7: Reserve. Drive and Fly Airport Mineral Waters

The price includes
All transfers;
Accommodation in hotel *** (4-5 nights);
Living in a shelter, "Barrels" and Diesel on the Mount (2 nights)
Two meals for placement in hotel
Payment of the cable cars during the acclimatization and ascent to the refuge
Three meals a day when placed on "barrels" + packed to the outputs
Public rental equipment and kitchen
Skip to the border zone (the top of the mountain Cheget)
Join in the Elbrus region for foreign nationals
A qualified guide
Services at Mount Cook
Supplementary Guide for the period of ascent (1 for 3-4 people)
Permit for the ascent (finding in a national park)
Snowcat at night climbing
Russian bath or bath narzan

Not included in price
Flights to Min Vody Airport
Climbing Insurance
Hire a personal climbing equipment
Any changes to the program, leading to additional costs

Required Documents
for foreign nationals - passport

"UAZ Patriot"

Situated in a pine forest just 200 meters from the glade Cheget. The new five-story building in European style, with 16 rooms, each with a bathroom with shower and all the necessary furniture for a comfortable stay. All rooms include mini-bars, satellite TV, telephone. Relax and socialize with friends can be in the hotel lobby at kamina.Pitanie
During your stay at the hotel half board + food packed to the outputs. For breakfast and dinner and serves European and Caucasian cuisine. On the mountain you are a chef prepares a (very tasty!): Breakfast, dinner, tea 5:00 pm (teatime), and at the time of conversion shall be issued daily packed lunch (sandwich, fruit, biscuits, chocolate, juice bag). Usually in the diet soups, mashed potatoes, rice, vegetables, salads, chicken, sausage, candy, jams, tea and coffee. Ware is provided.

Service personnel
Since you will be working guide and support guide (for the period of ascent, if the size of more than 4 people), a cook at the orphanage.

At the outputs of first-aid kit is a guide, almost anywhere can connect to the Rescue Service of the Ministry for Emergencies. You need to have specific individual drugs.

In the summer of Terskol 15, 25 C, in spring and autumn from 0 to 15 C in winter, from -5 to -25 C. At 3800 m in the summer from -2 to +20 C, in winter, from -5 to -30 C.

Extra expenses
Communications, telephone, Internet
In the main guide is the radio, on which is maintained constant communication with the rescue service of Elbrus region. Almost everywhere on the mountain there is a mobile communications. Down in the village Terskol have stationary points, where you can use the Internet for a small fee.


Skill Level Overview


I can ski red and black runs on piste without a problem. I am new to off piste skiing or maybe I have skied a little on the sides of the piste, or even attended a previous off piste specific course. I would like to ski powder snow with confidence and learn to link turns off piste. Learning to vary turn radius and control speed is an important goal. Gaining confidence in a variety of terrain would move my skiing to the next level.


I have at least a couple of weeks off piste skiing experience and/or received some previous instruction on an off piste specific course. I can link at least 8 – 10 turns together in reasonable control, speed and style, following the fall line in most snow conditions. I would like to improve my skiing in deep powder, heavy crusty snow uneven terrain and trees. I am happy to hike or ski tour for short distances to get to the best snow and terrain. I aspire to ski fluidly off piste and to ski steeper slopes. At this level all ski tourers must have some previous experience of using a touring set up, skinning and kick-turns.

Advanced (this trip)

I am confident skiing challenging terrain and steeper slopes. I can sideslip forward and backwards, side-step up and downhill and traverse steep slopes with no problems. I am happy to ski tour and hike for 1 – 2 hrs to reach the best snow and terrain. I aspire to ski the best snow available, push myself to ski steeper slopes and extend my ski touring experience. At this level all ski tourers must have some previous experience of using a touring set up, skinning and kick-turns.


I can ski fluidly and autonomously on all terrain. I often ski couloirs and gullies and seek out steep slopes to ski. I can jump turn in narrow couloirs and have experience of abseiling and side-slipping on steep terrain. I dream of skiing powder snow, I can ski fast, fluid “freeride” style turns, I can jump off small rocks, ski trees and challenging terrain with no fear or problems. I will often hike and ski tour to reach the best snow and terrain. I am familiar with using ice axe and crampons and some basic rope techniques. My aim is to push my skills and challenge myself further.

Stamina Level Overview

Level 1

I am fit enough to ski all day from the first lift, only taking short breaks every so often. When preparing for this trip aim for activities that increase your heart rate and build your aerobic levels e.g. running, cycling and swimming.

Level 2

I can ski all day with only short breaks and can hike up to 2 hours a day (600m of uphill). When preparing for this trip aim for activities that increase your heart rate and build your aerobic levels e.g. running, cycling and swimming.

Level 3

I can ski all day with only short breaks and can hike/skin for 3-4 hours most days (600- 1000m vertical). Endurance fitness is valuable so aim for longer training periods of walking, running, cycling and swimming.

Level 4 (this trip)

I can ski all day and hike/skin for 4-5 hours every day (1100-1500m vertical). A prolonged period of cross training will help build endurance with 3 training sessions per week of at least 2 hours including sessions of walking, running, swimming and cycling.

Elbrus Equipmentn Touring

clothes for climbing

Outerwear: You will need to be at least 3 layers of clothing. Depending on the weather conditions you put on or remove a certain type of clothing.         As a rule, outerwear - this is a big vetroneproduvaemaya jacket with hood and matching pants. Usually they have no insulation. The role of insulation perform internal layers of clothes, most often various options for fleece.

Down jacket or vest. Vetroneproduvaemaya jacket with hood: should be lightweight, to ensure proper air circulation, to be of such size that you feel comfortable. If she is wearing the jacket on top of another. It is desirable that the jacket was of the membrane fabric - Gore-Tex ®, Sympatex and others.         

waterproof raincoat-cape: must be durable, lightweight, spacious enough that you feel comfortable when he wears on top of a backpack.      

Fleece Pants: Polartec 200 from the materials, Bi Polar.      

Vetroneproduvaemye Pants: must be large enough to wear them over pants flissovyh, preferably with Velcro "zipper" on the sides, making it easier to dress up, not removing shoes the so-called samosbrosy). It is desirable to have a vetroneproduvaemye Pants membrane fabric - Gore-Tex ®, Sympatex or Windbloc.         

Underwear: Shirt and pants made of thin Polartec 100 or Aerotex, thermal underwear.


You will need two: the main - with a capacity of not less than 80 liters, and the assault on the rise - with a capacity of 30 liters.         
Nylon bags: 5-8 pcs. for packing things in a backpack.         
Plastic bags: 10-20 pcs. for packing things in a backpack, food packaging, trash, etc.         Waterproof
great package: a backpack for sheltering from the rain, if it remains outside the tent.         
Bag: for things that can be left in the cloakroom at the exit to the route.   Sleeping



sleeping bag (comfort-5C (summer),-12C (winter): We recommend synthetic sleeping bags with insulated Quallofill, Thinsulate, Hollow fiber, Poiarguard, etc.), since they are pretty reliable         and lungs. We do not recommend to bring down sleeping bags - they can let you down in rainy weather.         

Carimate (mat) placed under a sleeping bag liner is between the bottom of your tent and sleeping bag. It is also necessary to have a little mat under the "fifth point".

Hats and Gloves

Sun Protection: best baseball cap with a cloth covering the neck and dense canopy, which is well supported and protected by a hood of snow counter crumbs with the wind (see photo below).

Wool Cap: balaclava Polartec ® 100 or fleece.


mask covering the face of a thin fleece or x \ b. In the winter ascent of the thermal mask is recommended that, in contrast to conventional balaklav not let cold air in breathing, do not condense  moisture and obledenivayut outside.

gloves and mittens: 1 pair for work on the ice and 2 pairs (thin and warm) on the ascent. In winter, sure proof mittens (right photo) on top of fleece gloves.

Personal accessories


Cutlery: spoon, cup and bowl (preferably with lids).         
flask: capacity not less than 1 liter. Have a need, as Ascent takes 12-14 hours.         
Lip Balm: Soothing Cream in a lipstick or in tubes.


Protivozagarny cream (protection factor of at least 30).

Sunglasses: to protect from ultraviolet radiation. Sunglasses should fit snugly to any person, or have a protective side cheeks and sturdy frame.  In winter, better to have a ski mask. If you already wear glasses, advise you to write down the sun.

Prescribed sunglasses and contact lenses, if you are already wearing them, Places of you have spare.

Headlight Torch: Torch must be durable and easy on the LEDs, have an extra set of batteries. Headlamp must be because access to the top in 2-3 hours at night. Disposable Lighter
: 1-2 pieces are used to ignite the burners.         
individual medical package: a set of drugs for your own personal "sores." General first aid kit is the instructor.


Climbing shoes: A very important element of the equipment.


Gaiters (flashlights): 1 pair . Dress shoes and protect the surface from getting into the small stones, mud, slush and snow. Preferably with Velcro "zipper" or "Velcro"  to remove and put on without removing shoes.

Ski poles: a better telescope. With them easier to walk and maintain balance on the slopes and in windy conditions.         
    Sneakers: it is desirable to have with a conventional sports shoes for use at base camp.

socks: 2 pairs of woolen socks of coarse wool or wool / polypropylene. One pair - for the nights in a sleeping bag, the second - to climb. The rest count of socks on your conscience.

Personal equipment (provided by us and included in the tour price.)


Cats: universal at any shoes.         
Rope: bright color, looks good in photographs.         
System + carbines.         


Optional items


marching knife: a small knife like Swiss Army.         
Gas Burner: Burner recommend joining the balloons through the hose.         
thermometer: see at what temperature (air, not the body), you climbed Elbrus.         
binoculars, GPS, camera, video camera.         
tent: you can take your own tent.

If you have other equipment that you want to take with them, please contact our instructors and guides to get advice for the filling.

If you do not have listed brand of equipment, it does not mean that we should abandon the ascent, and the second hand has not been canceled :). I know a lot of well-equipped young men have not inherited the Elbrus. Good equipment and strong muscles - not important when climbing. Willpower and perseverance do wonders. Success to you!