Climbing Elbrus from the North

by the route of first climbers of 1829

General characteristics of the program

Type of tour: Climbing
Region of the event Russia, KBR, North Elbrus Area
Route: Elbrus East/West. 2A d.c.
Level of service: Standard.
Total duration: 10 days/9 nights
Maximum altitude: 5 621/5 642 m.
Composition of the group: collecting tour races on the dates
Price from 40 000 roubles.

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Route by the Northern slope of Elbrus is first-climbing route to the East Summit of Elbrus done by kabardinean porter Kilar Khashirov in the frame of the expedition of General Emanuel in 1829.
North Prielbrusie is not so well known region as South part of it. It is due to lack of roads and infrastructure here. During last one-two years locals start to build here some hotels, start to come to civilization - and that’s due to famous mineral springs on the glade Jilisu, known as all-diseases curing water "Narzan". You can bath in the pool with water (gurgling like in jacuzzi) and cure all your sickness.
On the Northern slope of Elbrus (3750m) there is one hut, not so big, so we should take the tents for accommodation during climbing. Route of climbing is not difficult technically, but long and hard physically. So it is for well trained climbers, having ice, snow technique.     

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Tour is not recommended to the people having medical contra-indications!

Due to the increased danger of tour the guide’s instructions are obligatory for execution by all members of tour.

Controversial questions can be solved BEFORE an exit to an ascension to Elbrus or AFTER descent to a shelter.

!!!!The guide and travel company have the rights to terminate for certain participants or all group without compensation of payment in cases:

  • Autocratic actions of the tourists breaking safety rules;
  • Non-observance of rules of a public order and excessive use of alcohol drinks;
  • manifestations of disrespect for local population and sights of the area.

1 DAY   A meeting at the airport of Mineralnye Vody by our guide and driver. Dead line of the departure from the airport - 03:00 p.m., Transfep to the start point of the route via Kislovodsk. Approximately 120 km, 4-6 hours - and we are on the glade Jili-su. Fixing the base camp "Kara-kaya". Walks in surroundings, bathing in the pools with Narzan. Dinner in the camp

2 DAY  Acclimatization day. Walks to the Emmanuel's Stone, hiking to the summit Surkh (3080m). Lunch pack during walks and dinner in the camp

3 DAY  After early breakfast acclimatization walk to the Northern Hut (3750m), taking some luggage for next days. Return to the base camp. Lunch-pack for acclimatization and dinner in the camp

4 DAY  After breakfast climbing to moraine over Northern Hut and fixing the high-mountain camp. Lunch pack and dinner in the camp. Overnight in the camp.

5 DAY  Acclimatization climbing over Lents's Rocks, to the altitude 5000-5100m. Lunch pack and dinner and overnight in the camp.
In case of not good weather conditions it is not recommended to fix the camp at the high altitude (4780m). It is better to spend this day as acclimatization with overnight at the Northen Hut base camp.

6 DAY  Summit day. Early morning (appr at 03.00 am) preparation for climbing the top. Start climbing at 03.00-04.00 (depending on place of overnight) to the Saddle between two summits of Elbrus or directly to East Summit. Climbing West (5642m) or East (5624m) summits of Elbrus. Depending on physical conditions of climbers or/and weather climbing takes 8-12 hours.
Descent to the camp at the Lents's Rocks. Overnight in the camp

7 DAY  Reserve day for bad weather. In case of Summit on previous day - rest day. Descent to Jilisy. Overnight in the camp.

8 DAY  Descent to the glade Jili-su. Farewell dinner. Preparation for return to civilization. Overnight in base camp

9 DAY  Drive back to Piatigorsk. Accommodation in hotel "Intourist"

10 DAY  Foot excursion in Piatigorsk. Last drink of mineral water. Transfer to the airport and seeing off.

Each group is equipped with the first-aid kit, radio station and navigation means (GPS). All groups are registered in group of the Ministry of Emergency Measures of Russia. To communicate with rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Measures it is possible on all extent of a route. It is necessary for you to have only individual medicines (vitamins, tablets from a headache, an adhesive plaster).
for foreign citizens - a copy of the international passport, the visa and the medical insurance
Absence of medical contra-indications to occupations by mountain sports. Age restriction - isn't younger than 16 years. Since 16 years - the written permission of parents for participation in this round.
According to the preliminary application it is possible to organize your transfer by minibus "Gazelle" from Mineralnie Vody to settlement Terskol and back. The way back is paid in addition .
Accommodation in base camp "Kara-kaya" in stacionars tents.  On the way back accommodation in hotel "Intourist' in Pyatigorsk.
Due the ascension day members independently cook food (is included into cost of tour), lanch-packages are provided.  In base camp climbers prepare food independently in kitchen of a shelter or on marching gas torches (kerosene stoves under the direction of the guide.
In the summer water exist in a stream on a glacier which is above the burned-down shelter. In the spring and in the winter only snow is. Special torch available for production of water, which turns snow into water (Using kitchen including into accommodation cost).
In region working only one provider of Mobile communication - Megafon 3G.
On the glade Jili-su temperature from +15 to +30 C in summer, in spring and autumn from 0 to+20 C On “Northen Hut” (3700 m) in the summertime - temperature from -2 to+20 C.
Food and souvenirs. In Pyatigorsk it is possible to taste the present Caucasian cuisine and to buy souvenirs. Dinner in café costs about 400-600 rubles. 
To receive consultations under the program and equipment, to rent equipment you can in Pyatigorsk.
  • visa support;
  • all the program transfers (these are: from Mineral Waters to the base camp "Kara-Kaya"; getting back to the town Pyatigorsk and then to the Mineral Waters’ airport);

  •  the hotel accommodation (for 1 nights) including breakfasts;

  • three meals a day while staying at the base camp "Kara-Kaya" as well as providing with lunch-packets (used while walking/climbing);

  • hire of the common equipment (that is used by the whole group) and tents (for high camps) as well as of the kitchen equipment;

  • a qualified guide;

  • extra guides while ascending (1 for 3–4 persons);

  • high-quality cooking (while staying at the base camp "Kara-Kaya");

  • registration OVIR;

  • the permit for staying in the national park.

  • climbing certificate .
  • international and domestic flight to airport Mineralnye Vody
  • lunch and dinner in hotel
  • Personal Insurance. Please check if your insurance cover climbing risks.
  • Rescue helicopter coverage and first aid kit.
  • Tips for guides, porters, cooker, hotel staff, so on
  • National Park fee