Mount Elbrus ski tour 2019

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At over 800m higher than Mont Blanc, Elbrus is the “Seventh Summit” of Europe. This is a physically tough ski tour, and although it is not as technical as a ski tour of Mont Blanc, the importance of previous altitude experience and acclimatisation is far greater.

The small group sizes enable us to run specialist ascents, where the group can bond well, and each expedition member has great access to the local English speaking guides.

Although y
ou require no previous climbing or mountaineering experience for this expedition, you are advised to be a competent ski tourer who is familiar with regular 6 - 7 hour day tours with up to 1300m height gains.
1 Fly to Mineralyne Vody Airport, transfer to Kislovodsk, hotel.
2 90 m drive towards Dzhily-Su, and long ski to reach base camp 2500m.
3

Ski tour to summit of Mt Tashlysyrt 3465m. Night in base camp.

4 Ski tour and climb up to the High Camp at 3800m. Night in mountain hut.
5 Acclimatisation ski tour to the Lenz Rocks 4800m. Night in mountain hut.
6 Short ski tours to practice any technical elements. Night in mountain hut.
7 Leaving the hut at c. 03.00am you ski to Mt Elbrus 5642m. Night in hut.
8 Spare day for a summit attempt. Night in the base camp or mountain hut.
9 Leaving either the mountain hut / base camp. Night in hotel in Kislovodsk.
10 Return airport transfer to Mineralyne Vody airport, for flight home.
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Course Dates
Elbrus Ski Tour
  • [ 4 ] 24 Apr - 3 May 2020
  • [ 4 ] 8 - 17 May 2020
  • [ 4 ] 22 - 31 May 2020
Course spaces

The numbers in brackets next to each course date indicate the remaining spaces. Please contact us of you require more spaces, as often we can release extra places, subject to availability.

Price: £1499 Book online
8 full days Elbrus guiding, 1:5 max ratio
10 days holiday in total, e.g. Fri-Sun.
Standard Course Inclusions: 1) Elbrus guides for daily leading and instruction, 2) Pre expedition Information dossier, 3) Equipment discount voucher for UK shop, 4) Two nights of hotel accommodation (twin or triple rooms) , four / five nights of hut accommodation (shared multi-sex dormitories) and three / four nights of base camp on a full board (dinner, bed and breakfast) basis, 5) Road transport in region to and from Kislovodsk and airport transfers (communal with rest of group, to leave airport at 14.30 on day 1 and drop off by 10.30 on last day - different transfer times available see note in exclusions), 6) All costs for expedition leaders, local guides and porters, 7) The guide provides all communal equipment (ice screws, rope, radios, satellite phone),but you provide your own clothing, ski touring ski's / boots, skins, ski crampons and avalanche and mountaineering kit (see dossier for full kit list), 8) Invitation letter for Russian visa, 9) Personal certificate for successfully summiting Elbrus, 10) Free (with UK postage) Icicle expedition kit bag.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to & from Mineralnye Vody airport, 2) Airport transfers from Minerlnye Vody airport outside communal times (as outlined above) these are c.£85 each way, 4) Single room upgrades in hotel (subject to availability, c.£85 extra), 5) UK and foreign airport taxes, optional trips, souvenirs and tips, 6) Extra valley hotel night and dinner on Wednesday or Thursday night if you descend to the valley (as that night is paid for in the base camp / mountain hut and cannot be refunded if not used / cancelled (c.£85 per person), 7) Your personal laundry, telephone calls, and any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / bars / restaurants, 8) Any cable cars or mountain uplift (note there are none on the north side of the mountain, so not usually required), and any use of the Snowcat (up to c.£100 per person up to 5000m, snowcat can take 8-10 people, only if going via south side), 9) Local national park fees (c.£25), 10) Extras before course: personal activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.



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