“Cross” of Elbrus from north
Why should you choose us to guide your Elbrus climb? First off, because you are going to entrust our guides to care for your very own life and health. Unfortunately, accidents do happen in the mountains, and having reliable people to safeguard and take care of you is crucial.
Our hotel and our refuge on Elbrus slope – along with our own equipment and outfit rental (the newest and biggest on Elbrus foothill) – are all designed to provide for your high profile and safe rest.
All expeditions mentioned in Schedule and Services section are available upon request, regardless of the number of climbers in group.
We offer also programs for family vacation – rest and recreation for your family members while you are busy climbing Mount Elbrus.
About the tour
“Cross” of Elbrus is a complicated version of Elbrus Climb from the South and Elbrus climb from the North. It comprises of climbing on the Mount’s one side to both of its summits and descending on its opposite site. This is one of the most well-known routes which allows to thoroughly test one’s own abilities before venturing for higher summits.
“Cross” of Elbrus can be climbed from north to south (more challenging) or from south to north. There is also an option to climb Elbrus’s East summit and descend from it by three different routes – the Motorcycle coloir (with a Land Rover that was taken up there in 1997 being still there), along the rock of Elbrus Saddle (the western slope of Elbrus’s East summit), or on the southern side (the least challenging route).
We can recommend climbing “Cross” of Elbrus as a training program for climbing Lenin Peak, Korjenevskoj Peak, Khan-Tengry, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Aconcagua and Ojos del Salado. There is an option of planning a night stay in tents on Elbrus Saddle.
9-day Schedule of a Guided Climb "Cross of North Elbrus"
To give you peace of mind, the package tours we offer, as a rule, include all expenses you may face.
Day 1. Meeting at Mineralnye Vody airport or railway station, (plan arrival no later than 12 noon). Transfer to Emmanuel glade.
Day 2. Acclimatization hike with equipment to the refuge at 3700m, followed by descent. Sleeping in tents or huts on Emanuel glade.
Day 3. Hike to the refuge.
Day 4. Acclimatization hike to Lents Rocks (4700m). Staying overnight at refuge (3700m).
Day 5. Rest day. Preparations for summiting. Staying overnight at refuge (3700m).
Day 6. Summiting Mt. Elbrus, with start at 2 or 4 AM as the guide decides. Climbing Elbrus takes 6 to 10 hours. The extra equipment will not have to be carried – the porter will take him from the camp to 3700 meters and deliver to the sources of Jõlysu, from where your luggage will be delivered to your hotel in Mineralnye Vody.
Day 7. Reserved in case of having bad weather.
Day 8. Descent and transfer to Mineralnye Vody. Hotel checking in, taking a walk.
Day 9.Transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport.
Included in the cost of a Climb "Cross of Elbrus":
- Hotel with accommodation in double and triple rooms. Duration of stay depends
- Accommodation in huts. Duration of stay according to the climb schedule.
- All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
- Meals three times a day throughout the trip. Dinner on the first day, breakfast – on the last.
- All required permits and registrations.
- Mountain guides: one leading guide for the program of Elbrus South to North traverse and several assistants for the day of summiting, with a strict proportion of 1 guide per three climbers. This means that if there are four clients in a group, there will be two guides for them. We have no limitation of attempts for the group to summit.
- Equipment for the group (ropes, ice screws, radios, first aid set, satellite navigators/GPS).
Not included in the cost of a Climb "Cross of Elbrus":
- Single accommodation
- Personal equipment
- Services of guides and cooks in case of any deviations to the original schedule.
List of equipment for "Cross of Elbrus"
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Voucher (a form, which was sent to you for obtaining visa)
- Sleeping bag
- Ski/treking poles
- Ice axe
- 5 Carabines
- 7 meters of 5 or 6 mm rope
Clothing and shoes.
- Wind and waterproof layer – Pants and Jacket. Gore-Tex, for example.
- Fleece pants and jacket
- Thermo underwear layer – top and bottom
- Dawn jacket.
- Thick gloves
- Thin gloves
- Warm hat
- Underwear, socks and so on
- Some warm socks for a summit day
- Windproof face mask
- Trekking shoes/trekking boots
- Double or triple boots
- Shower accessories, toothpaste, toothbrush
- Ski goggles
- Thermos (1 liter, better without button)
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Personal medical kit
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Knee supports
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