About the tour Elbrus from the West is an absolutely “wild” ascent, during which you are unlikely to meet other people. Enjoy mountain views in complete solitude, which many climbers dream of. There are no porters here (you will have to carry your own equipment and part of the public), cable cars and snow groomers, […]
Elbrus from the West is an absolutely “wild” ascent, during which you are unlikely to meet other people. Enjoy mountain views in complete solitude, which many climbers dream of. There are no porters here (you will have to carry your own equipment and part of the public), cable cars and snow groomers, emergency posts and cafes, hotels and roads – only you and the mountains. Climbing Elbrus from the West is not an easy climb, and without experience with a rope, crossing ice fields with closed cracks and other basic skills, climbing this route is strongly not recommended. The descent can optionally be made to the south, thus shortening the program by a day or two, but for this you will have to transfer all the equipment through the top. Climbing Elbrus from the West is an excellent preparation for high-altitude autonomous expeditions – Lenin Peak, Muztag Ata, McKinley, Khan Tengri and others. The experience of moving on glaciers, the experience of spending the night above 4000 meters and the experience of climbing above 5000 meters is highly desirable.
Day 1. Meeting at the airport of Mineralnye Vody, transfer, hotel accommodation, briefing, equipment check. Free time. a sign of arrival by morning flights in order to have time to relax before tomorrow.
Day 2. Transfer Mineralnye Vody – Khurzuk and further by off-road vehicle to the base camp to the clearing of narzans Dzhyly-Su. Acclimatization hike to camp-1 (height 3500m), dropping in equipment parts, descent to the base camp. Our path lies along the grassy slopes to the glacial sea, where the camp will be. The duration of the active part is 4-5 hours.
Day 3. Ascent to camp-1 (3500m), rest. The duration of the track is 3-4 hours.
Day 4. Acclimatization hike to a height of 3900 m, throwing in some equipment, snow and ice exercises, practicing self-holding on the slope and working with a rope. Night in camp-1 (3500m).
Day 5. Trek to camp-2 (altitude 4150m.) In front of the camp is one of the most difficult parts of the route. Duration 4-5 hours.
Day 6. Ascent to the Western shoulder of Elbrus (height 4600m), setting up camp-3 on the Western plateau. Duration 3-4 hours.
Day 7. Climbing the Western summit of Elbrus. From camp-3 on the Western Plateau (4600m) we climb the snowy slope of medium steepness to the very top. Overnight in camp-3 (4600m). Duration 8-12 hours.
Day 8. Reserve day in case of bad weather, descent to camp-1 (3500m).
Day 9. Descent to the Base Camp near the springs of Dzhyly-Su (2500 m)
Day 10. Transfer to Mineralnye Vody. Festive dinner, overnight at the hotel.
Day 11. Transfer to the airport.