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SKI MT ELBRUS, RUSSIA
13 Days | 11 Days in Russia

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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Ski one of the Seven Summits. Mt. Elbrus is a stunning volcanic peak located in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia and at 18,510′ (5642m) it is Europe’s, as well as Russia’s, highest peak. This 13 day ski mountaineering expedition, will attempt a ski descent from the summit.
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Fixed Date(s): Jun 12 - Jun 24, 2020
Days: 13
Price: USD 5,300
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Ski Mt Elbrus Tour Overview

Ski one the world's Seven Summits. Mt. Elbrus is a stunning volcanic peak located in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia and at 18,510′ (5,642m) it is Europe’s, as well as Russia’s, highest peak. On this 13 day ski mountaineering expedition, you will attempt a ski descent from the summit.

Highlights include:
- Visit Russia’s greatest cities during the expedition where we stay within an easy stroll of Moscow’s Red Square and in the heart of St. Petersburg.
- Ski Mt. Elbrus with an experienced ski mountaineering guide, benefiting from the background, training, and expertise of your guides as you venture to higher altitudes.
- Improve your chances of reaching the summit with time spent training and acclimatizing and with an itinerary that has the flexibility to accommodate for the uncertainties of Mt. Elbrus’ weather.
- Base out of the Garabashi Huts on Mt. Elbrus, enjoying the hot meals prepared by the hut’s cooks and allowing the group to ski one of the Seven Summits, a descent of over 6,500′ feet, carrying only light daypacks.


Climb Mt Elbrus..

..Mt Elbrus summits- 5642m...

 Ski Mt Elbrus.

Typical Itinerary

DAY 1 — TRAVEL DAY
Depart U.S or other origin. Depending on flight times and connections travel to Moscow, Russia typically takes almost 24 hours from origins other than Europe.

Day 2 — MOSCOW
Arrive in Moscow (SVO). A group transfer is arranged from the airport to our hotel at 4:00 p.m. A personal transfer can be arranged for you if your flight arrives after 3:00 p.m., or if you are arriving at a different airport. This will be at an additional cost but is much less expensive than taking a taxi. Once checked-in to the hotel, the afternoon is free to rest and explore the city. A team orientation meeting is held at 7:00 p.m. The night is spent in Moscow at the Park Inn Sadu.

Day 3 - MOSCOW
Spend the day exploring Moscow, taking a guided walking tour to visit Lenin's Tomb, Red Square, the G.U.M., St. Basil's Cathedral, and the Kremlin. The afternoon is free to explore the city. Overnight at the Park Inn Sadu. (B)

Day 4 — AZAU
The group has an early morning transfer to Moscow's domestic airport for the flight to Mineralnye Vody. A three-hour drive brings the group to the village of Azau at the base of Mt. Elbrus. Located in the Baksan Valley at 7,500' (2,286m), Azau is a small village full of skiers in the winter and a quiet center for climbers in the summer. Spend the night in a hotel in Azau. (B, L, D)

Day 5 — AZAU
You awake for an early breakfast and to begin our acclimatization hike. Climb up the eastern slopes of the Cheget ski area, bringing the group to over 11,000’ and offering impressive views of Mt. Elbrus across the valley. Descending back to Cheget via a single chairlift, lunch is in a local café before returning to Azau. The rest of the afternoon is spent organizing your gear for the expedition. Overnight in Azau hotel.(B, L, D)

Day 6 — GARABASHI HUT
From Azau, ride ski lifts to the Garabashi Hut (12,000') at the foot of Elbrus’ glaciers. Also referred to as "The Barrels", the Garabashi Hut is where you stay while on the mountain. Set off on a ski tour to acclimate on the lower reaches of the glaciers and snowfields to approximately 13,000'. Overnight in a Garabashi Hut. (B, L, D)

Day 7 — GARABASHI HUT
You build upon your acclimatization by ascending to Pastukhova Rocks at 15,000’, gaining familiarity with the route and reviewing basic ski mountaineering techniques. Remove skins at the Rocks and make turns back down to the Garabashi Hut for the night. Overnight in a Garabashi Hut. (B, L, D)

Day 8 — GARABASHI HUT
The team spend the morning reviewing basic mountaineering techniques such as ice axe arrest, crampon techniques and roped travel. Today's focus is on acclimatization and rest. Final preparations are made for Summit Day and you settle in early in anticipation of tomorrow's summit attempt. Overnight in a Garabashi Hut. (B, L, D)

Day 9 — SUMMIT DAY
The team gets an early alpine start for the summit. Begin your ascent with a snowcat ride to Pastukhova Rocks (15,000'). From there, climb the low angle snow slopes and traverse towards the Saddle (17,700'). You will use a mix of ascending techniques, including skinning, ski crampons, or climbing in crampons with our skis on our packs. Mt. Elbrus has two large summit domes and the Saddle separates the East Summit from the West Summit. Both are comparable in size but the West Summit is slightly higher, and our objective.

The team's route gets somewhat steeper as you gain the upper summit plateau where the ridge is followed to the Summit. After enjoying the summit and its impressive views of the Caucasus mountain range, begin your 6,500' ski descent to the Garabashi Hut. The descent route may vary from the ascent route in order to take advantage of better snow or ski terrain. Depending on the schedule, the time of day and the weather there is an option of taking the tram back down into the valley or spending one more night on the mountain. Summit Day time is 8 to 10 hours.Overnight in a Garabashi Hut or Azau. (B, L, D)

Day 10 — AZAU
This extra day is scheduled into the itinerary in case we encounter bad weather or need additional time for acclimatization. Having this extra day has proven to dramatically improve the team's success. If we do not use this day for our summit attempt, we can spend the day in Azau relaxing, horseback riding, fishing and/or visiting the local market. Overnight in Azau. (B, L, D)

Day 11 — ST. PETERSBURG
An early departure from your hotel to Mineralnye Vody for our flight to St. Petersburg. A transfer from the airport brings us to our hotel in the center of the city. Overnight at Hotel Arcadia. (B)

Day 12 — ST. PETERSBURG
Take a half-day tour of the striking city of St. Petersburg. Attractions include a visit to the State Hermitage, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and walking along the banks of the city's many canals. The afternoon is free to check out any of the numerous churches, palaces, museums, or parks that make up this wonderful city. We finish the day with an evening boat cruise on the city's canals. You spend your final night in Russia enjoying the city and sleeping at the Hotel Arcadia. (B)

Day 13 — TRAVEL
Leave your hotel in the morning for the return flight from St. Petersburg (LED) to the U.S or other destination. (B)

Lodging

Lodging on the Ski Mt Elbrus is in three hotels & mountain huts. In Moscow spend two night in the 4 star Hotel Park Inn Sadu. In St Petersburg you will spend two nights in the 4 star Hotel Arcadia.


Moscow hotel..

..Moscow Hotel room...

 St Petersburg hotel.

At Mt Elbrus, you will spend 3 or 4 nights in a local hotel in the village of Azau & 3 or 4 nights in a mountain hut at Garabashi at over 12,000' (3700m) elevation.

Dates, Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Dates

June 12 to 24, 2020

Rates

13 days - USD$5,300

Inclusions
  • All airport transfers and ground transport for the group during the tour.
  • All internal flights during tour.
  • 11 Nights accommodation (hotel and mountain hut).
  • 11 Days fully hosted and guided including lift tickets and snowcat hire.
  • 11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Guided walking tour of Moscow.
  • Guided tour and river cruise in St Petersburg.
Add-ons
  • Single occupancy in hotel rooms (price on application).
Not Included

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PAYMENT
For domestic programs, a 25% deposit is required to secure your reservation. Please note: this deposit is nonrefundable. Final payment (75%) is due 30 days prior to the start of the program. For signups within 30 days of the program start date, full payment is due at signup.

For Alaska, Canada, and international programs, a 50% deposit is required to secure your reservation. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the program. For signups within 60 days of the program start date, full payment is due at signup.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS
Our cancellation policy strives to be fair to all parties involved. Given enough advanced notice, we can refund most of the cost of your trip. However, as this is a time sensitive business that involves scheduling guides, permits, and other resources far in advance, please understand that we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

Cancellation requests must be received in writing for a refund. Cancellations are effective as of the time we receive the written request.

For domestic programs, refund policy for cancellations is as follows:

  • More than 30 days prior to the start of the trip: Full refund less deposit (75% of the total program cost).
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start of the trip: No refund is provided.
  • For Alaska, Canada and international programs, refund policy for cancellations is as follows:
  • More than 60 days prior to the start of the trip: Full refund less deposit (50% of the total program cost).
  • Less than 60 days prior to the start of the trip: No refund is provided.

CHANGE OF DATE
A change of date may be requested up until 45 days prior to the start of your program, subject to availability and provided it is within the current season.

GENERAL POLICIES
We reserve the right to cancel any program before it begins for any reason. In such an instance a full refund will be provided, however Pacific Alpine Guides cannot be responsible for nonrefundable expenses (airline tickets, hotels, etc.) incurred by the participant.

Weather: No refunds or credits will be provided for delays due to weather, road, or avalanche conditions, or flight delays on programs involving helicopters or ski planes. If a program is cancelled outright by the guide service before it begins, due to weather, road, or avalanche conditions, a rain check will be offered. Non-participation due to weather conditions is subject to our normal cancellation policy. Once a program begins, no refunds will be issued for any reason, including non-participation.

Changes of Itinerary: We reserve the right to modify or the change the itinerary of a program at any time. This includes changing routes/objectives based on what the guide/instructor deems appropriate for the conditions or the group.

The success of programs with defined objectives such as summit climbs, climbing or skiing routes, etc., is affected by a multitude of factors including weather, mountain conditions, group dynamics, etc., and is in no way guaranteed.

Early Departures: No refunds will be given for participants leaving a trip early, by personal choice or by discretion of the guide. All costs incurred in such an instance are the responsibility of the participant.

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