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SKI ASCENT OF MT. ELBRUS
(10- and 8-day variants, Normal Route from South)

Mount Elbrus is located several kilometres north of the main crest. Normally the slopes of Mt. Elbrus are too icy in winter but in the second half of the spring they are good for ski climbs and it is possible to combine excellent ski touring and downhill skiing with a ski ascent of the highest peak in Europe.

The ascent of Mt. Elbrus by the normal route is a splendid, long, high-altitude climb without any technical difficulties but it may be hard enough because of the altitude, rarefied air, variable weather, violent storms and low temperature.

Period of the programme: April - June

Programme for 10 days from Moscow to Moscow:
day 1 - arrival in Moscow; transfer airport - hotel; night at a hotel
day 2 - breakfast; transfer hotel - airport; flight Moscow - Mineralnye Vody; transfer Mineralnye Vody - Terskol Village (~ 180 km); dinner; night at a hotel
day 3 - breakfast; transfer hotel - Azau Glade (~ 2200 m); ski touring and downhill skiing with ski lifts on the slopes of Mt. Elbrus; coming back to the hotel; lunch; dinner; night at the hotel
day 4 - breakfast; transfer hotel - Azau Glade; elevating by the Elbrus Cableway to the Garabashi Station (~ 3750 m); ski tour to the Blue Hut (~ 4080 m); night at the hut
day 5 - ski tour to the Pastukhov Rocks (~ 4700 m) and descent to the Blue Hut; night at the hut
day 6 - ski ascent of the Western (5642 m) or Eastern (5621 m) summit of Mt. Elbrus and ski descent from the top to the Blue Hut; night at the hut
day 7 - coming back to the hotel; lunch; dinner; night at the hotel
day 8 - reserve day for the bad weather / breakfast; free time in the Baksan Valley; lunch; dinner; night at the hotel
day 9 - breakfast; transfer Terskol Village - Mineralnye Vody; flight Mineralnye Vody - Moscow; transfer airport - hotel; night at the hotel
day 10 - breakfast; transfer hotel - airport; departure from Moscow

Programme prices: see our trips and expeditions summary

Services and expenses included in the programme price:
- All necessary formalities: Russian visa invitations, registration in Russia, permission to enter the border region, Baksan Valley visit fees and charges
- Transfers airport - hotel in Moscow: 4 transfers
- Hotel accommodation (single and double rooms, breakfasts) in Moscow for 2 nights
- Air tickets Moscow - Mineralnye Vody - Moscow
- Transfers Mineralnye Vody - Terskol Village: 2 transfers
- Local transfers hotel - Azau Glade: 4 transfers
- Elbrus Cableway: 2 ascents
- Hotel accommodation (double rooms) in Terskol Village for 4 nights
- Hotel meals (hotel restaurant) in Terskol Village: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- Bistro meals in the Baksan Valley: 3 lunches
- Blue Hut accommodation for 3 nights
- Mountain guide of Ersh Travels
- Organizing and overhead expenses of Ersh Travels

Programme for 8 days from Mineralnye Vody to Mineralnye Vody:
day 1 - arrival in Mineralnye Vody; transfer Mineralnye Vody - Terskol Village (~ 180 km); dinner; night at a hotel
day 2 - breakfast; transfer hotel - Azau Glade (~ 2200 m); ski touring and downhill skiing with ski lifts on the slopes of Mt. Elbrus; coming back to the hotel; lunch; dinner; night at the hotel
day 3 - breakfast; transfer hotel - Azau Glade; elevating by the Elbrus Cableway to the Garabashi Station (~ 3750 m); ski tour to the Blue Hut (~ 4080 m); night at the hut
day 4 - ski tour to the Pastukhov Rocks (~ 4700 m) and descent to the Blue Hut; night at the hut
day 5 - ski ascent of the Western (5642 m) or Eastern (5621 m) summit of Mt. Elbrus and ski descent from the top to the Blue Hut; night at the hut
day 6 - coming back to the hotel; lunch; dinner; night at the hotel
day 7 - reserve day for the bad weather / breakfast; free time in the Baksan Valley; lunch; dinner; night at the hotel
day 8 - breakfast; transfer Terskol Village - Mineralnye Vody; departure from Mineralnye Vody

Programme prices: see our trips and expeditions summary

Services and expenses included in the programme price:
- All necessary formalities: Russian visa invitations, registration in Russia, permission to enter the border region, Baksan Valley visit fees and charges
- Transfers Mineralnye Vody - Terskol Village: 2 transfers
- Local transfers hotel - Azau Glade: 4 transfers
- Elbrus Cableway: 2 ascents
- Hotel accommodation (double rooms) in Terskol Village for 4 nights
- Hotel meals (hotel restaurant) in Terskol Village: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- Bistro meals in the Baksan Valley: 3 lunches
- Blue Hut accommodation for 3 nights
- Mountain guide of Ersh Travels
- Organizing and overhead expenses of Ersh Travels

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