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ELBRUS SKI TOUR
(15-day variant, Normal Route from South)

In winter - spring valleys, passes and mountains of the Central Caucasus are very nice for ski touring and ski mountaineering. 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 in the Baksan Valley with the ski ascent of the highest peak in Europe.

Period of the programme: April - May

Programme:
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 (very early); transfer hotel - Azau Glade; ski tour to the Azau (~ 3420 m), Chiperazau (~ 3260 m) or Chiper (~ 3360 m) passes; lunch (lunch-packet); coming back to the hotel; dinner; night at the hotel
day 5 - breakfast (very early); transfer hotel - Azau Glade; ski tour to the Azau, Chiperazau or Chiper passes; lunch (lunch-packet); coming back to the hotel; dinner; night at the hotel
day 6 - breakfast (very early); transfer hotel - Djantugan Alpine Base; hike up to the Green Hotel Bivouac (~ 2400 m) in the upper part of the Adylsu Valley; ski tour to Mt. Gumachi (3805 m); lunch (lunch-packet); coming back to the hotel; dinner; night at the hotel
day 7 - breakfast (very early); transfer hotel - Djantugan Alpine Base; hike up to the Green Hotel Bivouac in the upper part of the Adylsu Valley; ski tour to Mt. Trapezium (3740 m); lunch (lunch-packet); coming back to the hotel; dinner; night at the hotel
day 8 - breakfast; rest and preparing for Elbrus climbing; lunch; dinner; night at the hotel
day 9 - 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 10 - ski tour to the Pastukhov Rocks (~ 4700 m) and descent to the Blue Hut; night at the hut
day 11 - 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 12 - coming back to the hotel; lunch; dinner; night at the hotel
day 13 - reserve day for the bad weather / breakfast; free time in the Baksan Valley; lunch; dinner; night at the hotel
day 14 - breakfast; transfer Terskol Village - Mineralnye Vody; flight Mineralnye Vody - Moscow; transfer airport - hotel; night at the hotel
day 15 - 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: 8 transfers
- Local transfers hotel - Djantugan Alpine Base: 4 transfers
- Elbrus Cableway: 2 ascents
- Hotel accommodation (double rooms) in Terskol Village for 9 nights
- Hotel meals (hotel restaurant) in Terskol Village: 9 breakfasts, 9 dinners
- Bistro meals in the Baksan Valley: 4 lunches
- Lunches from lunch-packets during ski tours: 4 lunches
- Blue Hut accommodation for 3 nights
- Mountain guide of Ersh Travels
- Organizing and overhead expenses of Ersh Travels

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