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Elbrus Climb Russia  •  18,510'  •  5642m  •  Highest Peak in Europe
Itinerary

IMG Elbrus Climb Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Day 01Depart the United States.
Day 02Arrive in St. Petersburg. We'll be met at the airport and transfer to our hotel for the night.
Day 03Sight seeing in St. Petersburg with our English speaking tour guide. We normally visit the Fortress of Peter and Paul, St. Isaacs Cathedral and take a boat ride through the canals in the afternoon before having a nice dinner downtown close to our hotel. A second night spent at the hotel there.
Day 04Additional walking tour in the morning. Fly from St. Petersburg to Mineralnye Vody and then transfer by bus to our hotel in the town of Cheget.
Day 05Acclimatization hike above Terskol. Night in Cheget.
Day 06Training day on Elbrus. Technique review with emphasis on movement efficiency, French crampon technique, ice axe arrest and fixed line protection. Night in Cheget.
Day 07Begin our Elbrus climb. We will take the tram and ski lift to our huts on Elbrus. Elevation is approximately 12,500 ft. Short, easy hike to our team's hut before an afternoon of relaxing or taking a short hike before dinner.
Day 08This is an acclimatization day with a 4 hour hike to around above our hut to 15,000 feet. A second night will be spent at the hut.
Day 09Attempt Elbrus. Very early "alpine start" for anyone walking the full 6,000 vertical feet. Optional snowcat to a drop off higher on the mountain (as high as 16,000 feet). Return to hut for the night.
Day 10Return to the valley and our hotel in Cheget.
Day 11Possible trekking day. We can also use this as a weather contingency day for Elbrus, if needed.
Day 12Sight seeing day in the Baksan Valley and surrounding area. Lots of activities available to the team but the day usually ends with a final visit to one of the local Russian style saunas outside the village of Cheget. This day is also available as a weather contingency day, if needed.
Day 13Drive back to Mineralnye Vody and fly to Moscow. An English speaking guide will join us during our sightseeing in Moscow that day. We'll visit some of the most dramatic viewpoints overlooking the city and finish with a final, celebratory dinner in the vibrant city center. Final night at our hotel close by.
Day 14We'll visit Red Square and the Kremlin during the morning before heading to the airport for our flights to Frankfurt. Most folks will have an overnight in Frankfurt due to the typically extended layovers for connecting flights.
Day 15Transfer back to the airport for flights home.
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