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|May 22 to 29, 2020||
8500 AED/ 2315 USD
(Includes Dubai to Mineralnye Vody Flight)
7050 AED/ 1915 USD
(Excluding international flight)
|Moderate – Difficult|
Nonrefundable deposit to secure your spot: 3500 AED/ 950 USD (with flights) or 2000 AED/ 545 USD (without flights)
March 22: Remaining amount (nonrefundable)
Why Trek Mt. Elbrus with Grasp The Adventure:
Got the summit bug? Mt. Elbrus stands proud at 5642 m making it the highest in Russia, and all of Europe! It is also fifth among the 7 Summits of the World. If you summited mountains like this before, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. The itch to push yourself to that limit once again, to conquer yourself before the mountain, the fact that once it’s all said and done, you just can’t stop thinking about when and where your next one will be. If you haven’t summited a mountain before, then this is your chance to feel that rush; you do not need any mountaineering experience to attempt Elbrus although we strongly recommend that you trek something like Kilimanjaro or Toubkal first, in order to gain some experience.
Besides it being a great achievement and another one of the seven summits of your list, the hike up Elbrus is a beautiful and humbling experience. You’ll constantly be surrounded with jaw dropping views of the Caucasus Mountain Range. On summit day, you will have to challenge yourself more than you ever have before, you will have to conquer your weaknesses and push through exhaustion despite every braincell demanding that you turn back. When you stand there at the summit amongst your new formed family, staring down at the clouds, you will understand why we do this, how it reshapes you forever… and you will fall in love with it.
To increase our chances of summiting, our itinerary features up to two reserve days to account for weather conditions. Moreover, we will be using the Snowcat on summit day to take us up to Pastuckhov rocks, this saves us a lot of time and preserves our energy for the remaining push from 4200 m to the summit; after all, it is a 1450 m altitude gain! When you’re feeling exhausted, we all support and encourage each other to keep us going as ‘One Team with One Dream’!
At Grasp The Adventure, our number 1 goal is to promote the spirit of adventure and the love of nature while forming bonds as strong as the mountains we hike on. We sincerely view all the hikers that joined our previous trips as friends and family, this is why we do our best to keep them safe and happy at all times. So besides going on awesome hikes to jaw-dropping sights, you’ll also be making new, like-minded friends.
Is This Hike For You?
So you want to join but you’re also freaking out that you may not be experienced enough for this trek, well here are some things to consider:
- Summiting Elbrus requires no technical or mountaineering experience
- The day to day acclimatization hikes are easy
- We will be hiking high and sleeping low to help acclimatize
- You will be staying in huts everyday, no need for tents and camping
- The huts have toilets, hot water, electricity, beds and more comfortable amenities
- Altitude sickness can hit anyone, but taking altitude sickness pills like Diamox significantly reduce the chances of that happening
- Summit day will be very challenging physically and mentally
- You will need strong will power and mental strength to push through summit day
- You will need to be fit for the summit push, an active lifestyle and exercise are required
- Weather conditions are unpredictable and will add to the challenge
The good news is that you have more than four months to increase your fitness, strengthen your cardiovascular system and prepare for this trek. We will help you do so by sending out our Grasp The Fitness training regime. We are committed to helping you expand your comfort zone, all you need to do is to keep a positive mental attitude. Here are some factors that will help you make it to the summit:
- We will have a 1 guide to 3 hikers ratio on summit day, this ensures that everyone has sufficient support
- You will only be required to carry your day pack which will include whatever you may need during the hike, such as raincoat, snacks, camera and water
- Staying in the huts every day before the summit push will ensure that we are well rested and acclimatized
- Our guide will conduct a training session on using crampons and ice-axes to get everyone comfortable with them before the summit attempt
- We will take a Snowcat up to Pastuckhov rocks on summit day which saves us time and energy
- Trek Guides are all professionally trained to handle any emergencies or evacuations under the unlikely circumstances should they occur
Price: 8,500 AED (2,315 USD) With Flight or 7,050 AED (1,915 USD) W/O Flight
This price includes everything from the moment you set foot in Mineralnye Vody to the moment you depart, except for any shopping, souvenirs, extra snacks/ drinks that you may want to purchase or any paid activities that you choose to do on the free day after we are done with the summit. Please refer to ‘exclusions’ below for more detail.
|Return Dubai-Mineralnye Vody flight on Aeroflot Airways||Russia Visa if required|
|Comfortable hotels & huts (double room basis)||Travel Insurance|
|Guided treks||Altitude sickness tablets (Diamox)|
|Guides and chefs for the hike||Personal Expenses (souvenirs, snacks)|
|All transportation in Russia||Paid activities on extra day|
|All tips for guides and chefs||Clothing (check packing list for details)|
|Ski-lift tickets||Sleeping bags (can be rented)|
|Snowcat for summit day||Extra hiking gear|
|3 meals per day, everyday|
|Summit celebration party|
|Professional photography of the trip|
|Training regime for hike|
|One Grasp The Adventure t-shirt|
|One free local hike|
|Support with visa invitation letter|
Mt. Elbrus Packing List:
Prepare for -20 C temperature on the summit!
- Original Passport
- Backpack or duffle for clothes and equipment
- Day Pack with rain cover
- Insulated Water Storage (bladder or canteen)
- Hiking boots
- 3-4 wicking t-shirts (we’ll be giving you one Grasp The Adventure hiking t-shirt)
- 2-3 hiking pants
- 4-5 sets of undergarments
- 4-5 sets of socks
- 1-2 sets of winter socks
- 1 fleece jacket (temperatures as low as -20 C on the summit)
- 1 down jacket (temperatures as low as -20 C on the summit)
- Thermal base-layer top
- Thermal base-layer trousers
- Thermal glove liners
- Mittens or heavy snow gloves
- 1 rain jacket
- Head torch
- Power bank
- Warm, winter hat
- Ski mask
- Sun hat
- Sun glasses
- Snow goggles
- Waterproof plastic bags to put clothes in
- Sandals or slippers or sneakers
- Hiking poles
- Microfibre face towel
- Microfibre body towel
- Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, conditioner, nail clippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, Fresh Buzz, toilet paper, hairbrush, feminine products)
- Personal First-Aid (Vitamins, hydration tablets, sleeping pills, altitude sickness pills)
- Lip balm
- Moisturizing cream
- Nose drops
- Insect repellent
Day 1: Friday, May 22nd: Dubai – Mineralnye Vody Airport – Mt. Elbrus Hotel
Meet in Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 at 7:00 am sharp for check-in and airport procedures. We will be flying on Aeroflot Airways via Moscow to arrive in Mineralnye Vody Airport at 6:55 pm. The team in Russia will be waiting at the airport to transport us to our mountain hotel at Mt. Elbrus which is at an altitude of 2100 m. After a late night dinner, we will retire to our double rooms for the night.
Day 2: Saturday, May 23rd: Mt. Cheget Acclimatization Ascent
Maximum altitude: 3450 m/ Hike distance: km/ Hike duration: hrs
We do not have to be up too early today in order to get a chance to rest from yesterday’s travel. After breakfast, we will take the ski lift up Cheget Mountain; the ski lifts are useful since they enable us to spend longer at high altitude without being exhausted, this greatly increases our chances of summiting successfully. From the upper ski lift station, it is a short hike on the mountain edge to the summit of Cheget at an altitude of 3450 m. If the weather permits, we will spend some time here for photos and sightseeing. Next, we go back down to Cheget village for lunch at a local café at around 3 pm. Tonight is our last night in the valley, so we’ll prepare all our equipment for the hike and hire anything that we don’t have.
Day 3: Sunday, May 24th: Base Camp at the Pilgrim Huts
Maximum altitude: 4300 m/ Hike distance: km/ Hike duration: hrs
Well rested, we will have our breakfast at the mountain hotel and then head off with all the necessary equipment, you can leave anything that you don’t need for the hike at the hotel. We will have to carry our own equipment and clothes from the hotel to the ski lifts (5 minutes) and from the lifts to our base camp, The Pilgrim Huts (5 minutes).
The Pilgrim Huts, at an altitude of 3840 m, is not the highest base camp but is the most comfortable one. There is electric power, light, heaters, personal beds, separate dining room and kitchen. Not being the highest also allows us to hike high and sleep low, giving our bodies better sleep. This ultimately leads to us being well rested and better prepared for the summit push.
After a short tea break at the huts, we will embark on our second acclimatization hike up to the beginning of the Pastuckhov Rocks and probably even a little higher to an altitude of 4200 – 4300 m. Depending on the weather and time, our guide may offer us a short snow/ice/rope/self-belay techniques course. We’ll be having lunch and dinner at the huts.
Day 4: Monday, May 25th: Acclimatization Hike
Maximum altitude: 4300 m/ Hike distance: km/ Hike duration: hrs
Tomorrow is the big day! So it is important not to overexert ourselves today. We will go for another acclimatization hike not higher than 4300 m and then return back to the huts for rest. Our guide will give us some training to make us feel more comfortable with crampons and ice axes before the summit push. Climbing experience is not needed for this summit though, in case of any emergencies, the guides will rope us up and make proper belay.
Day 5: Tuesday, May 26th: The Summit
Maximum altitude: 5642 m/ Hike distance: km/ Hike duration: hrs
This is it, this is when the going gets tough and the tough get going. Wake up call at 2 am to get ready and have breakfast. We’ll be sitting around the dining table nervously laughing at the memories we’ve formed so far, anxiously waiting for the push. At 3 am, we head out to take the Snowcat up to the Pastuckhov Rocks. This will save us a great deal of time and preserve our energy for the push to come. It takes around 5 more hours (depends on the group’s pace) from there to get to Mount Elbrus’s Summit at an altitude of 5642 m. You are now at the Roof of Europe, the clouds quickly passing below you, take it all in and enjoy your great achievement.
From the summit, it takes around 3 hours to descend back to the Pilgrim Huts. We will spend the rest of the day relaxing and sharing stories of how we each felt up there.
Day 6: Wednesday, May 27th: Summit Reserve Day
In case we got hit with bad weather yesterday, today will act as a reserve day to summit the mountain. Otherwise, we will have breakfast early in the Pilgrim Huts before descending back to the mountain hotel in the valley.
We cannot visit Russia without immersing ourselves into its deep culture. So the rest of the day will be spent in cultural experiences and tours while also visiting the wool market for some shopping. We will have lunch at an Azau Café and finally celebrate reaching the summit with a dinner party at a local café in the evening.
Day 7: Thursday, May 28th: Mineral Springs & Shopping
In case we got hit with bad weather and summited yesterday instead, then the descent to the mountain hotel and dinner party will be held today.
Otherwise, today will act as a free day to relax at the mineral springs, do some shopping or even hike to a side valley if you still have some energy left in the tank! You may even choose to just kick back and chill at the hotel with some walks nearby.
Today also acts as a reserve day in case we couldn’t summit because of bad weather. In this case, it will be a tough one since we’ll have to summit and then descend all the way down to the hotel without a night to rest at the huts.
Day 8: Friday, May 29th: Mt. Elbrus Hotel – Mineralnye Vody Airport – Dubai
We will have breakfast at the hotel and spend some time relaxing before it is time to check-out. The bus will transport us back to Mineralnye Vody Airport in time to catch our flight back to Dubai. As we always say, this may be the end of the trip but definitely not the end of our new formed family. With Grasp the Adventure, we think it is very important to continue meeting up after the trip, to go over the photos and laugh over the memories and eventually grasp many more adventures together.
“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”
– David McCullough Jr.