Day 1. Landing at Mineralnye Vody airport – preferably before 3 PM. Taking a 200km /3-hour ride to mountain hotel, situated in the beginning of the 100km Baksan valley, almost on the slope of Mt. Elbrus. Meeting and having dinner with the guide.
Day 2. Acclimatization hike to Maid’s Braids waterfall (at 2700 m) and further on, to the observatory (at 3100m).
Day 3. Taking a lift to the refuge and setting up there. After a snack, making an acclimatization hike to an elevation of 4550m, to the lower part of Pastukhov’s Rocks.
Day 4. Rest day. Final preparations for summiting Elbrus.
Day 5. Ascent to the mount Elbrus (5642m), with an early start (at 2–4 AM) and possible use of a Snowcat. The proportion of guides and clients is strictly 1:3.
Day 6. Reserve day. Descent to the hotel.
Day 7. Transfer to the airport at 7 AM (plan your flight with this in mind!). Probably there will be some time for a walk in Pyatigorsk after you reach the airport and leave your luggage there. On your own, you can visit also the well-known Russian poet Lermontov’s duel site.
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