Terskol and Cheget, Cheget
I'm returning to Russia in 2015 to guide another trip to the highest peak in Europe, Elbrus, and you're invited.
The trip is a professionally organized,professionally guided trip to climb one of the Seven Summits. After the climb there is an optional extension to visit St Petersburg, too. Trip dates: June 6-18 (Elbrus only)
St Petersburg extension: June 18-21
Climbing Elbrus is a great adventure, both on the mountain and off. We stay in huts all the way up the mountain. Much more comfy than sleeping in a tent! The mountain is snow covered, but isn't particularly techinical. A single ice axe and crampons is all that is needed, gear wise, to climb the mountain. There is one short section we rope up for. The climbing in that section isn't difficult but a slip could lead to a significant slide.
The trip starts in Moscow. We spend a day and a half there, allowing time for missed flights an lost luggage. While we're there we also take a guided city tour and visit Red Square, the Kremlin and other historic sites.
Then we fly to the Caucasus on a domestic flight (included), putting us close to the mountain. A van ride through the Russian countryside takes us from the airport to Terskol, the the town in the valley under Elbrus. We stay in a comfortable hotel in Terskol. From there we start our climb of the mountain! We follow a fairly standard acclimatization schedule of hiking up, sleeping low, then moving up the next day.
On the mountain we sleep in huts, including the famous barrel huts, and the "diesel hut" at the site of the Priyut 11 hut. We use cable cars and ski lifts to help acclimatize and haul food, but we climb up every foot of the mountain.
It's possible to join this trip in boots or on skis.
We encourage people to extend their trip and visit St Petersburg with us after the mountain. It's a beautiful city, provides a contrast to Moscow and the Caucasus region, and is the home of the Hermitage Museum. Definitely worth the extension once you're in Russia.
Included on this trip:
All accommodations in Russia (dbl occupancy in hotels, dorm style in huts)
Domestic flight Moscow - Min Vody and return
Transfers to and from airport
Russian guide to smooth logistical issues, checkpoints, etc
American guide to deliver great customer service and client care
All meals on the mountain
Breakfast in Terskol, the town at the base of the mountain
Breakfasts in Moscow
Visa support/invitations are included in the trip price, but the Russian visa itself is not included in the price. We are happy to discuss the options for obtaining your Russian visa with you.
Price $4899 (GYCO members receive the OAC discounted member price) To receive the discount, use code "GYCO100" when you register
St. Petersburg extension is an additional 3 days and $750.
For more information and to register, please visit the Outdoor Adventure Club site, here: Outdoor Adventure Club ELBRUS TRIP
Meet your guide:
Richard Bothwell has been climbing big mountains for the past 20 years, is a member of the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and an AIARE avalanche instructor.
Richard has led trips on on Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, as well as a host of mountains in Peru. His personal climbing resume includes summiting Denali, Aconcagua, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, a dozen or so 6,000 meter peaks in South America, and peaks as high as 24,600 feet in China.
He has been trained by the AMGA, is a Wilderness First Responder and has guided over 30,000 user days in his career.
Questions? Feel free to contact me through the Meetup, or email me at [masked]