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Elbrus may be attempted by any strong mountain walker who is familiar with the use of an ice axe and crampons. Nevertheless it is important to remember that it is a mountain of almost Himalayan proportions and good acclimatisation is essential. In bad weather conditions may become Arctic.

Mount Elbrus Ascent
Most first time visitors to Caucasus are keen to ascend Mount Elbrus, 5642m, Europe's highest mountain. Elbrus lies just north of the main Caucasus Chain - a range almost 1000 miles long with a heavily glaciated central section containing several summits rising well above 5000m. Many of the remote side valleys are seldom visited except in summer by shepherds. Pine forests, alpine meadows, mineral springs, glacial rivers and periods of settled weather complete the picture.

Our standard scheduled trip is 15 days long. The first week involves porter-supported back-packing, camping in alpine meadows crossing high passes and the ascent of a simple glaciated summit. The final few days are devoted to the ascent of Elbrus. Ice axe and crampons are required. details. See also our  Short Elbrus trips.

Private trips for groups and individuals may be easily organised as we have a permanently manned base throughout the summer in the Baksan valley with our own administration, guides, support staff and doctor.

Ski touring in the Caucasus

Unlike the Alps the snow in the Caucasus is virtually guaranteed, there is good powder to be found late into the season and the season is long.  We use the New Jailyk Hotel, a high mountain lodge located in the high and remote upper sections of the Adyl-Su valley.  Also our Baksan Valley base as described above is also used to access the Baksan ski lift and cable car system.  Our scheduled trips end with an opportunity to ascend Mount Elbrus.   

Technical Climbing 
There are thousands of other elegant summits to be climbed and valleys to be explored. Those coming with more time or wishing to climb some of the numerous other, elegant summits should consider organising the trip as a private group. Our guides are based permanently in the Baksan Valley throughout the summer months. 
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