Recently in my Facebook Page I commented that it would be fun to see if anyone wanted to climb Elbrus, one of the Seven Summits, during the Race this year. I am in the process of ironing out the details with my Russian Guide friend, but I have been able to get a prospective itinerary.
VIII International Elbrus Race 2013 Tourist Program :
|15.09.2013||day 01||Flight arrival to Min Vody. Transfer to Baksan Valley. Accommodation in the Hotel.|
|16.09.2013||day 02||Acclimatization Hike TBD. Accommodation in the Hotel.|
|17.09.2013||day 03||Transfer to Azau lift station. The opening of the competition. Going up to refuge “Barrels” ~3710m. Night at refuge “Barrels”|
|18.09.2013||day04||Early morning acclimatization hike to the Pastukova rocks, 4800 m. Racers arrive about 12:30 PM|
|19.09.2013||day 05||Relax day. Night at the refuge “Barrels” (full moon at 15:00 pm)|
|20.09.2013||day 06||2:00 AM Alpine start – begin climb of Mt. Elbrus 5642 m. Racers arrive about 10:00 AM
|21.09.2013||day 07||Spare day for weather, summit climb, or Race or Awards Ceremony at the morning & The farewell party at the evening|
|22.09.2013||day 08||Transfer to airport. Flight from Min Vody.|
As a disclaimer, I’d like to point out that this is a traditional itinerary for climbing the mountain, and while it is concurrent with the race, is not participating in the race. People who are qualified and interested in the race should contact me privately for instruction and advice.
Additionally, this is a rough itinerary based on current discussions with the Russian Logistics company, and is subject to availability of rooms, transportation, and Russian Guides during the event. My most recent communication suggests that we might extend it out to 9 days, September 23, and do the P-Rock hike on September 19, and the Summit on September 21 or 22. Because my contact is a working guide, and Russia is 12 hours time difference from me, there is a communication gap.
Prices and exact dates and times will be posted in the near future. Thanks for your patience.
Update 10 July 2013:
My Russian associate has responded with an 8-day and 11-day itinerary for this trip. The rates will be in the 600-700 Euro range assuming 2-4 participants. It would be a bit different for either more or less climbers. This price does not include the cost of snowcats, guides, and a few meals on the “on your own” acclimatization days. I will get more details when I return from Alpamayo.