Mount Elbrus, one of the seven summits, stands tall as the highest peak in Europe with a height of 5,642m ( 5.642km). Mt. Elbrus is a conical volcano with two volcanic summits: the western summit being the taller one with a height of 5,642m and the eastern summit with a height of 5,621m.
Both of these are dormant volcanoes that still have the chance to erupt. Mt. Elbrus was named after a great mountain from the Iranian myth. It lies in the southern region of Russia within the Prielbrusye National Park.
The National Park is home to diverse natural forests, vegetation, and animals. The climbers get to experience various vegetation as well as climatic conditions while ascending the mountain.
They can also experience the magnificent views of the 22 glaciers. The glaciers have also given rise to other 77 sub glaciers. These glaciers and sub glaciers combine and source the Malka and Kuban rivers which add more beauty to the expedition.
There are also many deep yet small lakes that the climbers have to pass. The climb to Mt. Elbrus is a great chance to connect with nature and to gather an adventurous experience of climbing one of the seven summits.
Climbing Mt. Elbrus is a lot easier than climbing other peaks of the seven summits when it comes to technical difficulties. There are no or fewer technical climbing requirements for one to climb this mountain.
However, they do need to have basic skills for mountaineering. The biggest challenge that one has to face while attempting to ascend this mountain is its weather due to which the visibility can drop in an instant.
Even in the summers, the wind can turn violent which can cause an extreme drop in temperature and poor visibility. Winds blowing at a speed of 100km\hr are common to this mountain and can even result in zero visibility for the climbers.
The mountain itself does not have hard or dangerous crevasses but many of the times climbers die by falling through them because of the low visibility. Mt. Elbrus also faces extreme arctic conditions due to which there is permanent ice everywhere and even the ground gets frozen permanently.
This frozen ground and the permanent ice make climbing more difficult.
Climbing Mount Elbrus is a refreshing as well as once in a lifetime experience. However, it has its own set of challenges that one has to go through to reach the summit.
The strong winds, temperature drops, and instant poor visibility are always there to challenge the climbers. Besides these, one also needs experience and proper guidance to reach the summit successfully and safely.
This is where Marvel Treks come into the picture. The entire team of Marvel Treks deliberately works to provide the best services and facilities to you and makes sure that you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Taking care of the basic needs, safety measures, and legal formalities to provide satisfactory and convenient services in the best interest of the clients are the main goals of Marvel Trek.
The best season for an expedition to Mount Elbrus is during summer when the weather is somewhat less harsh and comparatively warm. Also, the weather in summer is stable, so climbers can be prepared and be ready to face the predictable challenges.
However, the winter is not much recommended as the climate is harsh and unpredictable. During winter, the temperature drops below -50 degrees and even the lands on the lower altitude get snow heavily.
Climbing Mount Elbrus is easier than climbing other mountains among the seven summits as not much or very less technical climbing is required.
However, the strong winds leading to extreme temperature drops and poor visibility are the biggest challenges for the climbers. Many times the wind can blow at a speed of 100km/hr leading to zero visibility.
Due to this poor or zero visibility, many climbers have fallen from the crevasses even though the crevasses aren’t that difficult or dangerous. Also, the arctic condition of this mountain results in the ground freezing permanently with permanent ice and snow everywhere.
These hard frozen grounds and ices make climbing more difficult. However, with proper experienced guidance, one can climb the mountain with ease.
Climbing Mount Elbrus might be an adventurous, thrilling and self-refreshing activity yet it is dangerous too so making a rush might not be the best thing to do considering your safety.
But due to the expensive national park fees and the availability of only huts to spend the many long nights, the expedition can’t be prolonged for a longer time. So, the overall adventure of climbing Mount Elbrus is scheduled for a span of 8 days.
Transportation: Includes pickups and drop offs from and to the airport along with the jeep rides and cable car rides during the trip.
Food and accommodation: Accommodations will be provided in a 3-star hotel while staying in Baksan and Cheget and in huts during different stops in the trip. A welcome dinner will also be held to introduce our team with the clients. Later,3 meals will be served during the trip which will be cooked by talented cooks along with occasional teas and coffees.
Permits and fees: Papers and letters required for Russian VISA will be managed. The company will also take care of different Royalties and permits from Russian government. Permits and entry fees in National Parks will also be added along with the cable car tickets
Insurance: The company will cover for insurances of all the involved staff in case of accidents.
Equipment: All the tools and equipment that will be needed for the expedition will be transported by the company .In case of unfavorable circumstances, it may also be done through other means.
Guides and porters: Members will be facilitated with guides and porters.
Base camp staffs and equipment: The base camp will be fully equipped with a separate kitchen tent, dining tent, communication tent along with a toilet tent along with all the other necessary items that are needed for a comfortable stay. Solar panels or generators will also be managed for electricity as well as the dining tent and other tents will be equipped with heaters to keep you warm. Expert cooks and porters will be there in the camp to assist you. The base camp will also have a bar and bakery.
Certificate: The members will be honored with a certificate for their accomplishment of climbing the mountain.
International flights: The clients have to bear their flights fees while arriving and leaving Russia.
Visa and insurance: The clients are responsible for their VISA while arriving in Russia. You have to pay for their insurance in case of any accidents.
Meals in Cheget: While staying in Cheget, you have to pay for your lunch as well as dinner yourself.
Personal belongings and interests: The clients are requested to arrange their own clothing and required gears while joining the expedition. They also have to arrange the items required to maintain their personal hygiene. They have to bear the additional charges for services like phone calls, hot bath, laundry etc. They have to pay extra charge in case they want to shoot videos or capture pictures.
Tips and bonuses: It will be highly appreciated if the clients can make some tips and bonuses to the hardworking guides and the base camp workers for their hard work.
Extra services: In case you want any other services that’s not mentioned above like arrangement of single room or a single vehicle ride, then you have to pay extra from your pocket.
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