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CAUCASUS

MOUNTAIN BIKE AROUND ELBRUS, 10 days

+ ELBRUS CLASSIC CLIMB - 5642 m, 6 days

 

The uninhabited Caucasian valleys, soaring eagles, wild nature, little-used tracks offers a landscape. Passes up to 3232 m. in the height, roads demanding attention, trekking over glacier through Khotu -Tau pass 3549 m. gives sports accent. After the bike tour around Elbrus there is a possibility to make an ascent on the highest point of Europe — Mt. Elbrus of 5642 m. It is a super combination.

 

Obligatory conditions:

MTB ride: Technik*** Condition***
Trekking: Technik*** Condition***
Mountaineering: Technik*** Condition****

 

Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrival to Mineralny Vody. Transfer to the hotel “Intourist” in spa-city Pyatigorsk (25km.) (D.)
Day 2

Transfer Pyatigorsk - Kislovodsk by bus. Kislovodsk is one of the oldest health resorts in Russia with mineral springs. Kislovodsk is located at the foot of the Central Caucasus at the height of app. 800 m. First day of riding. We prepare our bikes and begin a fantastic mountain bike adventure. We start and go to Betchasyn Plateau and Base Camp 1. After 12km asphalt road and 44km mountain road riding along mountain slopes we set up the camp near small river and enjoy our first camping Kharbas. Mt. Elbrus is 50km far but seems very close.

Daily distance 56km. (B, L, D)

Day 3

Riding from Camp 1 to Dzhyly-Su valley. We stop near Mt. Elbrus foot from the north side. The huge two-headed white giant right there. Camp 2 is located near the warm mineral sources which beat from under the ground.

4 hours. Daily distance 39km. Difference of heights 1453m. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Camp 2 - Camp 3 "Tyrnyauz" valley. Fantastic landscape, green pastures. Only shepherds and sheep can see your success in overcoming the first pass higher than 3000m of altitude. Camping in “Tyrnyauz” Valley.

3,5 hours. Daily distance 37km. Difference of heights 1390m. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Camp 3 - Adyr-Su Valley - Camp 4. This day we will descend to the Baksan valley near old mine Tytnyauz, then 15km by asphalt road till Adyr-Su valley. Biking by good soil road in wood along the mountain river Adyr-su. Magnificent panorama of mountains of the Great Caucasus Ridge.

6 hours. Daily distance 69km. Difference of heights 844m. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Camp 4 - Terskol village. 17 km riding down to Upper Baksan village in Baksan Valley. Then 28 km along Baksan river by asphalt road. Accommodation in hotel near the foot of Mt. Elbrus from the south side. The warm shower and tasty Caucasian meals will be your reward in that day.

3 hours. Daily distance 45km. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Cable car to the «Stariy Krugozor» station, 3500 m. 6—7 hours trekking to the Khotu-Tau Pass (3549 m) and descent to the Ullu-Kam Valley. From the Pass there is a nice view on a Great Caucasus Ridge with Mt. Elbrus, Georgian mountains at South, at the East — famous mountains Ushba, Chatyn, Bezengi Wall. You need warm clothes, trekking shoes and crampons. Tents, sleeping bags, bikes and all other equipment will be transported on a truck to the Ullu-Kam Valley. That is West Caucasus. Overnight in tents not far from old huts of shepherds. (B. L. D)
Day 8

Descent downwards on valley 20 km to the Khurzuk (first after Azau village). Asphalt road will start here. Pines are looking like a green tunnel, glades full of blooming flowers and grazing sheep and cows. Overnight in tents near the old shepherds farm.

The day distance is 42 km. (B. L. D)

Day 9 The last day of our trip. By the beautiful road over pastures we are going up to the Gumbashi Pass (2060 m.). The giant Elbrus is saying us: «Goodbye». By bus we are going to Pyatigorsk. We can see the white head of Mt. Elbrus at the last time from the balcony of our room. (B. L. D)
Day 10 Transfer to the airport. Departure home. (B.)

 

We start the second part of the program (by request):

ELBRUS CLASSIC CLIMB — 5642 m

Day 10 We can leave our bikes in Pyatigorsk. Bus transfer to the Baksan Valley, (3 h/ 180 km.). Cable car to Chalet "Stariy Krugozor" (3000m.) DBL Accomodation.
Day 11 Drive by cable car and chair lift to the high altitude hut. Acclimatization ascent to the Priyut Hut, 4200 m (1,5-2 h). Overnight in the mountain hut.
Day 12 Acclimatization ascent up to Pastukhov Rocks, 4700 m (3-4 h). Overnight in the mountain hut.
Day 13 Summit day: early start at 3:00 a.m. Ascent of the western summit, 5642 m (10 - 12 h). Overnight in the mountain hut.
Day 14 Reserve day or return to the hotel.
Day 15 Transfer Baksan Valley - Mineralny Vody airport. Departure home.

 

Dates of the tour:

Regular groups: You can choose the convenient dates and we will organize the program for you.
Individual tour: You can choose the convenient dates and we will organize the program for you.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE AROUND ELBRUS, 10 days

It is included:

  • visa support;
  • DBL room in hotel “Intourist” in Pyatigorsk, BB (1 night);
  • DBL or TRL accommodation in Chalet “Stariy Krugozor”, FB (1 night);
  • 4 x 4 car escort, driver;
  • bus transfers according to the program;
  • HB + lunch-packet during the bike tour;
  • cook assistance;
  • gaz kitchen, kitchen equipment;
  • lift to "Staryi Krugozor" station (1 step);
  • all local and state taxes and fees;
  • permit to the border zone;
  • permit to 2 National Parks;
  • equipment on the route: double tents like "Mc. Kinly" or same, repair set, caremats in tents;
  • police registration (OVIR);
  • first AID KID.
  • assistance of German or English,- speaking representative of Top-Travel.

 

Not included:

  • air ticket Moscow – Mineralny Vody - Moscow;
  • SNGL accommodation;
  • bike;
  • personal gear (sleeping bags, etc);
  • accident and rescue insurance;
  • cash for extra expenses;
  • excess baggage fees and departure taxes.

 

ELBRUS CLASSIC CLIMB, 6 days

It is included:

  • transfer Pyatigorsk - Terskol - Min.Vody; - DBL or TRL accommodation in Chalet “Stariy Krugozor”, FB (1 night);
  • DBL room in hotel in Terskol, FB (breakfast, lunch packet, dinner) (1 nights);
  • accommodation in “Barrels” or another mountain hut, FB (3 nights);
  • cook and crockery in mountain hut;
  • Russian mountain guide;
  • lifts;
  • all land transfers according to the program;
  • all local and state taxes and fees;
  • permit to the National Park;
  • police registration (OVIR);
  • permit to Elbrus climbing;
  • assistance of German or English,- speaking representative of Top-Travel.

 

Not included:

  • SNGL accommodation;
  • all personal climbing equipment gear;
  • accident and rescue insurance;
  • cash for extra expenses;
  • snowcat to Pastukhov Rocks;
  • excess baggage fees and departure taxes.