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Pyatigorsk – Upper Baksan – Syltransu valley – Syltrankol lake – Syltran – Kirtyk valley – Kirtykaush pass – Upper Baksan – Azau – Shelter 11 – Pastukhov Rocks – Elbrus (5642 m) – Azau – Pyatigorsk
Duration: 10 days
Kilometer: 60 km
Cost: 32,000 rubles
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If you are brave in spirit and want to truly test yourself, we invite you to climb with us the legendary Caucasian peak – Elbrus. Elbrus is the highest peak in Russia and Europe (5642 m), located in the North Caucasus. Our trip to Elbrus consists of two parts. Our journey to Elbrus begins, where we will go through the acclimatization necessary for a successful ascent to such a high mountain. Our plans include trekking in the area of Syltranköl Lake, passing passes in the vicinity of the Kyrtyk River Valley. The route to Elbrus passes through the most picturesque places of the Caucasus and is no less interesting than the climb itself. Participants will receive the necessary training in moving on ice slopes, walking in cats and working with an ice ax. After the acclimatization campaign, we are ready to climb Elbrus.
Day 1: Upper Baksan – Siltransu River Valley
The meeting of the group takes place at the railway station of Pyatigorsk. We move to the village of Verkhny Baksan (1600 m), located in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic. We start towards the Syltranköl lake. We move along the valley of the Syltransu River and reach the pine forest, in which our first night will be. The height of the night is 2000 m, this will be the beginning of our acclimatization.
Kilometer: 3 km – climb 600 m, overnight 2000 m.
Day 2: Syltransu River Valley – Syltranköl Lake (6-8 hours)
Go down to the bottom of the valley, then gradually rise above the border of the forest. Further along the river bank we will go out to the rocks and get to the terrace with talus. Here at an altitude of 2600 meters there will be a threshold that blocked the river, as a result of which a lake was formed. We go to the headwaters of the Syltransu valley, where in the circus between the peaks of Mukal and Syltranköl-Bashi is the picturesque lake Syltranköl. We will settle for the night on the lake at an altitude of 3180 m.
Kilometer: 4 km – climb 1180 m, overnight 3180 g.
Day 3: Radial exits for acclimatization around Syltranköl Lake
Today we will make radial (without backpacks) mountain exits in the vicinity of Lake Syltranköl. We enjoy stunning views and at the same time continue active acclimatization at altitudes of 3200-3600 m. We will also conduct classes on movement on ice and snow, and master the technique of self-retention by an ice ax.