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Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Summited 10 July 0930 2015 the real way, so no cheating on snowcats. Weather was great, the area is just amazing. The mountsineering community is great. Just be aware of all the russisans in the valley that try to cheat you on everything :)

Date of experience: July 2015
5  Thank djgeir
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Reviewed January 18, 2015

End of september 2013 we (8) took the northern route to try to reach the top. Trip to base camp was fun and enjoyable with wooden sheds to sleep in. Hardly any climbers and had the camp almost for ourselves. During the move to high camp we got hit by blizzard winds and snow. Did stay at high camp under trying circumstances and both our second sleeping tent and eating area blew away. As the situation got worse our cook left and our team was left with only 1 local guide. Decided to stay a bit longer but with no sign of improving weather we went back to base camp were the sun warmed us up. For our team this was the first mountain that did not allow to reach the top. Will come back another time but the northern route on the Elbrus is one tough climb, if you have less time or want a better chance of reaching the top take the southern slopes.

Date of experience: September 2014
11  Thank EUlrich
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Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been guiding clients on Mount Elbrus since 1999 now and made many ascents from both sides. In the early days there was just the famous 'Barrels' and the Priut-11 hut which tragically suffered from a fire, but now there are many huts and many private companies opening up the mountain. I remember using the very old cable car system and sleeping on the concrete in the station, whereas now there are brand new cable cars working the route from Azau village.

For a long time Elbrus had the infamous distinction of having the world's most horrible toilet, and it wasn't far from the truth! The second Priut Hut boasted a stalagmite of poo below the long drop that was metres high. Nowadays things are slowly changing and there are many huts, although the sanitation still leaves something to be desired.

Perhaps most importantly is that there is now a rescue hut placed in the Saddle itself at 5400 metres. Since most problems on the mountain occur with people getting sick or lost in this place, the bright red hut with room for two to lie down or a team of 4 to rest has been a big boost to safety on the hill. It is easy to spot on a clear day but on a foggy day it is very easy to get lost and wandering off route and the consequences of doing that is one of the biggest causes of fatalities on the mountain. Rescues are difficult, even though the big snowcats can now get to 5000 metres. Finding people in a whiteout is hard so it's as well to know that this hut exists!

The coordinates of the hut, set at the beginning of the rocky ridge that descends from the east to the saddle of Elbrus - right on the trail to the top of the eastern and north and south - is N 43° 21' 05", E 042° 26' 53". Please do put it in your GPS before ascending and make sure your guide has a GPS and knows how to use it, or someone in the team does. The route is not difficult but finding that hut in a whiteout can be hard.

I've been guiding Adventure Alternative a for a very long time now and I've had some wonderful times in the Baksan Valley. Never any problems, great food and wine and lovely people.

Date of experience: August 2014
10  Thank AdventureAlternative
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

I signed up for the 8-day South Route trek with Pilgrim Tours. I would recommend them. Guides are experienced.

Pilgrim Tours have built their own containers at Base Camp which were clean and comfortable.

Mt. Elbrus is a more difficult climb than Kilimanjaro. Listen to your guide's advise if he says you will need to rent any equipment for the climb. The equipments are readily available at the store in Baksan Valley.

Date of experience: June 2014
5  Thank KEHCL
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Spent a week climbing Mount Elbrus with Pilgrim Tours. Excellent experience. Well organised tour company. Be prepared for some inefficiencies, but this leaves plenty of time to take in the beautiful surrounds. Simply spectacular country-side from up on the mountain. Difficult area to get to but this is half the adventure. Highly recommended for the adventurous type who loves to travel in unique and sometimes difficult environments.

Date of experience: September 2013
20  Thank J002468
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