Mt Elbrus

Welcome to Mt Elbrus

MT. Elbrus climb

Mt Elbrus Climb

Fast Facts

Have you ever wanted to climb a Mountaineering peak? Yes

To climb MT Elbrus do I need previous climbing or mountaineering experience? No

Can I learn the skills required before the MT Elbrus climb? Yes

How many places available? 14 spots available

How many days is the MT Elbrus tour? 13 Day tour – 8-day climbing package

Where do I fly to/from? Tour arrives and departs Moscow

Where do we sleep while climbing MT Elbrus? Mountain lodge-based hiking/climbing trip (no camping in tents required)

Who guides us? Australian and Russian climbing guides for a safer experience

How Much does an MT Elbrus climb cost? From $5645.00 per person ex Moscow

Mt Elbrus is one of the seven summits. The seven summits represent the seven highest peaks on each of the world’s continents. MT Elbrus stands at 5642m ASL (above sea level) and is regarded as the highest mountain in Europe. The highest mountain in Asia is MT Everest, for North America the highest mountain is Denali (Mt McKinley), for South America the highest mountain Aconcagua, for the Australian mainland Mt Kosciuszko is the highest, for Africa MT Kilimanjaro, is the highest peak and for Antarctica (South Pole) the highest peak is Mt Vinson. This is regarded as the Base version of the seven highest summits.

Escape Mountaineering offers you the chance to climb one of the seven highest summits, and that is a true mountaineers mountain.

Click on our tour dates (tab at the top of the page for desktop and below for mobile users) to see our small group set departure dates and all the information you require.

All of our Mt Elbrus Climbs include 2 nights accommodation before and 1 night after the Climb in Moscow including site seeing with our in-house city guide to accompany you. You visit Red Square, the Kremlin, KGB building and old Soviet sites.

All our tours include all of your food and water while climbing, and this means as much food as you like with no set small portioned meals or limits on consumption. We pay for all fees, board (in superior mountain lodges) and have excellent English speaking mountain guides to accompany our Australian leaders (Australian Led only).

Escape Trekking Adventures operates under our sister business name of Escape Mountaineering. Escape Mountaineering is a small-sized operator who prides ourselves in high-quality services to our clients. We are highly experienced in Adventure Travel and Mountaineering tours.

Escape Mountaineering operates in Russia, putting together a unique itinerary and climbing package. We provide you with some personal climbing equipment that is yours to keep, that meets the high safety standards and guidance of an Australian Guide to help facilitate the entire package. From first booking onto the Tour, through to the completion of your adventure. Escape Mountaineering operates legally within Russia and utilises multiple ground agencies to help us facilitate the tour.

About MT. Elbrus

Mt Elbrus Elevation: 18,510 ft feet (5,642 meters)

MT Elbrus Location: On the border of Russia and Georgia

Mt Elbrus coordinates 43°21′18″N  42°26′21″E

First successful MT Elbrus ascent: 1874 by a British expedition led by F. Crauford Grove and including Frederick Gardner, Horace Walker, and the Swiss guide Peter Knubel

Volcanic activity shape Mt Elbrus

The MT Elbrus Volcano was formed around 2.5 million years ago. The volcano is currently dormant was last active around AD 50.

Two ascent routes to Mt Elbrus summit

There are the North and South approaches to the summit of Mt Elbrus. The South Mt Elbrus approach is the fastest and safest with much infrastructures such as heated huts/lodges, cable car and the village of Terskol. The North approach is remote has less human traffic and very little in the way of infrastructure. The North approach is considered to be alpine-style mountaineering and the South, more like climbing in the French Alps.

MT Elbrus Fastest Summit

The fastest man to summit Mt Elbrus was Vitaly Shkel in a time of 3hrs 29mins, and Female was Oksana Stefanishina in a time of 4hrs 49mins.

The Battle of the Caucasus Mountains

A series of battles between the German Axis forces and Soviet forces occurred in the Caucasus mountain region in July and August 1942 during World War II. This was regarded as the Eastern Front of the European theatre of war. The battle area around MT Elbrus proved to be a cold and bitter environment. The battle in the mountains didn’t end until September 1943 after the German withdrawal. The Caucasus area was still used as a springboard for further soviet operations during 1943 and 1944.

13 Day MT Elbrus Climb

Day 01 - 
Arrive Moscow

You will be met at our city-based Hotel by your Australian guide. Today is free to explore the surrounds of the hotel which is in the garden ring of Moscow. Enjoy a welcome dinner with briefing during dinner.

We can assist you in booking an airport transfer or guide you on how to use the Metro train.

Overnight at the Moscow Hotel. (Dinner)

Day 02 - 
Full day of sightseeing in Moscow.

Moscow sightseeing – You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide and visit many famous locations that Moscow has to offer, Red Square, KGB headquarters, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Kremlin etc .

Day 03 - Travel from Moscow to Terskol 2000m

Transfer from Moscow Hotel to Mineralyne Vody (MRV) airport in the morning. After our short flight you will be transferred by private minibus to Terskol (4 hours).(Dinner)

Day 04 - Cheget Peak summit 3500m (Overnight altitude 2000m)

Acclimatisation hike to Cheget Peak – 3,500 m. Overnight stay at Terskol lodge for evening meal.(All meals)

Day 05 - Mt. Terskol summit 3900m (2000m overnight altitude)

Acclimatisation hike to Mt. Terskol 3900m. Overnight stay lodge for evening meal and Russian sauna. (All meals)

Day 06 - Terskol village to MT Elbrus High Camp 3850m

Ascend to the High Camp by cable car. Accommodation at the mountain lodge at 3850m. Acclimatisation hike to Priyut Hut № 11 – 4100 m. Overnight stay at the mountain lodge. (All meals)

Day 07 - Acclimatisation hike & Crampon training 3850m

Acclimatisation hike to the Pastukhova Rocks – 4800 m. Walking in crampons training. Overnight stay at the mountain lodge. (All meals)

Day 08 - Training and acclimatisation Day 3850m

Rest day. Snow & Ice training with level 1 self-arrest course. Guides meeting with a group and client briefing. Overnight stay at the mountain lodge. (All meals)

Day 09 - 1st Summit attempt 5642m

Summit day. Elbrus Western Summit climb – 5642 m. Same day descent all the way back down to Terskol by cable car. Overnight stay in Terskol or mountain lodge(depending on successful summit attempt).

In the case of the group acclimatising slowly we will hold another mountaineering skills session. (All meals)

Day 10 - Summit Day 2nd attempt 5642m

Reserve day in case of bad weather on the previous day / or light hiking to Terskol Creek Waterfall. Festive dinner. Overnight stay at Terskol lodge. (All meals)

Day 11 - Reserve Day

Additional Reserve Day for weather or altitude delaying safe ascent. (All meals)

Day 12 - Transfer to MRV airport and fly to Moscow

Transfer to MRV airport and fly to Moscow. Morning transfer at 09:00 / 9 AM from Terskol lodge to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV). Overnight Moscow hotel. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 13 - Depart Moscow

Depart Moscow for home journey or extended tours in Moscow.

MT Elbrus Climb Inclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Official Invitation letter for the Russian Tourist Visa. We email it to you after we obtain your deposit payment and a scanned copy of your passport
  • All local registration fees. For foreign citizens according to the Russian legislation
  • National Park Fees
  • Climbing Permit
  • Return flights from Moscow – MRV (Mineralnye Vody) Airport
  • All transportation from MRV (Mineralnye Vody) Airport — Private Lodge — MRV airport
  • Accommodation in Terskol Village at Private Lodge. Twin-share. Single occupancy supplement may be possible
  • Accommodation in the High Camp at the new comfortable fully heated and fully electric mountain lodge at 3850 m. Mixed dorm with 8 separate beds in every room
  • Russian Banya (Russian Sauna) is available every evening in Terskol while we are not on the mountain
  • Ski Passes For all cable cars throughout the trip
  • Snowcat on the Summit Day From the High Camp lodge (3850 m.) to the Pastukhova Rocks – 4700 m
  • Snowmobiles In the case of Emergency Use Only
  • Local transfers in Terskol
  • High-Quality Meals, all meals while climbing and trekking, except days in Pyatigorsk city, if spending a Reserve Day there
  • Australian Guide, for the entire trip (for Australian led trips)
  • Local Russian Lead Guide for the whole trip
  • 2nd Local Russian Guide for the summit day (additional Russian Mountain Guides added when the group size increases)
  • Rescue Service Check-in
  • 2 Summit Attempts. Above 5000 meters is one attempt. In case of adverse weather conditions during the summit day, we try the next day again if conditions allow
  • 2 new locking and 3 new non-locking carabiners (to keep)
  • 2 new prussic ropes 1m and 2m (to keep)
  • Crampon hire
  • Ice axe hire
  • Harness hire
  • Completion Certificates
  • Festive Dinner
  • Authentic Caucasian experience
  • 3 nights accommodation in Moscow single room (no need to share)
  • Sightseeing in Moscow

Things NOT included

  • Any International flights
  • Transfer from Moscow airport to Accommodation (we can assist you in booking a transfer)
  • Russian Visa costs
  • International Medical & Evacuation Insurance for Alpine Climbing (Travel insurance and a 14 day Global Rescue policy for the mountaineering component)
  • Rental of personal climbing/trekking equipment not listed above
  • Mountaineering boot hire AUD$95-140 depending on the type of boot (to be hired at the base of Mt Elbrus)
  • Filming and video production
  • Additional (Private) Mountain Guides
  • Additional or individual transfers from /or to Mineralnye Vody Airport. You might need it in case if your flight arrives later than the time our transfer van departs from the MRV airport on the first day of the trip, or if your return flight out of MRV departs much earlier or much later than the time to which our transfer goes to the airport on the final day of the trip
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Accommodation and meals in Pyatigorsk city. If a group decides to spend a Reserve day in Pyatigorsk city after the climb, the meals and accommodation are not included. You can always choose the best time and the right menu for yourself in one of the many local restaurants.
  • Any changes in the tour on our website trip program which leads to additional expenses.
  • International arrival and departure airport Transfers
  • *Additional cultural program and sightseeing in Pyatigorsk city. If spending a Reserve Day there.

Optional Extras for MT Elbrus climb

Some of our optional extras for our MT Elbrus Tours include Mountaineering Boots, Sleeping Bag, Insulated Jacket and Ski Goggles etc.

Composite high mountain climbing boots (insulated or double) AUD$155.00 (6-day hire rate)

These boots are of higher quality than the standard hire boots. These boots will provide greater comfort while hiking and climbing on the alpine terrain.

Plastic Climbing Boots ADU$110.00 (6-day hire rate)

The most basic hire boot you will find in Nepal or South America. These boots are incredibly warm and robust; however, some people can find them slightly uncomfortable to wear for long durations, depending on their foot shape and size.

Crampons (supplied)

Basic 12-14 duel point step in crampons with horizontal front points for general mountaineering. The fastening system is a hybrid strapping system with a rear heel welt and rear tension lever.

Ice Axe (supplied)  

A straight shaft, glacier style mountaineering ice axe for snow and ice traversing, and self-arrest capabilities.

Climbing Harness (supplied)

A multi-fit harness with waist and leg adjustment straps.

Carabiners (supplied)

New 3 x HMS locking carabiners and 2 non-locking wide gate carabiners. These components are provided to you to keep and ensure we are climbing with safe quality hardware to ensure your safety at all times.

Prussiks/Self-belay Leash (supplied)

New 6mm climbing accessory cord for safe self-belay and other applications. These cords are provided to you and ensure your attachment points to the fixed-line components of the climb are bomber.

Trekking Poles AUD$30.00(6-day hire rate)

Standard trekking poles for hiking and low angle approach on glacier terrain. These are an essential item.

Sleeping Bag AUD$65.00 (6-day hire rate)

Our hire sleeping bags are highly insulated and constructed to accommodate wider clients and incorporate a roomier cut with quality zippers to make it easier to get in and out. We do recommend purchasing your own bag for personal comfort.

Warm Mittens AUD$35.00 (6-day hire rate)

Insulated mittens for warm hands while climbing. These mittens provide warmth, although they can sacrifice dexterity for more precise tasks.

Insulated/Belay Jacket AUD$90.00 (6-day hire rate)

A warm insulated jacket for evening and summit day to keep you warm while ascending, resting or possibly waiting at belay stations,

Ski Goggles AUD$15.00 (6-day hire rate) 

Category 3 and 4 ski goggles to use when climbing. Ski goggles are an essential piece of kit in the event of a storm.

MT Elbrus Gear Lists

A more detailed gear list will be sent out to you upon registration, we can assist you in your purchases. These are all suggested items, and you should also do some research to ensure you are carrying what suits you. (If you have what we indicate on our gear lists this should be sufficient, but any questions, please ask)

Included in this package is bag portage carried by one of our local team members. All that you will be required to carry is a daypack of around 40-50L in capacity. You are required to purchase a duffel bag to put the bulk of your gear in. This should be no smaller than 120L. Below is a list of items you require and what you would need to carry in our daypacks.

Gear Required:

Clothing

  • Upper body clothing – three layers. Should be polypropylene or pile, not cotton.
  • Breathable waterproof jacket – we recommend GORE-TEX
  • Breathable waterproof pants (trousers) – we recommend GORE-TEX
  • Long thermal underwear
  • Hiking pants x 2 (trousers) 1 of them a zip-off type
  • Warm gloves (inner and outer gloves)
  • Balaclava
  • A warm hat which covers your ears/beanie
  • Shorts zip-off type/2 pair of skins to wear under to stop chaffing
  • T-shirts
  • Regular underwear
  • Wide-brimmed sunhat or cap and buff
  • Category 4 glacier glasses or (snow goggles optional)

 

Footwear

  • Comfortable, worn-in hiking boots – we suggest that you wear these during your flight to avoid the risk them being misplaced by the airline
  • Mountaineering boots (double skin type) – we recommend that if you don’t already own a pair of boots to hire them from Terskol. Sizing needs to be supplied to us 6 weeks before your trip so we can arrange this for you
  • Comfortable regular footwear, such as training shoes
  • Thermal socks
  • Regular thin socks

 

Equipment

  • Sleeping bag – four-season-rated or suitable for temperatures as low as -5°C
  • Camping pillow
  • Day/climbing pack 40l – for you to carry (look for ice axe attachments and gear loops for climbing equipment to be stowed on the side of the pack and or waist straps)
  • 120-160l duffel bag – to be used for transport of your gear from Terskol to high camp; its weight must not exceed 15kg
  • 3 drinks bottles – of at least 1-litre capacity each and two 0.5L platypus-type water bladders to stuff in your pockets (optional)
  • Headlamp – with fully-charged batteries + 1 set of spares
  • Trekking poles – optional but recommended for reduced strain on knees
  • Camera – with fully-charged batteries; We recommend a UV filter  for high-altitude photography
  • Ice Axe (hire included in package costs)
  • Crampons (hire included in package costs)
  • Locking and non-locking carabiners (supplied to you to keep in package costs)
  • Prussik ropes (provided to you to keep in package costs)

 

Personal and Medical Supplies

  • High-factor sunscreen and lip balm
  • Essential toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, wet wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitiser etc.
  • water purification tablets
  • First-aid kit which includes products for:
  • intestinal disorders (nausea, vomiting, bacterial diarrhoea)
  • infection (antibiotic cream for cuts and abrasions)
  • headache (Panadol or Ibuprofen; painkillers stronger than codeine should not be taken due to the potential risk of masking serious altitude problems)
  • altitude sickness/prevention medicine (such as Diamox, taken twice a day from 13,000 feet)

 

Travel Documents

  • Passport and visa
  • Airline tickets
  • International health card
  • Travel/medical insurance documents
  • Cash/travellers’ cheques/credit cards.

 

What you use each day
  • Climbing Pack (40-50L)
  • Water Bladder (at least 3 litre capacity for water)
  • 2-3 smaller 1 L water bottle to treat your water or to mix electrolytes in
  • 50 l Pack with rain cover (look for ice axe attachments and gear loops for climbing equipment to be stowed on the side of the pack and or waist straps)
  • Headlight & spare batteries or small torch
  • Camera
  • Outer waterproof raincoat and pants
  •  Toilet paper (One Roll)
  • Hand cleaner
  • Lightweight jumper
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Bandaids
  • Snacks and or lollies.
  • Any medicine that may be required in an emergency. i.e. Asthma Inhaler, sugar for people with diabetes etc.

 

Personally, this is what I wear on a day to day trek;

 

  • One pair of bushwalking boots or shoes (with good grip)
  • One trekking pole
  • One pair of socks
  • One pair of long Outdoor Research XL or XXL gators
  • One pair of long pants
  • One Shirt
  • One pair of warm socks
  • One lightweight jumper
  • One Buff
  • One Insulated Jacket
  • One pair of glove inners (these go inside insulated gloves)
  • One pair of lycra gym shorts
  • One cap with ear and neck protection

Extra Bag/suitcase (To leave in Terskol)

You will leave a bag at the hotel lock up in Terskol that is returned to you when you arrive back off the mountain. You can leave additional gear not required and clean gear for your return in this bag.
I recommend that you bring with you at least AUD $150 for snacks, beverages souvenirs and the old meal not included on the itinerary. Please place a lock on the bag you are leaving behind.

Visa applications for Russia

Please note: This information is directly from the Embassy of the Russian Federation. Escape Mountaineering has no affiliation nor can participate in the processing of your Visa Application.

 

To enter the Russian Federation for tourist purposes, foreigners must have a valid visa. A Russian tourist visa can be issued for no longer than 30 days.  When entering with a tourist visa, you could also be asked to present your tourist confirmation, voucher and a return ticket with a fixed date of departure from Russia at the border checkpoint. You must also prove that you have sufficient funds for your trip.

 

Complete the Electronic Visa Application form online, applicants will have to print a double-sided copy of their application form, sign and date it, glue (not staple or use adhesive tape) the required size photo to it and submit this printed original form, along with other necessary documentation, to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Australia personally or by post or a visa agency.

 

Postal address:

Embassy of the Russian Federation
78 Canberra Avenue, Griffith ACT 2603

 

When mailing your application along with all required documents, a self-addressed pre-paid return envelope should be enclosed. Otherwise, your visa will not be processed. To avoid your correspondence being lost in the mail, we recommend to use Express Post or Registered Post envelopes. Please note that the Embassy will only send back prepaid envelopes with the tracking number on it. The Consular Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation will not be responsible for any loss or mishandling of the mail by the Postal Service or any other delivery agent.

 

To obtain a visa, you should submit to the Consular Section:

  1. Double-sided completed application form http://visa.kdmid.ru, one per person. An application form must be signed and dated.
  2. One professional passport size photo (3,5 x 4.5 cm) The photo should be glued (not stapled or attached using adhesive tape) to the specially marked place of the application form.
  3. National passport (original) valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from Russia. At least one page of the passport should be free from notes.
  4. Copy of high quality or original standard tourist confirmation (“Podtverzdeniye”) and a tour voucher from an ETA’s nominated hosting Russian travel agency registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and authorised to invite foreign citizens in the Russian Federation. Confirmation carries a REFERENCE-NUMBER of the hosting company (which confirms that this company is allowed to receive foreign tourists), personal data of each tourist, dates of the trip, itinerary in Russia, services as paid. Confirmation and voucher must be signed by authorized person and carry the official seal of the Russian travel company.
  5. Copy of itinerary (flight details).

 

Should the consular section of the Russian Embassy wish to contact you, please state clearly in the application form your contact telephone number (office and after hours).

 

Visa processing time starts only after the Consulate receives all the necessary documents. Please note, that drop-off day is not counted as a working day. If you apply by mail, please enclose a return self-addressed Courier envelope and add one more day for processing. After you receive your visa, please check it for possible mistakes (passport number, date of birth, the term of validity, etc.) and, if necessary, return it to us for corrections. The Consulate will not be responsible for the mistakes, which were not brought to its attention before your departure from Australia. 

 

Our main priority is to process visa applications. We are not always able to answer your individual requests by phone. Therefore you may send your enquiry to the Consular Section by email: consul.australia@mid.ru or fax (02) 6295 1001.

 

Please, carefully fill in the visa information in the application form and follow all other requirements when submitting your papers. When applying be advised that the permission to enter the Russian Federation is courtesy of the State. Consular officer reserves the right to invite the applicant to be interviewed in person.

 

Visa can be denied if the Consulate has serious reasons to believe that the applicant’s visit to the Russian Federation is not desirable, and the disclosure of the reason for the denial can be withheld.

 

The validity and type of visa should be strictly connected to the purpose of the visit. When in Russia, you cannot change your visa status i.e. from tourist to business or from business to guest and vice versa. To do that, you have to leave the country and re-enter on a different visa.

 

Payment must be exact and made by money order or bank cheque payable to the Embassy of the Russian Federation. Please be advised that payments made with personal/company cheques or payable not to the Embassy of the Russian Federation are not accepted. Accepted visa fee is not subject for reimbursement in any circumstances.

 

If you apply in person normal processing time is 10 business days, urgent – 2 business days. If you apply by Post, normal processing time is 12 business days, urgent – 4 business days. Visa processing starts only after the Embassy has received all the necessary documents. Drop-off or delivery day is not counted as a business day. The Embassy of the Russian Federation does not provide information by phone or email on status enquiry for visa applications.

 

Visa fees (in Australian dollars) and processing time

 

Type of visa Normal fee Urgent fee
Single-entry $120 $240
Double-entry $192 $384
Multiple-entry $360 $720

 

Visa processing services

The Consular Section of the Russian Embassy has a positive experience of cooperation with the following Australian companies, which have proved to be reliable and professional in processing visa documentation:

 

  1. Reho Eastern Europe Destinations (Melbourne)

Web-site: www.reho.com

Tel: 03 9823 5222

E-mail: mail@reho.com

Address: 484 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004

  1. Reho Eastern Europe Destinations (Sydney)

Web-site: www.reho.com

Tel: 02 9900 6969

E-mail: sydney@reho.com

Address: Lvl 2, 29 Kiora Rd, Miranda, NSW 2228

  1. Safeway Travel

Tel: 03 9534 4866

Email: safewaytravel@optusnet.com.au

Address: 288 Carlisle St., Balaclava, VIC, 3183

Fitness & Preparation For a MT Elbrus climb

Mountaineering is not an easy activity, and it is not something that we are used to completing in our daily lives. Climbing Mt Elbrus should not be approached lightly. It’s is a fantastic experience, that is greatly affected by the amount and type of fitness completed before your tour. If you prepare thoroughly and follow our training program sent out to you once you have booked, you have a high chance of success and enjoyment for the activity. We recommend that you put in at least 3-4 months of training before your climb.

For those of you new to mountaineering and climbing, you have an enjoyable experience in store for you.

Trekking is walking, generally on well-formed to semi-formed trails, usually with ascents and descents every day (sometimes 3,000 feet/900 meters a day), carrying a 40L  pack.

Mountaineering is traversing/walking on snow and ice with crampons usually with an objective in mind like a summit peak. Mountaineering can involve low angle approaches right through to vertical methods heavily reliant on technical ice axes and skills. This can be done by ascending in rope teams tied together, solo climbing, fixed-line ascending or a more significant (3-4 persons) rope team attached for glacier terrain.

Climbing can be done in the form of rock climbing (outdoor on natural surfaces or indoor artificial surfaces) or ice climbing. This is generally done by teams of 2 or 3 pitching the length of a rope on the exposed sections of terrain to reach the top of a rock or ice feature. They will then walk off the top of the feature or repel back down to the bottom. Some highly skilled and brave soles complete this solo with no ropes and high risk to falls.

MT Elbrus is a Glacier Ascent on mostly low angle terrain and a short fixed line section where the terrain presents exposed danger. You should be a competent trekker to complete a climb such as this with experienced guides.

Our acclimatisation days start in the morning and slowly reach the days objective. This objective is determined by meters ascended to adapt our bodies for the high altitude ascent for MT Elbrus. Lunch may be a packed meal; cooked meal served on the trail, or in our private mountain lodge.

Russia is not like home. It is exotic, it is wonderful, but it is also different. Remarkable elevation changes, different customs and language, new foods, and the many other mysteries and wonders of travel in Russia are all conditions you must be physically and mentally prepared for.

Training for EMT Elbrus is unlike any other activity you have undertaken. For example, in Australia, you will be unable to train outdoors at altitude on glacier terrain. The type of training program you need to take will vary on your pre-existing fitness levels, strength and minor injuries or impairments you may already have. To avoid residual fatigue, ensure you have at least one rest day, ideally after your hardest session of training for the week. Vary the method of training over the course of the 12-16 weeks from bike riding to interval training and a little running. However, 60% of your cardio workout should be bushwalking using your pack.

The different categories will be little to no pre-existing fitness level will require 16-20 weeks of preparation. In some cases, if you are overweight, it may take more then 20 weeks to be ready).
Limited fitness but can climb a 3 story staircase in a brisk manner resulting in a little shortness of breath and not be bent over huffing and puffing at the top of the stairs, should see you needing 12-16 weeks of training to prepare.
Some fitness level, which includes mostly cardio training. This type of person could complete 3 x 1-hour walks per week and do 10 push-ups along with 20 sit-ups. This type of persons would also engage in physical activity on a few occasions per week, i.e. bike riding, running, swimming, ball sports or sport that involves a good level of cardiovascular strength. They could prepare in 10-12 weeks.

Don’t be scared or put off taking on a high altitude challenge like an Mt Elbrus ascent, remember everyday average Aussie’s (and other nationalities for that matter) travel to Russia and climb this mountain every year. If using a slow ascent method and you listen to your body not ignoring the early warning signs of altitude sickness (AMS) you can make this a successful journey. The early onset symptoms of mild headache can be common and may require you to slow your pace a little and take an extra hour to reach the days objective. Escape Mountaineering has included more days to the standard Mt Elbrus climb to provide us with a higher chance of success.

Training for high altitude climbs I like to increase my cardio capacity by focusing on interval training for periods of 3-week rotations between that and hiking. Increased lower leg strength with weighted box steps and calf raises is an essential training tool to undertake. Below is an example training plan, we at Escape Mountaineering will provide you with a detailed plan for your climb once you have booked.

Weeks 1-3 

Begin interval training with 4 sessions of 25 minutes. The high-intensity period should begin at 20 seconds with 40 seconds rest for week one and 25 seconds of high intensity with 35 seconds rest for week 2, followed by 30 seconds of high intensity with 30 seconds rest for week 3.

Weeks 4-6

Begin your walking with 3 x 30-minute sessions on mild terrain with a Camel Bak (water bladder in a bag) and one session of interval training with 30 seconds of high intensity with 30 seconds rest each week. For week 5 and 6 increase the length of time for hiking by 30 minutes each week and pack weight by a kilogram each week also.

Weeks 7-9

Back to interval training for 3 sessions of 40 minutes beginning with 30 seconds of high intensity with 30 seconds rest. Weeks 8-9 try to increase the 35 seconds of high intensity with 25 seconds rest. Include one hike each week for a 2 hour period for week 8, increasing this by 15 minutes and week 9 another 15 minutes taking you to 2&1/2 hour walks. Your pack weight should increase by 1/2 kilogram each week also.

Weeks 10-12

This rotation includes a half/half mix of intervals and hiking. Increase the hiking time by 30 minutes each week in this rotation and pack weight should increase by 1/2 kilogram each week.

Weeks 13-16

Week 13

3-4 x 3-hour hikes up and down hilly terrain with an increase pack weight of 1/2 kilogram and one interval training session of 40 minutes beginning with 30 seconds of high intensity with 30 seconds rest.

Week 14

3-4 x 3 & 1/2 hour hikes up and down hilly terrain with an increase pack weight of 1/2 kilogram and one interval training session of 40 minutes beginning with 30 seconds of high intensity with 30 seconds rest.

Week 15 

3-4 x 4-hour hikes up and down hilly terrain with an increase pack weight of 1/2 kilogram and one interval training session of 40 minutes beginning with 30 seconds of high intensity with 30 seconds rest.

Week 16 

Rest up this week with only 2 walks on flat terrain for 30 minutes.

Week 17 Adventure time.

In addition to the above guidelines, you should consult your trainer and work on some strength training, mainly core work.

MT Elbrus Booking Information

So you have decided to choose Escape Mountaineering to facilitate your MT Elbrus Climb, Great choice!

What are the processes to book, pay and complete your Elbrus tour?

  1. Book online via our website selecting the tour date that you wish to join and filling out our booking form as part of the shopping cart. Alternately you can call or email us to make your booking.
  2. Pay a $1200 deposit (non-refundable) in to our account either online through our secure website payment system, deposit money in to our bank account (contact us for details) or call us and make a credit card payment over the phone.
  3. Escape Mountaineering will send out our destination information packs containing a 3 month training plan, destination information, forms (that are required to return to us), a doctors examination (to alert you and EM of any pre-existing conditions that may effect your trek), visa forms including a supporting letter that the embassy requires, gear list and a gear discount voucher.
  4. Begin training for your MT Elbrus climb as soon as possible to ensure you get the most out of your tour.
  5. From our gear lists that we provide purchase your trek gear.
  6. Be sure to send us some pictures of your training and tag us with #etaescapes
  7. Get a medical check to ensure that there is no under lying health issues you and I don’t know about.
  8. Book your flights
  9. Send you passport and visa application forms (enclosed in our packs) to the Russian consulate to obtain your visa.
  10. Fill out our destination forms and return to us no later than 60 days prior to your adventure beginning.
  11. Pay your balance 60 days prior to your adventure beginning. (let us know if you need a little more time we are not unreasonable if you have paid for a majority of your tour already).
  12. Receive pre departure emails from us with advice and information.
  13. Your big adventure begins!

Escape Trekking Adventures Booking Terms & Conditions

Escape Trekking Adventures Terms & Conditions

(Booking Terms & conditions including cancelation policy)

Please read carefully these terms and conditions of this contract.

In completing and submitting the Booking Form, you agree to be bound by these conditions which constitute the agreement between Escape Trekking Adventures ABN 71 827 095 874 and you. No purported variation of these conditions will be effective unless in writing and signed by a person so authorised by Escape Trekking Adventures. In these terms and conditions reference to “Escape Trekking Adventures representatives” means tour leaders and staff of Escape Trekking Adventures and its officers, employees, agents, licensees, guides and other third parties and representatives and the land management authorities in each country in which the tour is conducted, or any of them.

  1. How to Book. To reserve your place on one of the tours, you should complete the Booking Form and send it, along with a non-refundable deposit of $700 per person per trip to the nearest Escape Trekking Adventures office, or to your travel agent. Some trips require a non-refundable additional deposit or instant payment for a permit. In these instances refer to the individual trip notes for details.
  2. Travel Insurance. Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price. Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all of Escape Trekking Adventures travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability. We also suggests it covers cancelation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of insurance to Escape Trekking Adventures. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activities that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement of your tour, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.
  3. Evacuation, Withdrawal From Tour. In the unlikely event of an evacuation or withdrawal from any tour, Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to pass on costs incurred, including transport, logistical support and communications. Clients should submit these costs to their travel insurance company as part of their claim. Clients who have to withdraw from the trek for medical or any other reason, will be required to return to Australia on the first available International flight. They will also be required to meet any personal accommodation, transport and medical expenses incurred during their time away from their nominal home and claim these against their personal travel insurance policy. Escape Trekking will Adventures not accept liability for any of these expenses.
  4. Personal Images. You agree that Escape Trekking Adventures may use images of you taken during the tour without recourse to you and without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes only through whatever medium it chooses.

If you do not want agree to Escape Trekking Adventures using these images, you must inform Escape Trekking Adventures in writing prior to the departure of the trip.

  1. Personal Information. In order to be able to supply our adventure service to you Escape Trekking Adventures will need to collect certain personal information from you. The information may be disclosed to, or collected on our behalf by our service providers to enable the services to be provided, but will not be used by them for any other purpose without your express permission.

6.Health & Fitness Requirements. You must be in good health and physical condition and are strongly advised to follow our pre departure fitness training recommendations, where necessary. For many of our tours you will be required to submit a medical questionnaire completed by you or your doctor as proof that you are fit enough to participate in the tour. If you have booked a tour graded 1-5 the only time that a medical questionnaire will be required by your doctor is where you have a pre existing medical condition, are over 65 years of age. This will be sent to you upon booking and you will be required to return the form completed and signed by your doctor 70 days prior to departure. If you have booked for a tour graded 6-10 you will be sent a medical form upon booking and you will be required to have your doctor complete and sign your medical questionnaire and return to us 60 days prior to departure. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest heart or bronchial disorders, or if you are a severe asthmatic, or have high blood pressure, you are strongly advised against participating. Tours take place in remote areas where there is little or no access to normal medical services or hospital facilities for serious problems. Evacuation, where necessary, can be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Medical and evacuation expenses will be your responsibility. While we do not discriminate by age, due to the extreme nature of our mountaineering trips we strongly discourage participants over 60 years of age. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right in its absolute discretion to refuse a participant.

7. Medical Disclosure. It is your responsibility and you must advise Escape Trekking Adventures of any pre-existing medical condition and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention while on our tours. Escape Trekking Adventures or our suppliers may require additional medical assessment by a medical practitioner. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Escape Trekking Adventures also reserves the right to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Generally, we do not allow travelers under the age of 12 years. However we will occasionally make exceptions for under-18s traveling with their legal guardian or following discussion with parents or legal guardian. The decision for any person less than 18 years of age to travel on our scheduled itineraries is at the absolute discretion of the directors and guides of Escape Trekking Adventures. We reserve the right to;

You declare and warrant that

  • You are in good health and mental and physical fitness at the time of booking this tour;
  • You have disclosed to Escape Trekking Adventures every matter concerning your health and mental and physical fitness of which you are aware, or ought reasonably be expected to know, that is relevant to Escape Trekking Adventures decision to permit you to go on the adventure tour;
  • Immediately upon any adverse change in your health or fitness that may be likely to affect Escape Trekking Adventures decision to permit you to go on the adventure tour, you will notify Escape Trekking Adventures in writing of any such adverse change;
  • Escape Trekking Adventures are permitted to disclose medical information to our consultant doctor.
  • Escape Trekking Adventures consultant doctor may exclude you from a tour if he/she deems it necessary. You acknowledge that the obligation to disclose under this condition continues from the time of booking the tour through to departure and extends for the duration of the tour.
  • You have taken the necessary precautions to immunise/vaccinate for the destination you are travelling to. If you fail to comply with the duty of disclosure in this condition and if Escape Trekking Adventures would not have permitted you to undertake the tour, or continue participation of the tour, had you made full disclosure under this condition, Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable, except to the minimum extent.

8. Tour Leaders. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this condition, ‘tour leader’ includes both the nominated tour leader and any other nominated person given at any time the task of leading or supervising any aspect of the tour. Escape Trekking Adventures tour leaders take their responsibilities seriously and if for any reason a tour leader believes, in his or her absolute discretion, that you should not participate in the tour, before your departure, even if you pass your medical, he/she may exclude you from the tour. In this event, but subject to condition 6, you will be offered the option of taking another tour considered suitable for you or a full refund. If for any reason during a tour the tour leader considers you should not participate further due to you committing an illegal act, or in the opinion of the nominated tour leader, your behavior is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others, or your fitness or health is inadequate, he or she may direct you not to continue and you must follow the nominated tour leader’s instructions. In this case you will not be entitled to any refund. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to change, at any time, the tour leader of any tour. If that happens, Escape Trekking Adventures will try to ensure that the alternative tour leader has expertise commensurate with that of the tour leader. Any such change by Escape Trekking Adventures will not give rise to any right on your part to cancel the tour or claim any expenses, loss or damage which may be suffered.

9. Cancelation by Escape Trekking Adventures. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure and will advise you of such cancelations no later than 30 days before the tour departure date. If due to ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice, Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure at any time. With any form of cancelation, Escape Trekking Adventures will do it’s best to offer you alternative arrangements if available, and if the price of your alternative adventure is of lower value than the original booking we will refund the difference to you. If you do not accept alternative arrangements we will refund all payments you have made to Escape Trekking Adventures, (in case of ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs). Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you.

Force Majeure
Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancelation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ definition means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Escape Trekking Adventures and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.

Escape Trekking Adventures and or its third party reserve the right either before or during the course of the tour to refuse to carry or accommodate any client which it reasonably considers, in the light of the best interests of all participants within the tour group and crew, to be unsuitable by reason of physical or mental condition or unruly behavior.

10. Cancelation due to small tour numbers. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked on a tour in which case you will be given a full refund of the tour price paid by you. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes). We require a minimum of 6 trekkers in a selected trek. If numbers fall to 6 or below, we reserve the right to cancel, or change dates of the trek or refer you to another existing trek. Trek numbers are regularly reviewed and we will notify you of any cancelations no later than 50 days prior to your selected trek.

If numbers for your selected trek decrease below 6 people, you may be required to pay a small group trekking fee should you wish to proceed with the tour. A $4-600 fee per person is required to be paid. This does not happen very often, so if you have any questions regarding this just ask.

11. Itineraries and brochures. Itineraries and other details are published in good faith as statements of intention only and reasonable changes in the itinerary and related items may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by Escape Trekking Adventures. The information contained in Escape Trekking Adventures brochures, itineraries, and internet site is, to the best of Escape Trekking Adventures belief, correct at the date of publishing.

12. Route changes, Postponement, Cancellation or Delay. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to:

Cancel or modify any routes within the tour or objectives set out in the itinerary; or

Substitute different or equivalent routes within the tour in place of cancelled or modified routes, or

Postpone, cancel or delay (either in relation to the departure or arrival times or the duration of the tour) any such aspect of the tour if, in the absolute discretion of Escape Trekking Adventures, it is necessary to do so due to inclement weather, snow or icy conditions or conditions that are otherwise likely to be hazardous or dangerous or due to any other adverse or threatening conditions whether political or military or terrorist or otherwise or if, in the absolute discretion of Escape Trekking Adventures, there is a likelihood of any such event occurring which may impact upon the safety of the participants, or if an act or omission of a third party prevents the tour or the aspect of the tour being undertaken in accordance with your booking or for any other reason considered necessary by Escape Trekking Adventures. In the event of any change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay under this condition, you acknowledge that you will have no right of refund of the tour price (whether in whole or in part) and no right to claim compensation for any injury, loss or damage or other additional expenses incurred by virtue of the change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay. Escape Trekking Adventures also reserves, in its absolute discretion, the right to cancel any tour due to any government travel warning or advice, or any change in such warning or advice. In this event, condition 4 applies as if you had transferred or cancelled the tour at the date that Escape Trekking Adventures cancelled the tour due to the governmental travel warning or advice. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.

13. Tour Prices. Package prices are per person based on ground costs, fuel prices, airfares, exchange rates and assumptions made at the time of printing the brochure. Escape Trekking Adventures tries its utmost not to increase tour prices, however sometimes increases are outside its control. The most current prices will be listed at www.escapetrekkingadventures.com.au so visit the website before booking. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to amend tour prices without notice at any time before and including the departure date. Amendments may be necessitated for many reasons including, but not limited to, exchange rate fluctuations, increased fuel costs, airfares, airport charges, increases in ground operator service fees, or the need to engage alternative air or ground operators. Any increase in tour prices must be paid prior to the departure date.

14. Proof of citizenship or information required to travel. It is your responsibility to obtain proper identification or proof of citizenship as required by the authorities of the destination to which you are travelling. You will not be entitled to a refund if you are denied boarding or entry on any basis, including without limitation, improper documentation or failure to provide information. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months beyond the date of your return home to your home country.

15. Airlines and other transport providers. Any material published by Escape Trekking Adventures, the Booking Form and these conditions of contract are not issued on behalf of, and do not commit any airline whose services are used or proposed to be used in the course of the tour. In the event that an airline’s proposed travel or fare schedule is amended or cancelled, such amendment or cancellation will not be considered a cancellation of the tour by Escape Trekking Adventures. Any flights or other transport forming part of the tour arrangements are subject to the conditions of the carrying airline or other transport entity, which in most cases limits the airlines’ or other transport entity’s.

16. Exclusions from tour price. Without limitation, the following items are excluded from the tour price:

Personal travel insurance;

Visa, passport and vaccination charges;

Departure, airport and airline taxes and on some tours internal domestic flights;

Extra meals, transport costs, accommodation costs, or other expenses not included in the itinerary; laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses & items of a personal nature; emergency evacuation and/or emergency search charges;

Additional expenses caused by delay, accidents or disruption of planned itineraries;

Tips, onboard beverages and excess

17. Assumptions of Risk. You understand and will accept that your proposed tour may expose you to inherent dangers. Only people in good physical and mental condition should undertake this tour. Our tours are physically and mentally challenging you will be required to consult with your Doctor and ensure that your health is sound and you are able to undertake a rigorous training program as necessary to complete this tour. You must accept that you will be traveling through remote areas where external assistance may be delayed or unavailable if an unforeseen event occurs. This may be due to medical, weather or political situations and may affect you or other members of the group or our trekking crew. You must understand and accept that a medical emergency in this remote area may be life threatening and by completing your booking form you accept these potential adverse and unfavorable conditions and potential life threatening situations as your choice. You acknowledge and agree that:

By the very nature of adventure travel and trekking holidays, they are more challenging and demanding with a commensurately higher level of risk compared with conventional holidays, and involve potential exposure to injury and possibly death;

In the countries and regions in which adventure travel is undertaken, standards of accommodation, transport, health care, hygiene, safety and service provision generally are often not as high as those standards in your country of residence and may require flexibility and patience on your part;

The additional dangers and risks associated with adventure travel may include difficult and dangerous terrain; high altitude; extremes of weather, including sudden and unexpected changes; political instability; remoteness from normal medical services and from communications; and evacuation difficulties in the event of illness or injury;

The enjoyment and excitement of adventure travel is derived in part from the inherent dangers and risks associated with adventure travel and that those inherent dangers and risks are a reason why you wish to undertake the adventure tour, and

You have submitted your booking for the tour after giving due consideration of relevant travel information including, without limitation, any relevant information or advice given by the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the British Foreign Office and US Department of State and that it is your responsibility to acquaint yourself that information or advice.

For the above reasons you therefore accept the inherent and increased dangers and risks associated with the proposed adventure tour and the accompanying risk of injury, death or property damage or loss.

18. No Liability. You acknowledge and agree that:

Where Escape Trekking Adventures acts as a booking agent for third-party tour operators it accepts no liability for the acts or omissions of those third-party tour operators and does not authorise any suppliers including hotel management to promise refunds on our behalf; and

Operational control of the tour may be in the hands of a third party and that your right of action in regard to any shortcomings of that third party’s performance is against the third party and not against Escape Trekking Adventures; and

Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any breach of any law by any person with whom you travel on the tour; and

You may not rely on any representations concerning the tour made by Escape Trekking Adventures, which are not contained in these conditions.

19. Release and discharge of Liability. To the extent permitted by law, by accepting the additional inherent dangers and risks associated with the tour, you release, waive and discharge all Escape Trekking Adventures representatives from all claims, actions or losses for personal injury or death, property damage, loss of services, loss of profits, consequential, exemplary, indirect or punitive damages or otherwise which may arise

Out of or occur during your travel in connection with the tour or any activities conducted in conjunction with the tour unless caused by the reckless conduct of Escape Trekking Adventures representatives, or

In connection with any optional activities which you may undertake during the course of your tour but which do not comprise part of your tour itinerary and you accept that any assistance given to you by Escape Trekking Adventures representatives in arranging such optional activities will not render the Escape Trekking Adventures representatives liable to you in any way.

20. Australian Consumer Law Under the Australian Consumer Law, statutory guarantees apply to the supply of recreational services of the kind offered by these terms and conditions. “Recreational services” is defined as including activities that involve a significant degree of physical exertion or risk undertaken for the purposes of recreation, enjoyment or leisure. These guarantees mean that Escape Trekking Adventures, as the supplier, is required to ensure that the recreational services it supplies to you are rendered with due care and skill and are fit for their intended purpose. Under the Australian Consumer Law, Escape Trekking Adventures, as supplier, is entitled to ask you to agree that these statutory guarantees will not apply to you. If you sign this form you will be agreeing that your rights under this agreement, if you are killed or injured because the services provided were not rendered in accordance with these statutory guarantees, are excluded, restricted or modified in the way set out in this condition. To the extent permitted by law, you hereby exclude, release and forever discharge all Escape Trekking Adventures representatives from all liability for any and all claims, loss, damage, cost or expense arising from your death or your suffering physical or mental injury or any other condition, occurrence, activity, form of behaviour, course of conduct or state of affairs as specified in section 139A of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (except in the case of liability arising from the reckless conduct on the part of the Escape Trekking Adventures representatives) and connected with your participation in the recreational services which comprise the tour.

22. Cancelation, Amendments, Quotations and transfers 

 

Deposit & Final Payment

The non-refundable $700 Deposit secures your place in the trek, and No bookings will be made until the deposit is paid. This may result in missing the opportunity to be involved, so we suggest you book early.

Once your deposit is paid, your trek place & price is secure.

Balance is due 8 weeks prior to your selected trek.

Quotations

Quotes are valid for 30 Days, after which we reserve the right to increase costs.

Note: Only due to changes beyond our control, such as the exchange rate between Australia and our international destinations /or unexpected increases in outsource services/ costs (charter, accommodation, transport, fees etc) and/or review of trek package and prices, will prices be increased.

If you need to have your quote reviewed please contact us.

Cancelation

If a cancelation is made:

  • Prior to 60 days departure if you select to cancel your trek you loose 100% of the $700 deposit.
  • Between 29 & 59 days prior to your selected trek, a $1600 cancelation fee applies (per trekker).
  • Between 28 & 1 days prior to your selected trek, a $2800 cancelation fee applies (per trekker).
  • (We can assist with travel insurance claim).

Please note the above is a guide and maybe dependent on what has been booked for your participation in the trek itinerary – So Cancelation fee may increase to cover these costs. The cancelation fee is in addition to the $700 deposit.

Should you require canceling your trek as mentioned above – You are able to keep your ETA polo etc. that has been sent to you. – Should you need to cancel your trek, remaining balance can be transferred to another trek less your cancelation fee.

At Escape Trekking Adventures we pride ourselves on offering SAFE, professional treks, led by experienced guides and friendly service, so if you have any questions please feel free to Contact Us.

Terms

Please read carefully these terms and conditions of contract.

Transfers

If you wish to transfer from one tour to another, you must notify Escape Trekking Adventures in writing. Once Escape Trekking Adventures receives your notice the transfer will take effect subject to the following. Transfers may only be made to another tour to commence within 12 months of your original departure date and the following transfer charges will apply: • If your notice is received more than 70 days prior to your original departure date a $100 transfer fee will apply. In addition, any increase in airfares or operational services will be payable by you: or • If your notice is received within 70 days prior to your original departure date up to 50% of your original tour price will be forfeited provided your notice is received at least 35 days prior to your original date.

Amendments

Additional charges will be applied to you if you add, adjust or change a service prior to, during or before the completion of a trek. The cost of these will be charged out at the full rate and may incur a surcharge fee of $80 to cover any additional logistic arrangements that may be required for this service. Examples of this service could be but not limited to change from twin share to single share accommodation, use of (additional) personal porter, excess luggage, room upgrade or airport transfer out side the itinerary.

23. Severance of conditions.

If any part of a condition is illegal, unenforceable or invalid, it is to be treated as removed from the conditions, however, the remainder of the conditions are not altered.

Why climb MT Elbrus With Us

SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY is the number one reason that sets us above our competition. We have developed a safer acclimatisation program that works. Many Australians who climb MT Elbrus fail due to inflexible programs with no contingency for weather delays (extremely common at any time of the year) or persons within the group not acclimatising  well or becoming sick with tummy upsets thus exposing them to risk of HACE, HAPE or AMS all altitude related illnesses. We carry out oxi pulse symmetry readings daily, carry altitude sickness score cards, oxygen and other first aid equipment to deal with unforeseen illness. Shane leads our Australian led treks and has loads of experience in trekking and alpine environments.

Escape Mountaineering is a qualified professional outdoor recreation business. We are not a travel agent selling trips to adventurous locations like MT Elbrus with no qualifications or little knowledge of the Australian Adventure Activity standards (the standards that are the minimum requirement for outdoor activities in Australia). Developing nations do yet have such high standards or regulation in the adventure industry and many operators can hide behind this lack of governance but not us we ensure we operate as if in Australia.

Escape Mountaineering not only has a high quality quantitive risk assessment for each destination that we travel but we also have the health safety management systems that underpin the risk assessments with safe operating procedures, systems for in the field risk assessments (the environment is dynamic and can change with out warning), codes of conduct and industry best training packages for leaders. This is reflected in our outstanding safety record.

1. COMMUNICATIONS: Our MT Elbrus climbs carry satellite phones with head guides to ensure we can remain connected with the outside world, this was highlighted in the 2015 Nepal earthquakes where this left many operators exposed with no communications to arrange an emergency extraction for the crew and clients. Many loved ones around the world appreciated communications that informed them their families and friends where safe.

2. MEDICAL: Your safety is our business and paramount, we take it seriously and so many of our Guides and Trek Leaders have qualifications in Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) and Remote Area. We carry a comprehensive team First Aid kit on all our MT Elbrus Climbs.

3. QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED: We are a professional outdoor adventure recreation business, we are not ill informed travel agents who sell holidays, we are not ill trained, ill equipped or unqualified to run outdoor adventure activities. We are licensed to carry out these types of activities in Australia and off shore. Our Australian Trek Leaders come from diverse backgrounds some are Adventure Activity Leaders others ex Military and have travelled the globe. They have all climbed MT Elbrus and or other high altitude locations. Our guides are there to provide life-changing experiences to our clients.

Our local employees and guides are hand picked, trained and groomed in to the best employees in the business. We recognise our teams are our greatest assets and we look after them to ensure they stay with EM and that we have the best crews on the ground.

4. CATERING: All your meals are supplied on our climbing component of our tours with limitations on the amount of food and water or restrictions of what you can order. Please be careful of this as your food will cost up to or in excess or US$810 much more than the $2-300 that you can be advised of. We also ensure all of our guides are fully catered for with 3 meals a day to make sure they have the correct nutrition.

5. INSURED: We have full Public Liability Insurance and we are a licensed Tour Operator.

6. LOGISTICS: Once you arrive at your destination for your MT Elbrus climb your needs are tended to and co-ordinated and controlled by one of the most experienced local Operations Managers in the business who is a permanent EM in-country staff member.

7. ITINERARIES that actually work:  We don’t just follow the crowd rushing our clients through fast paced programs. Shane decided at additional costs incurred we would add additional days to our tours to give our clients the best chance at success in high altitude environments such as MT Elbrus.

8. HOLISTIC HISTORICAL JOURNEYS: Our tours will uncover the culture that MT Elbrus and the Caucasus Mountains.

9. NOT JUST GUIDES BUT MOUNTAINEERS: Mountaineers know mountains and techniques of mountaineering  to be able to provide you insight to this fascinating world. Shane will train you during your expedition with the correct techniques in a safe environment to climb MT Elbrus

10. PRICE: Value for money, you will find EM to be one of the most affordable tour operators and our small groups means quality. We offer a niche market to those who wish to have their adventures taken care of by Australian and Russian Guides. Care and Quality are our objectives.

MT Elbrus Guide

Escape Mountaineering primarily operates Australian Guided tours in Russia. This is for a variety of reasons. Our guides are highly skilled, pay the correct attention to the cultural and historical aspects of this tour, can handle medical emergencies better than your run of the mill tour operator and most of all being Australian we know what Australians like in their adventure holidays.

Escape Mountaineering has hand-picked all of our guides and considers them the cream of the crop, so to speak.

Our guides are trained, assessed and deemed competent as a high altitude tour guides. Our job description for Mt Elbrus tours is dynamic. Recognising this, we ensure we are your cultural interpreter, local historian, your tour manager (this goes beyond the walk and begins from the time you book and includes the entire duration of the tour in Russia until you are back home safe in Australia), we are your environmental guide, we are your medical consultant and field medical attendant. Most of all we are your friend when you need someone to talk to, laugh with and cry with.

We come from different backgrounds, but we are all highly trained and competent in outdoor wilderness environments. This is something that flows down from our planning and preparation for each tour we host and our experience in various locations.

Do you want to know more about our guides? Visit our teams profiles for individual guides.

Health Information for Russia

If you are looking at traveling to Russia it is essential that good health and preparation with regard to your health is the first and foremost task. As with all adventure travel outside of your usual environment you will need to be prepared for the activity.

Immunisations

The required immunisations  for every destination around the world could change on a daily basis and as a result you will be required to check with your Doctor what you should be protected against.

The general major risks to your health while traveling to Russia can be but not limited to :

Tickborne encephalitis (TBE)

Tickborne encephalitis (TBE) is caused by three virus sub-types; it is a viral infection of the central nervous system transmitted by tick bites.

Tickborne encephalitis occurs in Scandinavia, western and central Europe, and countries that made up the former Soviet Union.

Risk of acquiring the disease is highest from April to November when the principal tick vector is most active.

Countries in which TBE caused by the European or Western tick-borne encephalitis virus and Siberian tick-borne encephalitis viruses are common to include: Austria, Estonia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Slovenia. Less frequently it occurs in Bulgaria, Romania, Denmark, France, the Aland archipelago and neighbouring Finnish coastline, and along the coastline of southern Sweden, from Uppsala to Karlshamn. Relatively few cases have been reported from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegonia, Albania, Greece, Italy, Norway and Turkey.

Hepatitis A

This is a viral disease of the liver which is transmitted through eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. It is the most common vaccine preventable disease that occurs in travellers to less developed areas of the world. It is strongly recommended for travel to Russia.

Hepatitis B

This is a viral disease of the liver that is transmitted via blood, blood products or bodily fluids. It is vaccine preventable and now part of the childhood immunisation schedule. Many adults may have missed this important vaccine and travel is a good reason to get up-to-date.

Typhoid

Typhoid Fever is caused by a bacteria found in contaminated food and water. It is endemic in the developing world and vaccination is recommended for travellers to areas where environmental sanitation and personal hygiene may be poor. The adventuous eater venturing “off the beaten track” should consider vaccination.

Tetanus, Whooping Cough and Diphtheria

Tetanus is caused by a toxin released by a common dust or soil bacteria which enters the body through a wound.

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection of the throat and occasionally the skin. It is found world wide and is transmitted from person-to-person by coughing and sneezing.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is a highly infectuous respiratory infection responsible for 300,000 deaths annually, mainly in children.

Because many adults no longer have immunity from childhood immunisation it is advised that travellers to less developed countries have a tetanus, dihtheria and pertussis booster.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

Childhood immunisation coverage in many developing countries is not good. As such, travellers under the age of 40 years should have their MMR immunisation completed. Those over the age of 40 years are most likely to have long term immunity from previuos exposure as a child.

Chickenpox

This very comon infectious disease can now be prevented through immunisation. Many people miss the disease in childhood only to have a significant illness as an adult. If you do not have history of immunisation, a simple blood test can show whether you are at risk.

Influenza

Individuals intending to travel out of an Australian winter might consider the current flu vaccine at the beginning of the season. exposure to illness in airports and commuter transport is common and exposure may ruin a much needed break.

Cholera

Cholera is a severe, infectious diarrhoeal disease common in developing countries. It is associated with conditions of poverty and poor sanitation. It causes a sudden onset of extremely profuse, watery diarrhoea within one or two days after contact with the bacteria. Rapid dehydration can occur. Travellers who follow guidelines for eating and drinking safely will minimise the risk of contracting cholera. An oral vaccine is now available.

Polio

Polio is a viral infection that can lead to paralysis and sometimes death. Transmission is by faecal contamination of food, usually by unhygienic food handlers or flies, or directly from infected nasal secretions. Although most Australian’s and New Zealanders will have been immunised in childhood, it is important to note that efficacy wanes after 10 years and a booster dose is recommended.

Malaria

Malaria is transmitted by a night biting mosquito. Medications to reduce the risk of the disease are not generally recommended but any illness which is flu-like in nature after returning should still be checked for malaria.

Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membrane overlaying the brain. It can be caused by bacteria, a virus or a fungus. Bacteria meningitis is the form of most concern to travellers. It is a serious disease and can rapidly become life threatening. It is transmitted from person-to-person through close contact (the same way you catch a cold). Vaccination might be considered for those backpacking off the beaten path or those working in health areas where crowded conditions occur. Russia is not usually conducive to the spread of meningitis and epidemics occur sporadically.

Japanese Encephalitis (JE)

JE is a mosquito borne viral disease prevalent in rural areas of Asia that can lead to serious brain infection in humans. Risk is usually greatest during the monsoon months. A vaccine is available and is particularly recommended for adults and children over 12 months of ago who will be spending a month or more in rice growing areas of countries at risk. Insect avoidance should be considered the primary means of defence.

Rabies

Rabies is a deadly viral infection of the brain transmitted to humans. The disease itself is rare in travellers, but the risk increases with extended travel and the likelihood of animal contact. The best way to avoid rabies is to avoid all contact with animals. Dogs are the main carriers; however monkeys, bats, cats and other animals may also transmit the disease. Pre-exposure vaccination is recommended for extended travel and those who work with or are likely to come into contact with animals.

Travellers' Diarrhoea

Up to 40% of tourists may develop diarrhoea wihtin the first week of travel. A variety of germs can be responsible and a Traveller’s Medical Kit containing appropriate therapy can rapidly improve the symptoms. It is also important to follow the rules of healthy eating and drinking to minimise risks.

Travellers diarrhoea comes in 3 forms:

Bacterial diarrhoea which can be treated with antibiotics.

Viral diarrhoea which generally requires your body to fight the infection its self.

Parasitic diarrhoea which requires treatment via some specialised antibiotics.

Ask your doctor for a course of antibiotics for bacterial diarrhoea and 12-16 Imodium wafers.

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Mt Elbrus is an amazing adventures but prior to the trip you can feel a little under prepared for your journey and wish to seek a little advice. The below videos are intended to take away some of the confusion so that you are better prepared.

 

First Aid Kits & what they should contain.

When trekking in Remote area’s you should always be mindful of what items you may require to treat any aliments that may occur finding it difficult to purchase any such items. In Russia/Mt Elbrus, you can buy some supplies but these are mainly limited.

If you suffer from heyfever, sinus, reflux or any such medical condition you should bring medication to treat this, plan for the worst case scenario and be prepared.

Some items that are worth your consideration include but are not limited to;

Anti-inflammatory tablets and gel (as prescribed by your doctor, remember voltaren and the like take up to 48 hours to relive symptoms so a fast acting tablet such as ibuprofen is great to start with), antibiotics for treating diarrhoea (as prescribed by your doctor), gastro stop, antibacterial gel, betadine liquid (Betadine can also treat your water for purification as a emergency back up if required), blister packs, one roll of broad elasticated bandage, roll of strapping tape, antihistamines, anti sickness tablets, painkillers such as Panadol Forte/Aspirin tablets/capsules, Codral cold and flu tablets, sunscreen, pawpaw cream along with one pack of a general use antibiotics.

 

Sorting and packing your gear for trekking

The following video explains how to separate your gear into different packs of various sizes and colours.

I personally try to use one colour dry bag for each category I separate the items into, allowing the item you are looking for to be easily identified.

You should try to group things into to medications, toiletries, clothing, sleeping gear, general use items, spare batteries, dirty or wet clothing, first aid kit and snacks in to several separate bags for identification.

Avoid using one large dry bag as this means the entire contents will need removal to find the item you are looking for as well when you pack your bag it will need to be inside the backpack to fit the gear in correctly. Trust me I have been through all of these issue in the past.

 

Cold climate trek gear for Mt Elbrus explained

This video will walk you through the items you require to trek in cold climates at altitude.

Simply using ski field clothing will not suffice and will be very uncomfortable whilst trekking, you will require items to keep you warm and safe. Being cold at altitude can lead to altitude sickness such as AMS, HACE and HAPE.

Layers is still the best clothing configuration for these treks and surprisingly enough you will require lightweight items that breath, high altitude trekking be quite warm during the day one minute to freezing cold blistering winds the next, so you will need to be able to regulate your core temperature according.