Part Three. Views of Elbrus

From the Aksaut Valley to the Elbrus Region, July 23rd - August 4th
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13 days
3 nights in a hotel, 6 nights in tents, 3 nights at a tourist camp.
55 km (34 miles) trekking
9-10 days trekking, of which 6 days backpacking.
Price 1,500 USD
Guide and assistant, transportation, accommodation, meals (B, L, D), equipment, all entrance fees and border zone permits
July 23rd
July 23rd
Getting to the Aksaut Valley
3.5 hours, 200 km (124 miles) by car
We will drive to the Edelweiss tourist camp to stay there for the rest of the day and enjoy a Russian bathhouse.
July 24th
July 24th
To the Alibek
Pass10 km (6 miles) 1,000-meters (3,281 ft.) climb,trekking, horses will carry our backpacks
We will climb the Alibek Pass along the trail, then walk through a beautiful hanging valley to the green meadows with spring streams. We'll spend the night in tents.
July 25th
July 25th
To the Alibek Camp
5 km (3 miles), 300-meters (984 ft.) climb, 1,200-meters (3,937 ft.) drop, trekking, we'll be carrying our backpacks, don't worry they won't be heavy.
The team will cross the Alibek Pass (3,140 m (10,302 ft.). We'll get some rest in the Alibek Camp, then trek to the Turye Lake and the waterfall.We'll spend the night in the Alibek Camp.
July 26th
July 26th
Dombai

On that day, we're going to drive down to Dombai in an off-road vehicle.There, we'll go on a brief excursion to look at the masterpieces of Soviet architecture and have a cable car trip to the observation decks overlooking the Greater Caucasus Ridge, with its rocky peaks and glaciers. We'll have lunch at a good restaurant in Dombai.In the afternoon, we will go on a tour to the Senty Church, or instead of visiting the church we can go on a small walk along the eco-trail to the Baduk Lakes.By evening, we will get back to Dombai.We'll spend the night in the Andersen hotel 4*.
July 27th
July 27th
The Klukhor Lake
4 km (2.5 miles), 800-meters (2,625 ft.), trekking with backpacks
Driving to the Severnyy Priyut camp. Trekking to the Klukhor Lake (2,670 m (8,760 ft.)) located among rocks and snowfields. We'll spend the night in tents.
July 28th
July 28th
The Kichi-Marodju Passes
5 km (3 miles), 500-meters (1,640 ft.) climb, 300-meters (984 ft.) descent, trekking with backpacks
We'll make our way through the two nearby passes to the Lednikovoye Lake (Glacier Lake). It is so named because the glacier's tongue drops directly into the lake.We'll spend the night in tents.
July 29th
July 29th
Leisure Time in High Mountains
We'll have a day of rest in the highlands and walk around the surroundings.If we'll have to wait for good weather on any of the days, we'll use this day as a reserve one.We'll spend the night in tents.
July 30th
July 30th
Makhar Valley
9 km, 1,000-meters (3,281 ft.) descent, trekking with backpacks
We'll descend to the Makhar Valley and get to the Globus camp by car. We'll have some mineral water (Narzan), enjoy the beauty of waterfalls and forests...We'll spend the night in the Globus camp.
July 31st
July 31st
To the Djalpakkol
Pass10 km (6 miles), 1,000-meters (3,281 ft.) climb, trekking with backpacks
Transition to the Djalpakkol Southern Pass.We'll spend the night in tents.
August 1st
August 1st
Leisure Time in High Mountains
We'll explore the surrounding area, have some rest, take pictures. If we'll have to wait for good weather on any part of the way, we'll use this day as a reserve one.We'll spend the night in tents.
August 2nd
August 2nd
The Djalpakkol Southern
Pass12 km (7.5 miles), 400-meters (1,312 ft.) climb, 900-meters (2,953 ft.) descent, trekking with backpacks
We'll trek to the Uzunkol camp.We'll spend the night in the Uzunkol Camp.
August 3rd
August 3rd
The Kichkinekol Gorge
On this day, we will walk to the glacier in the Kichkinekol Gorge to look at the peaks (Filter, Castle, Twins, Dalar) of the Greater Caucasus Ridge. We'll spend the night in the Uzunkol Camp.
August 4th
August 4th
Leaving
5 hours, 220 km (137 miles) by car.
We'll go to the Mineralnye Vody Airport in the morning. Day flight.
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Mikhail Golubev
Mikhail Golubev, the leader of the Trekking the Caucasus project, guide
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