/ Elbrus Traverse
Just wondering if anyone knew of any potential solutions to the issue. Anyone have any contacts/recommend any good tour companies that could help with transport on the North side? We've been in touch with Pilgrim Tours already and they seemed skeptical about whether they'd be able to help.
What dates were you thinking off?
OK lads I've been speaking to some of my Russian friends over their and they tell me there's now a new road nearing completion up to the N side base camp, lots of people are there trying to make money offering lifts up in their 4wd's, so there's no problem that way. Only problem you will have is the language barrier, so I will try and get a few contact details off them and see if any of the companies speak English. EWP might come through for you anyway, but if they don't let me know. I'll be in Stavropol in Early June but then have trek to run from Sochi so can't help you physicaly, will be gone by time you arrive. If you get stuck give me a shout I'm sure we could sort something out. firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd very much recommend circling the mountain starting from the village Elbrus, onto the North side via Irikchat pass and then traversing the ice fields until it's possible to turn S and reach the saddle. For an acclimatised party, this should take some 4 days (without speeding:-)) and you get to see a lot.
Your right its a great area if the weather is good, but last year we were stuck for 2 days and nights just above the Irikchat pass after coming of Peak Kalistkoga, http://markswalks.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/russia-part-ii-25-3108/ plus there's quite a few crevasse's around the route so if its a wet glacier and bad vis you need to know what your doing, good route though if you can manage to carry all the supplies for the length of time it will take you to do the whole circle.
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