Day One: transfer to Upper Bakstan and trekking to the valley of the river Syltransu.
The group meets up in the city of Pyatigorsk near the train station. Then we will have transfer to the village of Upper Baksan (1600m), Kabardino-Balkar Republic. Today we begin to move toward the lake Syltrankёl. On the path going up and left, we will go to the valley of Syltransu River, which flows in a deep canyon. After that we will enter the pine forest, where will spend the night. The height of the campsite is more than 2000 meters above the see, so we will have active acclimatization already on this spot.
Day Two: valley of the river Syltransu – Syltrankёl Lake (6-8 hours)
The path goes down to the bottom of the valley, then we climb higher and higher, and gradually go beyond the natural boundary of the forest. Next, the trail will approach to the rocks on the right bank of the river and goes to the second stage of the valley. The height of this place is 2600 meters. From the beginning of the route to come here we will need from 5 to 7 hours. Next we come to the step, which serves as a natural dam that blocked the river and formed a lake. We enter the valley that forms the circus formed by offshoots of Mukal (3899m) and Syltrankel-Bashi (3827m) peaks. This night we will spend near the lake.
Day Three: acclimatization day hikes in the mountains around the lake Syltrankёl
Lake Syltrankel (from Turkic “beautiful lake”), have more than 30 hectares of water space and is located at an altitude of 3185 meters above the sea. It lies in a mountain circus. The lake looks amazing – green water with white ice floes. On this day we will enjoy the view of the lake and surrounding mountains. At the same time will dissolve practical task – the continuation of the active acclimatization to heights of 3200-3600 meters above the sea level. This day will facilitate our further stay at high altitudes. Here on the snowfields we will do the ice-snow activities discover how we should work with the piolet and other alpine appliances on snow and ice.
Day Four: The lake - Syltran Pass (3441 m) - Valley of the Kyrtyk River - Kyrtykaush Pass (3232m) (6-9 hours)
We’re going to the Syltran pass, that is located in lowering of the mountain Mukal offshoot. Further we will go down the river Mukal, then Mkyarai river, and finally will go out into the upper part of the river Kyrtyk flow. From this spot we will go down to the influx Ulla-Usenchi and climb along it to the Kyrtykaush pass where we spend the night, doing our addition acclimatization as well.
Day Five: trekking to the bottom of the Kyrtyk river valley (5-7 hours)
In the morning we go down along the picturesque river Kyrtyk closer to the Upper Baksan. Spend the night near the river.
Day Six: trekking to the upper Baksan - bus to the Azau meadow - cableway to the “Mir” station - cableway to the Garabashi meadow - ascent to the “Shelter 11” (4100 m)
On this day, we have to move by bus to the Elbrus bottom and go up by the cableway to the Garabashi meadow. Then we go by foot to the “Shelter 11”, where will spend the night in tents.
Day Seven: climbing to the Pastukhov`s cliffs (4-6 hours)
In the morning we will go into acclimatization trek to Pastukhov`s cliffs at 4800-5000 meters above the sea level. After that – go to bed early.
Day Eight: climbing to the Elbrus summit (12-14 hours)
We will wake up at 1 pm and go to the trail at 2pm. The way to the summit and back takes 12-14 hours for the ordinary people. Go before dawn is much easier because of the hardness of the snow. We hope for a good weather. After we pass the saddle will be a piece of hard work, but to reach the summit is quite possible for any healthy person.
Day Nine: an extra day
This day is reserved if it will be a bad weather.
Day Ten: Descent to Azau village and transfer to Pyatigorsk
Safety: Be aware that this hike with climbing to Mount Elbrus is potentially dangerous for health and life of any of the participants.