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  • History of the 11 day Regular Guaranteed Departure Tours.


    First time we introduced 11 day standard itinerary in the season of 2006 year instead of former 11 day itinerary which included 2 nights in Moscow and 8 nights on Elbrus.
    Since 2006 the 11 day program is completely in Elbrus area. The 11 day program is for those who want to spend more days in the region either for better acclimatization or to have hikes besides Elbrus itself.

    Since that time the destination became more and more popular which brought some additional problems. Several years ago mostly skilled and shape people came to climb. Now more and more people come absolutely without any previous experience in mountains and with very different shape. This does not affect strong climbers in a group because they go their own pace with one of guides while less experienced participants go their own pace with another guides but season by season that slightly reduces 'average' success rate of public groups.

    However average success rate stays pretty high - about 80 percent. Please do not be disoriented with this higher rate in comparison with average rate for Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs. Elbrus is definitely harder than Kili and that high rate is only because of hard work of guides in groups.

    Information on 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 year seasons.

    *****

    2006 year season.

    Participants: 66 people
    Participants who have made an attempt: 60 people
    Participants who have climbed the top: 49 people

    Periods
    Dates (season 2006)
    Package cost - from Mineralnye Vody airport to
    Mineralnye Vody airport.
    (prices are in Euro, use currency calculator if necessary)
    Status:
    in group / tried / success
    Period #1 May 19 - May 29, 2006 650 Euro
    0 / 0 / 0
    Period #2 May 29 - June 08 , 2006 650 Euro
    1 / 1 / 1
    Period #3 June 08 - June 18, 2006 650 Euro
    2 / 2 / 0
    Period #4 June 18 - June 28, 2006 650 Euro
    5 / 4 / 4
    Period #5 June 28 - July 08, 2006 650 Euro
    6 / 6 / 6
    Period #6 July 08 - July 18, 2006 650 Euro
    8 / 4 / 4
    Period #7 July 18 - July 28, 2006 690 Euro
    7 / 6 / 6
    Period #8 July 28 - August 07, 2006 690 Euro
    3 / 3 / 3
    Period #9 August 07 - August 17, 2006 690 Euro
    2 groups, 19 people:
    19 / 19 / 16
    Period #10 August 17 - August 27, 2006 650 Euro
    3 / 3 / 3
    Period #11 August 27 - Sept 06, 2006 650 Euro
    4 / 4 / 0
    (2 attempts, strong wind)
    Period #12 Sept 06 - Sept 16, 2006 650 Euro
    8 / 8 / 6

    *****

    2007 year season.

    Participants: 86 people
    Participants who have made an attempt: 80 people
    Participants who have climbed the top: 66 people

    Periods
    Dates (season 2007)
    Package cost - from Mineralnye Vody airport to Mineralnye Vody airport.
    (prices are in Euro, use currency calculator if necessary)
    Status:
    in group / tried / success
    Period #1 June 01 - June 11, 2007 690 Euro
    2 / 0 / 0
    not aimed at climb
    Period #2 June 11 - June 21, 2007 690 Euro
    0 / 0 / 0
    no participants
    Period #3 June 21 - July 01, 2007 690 Euro
    10 / 9 / 6
    perfect weather
    Period #4 July 01 - July 11, 2007 690 Euro
    16 / 16 / 12
    good weather (strong wind)
    Period #5 July 11 - July 21, 2007 690 Euro
    15 / 14 / 12
    perfect weather
    Period #6 July 21 - July 31, 2007 750 Euro (highest demand season)
    12 / 12 / 10
    reasonable weather
    Period #7 July 31 - August 10, 2007 750 Euro (highest demand season)
    8 / 7 / 7
    perfect weather
    Period #8 August 10 - August 20, 2007 750 Euro (highest demand season)
    8 / 7 / 7
    bad weather, snowfall, wind
    Period #9 August 20 - August 30, 2007 690 Euro
    8 / 8 / 8
    reasonable weather
    Period #10 August 30 - September 09, 2007 690 Euro
    1 / 1 / 1
    good weather, cold wind
    Period #11 September 09 - September 19, 2007 690 Euro
    6 / 6 / 3
    good weather, strong cold wind

    *****

    2008 year season.

    2008 season had worse weather than normally. Particularly August and September were pretty rainy.
    There was good yearly rise of requests but many people cancelled their trips in August because of war in Georgia. The war had absolutely no affect on North Caucasus and Elbrus region but its 'publicity' was high in Western mass media. That is why number of tourists in Caucasus had no big rise in 2008, however in common there were still more visitors than in 2007.

    Participants in 11 day public groups: 110 people (+24 in comparison with 2007).
    Participants who have made an attempt: 106 people.
    Participants who have climbed the top: 95 people.

    Periods
    Dates (season 2008)
    Package cost - from Mineralnye Vody airport to Mineralnye Vody airport.
    Status: people
    in group / tried / success
    Period #1 June 01 - June 11, 2008 690 Euro
    4/3/3
    reasonable weather
    Period #2 June 11 - June 21, 2008 690 Euro
    2 / 2 / 2
    changeable weather
    Period #3 June 21 - July 01, 2008 690 Euro
    9 / 9 / 9
    good weather, wind
    Period #4 July 01 - July 11, 2008 690 Euro
    15 / 15 / 14
    good weather, windy
    Period #5 July 11 - July 21, 2008 740 Euro (high demand season)
    13/13/11
    changeable weather, windy
    Period #6 July 21 - July 31, 2008 790 Euro (highest demand season)
    21/21/17
    bad weather, strong wind, visibility 30-50 m
    Period #7 July 31 - August 10, 2008 790 Euro (highest demand season)
    10/10/8
    clear day but windy
    Period #8 August 10 - August 20, 2008 790 Euro (highest demand season)
    13/13/13
    changeable weather, wind, visibility 200 m
    Period #9 August 20 - August 30, 2008 690 Euro
    8 / 8 / 8
    good weather, windy
    Period #10 August 30 - September 09, 2008 690 Euro
    3 / 2 / 1
    clear, windy
    Period #11 September 09 - September 19, 2008 690 Euro
    12 / 10 / 9
    perfect weather

    *****

    2009 year season.

    2009 season had colder weather than normally. Particularly mid July - mid August period was rainy. It seems that was the worst season regarding weather for the last 5 years. Normally weather allows to go and even if it is bad some participants still can reach the top. In 2009 year 1 group almost missed the summit because of weather.

    Participants in 11 day public groups: 105 people (-5 in comparison with 2008).
    Participants who have made an attempt: 100 people.
    Participants who have climbed the top: 78 people.

    In 2009 we stared to price our tours in Rubles. That means that the price is fixed and constant in Rubles only while in other currencies (USD or Euro) it changes every day according to current exchange rates. The rate is fixed on the day of payment. Here below is the exact price that was in Rubles. To give you an idea of prices in USD and Euro here are also the equivalents in USD and Euro on the date of a tour started.

    Period
    Dates (season 2009)
    Package cost - from Mineralnye Vody airport to Mineralnye Vody airport.
    Status: people
    in group / tried / success
    The prices were fixed in Russian Rubles, could be paid in US dollars or in Euro according to the Central Bank of Russia current exchange rate on the date of payment. Prices in USD and Euro below are according to that period excahge rates.
    Russian Rubles
    (RUB)
    U.S. dollars
    (USD)
    Euro
    (EUR)
    #1 June 01 - June 11, 2009 26,600 RUB
    858
    613
    June 08: 1 / 1 / 1
    not good weather, cloudy, strong wind
    #2 June 11 - June 21, 2009 26,600 RUB
    860
    610
    June 19: 9 / 7 / 6
    perfect weather before 2 pm, then thunderstorm
    #3 June 21 - July 01, 2009 26,600 RUB
    854
    613
    June 29: 11/11/11
    changeable weather, moderate wind
    #4 July 01 - July 11, 2009 28,100 RUB
    905
    641
    July 08: 5/5/5
    clear, moderate wind
    #5 July 11 - July 21, 2009 30,200 RUB
    943
    676
    July 19: 12/12/12
    changeable weather, strong wind, poor visibility
    #6 July 21 - July 31, 2009 30,200 RUB
    963
    679

    July 28: 14/14/1
    awful weather, snow, thunderstorm, no visibility, strong wind
    July 30: ../2/1
    changeable weather, wind, visibility 100 m

    #7 July 31 - Aug. 10, 2009 30,200 RUB
    951
    676
    Aug 07: 13/13/8
    clear in the morning, poor visibility and strong wind in the afternoon
    #8 Aug. 10 - Aug. 20, 2009 30,200 RUB
    957
    667
    Aug 17: 10/10/7
    clear, good weather
    #9 Aug. 20 - Aug. 30, 2009 28,100 RUB
    880
    624
    Aug.28: 8/7/7
    clear, moderate wind
    #10 Aug. 30 - Sept. 09, 2009 26,600 RUB
    843
    587
    Sept.07: 12/12/12
    clear, moderate wind
    #11 Sept. 09 - Sept. 19, 2009 26,600 RUB
    848
    590
    Sept.17: 9/8/7
    bad weather, no visibility, snowfall, strong wind

    ******

    2010 year season.

    2010 season had much warmer weather than normally. July was rather rainy, June and August were good enough. September had a good and stable weather.

    Period
    Dates (season 2010)
    Package cost - from Mineralnye Vody airport to Mineralnye Vody airport.
    Status: people
    total in group / tried / success
    The prices were fixed in Russian Rubles, could be paid in US dollars or in Euro according to the Central Bank of Russia current exchange rate on the date of payment. Prices in USD and Euro below are according to that period excahge rates.
    Russian Rubles
    (RUB)
    U.S. dollars
    (USD)
    Euro
    (EUR)
    #1 June 01 - June 11, 2010
    29,100 RUB
    947
    770
    7 / 7 / 7
    changeable weather, windy, limited visibility
    #2 June 11 - June 21, 2010
    29,100 RUB
    922
    765
    3 / 3 / 3
    changeable weather, visibility 50-200 m, windy
    #3 June 21 - July 01, 2010
    29,100 RUB
    942
    761
    17 / 17 / 4
    bad weather, strong wind, visibility 10-30 meters
    #4 July 01 - July 11, 2010
    30,600 RUB
    979
    801
    14 / 14 / 13
    clear, windy,
    next day */ 1 / 1
    clear, windy
    #5 July 11 - July 21, 2010
    32,700 RUB
    1062
    836
    6 / 6 / 6
    poor visibility, snow, windy
    #6 July 21 - July 31, 2010
    32,700 RUB
    1075
    827
    10 / 8 / 8
    clear, good weather,
    next day: */ 2 / 2
    clear, windy
    #7 July 31 - Aug. 10, 2010
    32,700 RUB
    1083
    828
    9 / 9 / 9
    clear, moderate wind
    #8 Aug. 10 - Aug. 20, 2010
    32,700 RUB
    1097
    826
    24 / 22 / 11
    snowfall, wind, visibility 20 meters
    #9 Aug. 20 - Aug. 30, 2010
    30,600 RUB
    1004
    784
    5 / 4 / 4
    clear, moderate wind
    #10 Aug. 30 - Sept. 09, 2010
    29,100 RUB
    948
    746
    7 / 7 / 6
    clear, windy
    #11 Sept. 09 - Sept. 19, 2010
    29,100 RUB
    942
    741
    2 / 2/ 2
    clear, windy

     

    2011 year season.

    The program assumes Elbrus South side route. In 2011 season the South side area was closed for tourists by authorities.

    Because the program was public (everyone can join on departure dates) and many different people from different countries with different interests signed up there was no possibility to achieve agreement regarding changing the program to another route (North route was accessible). That is why all the periods for public groups have been cancelled while many our private (on request) groups were running on the North side during the season.



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