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  • History of the 8-day Regular Guaranteed Departure Tours.


    First time we introduced 8 day standard itinerary in the season of 2004 year. Before that moment the tour package included two overnights in Moscow. Since 2004 direct hotel reservations in Moscow became easy for foreigners and that allowed us to make that service optional. The 8 day tour program is the optimal itinerary for those who want just "come and climb" without any other sightseeing or hikes.

    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 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 year seasons.

     

    *****

    2004 year season.

    Climbing success rate for this 7-night / 8-day tour in 2004 year was 90% (about 100 people in 16 groups/periods).

    *****

    2005 year season.

    Climbing success rate for this 7-night / 8-day tour in 2005 year was 87% (about 150 people in 16 groups/periods).

    *****

    2006 year season.

    Starting from this season we show more detailed information about the tours.
    Participants: 180 people
    Participants who have made an attempt: 173 people
    Participants who have climbed the top: 151 people

    Periods
    Dates (season 2006)
    Package cost

    Status:
    people
    in group / tried / success

    Period #1 May 12 - May 19, 2006 560 Euro
    3 / 3 / 2
    Period #2 May 19 - May 26, 2006 560 Euro
    3 / 3 / 3
    Period #3 May 26 - June 02, 2006 560 Euro
    11 / 9 / 7
    Period #4 June 02 - June 09, 2006 560 Euro
    8 / 8 / 6
    Period #5 June 09 - June 16, 2006 560 Euro
    2 / 1 / 1
    Period #6 June 16 - June 23, 2006 560 Euro
    10 / 10 / 9
    Period #7 June 23 - June 30, 2006 560 Euro
    9 / 9 / 9
    Period #8 June 30 - July 07, 2006 560 Euro
    12 / 12 / 11
    Period #9 July 07 - July 14, 2006 560 Euro
    8 / 8 / 6
    Period #10 July 14 - July 21, 2006 590 Euro
    6 / 5 / 5
    Period #11 July 21 - July 28, 2006 590 Euro
    10 / 9 / 8
    Period #12 July 28 - August 04, 2006 590 Euro

    2 groups, 23 people:
    23 / 23 / 23 !!

    Period #13 August 04 - August 11, 2006 590 Euro
    14 /14 / 12
    Period #14 August 11 - August 18, 2006 590 Euro
    2 groups, 19 people:
    19 / 19 / 17
    Period #15 August 18 - August 25, 2006 560 Euro
    8 / 7 / 7
    Period #16 August 25 - Sept 01, 2006 560 Euro
    10 / 10 / 7
    Period # 17 Sept 01 - Sept 08, 2006 560 Euro
    11 / 11 / 8
    Period #18 Sept 08 - Sept 15, 2006 560 Euro
    6 / 5 / 5
    Period #19 Sept 15 - Sept 22 , 2006 560 Euro
    7 / 7 / 5

    *****

    2007 year season.

    Starting from this season we show weather conditions during the climb.
    Participants: 185 people
    Participants who have made an attempt: 179 people
    Participants who have climbed the top: 143 people

    Periods
    Dates (season 2007)
    Package cost - from Mineralnye Vody airport to Mineralnye Vody airport.

    Status:
    people
    in group / tried / success

    Period #1 May 11 - May 18, 2007 560 Euro
    7 / 7 / 4
    good weather
    Period #2 May 18 - May 25, 2007 560 Euro
    3 / 3 / 2
    perfect weather
    Period #3 May 25 - June 01, 2007 560 Euro
    1 / 1 / 1
    reasonable weather
    Period #4 June 01 - June 08, 2007 560 Euro
    6 / 6 / 6
    reasonable weather, snow
    Period #5 June 08 - June 15, 2007 560 Euro
    5 / 5 / 5
    reasonable weather
    Period #6 June 15 - June 22, 2007 560 Euro
    4 / 4 / 4
    good weather
    Period #7 June 22 - June 29, 2007 560 Euro
    12 / 10 / 10
    good weather
    Period #8 June 29 - July 06, 2007 560 Euro
    11 / 11 / 9
    good weather, windy
    Period #9 July 06 - July 13, 2007 560 Euro
    10 / 10 / 5
    perfect weather
    Period #10 July 13 - July 20, 2007

    590 Euro ('high demand' season)

    10 / 10 / 9
    perfect weather

    Period #11 July 20 - July 27, 2007 640 Euro ('highest demand' season)
    21 / 20 / 16
    perfect weather
    Period #12 July 27 - August 03, 2007 640 Euro ('highest demand' season)

    9 / 9 / 7
    fair weather, wind

    Period #13 August 03 - August 10, 2007 640 Euro ('highest demand' season)
    20 / 20 / 18
    perfect weather
    Period #14 August 10 - August 17, 2007 640 Euro ('highest demand' season)
    15 / 12 / 11
    rather good weather
    Period #15 August 17 - August 24, 2007 590 Euro ('high demand' season)
    10 / 10 / 9
    reasonable weather
    Period #16 August 24 - August 31, 2007 560 Euro
    16 / 16 / 6
    normal weather, avalanche
    Period # 17 August 31 - Sept 07, 2007 560 Euro
    11 / 11 / 11
    rather good but cold weather,
    Period #18 Sept 07 - Sept 14, 2007 560 Euro
    7 / 7 / 3
    clear sunny day, cold wind
    Period #19 Sept 14 - Sept 21, 2007 560 Euro
    7 / 7 / 7
    perfect weather

    *****

    2008 year season.

    2008 season had worse weather than normally. Particularly August and September were pretty rainy.
    There was normal (about 10 percent) 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 visible rise in 2008, in common there was a bit more visitors than in 2007.

    Participants in 8 day public groups: 186 people (+1 in comparison with 2007).
    Participants who have made an attempt: 175 people.
    Participants who have climbed the top: 136 people.

    Periods
    Dates (season 2008)
    Package cost - from Mineralnye Vody airport to Mineralnye Vody airport.

    Status:
    people
    in group / tried / success

    Period #1 May 09 - May 16, 2008 590 Euro
    2 / 2 / 2
    reasonable weather but too cold
    Period #2 May 16 - May 23, 2008 590 Euro
    9 / 7 / 7
    good weather but windy
    Period #3 May 23 - May 30, 2008 590 Euro
    10 / 10 / 9
    all with skis, rather bad weather
    Period #4 May 30 - June 06, 2008 590 Euro
    4 / 4 / 2
    clear, windy
    Period #5 June 06 - June 13, 2008 590 Euro
    1 / 1 / 1
    rather good weather
    Period #6 June 13 - June 20, 2008 590 Euro
    12 / 12 / 12
    rather good weather
    Period #7 June 20 - June 27, 2008 590 Euro
    23 / 23 / 19
    changeable weather, wind
    Period #8 June 27 - July 04, 2008 590 Euro
    19 / 19 / 4
    bad weather, 4 people climbed themselves on the next day
    Period #9 July 04 - July 11, 2008 590 Euro
    11 / 10 / 10
    good weather but windy
    Period #10 July 11 - July 18, 2008

    640 Euro ('high demand' season)

    10 / 10 / 10
    good weather, windy

    Period #11 July 18 - July 25, 2008 690 Euro ('highest demand' season)
    10 / 10 / 8
    good weather
    Period #12 July 25 - August 01, 2008 690 Euro ('highest demand' season)
    6 / 6 / 0
    bad weather, snowfall, visibility 20 m, strong wind
    Period #13 August 01 - August 08, 2008 690 Euro ('highest demand' season)
    10 / 9 / 8
    changeable weather, wind
    Period #14 August 08 - August 15, 2008 690 Euro ('highest demand' season)
    11 / 11 / 4
    bad weather after noon
    Period #15 August 15 - August 22, 2008 690 Euro ('highest demand' season)
    13 / 13 / 12
    perfect weather
    Period #16 August 22 - August 29, 2008 640 Euro ('high demand' season)
    11 / 10 / 10
    good weather
    Period # 17 August 29 - Sept 05, 2008 590 Euro
    5 / 2 / 2
    clear,cold and windy
    Period #18 Sept 05 - Sept 12, 2008 590 Euro
    8 / 8 / 8
    reasonable weather, wind
    Period #19 Sept 12 - Sept 19, 2008 590 Euro
    6 / 6 /6
    perfect weather
    Period #20 Sept 19 - Sept 26, 2008 590 Euro
    2 / 2 / 2
    clear, windy

    *****

    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 2 groups completely missed the summit because of weather.

    Participants in 8 day public groups: 253 people (+67 in comparison with 2008).
    Participants who have made an attempt: 251 people.
    Participants who have climbed the top: 185 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 May 15 - May 22, 2009 23,100 RUB
    718
    530
    May 20: 10/10/9
    clear, wind. 3 with skis, skis left at 4500, still icy
    #2 May 22 - May 29, 2009 23,100 RUB
    734
    533

    May 26: 11/11/5
    changeable weather, windy, 8 with skis, skis left at 4500 m, still icy
    May 28: 4/4/4
    bad weather, strong wind

    #3 May 29 - June 05, 2009 23,100 RUB
    737
    533

    June 2: 9/9/9
    good weather, light wind

    #4 June 05 - June 12, 2009 23,100 RUB
    748
    527
    June 9: 23/23/19
    changeable weather, windy
    #5 June 12 - June 19, 2009 24,700 RUB
    799
    570
    June 17: 5/5/4
    very bad weather, visibility 20 m, snow, strong wind
    #6 June 19 - June 26, 2009 24,700 RUB
    794
    569
    June 24: 17/16/16
    rather good weather, changeable after noon, wind, one member snowboarded from the Saddle
    #7 June 26 - July 03, 2009 24,700 RUB
    792
    567
    June 30: 27/27/17
    changeable weather, moderate wind
    #8 July 03 - July 10, 2009 24,700 RUB
    794
    563
    July 07: 15/15/15
    clear, windy
    #9 July 10 - July 17, 2009 25,600 RUB
    803
    576
    July 14-16: 17/17/0
    bad weather all days, no visibility, strong wind
    #10 July 17 - July 24, 2009 25,600 RUB
    808
    574
    July 21: 11/10/8
    changeable weather, limited visibility, wind
    #11 July 24 - July 31, 2009 25,600 RUB
    823
    578
    July 28: 6/6/5
    awful weather, snow, thunderstorm, no visibility, strong wind
    #12 July 31 - Aug. 07, 2009 25,600 RUB
    806
    573
    Aug.04: 15/15/15
    perfect weather, moderate wind
    #13 Aug. 07 - Aug. 14, 2009 25,600 RUB
    821
    570
    Aug.11: 26/26/19
    clear, strong wind, cold
    #14 Aug. 14 - Aug. 21, 2009 25,600 RUB
    796
    559
    Aug.18: 17/15/0
    awful weather, snow, thunderstorm, no visibility, strong wind
    #15 Aug. 21 - Aug. 28, 2009 25,600 RUB
    810
    569
    Aug.25: 13/13/11
    clear, windy
    #16 Aug. 28 - Sept. 04, 2009 24,700 RUB
    781
    548
    Sept.02: 8/8/7
    changeable weather, moderate wind
    # 17 Sept. 04 - Sept. 11, 2009 23,100 RUB
    727
    508
    Sept.08: 12/12/12
    reasonable weather, clear morning then moderate snow and wind
    #18 Sept. 11 - Sept. 18, 2009 23,100 RUB
    747
    513
    Sept.15: 10/10/10
    changeable weather, poor visibility, moderate wind. Unusually warm on the high slopes: +10 Celsius in the valley, 0(!!) Celsius at the Saddle.
    #19 Sept. 18 - Sept. 25, 2009 23,100 RUB
    760
    515
    Sept.23: 1/1/0
    not good weather, visibility 50 m, windy.

    *******

    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
    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 May 14 - May 21, 2010
    24,900 RUB
    828
    660
    7 / 7 / 4
    clear, windy, no skiers in group
    #2 May 21 - May 28, 2010
    24,900 RUB
    810
    655
    13 / 13 / 13
    clear, windy, nobody used snowcat ride option
    #3 May 28 - June 04, 2010
    24,900 RUB
    806
    655
    17 / 17 / 13
    clear, windy
    #4 June 04 - June 11, 2010
    24,900 RUB
    806
    655
    21 / 21 /20
    changeable weather, windy, limited visibility
    #5 June 11 - June 18, 2010
    26,500 RUB
    839
    697
    12 / 12 / 10
    clear, windy, thunderstorm after 13:00
    #6 June 18 - June 25, 2010
    26,500 RUB
    850
    693
    5 / 5 / 3
    changeable weather, light snow, windy, poor visibility
    #7 June 25 - July 02, 2010
    26,500 RUB
    854
    693
    5 / 5 / 4
    changeable weather, windy, visibility 30-50 m.
    #8 July 02 - July 09, 2010
    26,500 RUB
    845
    692
    8 / 8 / 7
    changeable weather, windy
    #9 July 09 - July 16, 2010
    27,400 RUB
    885
    700
    15 / 15 / 14
    clear before noon, cloudy after
    #10 July 16 - July 23, 2010
    27,400 RUB
    897
    704
    17 / 17 / 15
    changeable weather, moderate wind
    #11 July 23 - July 30, 2010
    27,400 RUB
    898
    703
    15 / 15 / 14
    clear, good weather
    in a day */ 1 / 1
    clear, windy
    #12 July 30 - Aug. 06, 2010
    27,400 RUB
    907
    696
    23 / 23 / 21
    clear, moderate wind
    #13 Aug. 06 - Aug. 13, 2010
    27,400 RUB
    918
    698
    8 / 8 / 7
    clear, windy
    #14 Aug. 13 - Aug. 20, 2010
    27,400 RUB
    900
    697
    13 / 13 / 10
    snowfall, wind, visibility 20 meters
    #15 Aug. 20 - Aug. 27, 2010
    27,400 RUB
    899
    702
    11 / 11 / 11
    clear, light wind
    #16 Aug. 27 - Sept. 03, 2010
    26,500 RUB
    860
    676
    16 / 15 / 12
    clear, moderate wind
    # 17 Sept. 03 - Sept. 10, 2010
    24,900 RUB
    811
    634
    5 / 5 / 3
    changeable weather, wind, limited visibility
    #18 Sept. 10 - Sept. 17, 2010
    24,900 RUB
    806
    635
    5 / 5 / 5
    clear, windy
    #19 Sept. 17 - Sept. 24, 2010
    24,900 RUB
    803
    618
    10 / 10 / 10
    clear, moderate wind

     

     

    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). Also 8 day is insufficient term for North side route which requires more time for approaching and leaving.. 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.

    2012 year season.

    We did not offer 8 day program in 2012 year season. That short program is good only for South side. North side requires longer program. There was no certainty if the South area stayed open for all the season and we offered longer programs on the South side which could be easily moved to North sideroute if South side became closed. Season showed that South side was open all tre season and in 2013 we offer 8 day tours again.



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