I'd like to take a trip to Caucasian Mountains and ascent Mt. Elbrus and possibly spend few days in Georgia this summer. Just wondering if there's anyone who'd like to join me.
Hey there explorers, travelers, nomads, tramps, hobos, and vagabonds! I've been carrying that idea up my head for long enough to take a step ahead and actually start planning an excursion to Russian Caucasian Mountains to step up on 5642 m or 18510 ft above see level. It's not the most difficult venture in the world. In other word you don't need to be a professional alpinist. The top of the mountain is a glacier so you'll definitely need crampons, but it's said that for a passionate hiker the ascent should not constitute a major problem. Due to the internet sources it's the weather that may be capricious. It can radically change in case of which it's better to turn back and try another day. In any case there is still about 5 months left till August. I just started planning it all. You'd need a visa that's best to apply for at least 2 months before leaving. Equipment such as ice ax, crampons, good clothing, good sleeping bag and tent is a must. I am considering taking a guide (Russians way less expensive from what I hear). The air ticket is going to be the biggest expense, some $1300 as of right now, still researching though. We'll need to spend four or five days to adapt to the altitudes after which we can attempt to climb up and reach the summit. The ascent is estimated to take from 5 to 8 hrs then stepping back to the camp takes 3 - 6 hrs due to one of the sources. I anticipate it should not take more than 10 - 12 hrs, which is typically a good day hike, right? 😊 After that I might go south visit Georgian coast line and take a dip in Black Sea. Shoot me a message if you're interested in joining me on that adventure.
[Edited: 2019 Feb 19 00:40 - Roosta:95057 - Moved from Europe Forum to Looking for Travel Companions Forum]
It seems that the air tickets are half price in September. In that case I would opt to depart early in September.