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16Days
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Treks & Summits
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THE VOYAGE

At 5,642 metres, Mount Elbrus is the the highest summit on the European continent if we consider that the Ural Mountains, the most eastward, are what truly separate Asia and Europe. This dormant volcano, according to ancient mythology, is where Zeus enchained Prometheus, the Titan who stole fire from the gods to give it to humans.

This mountain, the climbing of which is considered technically easy, still provides a sizable challenge because we will be going up to more than 5,000 metres, and the weather conditions can be capricious in that part of the Caucasus Mountains. Before the ascent, we will trek through the beautiful neighbouring mountains of the northern side of the mountain. Our itinerary also includes visits to the historical jewels of western Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Climbing the highest summit in Europe under the supervision of an experienced guide.
• Staying in the Caucasus at the foot of Mount Elbrus in the heart of a wild and beautiful region.
• Visiting the famous monuments of Moscow : the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square.
• Visiting the old power plants of the Mineralnye Vody region, such as the one at Pyatigorsk.
• Visiting the fabulous city of St. Petersburg with its majestic views, baroque buildings and the extraordinary Hermitage Museum.

 THE TERRA ULTIMA DIFFERENCE

• Trip accompanied by certified and qualified guides who have made many high-summit climbs. Russian guide under IFMGA standards, ratio 1 : 3.
• Every night will be spent in a mountain shelter, including the new top-of-line LeapRus eco-hotel (if available).
• Very high-quality expedition kitchen, a lot of local products and some must-haves from home !
• Trip permitting the visit of the two most beautiful cities in Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg, and learning about their fundamental differences.

EFFORT LEVEL 3 +

• About eight days of trekking and acclimatization with nights in mountain shelters.
• Stages of between three to eight hours a day (average of four hours) except for the summit attempt, which takes 10 to 14 hours of trekking.

DATES & PRICES

DATES & PRICES

HOW TO BOOK?

Choose an option from the table above, click Reserve Now and complete the registration form. A $500 deposit per person is required to confirm your booking. The amount of this deposit will be deducted from your final invoice. A first payment of 50% is required 90 days before the departure date. Full payment must be received 45 days before the departure date.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Domestic flight: Moscow/Mineralnye Vody/St. Petersburg
• Local ground transportation
• Terra Ultima guide
• Russian IFGMA mountain guide for Mount Elbrus portion
• All meals on the expedition
• Welcome dinner in Moscow
• Accommodations, including two or three nights in the new LeapRus eco-hotel (if available)
• Entry fees for locations visited during the trip
• Baggage transportation
• All the shared equipment for the trek and climbing equipment (ropes, camp stoves, mess kits, etc.)
• A preparatory meeting before departure
• Help obtaining Russian visa

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

• International flight (approx.. 1300$)
• Beverages (alcoholic or not)
• Lunches and suppers in Moscow and St. Petersburg
• Tips for Terra Ultima guide
• Insurance
• Vaccinations
• Personal items (backpack, sleeping bag, clothing, etc.)
• Visa fees ($120 in 2017)
• Anything else not mentioned in the paragraph entitled THE PRICE INCLUDES
• Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (province of Quebec) (one dollar per $1,000)

VALIDITY OF OFFER

Pricing is valid for all bookings before September 15, 2018.

Conditions of participation
PRACTICAL INFO

PRACTICAL INFO

SUPERVISION

• Small group of 6 to 13 travellers.
• All-inclusive formula. A qualified Québécois Terra Ultima guide supervises all travel, ensuring things go as planned on the route, the technical aspects of trekking and the quality of services, besides sharing his or her knowledge of Russia with the travellers.
• The presence of numerous locals : guides, drivers, mule wranglers, etc. They proudly represent Russia!
• Information and preparation meetings with your group before departure.

TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT

We will use cable car services to bring up the baggage, food and shared equipment to the first shelter. *Therefore, you will only have to carry the personal items you need for the two altitude adjustment treks in the Terskol Valley (day bag). Then you will have to carry loads and your personal equipment to the camps at altitude. The weight will be 15 or 20 kg!

TRANSPORTATION

To encourage and facilitate contact with local people, we always plan on using private transportation. Some distances, however, require faster methods such as flying. Several shorter trips are taken in charted minibuses, allowing us to make stops in small villages and have a more flexible itinerary.

ACCOMODATIONS

The choice of hotels is primarily based on their location, that is, their proximity to tourist sites and sectors. In the cities, we will stay in comfortable and charming three-star hotels. Prices indicate double occupancy with private bathroom. In Moscow, the hotel is located slightly away from the centre of the city and so has a more affordable price. We will take advantage of the Moscow subway system’s beauty and effectiveness to get around the city.

FOOD

Russian cuisine can be excellent but also very ordinary. At the beginning of a meal, it is more common to get little smoked or marinated fish crepes than caviar. The borscht is fantastic. Meat and vegetable-based dishes are often served with potatoes, rice or pasta. A few main classics: beef stroganoff, golubtsy (stuffed cabbage leaves) and kotlety (meatballs). In Siberia, there is pelmeni, a meat-filled ravioli. Meals can come served with tea, local beer or, of course, vodka!

WEATHER

The Western Russian weather is similar to the canadian weather. In the Caucasus Mountains, even summer nights can be fairly cool. June and September are more stable periods, slightly cooler than July and August but not as popular with tourists. Weather can be quite variable and change quickly to windiness and storms, which is even more important at altitude. You must seriously consider the risks associated with sudden changes in temperature.
Temperatures in Moscow and St. Petersburg: between 10° C and 25° C.
In Caucasus valleys: 15° to 25° C during the day and 0° to 5° C at night.
On Mount Elbrus: -20° C to 10° C depending on altitude.

CURRENCY AND CASH

The Russian currency is the ruble. Credit cards are accepted at most of the larger shops and other businesses, the most practical thing to do is to carry US cash. There are some ATMs in Terskol.

TIPS

You should plan on approximately $5 per day per person per Terra Ultima guide. It is up to you, but you can consider this information as an indicator of the travel industry standard. Of course, you can increase it based on your appreciation!
As for Russian guide, it is the custom to leave him 5 Euros or more per person for the long climb to the summit!

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We would like to remind you how important it is to have medical insurance to avoid ending up with a large bill for hospitalization abroad or for repatriation and to have cancellation insurance to cover the non-refundable part of the cost of your trip. We offer complete travel coverage with or without cancellation insurance.

Contact us if you would like a bid. If you get cancellation insurance through us, you can do so when you make your final payment, but if you go elsewhere for that insurance, we remind you that you might have to have it when you make your initial deposit. Furthermore, if you have insurance through your credit card service, it is imperative that you make your initial deposit using that card.

Furthermore, you must have coverage that includes mountaineering because we will be trekking with crampons on our feet and carrying ice axes. Contact us if you would like to know more about the specialized insurer.

Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) classes (the one for this trip is in bold):
Currently, the system divides all hikes and climbs into five classes:
• Class 1 : hiking
• Class 2 : possible use of hands required for balance
• Class 3 : requires use of hands for climbing; rope may be used.
• Class 4 : simple climbing, with exposure; a rope is often used
• Class 5 : technical free climbing

N. B. : insurance coverage for mountaineering is usually required starting with class 3 and/or 6,000 metres in altitude.

VISAS/DOCUMENTATION

Canadian citizens must obtain visas to visit Russia. The visa costed $100 in 2015 plus the Russian visa agency fee of approximately $50. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months following your planned departure date from Russia. Terra Ultima staff can help you to obtain the visa. For your security [when in Russia], we advise you to have a photocopy of your passport on your person or proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate or citizenship card.

HEALTH/VACCINATIONS/SAFETY

We recommend immunization against hepatitis A and B and measles. In fact, you could be at risk of contracting those diseases, which are avoidable through immunization, during your travel in Russia. Please contact your travel health professional to find out more about these vaccinations. We advise you to consult the travel clinic or community health department nearest you. Also consult https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories?_ga=2.262265481.487343613.1524082107-1113155714.1524082103, and select Russia from the drop-down menu.

ELECTRICITY AND INTERNET

220 V/50 Hz outlets are used in Russia. Please consult this site to see the type of outlet: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ca/russia/. Internet access is generally easy to get in Russia. There are wi-fi networks in most hotels and in some restaurants, sometimes free, sometimes for a fee.

EQUIPMENT AND LUGGAGE

You will need a bag big enough to carry what you need for a day (day bag). This is the bag you will have with you and that you could use as a carry-on. Your main baggage can be a backpack or a duffel bag, some of which have handles and/or even wheels. A rigid bag, especially a large one, is not recommended because it is not flexible and takes up a lot of space on smaller means of transportation like minibuses. Don’t forget to identify your bags with your name and address.

You will receive a complete list of equipment when you register for the trip (see attachment).

VOYAGE DOCUMENTS
Here are a few complimentary documents to download: