From the 2007 season onwards we are offering a new type of Elbrus
expedition: no more extremely low budget climbs from the South side (there are still other operators
that offer them, check the advertisements above).
We climb the mountain from the lesser used mountaineers route from the
North. We also limit the dates available, so we can make
every trip a special one. The expeditions are a bit more expensive but still about half of
what other companies charge for a less special trip!
If needed, the glacier skills can be acquired during the climbing.
This time we will climb the Normal route from the North. This means:
There are no cable cars nor 'snow cats' to help you ascend, and after summiting you will also descend on your own power, both on the less used North Side
Empty alpine fields,
with few people around on your descent. Relax in a tranquil Alpine environment. The route is
basic Alpine, so not much more technical than the Normal route, but much tougher physically. Technically speaking it migt be a 'walk-up mountain', physically speaking this is a huge undertaking. Summit day is 3800-5642-3800m and can take 15 hours or more. Make sure you are physically and mentally very fit.
We will have more extra
days than normal, so we have the best summit chances even with a few bad weather
Below are the dates for these
Dates (season 2012)
Full package cost excluding internal flight
( Caucasus - Caucasus)*
(price is pp, in Euros, NOT in USD!)
Elbrus North climb
July 31st - August 9
Additional options in case you want to join in Moscow:
Euro 320/580 pp. (Depending if you bok alone or with others). This includes 3 transfers (airport-hotel) + 2 hotel nights based on shared room.
Single rooms. Final transfer hotel-airport is not included.
You should arrive in Moscow the 30th July and can fly out of Moscow the 10th August.
Price depending on availability, will be determined upon booking, normally Euro 250-350
Caucauss, (one day earlier when joining in Moscow*)
Caucasus (one day later when joining in Moscow*)
* If you do not need to fly to Moscow, or will arrange your own hotels, transfers, and internal flights, we meet you in Mineralnye Vody (MRV). The trip will then be 10 days (July 31st-August 9th). If you want a full service from Moscow-Moscow, so including transfers, hotels (2 nights B&B) and internal flights, please let us know on the booking form.
Prices are based on double rooms if we can not pair you with another climber in Moscow, there might be additional charges for the single room.
Russia in general and the Caucasus area in specific are different from
what you might be used to in regards to culture, & nature. In practice this
could mean: different communication styles (sometimes considered rude,
sometimes refreshingly open), very bad or non-existing roads, transfers that
are hours later than expected, cars breaking down, Police asking for bribes etc. This is part of the experience and though
we will try to make the trip as enjoyable as possible, there will be
unexpected and sometimes negative moments, though expect some unexpected
positive moments as well :)
The mountain and weather will dictate the actual schedule. We use the
above as a guideline, but likely the schedule will be adapted for the
safest, most enjoyable and most successful climb possible.
We will try to traverse as planned if there is interest, but when due to safety reasons
(storm on North side etc) this is not deemed possible by the guides, we will
descend the South side. Safety comes first.
As we cannot determine the exact date of the summit/traverse, the hotel we will
be staying afterwards could be very basic as we can only reserve a few days
beforehand or not at all, so please be flexible.
Note: Most people were surprised by the Russian food which is, well,
different. Maybe not even so much the food itself, but the timing of it: Get surprised by chickensoup or
spaghetti or oatmeal for
breakfast and enjoy the Borsj. For some it was difficult to eat hot meals in
the morning, other
remarked it as 'suprisingly good'. Good and plentiful nutrition is needed as
it provides much needed
energy reserves for the hikes and climbs. If you have a restricted diet or
are vegetarian, it might
be wise to bring some extra food or snacks.
In general Elbrus is underestimated and many climbers come
unprepared and untrained. On the South side this has been solved by
taking cable cars and hiring snow-cats, resulting in pollution,
noise, smell and a climb of only 800 vertical meters. On the North
side it is clean, fresh, but summitday is very long and you have to
do everything yourself, so prepare by training and getting fit.
- Visa support and invitation. Note that we cannot be held responsible when your Russian Embassy refuses your visa
All transfers in Caucasus
- All nights in Caucasus, in Hotels, lodges, tents and huts, double room/tent where applicable
- All meals in Caucasus besides last dinner
- All permits in Caucasus
- All guides in Caucasus
When booking the Moscow services:
- Airport pickup in Moscow, transfer to hotel *
- Night in 3*** hotel (B&B), double room*
- Transfer to airport *
- flight Moscow - Mineralnye Vody and return if booked as well
- Airport pickup in Moscow, transfer to hotel *
- Night in 3*** hotel (B&B), double room*
- Russian visa (we will supply the invitation/voucher, but you must apply for your visa)
- Tips for guides
- Drinks in hotels etc
- Meals in Kislovodsk
- Single accomodation supplement
- Extra nights in hotels in case of early descent
- Transport to Moscow airport from Moscow hotel after the climb (as there will be many different departure times on different airports; it is easy to arrange a taxi at the hotel if needed.)
- Gear rental if needed
- Personal porter or guide if needed
- Any changes in the programme demanding additional expenses
- Single accommodation supplement
- Insurance (medical and other)
Itinerary in Caucasus
(When starting in Moscow, day 0 will be arrival in Moscow, transfer to hotel. Day one will be transfer to airport and fly to MRV, see below for rest).
Arrival in Mineralny Vody, 30min bus drive to a hotel in the small, cosy town of Kislovodsk. Weather permitting, Elbrus, which is 70km to south will stand on the horizon. Hotel.
We leave the town in a 4WD vehicle for a long drive across the high grassy plateaus to the northern foothills of Elbrus. Again, weather permitting, these hours will be not boring, for the landscapes there are superb. Depending on the state of the earth-road, this drive can take from 4 to 6hr. We come to the place called “Emmanuel Meadow” (the camp place of the Russian expedition with a stone, bearing a memorial inscriptions dating back to 1829) and camp there at 2500m. Camp.
Acclimatization outing to the assault camp (3800m). We will use it for bringing there some personal things and gear. On the descent we will see exotic lava outcrops and a mountain lake at 3200m. 6-7hr. Camp.
We walk to the starting point of the ascent. Our porters go straight there, we make a detour and visit the local place of interest, called Gryby (“Mushrooms”) – rock outcrops of very weird shapes. Then we come to several huts standing at 3800m on a high moraine bordering the lower snow fields and put up in one of them. Now we can look over the multi-colored dry range to north and see the endless pastures stretching to the horizon. Hut. 5-6hr
For better acclimatisation we spend this day climbing to the lower end of Lents Rocks, the rock band, which goes straight to East Summit. The ascent on snow is not difficult and steep and in 4-5hr we come to the lowest part of Rocks (4800m). Descent will take a couple of hours. Hut. 5-7hr.
Day of rest and preparations. Hut/Camp.
Ascent of East Summit (5621m). We start very early, and the climb with descent will take 10-14hr. We follow the line of Lents Rocks and the ascent slope is as gentle as on the classic route. From the summit the immense sweep of the green pastures rolling into the blue haze of the horizon to north is the main sight, breathtaking, giddy. Hut.
A reserve day to make up for day 7, in case the climb is excluded by bad weather and no serious attempt is made. “A serious attempt” is the one that spends so much of your energy, that you just cannot go up on the next day. If the climb has been a success on Day 7, we descend to our base camp, board our 4WD and go back to Kislovodsk. Hut/Hotel in Kislovodsk. Hut.
If we have used the reserve day on Day 8 for climbing Elbrus, we descend to our base camp, board our 4WD and go back to Kislovodsk. Or, alternatively, in case we have arrived to Kislovodsk on Day 8, we spend a whole day in the town. Hotel.
30min bus drive to Mineralny Vody Airport and flight to Moscow. End of trip.
If you book the Moscow package, then you will be picked up at the aiport and taken to your hotel. Hotel included (B&B), the next day you can arrange your own transport to the airport.
This climb is an expedition in wilderness, i.e. some nights are spent in tents, some in tiny huts. It means the space to keep your personal thins is rather limited. So, there will be no storage room for “luxury items” (a couple of bottles of whiskey, the thick volume you cannot somehow finish reading for a year etc). A very wise thing would be to keep it all to the unavoidable minimum. Note that also on most internal flights in Russia, you are limited to 20kgs of luggage.
Necessary travel papers (documents)
Passport with a valid Russian visa, voucher and immigration card
By air and by land
From Moscow to Mineralny Vody we fly with a Russian air company. Normally it is either Kavminvodyavia or Aeroflot.
For the city transfers it is comfortable private buses or minivans or public transport (in Moscow, this is much faster), for going to Elbrus - a pretty rough 4WD of Russian make.
3 stars in Kislovodsk (4 or 5 stars - on demand), on a double room basis. No breakfast in Kislovodsk hotel. On Elbrus: a bunk in a hut sleeping from 5 to 15 persons and/or tents
Full board from dinner on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 8 or 9 (depends on when we leave for Kislovodsk)
English speaking guides (3-4 clients to one guide) and cook
Health and medical insurance
Health-care on the mountain is limited to the first-aid kit the guide carries. When in Mineralny Vody and Kislovodsk in case of serious health problems the local hospital and your insurance policy are to take over. Your policy must cover climbing to 6000m .
As on any high mountain a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures should be expected: from freezing-cold nights (down to -5-10ºC), to sizzling hot noons if still and sunny (especially on snow); from a delicious calm under a blue sky to a hurricane slashing your face like a whip. The higher you go, the harsher the conditions. So, your range of clothes and footwear must comply with any of such turns. For details see out gear list.
In Moscow: prices for meals in good cafes and restaurants are higher than in Western Europe; prices for fast food are much lower; Metro and buses are cheap (less than 1euro for any distance)
In Caucasus everything is considerably cheaper: the cost of dinners and lunches in Kislovodsk can be very reasonable.
No Internet and cell phone facilities on this trip except Kislovodsk. Satellite phone carried by head-guide is for emergencies only.
Heavy-weight fleece / pile jacket
Light/medium-weight, synthetic long underwear shirt (polypropylene/capilene)
Water proof / breathable jacket with hood (Gore Tex is strongly recommended)
Long sleeve, light weight shirt for sun protection (preferably synthetic)
Down or synthetic fill jacket with hood, must fit comfortably over your fleece jacket
Fleece pants (full side zips allow ventilation)
Thermal under wear
Wind- waterproof and breathable pants with full length zips
Liner socks - 2-3 pairs
Wool or poly socks (medium-heavy thickness) - 3 pairs
Light weight trekking boots, or strong shoes
Climbing boots, plastic of leather – must be right for step-in crampons
Liner gloves - 2 pairs
Medium weight fleece gloves
Wool or fleece mittens
Wind-stop shell overmittens
Wool or fleece hat
Glacier glasses with side flaps
Extra pair of your normal glasses, or lenses
Down or synthetic sleeping bag good for -10ºC
Sleeping closed cell foam pad
Day pack – for the summit attempt. Should hold: 1-
Crampons (with a repair kit), must fit your climbing boots
Screwgate carabiner -2
Ice-axe, 60-70 cm (optional)
Collapsible ski poles (a must!)
Personal first aid kit
Lip balm (spf 25+) and glacier cream (spf 40)
Feedback from our clients of the
Elbrus North Side and Traverse expedition:
This is just for reference. We were the first to organise a traverse expedition on elbrus and the first commercial international North side expedition.
This is what our clients mailed us after the expedition, which might be interesting to prepare you mentally about climbing elbrus and being in Russia in general. Note that this year we will have different guides, even more xeperienced.
Main themes are:
- The North side might be a bit tougher, but a much better and rewarding
- Elbrus is underestimated, you need to be fit
- Food in Russia can be unexpected but tasteful; there were some culture
Here are all the detailed responses as received (not everybody answered all
questions). As you can see tastes and opinions differ a lot between people with
regards to climbing, guides, food and accommodation, but overall all
aspects were rated very positive.
Was the information given beforehand sufficient and accurate? Why
"Good enough, after all this is not a cruise or a business trip with
"Most of the information was accurate and helpful. The Russian visa
information should have been better as I had to go through the application process a couple of times
prior to getting approval."
"Yeah, you told us everything we needed to know about getting the visa and
preparing for the trip."
"yes. It was more than I needed. Having met the rest of the trip members
they probably gained from it. Didn't need plastic boots after all! though we did have a perfect summit
"Information was accurate and helpful. Maybe a guide line of fitness would
help old fat people like me."
Elbrus North: was the expedition to the North side of Elbrus as
expected? Why (not)?
"was great, beyond expectations"
"A bit harder than I expected. You were right about Elbrus it is
"No. I underestimated the mountain and my conditioning wasn’t what it
should have been. That said, I enjoyed the challenge and would do it again."
"It was great. Remote, no tourists, unspoilt, rough round the edges, all
the makings of a good trip."
"The trip was better than I ever imagined."
"Surpassed all expectations, much more beauty and fun than
Did you enjoy the program, so including the hikes to the springs and
acclimatisation hike to the hut?
"absolutely, acclimatisation was good, no rush, time enough to learn
to hike again and get into the right condition even running up the hill to be on the summit in time to be
able to traverse the mountain was afterwards big fun (at that moment it felt more like suicide)."
"Yes those trips gave us a great opportunity to see some of the fantastic
countryside, as well as giving the less experienced members such as myself a chance to wear in their
boots and do some last minute fitness work!"
"Yes, those excursions were good as they gave time to unwind and get to
know the area and everyone."
"I have absolutely no complaints. Hikes were all good. Summit day was
tough but that was expected, and prepared for."
"Loved the hikes and scenery and would keep them for future trips as they
were good bonding times."
"Tremendously. The hike to the springs was a beautiful warm-up,
the hike to the hut made acclimatisation easy and painless. I even
enjoyed the trip to basecamp with a broken car, almost toppling cars
and seemingly unscalable rivers."
Looking back, would you prefer climbing from the North (as we did) or
from the South? Why?
"I would advice everybody to go from the North side as the South side
looked pretty boring with one big skislope and the North side was much more quiet"
"The north, you get more out of the climb, although summiting could be
easier from the south side"
"Obviously I didn't get a chance to see the South side but from what I've
heard the North was better. Descending on the south if possible probably gives the best of both
"I really don’t know the south side enough to compare, but I certainly
wouldn’t want to use the cable car to ascend. There is no point to the trip just to do that."
"From the North. A great day out."
"Personally, North. I feels way more remote and deserted, is
majestically beautiful and people are in general much happier. I
know that for me climbing the south side would have been a
How tough were the hikes up until summitday, was this as expected?
"Good walks, not too heavy and not too light, good to get into the
right shape for the summit day, not expected but hoped for."
"A bit harder than expected, but not that hard."
"The hikes were reasonably tiring at times which was good. They were
probably pretty much as expected yeah. I think I struggled most with the acclim. hike to the rocks
but this definitely helped prepare me for summit day."
"I thought they were great. Good acclimatizing. It prepared us well for
the summit day."
"As expected, if not easier. Even though, summit day was killer..."
"The hikes were pretty much as expected. You explained the
altitude as we went along so this was a great help and encouragement."
"I never gave it that much thought, but they are ok as long as
you're at least a little bit trained."
How tough was summitday, was this as expected?
"Pretty tough, we had to be on the summit before (I thought) 12
o'clock, to be able to arrive at the cablelift before 15 hrs, so we walked pretty fast, but after 2 aspirines
the sun was shining again."
"It was tough, but that should be expected. I just think that I wasn’t
fully recovered from my stomach surgery earlier this year."
"I expected summit day to be tough but I think due to the fact I had very
little experience i didn't know how it would feel. It was really tiring but felt great to push
myself and carry on."
"It was tough to fit it all into one day. I’m currently training for the
New York Marathon, but it really would have been ideal to train for that before Elbrus. If that were
the case, perhaps I could have kept up with the ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ crowd."
"I swore alot and even though I felt I was pretty fit for the trip I would
say it was hard, but very enjoyable. Way tougher than Mont Blanc, even though I had been to
altitude in the last 3 months."
"Summit day was strange for me. I went from cruising to hopeless in what
seemed no time. On reflection I was going great when T stopped but cannot remember if we
stopped at Lentz rocks or not. It was tougher than I imagined but Everything was new to me. Altitude,
ice and I was not fit enough but will be if I decide to go again."
"Summitday was pretty tough for me, but it didn't last too long.
I probably would have enjoyed it more on a bit slower pace, but it
Overall speaking, was your experience and the included and offered
service worth the price paid?
"Absolutely. Before the trip it did seem like quite a lot of money but
once we were there you can appreciate how much work, organisation and cost it takes to run the trip."
"As you know my Kilimanjaro trip had extraordinary service (flushable
toilets, private tent, etc.) but the cost were higher. It was catered to a ‘hiking tourist.’ This was the
first time I experienced mountaineering and I was fine with it. I expect my future hikes to be more
like this one in terms of service."
"Hard to say. Life on a mountain always seems more intense so
combined with the time in Moscow it was definitely worth the money
for me. It would be nice to spend an extra day on the mountain if
weather allows and I would urge people to spend at least two full
days in Moscow to get the best out of the trip."
"The trip was worth every ruble. I considered the price very fair. I see
no reason for it to be cheaper. I considered it great value for money."
How would you describe and rate the Russian accommodation:
(a) Hotel Izmailova Alpha, Moscow
"A true Russian experience i think! We were even charged for being 20
minutes late checking out
our rooms, which of course involved more paperwork! It was all part of the
fun though, the rooms were
nice and I have it on good authority (from a certain Mr F.) that the
strippers were too!"
"Ok for what it was."
"The accommodation was fine in both locations. The staff in both hotels
were trained at the Basil
Fawlty college of hospitality but that is well out of your control and
without their input I would
not have the nickname 'Hugo'. It all added to the experience and stories.
When you sent me the email
before I left, apologizing for what would happen in advance with the
check-in that was a great
warning and you should continue to do that otherwise their attitude would
have been a real shock for
people like me who arrive a few days before and did not have you to check
them in. All in all I
thought the accommodation was good and would not change a thing.
(b) Hotel Chilim, Kislovodsk
"Excellent (especially the receptionist :-) "
"Need to change the receptionist :-) "
"Also good. Nice and clean."
"Ok for what it was."
"Good facilities, could benefit fom AC"
"Average hotel, not at all bad, heaven after coming down the
(c) Elbrus BaseCamp
"It's a shame we didn't have to put up our own tents and cook our own
meals, ;-) good meals, good tents, great disco, astonishing sauna, lovely girls, nice
volleyball field, need I
"Moscow was good, base camp was good, the hut although could be better
especially that Elbrus
attracts non hard core mountaineers like myself."
"Very good, especially the sauna and the disco tent :) "
"I liked it."
"Both base camps were good and I had no idea what to expect. I was not
disappointed in either. The
food was not what I was used to but it gave me plenty of energy and I never
had an upset stomach
during the whole trip which is important. It all added to the experience. If
fruit was available I
would have preferred that at lunch but that may be hard to procure and
"Great place. The tents were large and in very good
condition. The food was great, the sauna wonderful, the views
spectacular and the girls in the disco mind-blowing. (10)"
Guiding and leadership
(a) Was there enough guidance during the trip, both in Moscow as well as
in the Caucasus?
"I think there were certainly enough guides, even a translator!"
"The guides were amazing."
"Not enough guidance in Moscow. Caucuses, yes there was enough."
"Being the most inexperienced and oldest climber I was probably a bit of a
worry for the guides but
I was given all the advise and encouragement I could have asked for."
"You can never have too many blond cuties, but the 4 guides
and interpreter did very well (10)"
(b) How did you experience and do you rate the leadership of Harry?
"Great leader, lots of patience, good fun, a 10 (minus ;-])"
"Well experienced mountaineer with a lot to give."
"Fantastic. You are obviously experienced and always kept in mind that
some of us had less knowledge/experience than others. This was much
appreciated on my first trip of this kind."
"The airport pickup was a nice introduction. He seemed very busy getting
things organized; perhaps
he would be less so on a repeat trip because the contacts have been
"Harry you were great to me. You probably realised I would struggle to
make the summit but still encouraged me all the way and your attention was something I will remember
(c) How did you experience and do you rate the assistant leadership of
"Lovely, real womanizer, good fun to! 10!"
"Great guy. Pleasure to have climbed with both."
"Likewise no complaints."
"mixed. Too keen to be first after supposed to be taking up the rear, got
a bit carried away on summit day. We were all struggling but he was on a mission
"Very nice. I enjoyed the stories about the stars."
"Eduardo was fantastic. Whatever you pay him consider it a bargain. I know
you appreciate how fortunate you are to have him as a guide."
"I really enjoyed his company, he's exceptional in pouring
his knowledge of all and everything over you. Since i knew him
beforehand he was one of the reasons the go on the trip, and
(d) How did you experience and do you rate the guiding of our Russian
* Marina (our translator and hiking guide)
"Bit shy, funny girl, don't think that she was really necessary, but good
to have her in the group: 8"
"Good, especially her various climbing outfits!"
"I guess if one is a guy, she has her assets. For me, the show was the
wrong place, wrong time."
"Her English was very good"
"Was nice but should have shared the tent with (***) when invited."
"Well, does anyone really care? (10)"
"She seemed to be a really good guide, knew the route well etc and seemed
to be a lovely girl as well."
"Was fantastic in every way."
"I haven't really experienced her in a guiding position, but
as far as I could tell she's strong, smart and sweet. (10)"
* Mischa (Michael):
"Strong, bit silent, great responsibility: 8"
"The last few hours of summit day apart he was good. If he had told us
what to do we would have done it but I suppose its more difficult as he's just a young guy. That
aside he was good though so
no hard feelings!"
"too young to be guiding, but great talents. One day he will be an
"Loved the kid. The typical no bullshit Russian. Was the pick of the
guides in my opinion. He said
it as it was and you could like it or lump it. I love that."
"What a strong guy, like a good russian it took him a while
to warm up to strangers, but once he had he turned out to be a
really nice guy too. (10)"
* Main guide Andrei:
"Great guide, strong to, feels like the most experienced guide of the
"same as Nelly, really nice guy who seemed to know what he was doing."
"Great. Safe, and very responsible. English is limited, but the more you
get him to talk the more
English he speaks! Would be happy to use him for a guide for anything else."
"I have not forgiven him for being with Nellie :)"
"The trip wouldn't have been the same without him. He's a
guy i would follow on any mountain. (10)"
Overall: how would you rate this trip?
"Great I wish I didn’t have problems on summit night." "I had an absolutely amazing time so 10! It was all really different and
new for me but i loved every minute of it. Hopefully when money permits I'll be able to do
something else similar."
"A must do! (9)"
"The trip was a 10 for me."
What could be improved, before as well as during the expedition?
"less questions with the questionnaire, a billiard table maybe? Would be
nice when it is possible to buy flexible return tickets from Kotslakov to Moscow, but I guess that I
already know the answer, and otherwise the price will be 'a bit ' higher.
"One thing my earlier Kilimanjaro trip had, was a training program to
build up fitness, this is very useful as it give you an indication of how fit you need to be"
"Not much at all. Perhaps recommending babushka-proof bags for keeping
"For me personally, I thought it was about right for a mountaineering
experience. Although the suggestions above cover my improvements."
"Without direct contact with Harry I would have been unsure of
what to pack and what not.
I would have enjoyed an extra day on the mountain."
"Nothing comes to mind"
Would you recommend this trip in Russia and 7summits.com to your
friends? Why (not)?
"Yep, great route, good guiding, good accommodation, relaxed, you don't
have to arrange anything yourself, pretty luxurious."
"Definitely recommend it. I can't think of any way it could have been a
better experience, it was a great group and lots of fun."
"Yes. I would make it clear to the person that their expectations should
be consistent with a ‘mountaineering’ experience."
"Yes, I have, although some found it expensive."
"I would recommend this trip and 7 summits to anyone, please feel free to
give my phone# and email to any Australian customers for a reference. It is a lot of trust to send
money to a web site and a phone call from this end would settle many nerves.
Could you summarize all the above, describing your
"The Elbrus expedition was great any all aspects. The Russian culture was
great to experience. All promised rudeness came true, loads of vodka, military, concrete buildings,
old symbols, babushka's, etc. The nature was beautiful: nice waterfalls, rivers, flowers, mountains,
great peaks, glaciers, snow, excellent views. Excellent service: we didn't have to do shit. Only
walk, drink and piss. No tents carrying tents etc, melting water or cooking you food. great meals
to! Nice group, good fun, all nationalities present, relaxed atmosphere. But to many wanna be singers
:-). And last but not least an excellent crew: professional, relaxed, humoristic, patient, etc,
"An absolutely amazing trip. Well organised and really cool people. Can't
thank you enough!"
"Awesome summit day, good physical challenge, amazing views. Emotional
summit as always, followed by lots of beer, Russian dancing, then a comfy bed."
"The trip was great as I said. The only disappointing aspect for me was I
was not as physically prepared as I needed to be that is my problem and I now know what is needed
and what to expect. As this was my first expedition I have nothing to measure it against but if all
future trips are as good I will be travelling a lot in the coming years. Hope this helps with future
trip planning and your exciting future"
"This was a real fun trip. Being in Moscow was an amazing
experience. The mountain wasn't easy, but the trip from the north
side is very pretty. Again, the best bit were the people. Harry
managed to collect a group of people that were totally different in
their origin, age and life style but one in their joy of being in
the mountains. An unforgettable trip!"
Anything else you would like to share?
"Thanks for an absolutely awesome trip! You were a great leader and a
"I decided on your trip because yours was the only one from the north
side. You pointed out that climbing from the south was more crowded and often meant using the cable car
and i thought this kind of seemed like cheating! Although if you'd offered me a ride on a cable car
7 hours into summit day I'm sure I would have been all for a bit of cheating!"
"Food was good, though having chicken soup and a kebab for breakfast was
rather strange when you hadn't been drunk the night before!"