Thursday, 07 April 2011 23:50

DFA warns against travel to Elbrus region

With the warning against travelling to Caucasus region still live on 20th April, we are continuing to postpone any plans for a climb of Mt Elbrus in 2011

'Because of the volatile security situation in the North Caucasus, we strongly advise against all travel to Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan and to the eastern and southern parts of Stavropol Krai bordering Chechnya and Dagestan. We strongly advise against all but essential travel to North Ossetia, Karachai-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria.

There is a high threat from terrorism in Russia, including suicide bombings in public places. Caution and vigilance in public places is advised. Attacks have occurred most frequently in Moscow and in the North Caucasus. As a result, the photographing of any military installation, establishment or site of strategic importance is prohibited; this includes airports and metro stations. People who do not observe this rule are likely to have their cameras confiscated, be detained for questioning and possibly arrested.

Recent examples of terrorist incidents include the following:

From 18-21 February 2011, three Russian tourists were killed in attacks on a ski lift and minibus in the Mt. Elbrus area in Kabarno-Balkaria. Mt. Elbrus has becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination in recent years. However, travel to the area is not advisable, given its proximity to insecure areas of the North Caucasus region

On 24 January 2011, a bomb exploded in the international arrivals section of Domodedevo Airport in Moscow. Over thirty people were killed and many more were injured.

On 19 October 2010, the Chechen Parliament building was attacked in Grozny, resulting in the deaths of six people and injuries to seventeen.

On 9 September 2010, a suicide bomber blew up a car in Vladikavkaz market square, in the North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia. Fifteen people were killed and over ninety inured.

On 29 March 2010, two suicide bombings on the Moscow metro resulted in the deaths of thirty nine people and many others were injured.

On 27 November 2009, an express train from Moscow to St. Petersburg was derailed. This is thought to been have been a deliberate act of terrorism. Twenty seven people died and it is estimated that a hundred others were injured'

Department of Foreign Affairs website 07th April 2011

Thursday, 24 September 2009 16:21

Treks and Seven Summit Expeditions

Aconcagua, Argentina                                                                                                                                                            The highest peak on the South American Continent and a continental high point for those endeavoring to complete the Seven Summits Challenge. It is a trekking peak that can be completed by most fit people that can acclimatize to the altitude. Also get a chance to see Mendoza. High success rate.                                                                                        Grade: Intermediate/Experienced                                                                                                                                          Date: January 04th-25th 2010
Price: All In 4950 euro (Flights - Transport - Accommodation - Guides - Food - Permits- Visa)
Land Only Options Available All Climbing Year

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa
Our trip will take us on an adventure of a life time to the highest mountain on the African Continent, Kilimanjaro. We can go on safari to see Africa’s wild life to Lake Manayara & Ngorongoro, the crater of the rain gods.+95% summit success
Grade: Beginner
Dates: 25th Jan - 09th Feb 2010
Price: 3300euro All in (Flights - Transport - Accommodation - Guides - Food - Visa- Permits)
Add Ons available- Safari, Zanzibar & Mt Meru
Land Only Options Available All Year

Everest Base Camp, Nepal
An exciting opportunity for walkers and adventurers to trek through the most amazing landscapes in the world. Each day's trek is more spectacular than the day before as we make our way deeper into the mountains to reach Everest Base Camp. High success rate
Grade: Beginner/ Intermediate
Date: 03rd- 22nd April 2010
Price: 3250euro (Flights - Transport - Accommodation - Guides - Food - Visa- Permits)
Add On Available Island Peak (4000euro)
Land Only Options Available All Trekking Year

Mt Elbrus, Russia
Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, we spend a few days in the valleys around this Mountain gaining height, acclimatising. The trip also includes a day discovering Moscow. The 2007 expedition saw all climbers summiting. 2008 team leave this week!! Small groups!
Grade: Intermediate w/t skills
Date: 29th Jul-13th Aug 2010
Price: 3950 euro (Flights - Transport - Accommodation - Guides - Food- Visa)
Land Only Options Available All Climbing Year

Peru- Traditional & Alternative Inca Trail
Sandwiched between the driest desert and the largest Rainforest in the world, the Andes of Peru contain some of the worlds most spectacular mountain scenery. Within these mountains ancient civilizations, of which the Incas are the most famous, built cities, temples and roadways (there are known to be more then 25 000km) using precision construction techniques that continue to baffle scientists today. Both our tours to Peru enable you to explore the impressive relics of these civilizations, while enjoying some magnificent walking through the diverse scenery in the mountains and valleys of the Eastern Cordillera. On this tour we offer you a little more than just the classic Inca Trail, with plenty of time to visit all the major Inca sites in the area.
Land Only options available

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Friday, 23 October 2009 13:09

Elbrus

 

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Trip: Mt. Elbrus, Caucasus range, Russia,  Highest Mountain in Europe

Altitude: 5633m / 18,510ft,  a contintental High Point and 7 summit challenge

Route: Adylsu Valley - Priut Hut - Summit - Terskol

Dates: June & August - See our expedition leader Group June 2013 and 2014 (Irish Leader June 2013 Pat Falvey Groups 6+)

Duration: 13/14 Days total

Expedition Leader: Pat Falvey

Grade:Trekking – Strenuous,

Prices: €2250 Land Only

Flight: €880 Ireland-Moscow-Mineral Ni Vody Central Caucasus & return.

Mount Elbrus

A superb climb, and suitable for a beginner moving on from trekking the likes of Kilimanjaro into climbing and moving on snow and ice. It brings you to a volitile region of Russia, just miles from the border with Georgia, in the central Caucasus's and to the peaceful region of Kabardino-Balkaria were we climb Europe’s highest mountain.

The Caucasus Mountains stretch for 550 miles (880Kms), from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. They form the physical barrier dividing Europe and Asia, and the whole range lies entirely within the former Soviet Union. This region is home to 50 different Ethnic groups which all seek independence and recognition for their customs, beliefs and their freedom from repressive regimes.

This area is one of the most interesting places on earth and this expedition gives us a chance to explore the wonders of this otherwise war-torn region by visiting the peaceful region of Kabardino-Balkaria, which is situated in the Central Caucasus and is our destination for our attempt on Mt. Elbrus.

The highest and most glaciated part of the Caucasus is the central region,where Mount Elbrus stands, the highest mountain in Europe. Elbrus is a popular mountain, being a straightforward glacier climb. The main hazards are the high altitude (which we prepare for as fully as possible, with training climbs and walks in the Baksan valley), and poor weather, for which we have built in a few spare days to give more flexibility.

Climbers will need to be familiar with the use of crampons and ice axes, although ski poles will generally used. We have scheduled in to our itinerary specific acclimatisation days to allow our bodies to adjust accordingly for our summit attempt. We have designed a course, Snow and Ice Skills, specifically for those travelling to a region and landscape like that found on Mount Elbrus. We recommend you complete this prior to travelling with us.

Our expedition begins in Moscow. We only have a very brief stop off here before catching our flight to Mineral Nye Vody and then on to our base, Terskol which is situated in the Balksen valley. Before our attempt on Elbrus, we spend a few days in the spectacular valleys surrounding Elbrus, acclimatising, training, resting and looking for a break in the weather. Mount Elbrus is notorius for storms!

Overview

Undoubtedly, the best known and most alluring mountain in Russia, and the largest in Europe, Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano, one of the 'Seven Summits'. The fact that it is the highest in Europe suffices for many to go and climb it.

Elbrus belongs to a handful of mountains with a very special and irresistible kind of beauty which lies in their shape and setting. It stands 11km north from the main range and exceeds its neighbours in height by 1200-2000m. The views from both summits are breathtaking: to the north is a rolling carpet of pastures and all other sides there is a sea of snowy peaks.

The Elbrus Region/ Prielbrusie- Located in the Central Caucasus, the highest part of the entire mountain range is an area where many valleys converge into the Baksan Valley.It's glaciers give rise to the Baksan, Kuban and Malkan Rivers. In this region we will see many famous peaks such as Mt.Shkhelda (4,320m), Mt. Chatin (4,369m), Mt. Ushba (4,710) and Mt. Elbrus itself (5,642m).

Mount Elbrus dominates the Central Caucasus and has two seperate volcano vents: the western peak, Zapadnaya 5,642m, is the higher peak and the eastern peak, Vostochnaya, at 5,621m. The eastern peak has a crater 250m in diameter. The mountain is covered in a huge sheet of ice which covers some 145sq KM and is up to 400m thick. Often horrific weather surrounds the mountain and it is notorius for storms. From the col that divides the two peaks the snow slopes descend to the many tongues of ice and crevasses lying in the valleys.

The ancients knew the mountain as Strobilus , Latin for ' pine cone', a direct loan from the ancient Greek Strobilos, meaning ' a twisted object' - a long established botanical term that describes the shape of the volcano's summit. A myth that is held here claims Zues had chained Prometheus, the Titan who had stolen fire from the Gods and given it to ancient man- likely a reference to historic volcanic activity.

Route

By the normal route it is a long climb over a medium incline that requires good acclimatisation but has no real technical difficulty. By this stage we will have spent many days in the surrounding hills and valleys acclimatising and preparing for our climb. The simplicity of this climb is not to be under estimated, it is a dangerous route. Apart from the altitude , the highly variable weather and freqeunt violent storms combined with low tempatures, as low as -25 degrees, means that this ascent is a real high altitude adventure!

The average time to summit is approx 9hrs and approx 4 hrs for our descent. Crampons and ski poles are necessary for this climb and ice axes are useful for extra safety. Like all big mountains, the peaks of the Caucasus generate and attract thier own weather, making conditions unpredictable and ferocious at times. To be prepared for a wide range of tempatures it is important to bring everything on the recommended equipment list.

Grade

Trekking - Moderate to Strenuous:

This trek is suitable to those moving on from high altitude peaks like Kilimanjaro and wishing to start progressing to mountains which require additional skills such as moving on snow and ice. A good level of fitness is required prior to departure.

A good level of fitness is required for this climb and if you have not been training prior to this climb you will lower your chances of a successful summit. It is a demanding trek and includes an average of 6 hrs walking per day, with exception to summit night which is between 12 and 15hrs.This is a technical climb and is very steep in places. For many people it will be a very hard physical challenge. We strongly recommend that you seek advice on fitness from a professional instructor.

Prices

Prices & Inclusions

Land Only €2250 Flights €880  All inclusive €3130,

Inclusions

Fuly escorted with experienced guides and on site training

All transfers

Hotel Accommodation

Park Fee's

Accommodation while trekking

Communal Equipment

Exclusions

* Visa fees

* Meals on route

* Travel Insurance

* Tips, bar bills, laundry, room service etc.

* Extra baggage costs

* Personal gear - Medication

Optional Extra's Moscow City Guided Tour - 1 Day - Extra night B&B Please contact us for more details on Moscow City tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin- Moscow-overnight flight

Day 2: Moscow - Mineralnye Vody - Tereskol, night hotel or similiar

Day 3: Hike to Cheget,3,600m- Night at hotel

Day 4: Hike to Observatory-Night at hotel

Day 5: Hike to Adysul Valley

Day 6: Cable car to Mir station, Hike to Barrel,Night at the Barrels.

Day 7: Hike to Priut hut or higher- Night at the Barrels

Day 8: Technical Training/weather/acclimatisation day

Day 9: Technical Training/weather/acclimatisation day

Day 10: Summit Attempt- last potential summit night -Night at Priut Hut

Day 11: Descend to Terskol Night at hotel

Day 12: Tereskol - MRV- Moscow Night at Hotel

Day 13: Moscow- Dublin-Arrive home/ unless you have opted for the Moscow City Tour Extension

City Tour Extension

Day 14: Moscow free day, B&B

Day 15: Moscow - Ireland

Day 16: Arrive Ireland

Cancellation:
Full refund applies if cancellation is received and acknowledged more than 20 weeks prior to event.
Desposits will not be refunded for cancellations received within 20 weeks.

For bookings made where flights have to be paid for in advance, the flight cost is non- refundable once paid

 

Preparation

Climbing Mount Elbrus is, among other things, a big personal and team achievement. Therefore, it needs to be enjoyed as much as possible, and to do it, it is necessary to bear in mind some recommendations when starting to prepare for your ascent. Your experience will depend on your training. The chances of summiting successfully are greater when you train specifically for the challenge ahead. We have designed a number of courses and walks to help you achieve your goal.

Recommended Training Program

Your daily routine must include some exercising that will contribute to achieve fitness. As nowadays most of us have many obligations, sometimes it is hard to find the time to train everyday. When you have a goal such as to summit Elbrus, the challenge is worth it and all the effort may become a pleasure, which is another goal in itself.

Although Hillwalking is best and specific to the challenge, please remember any type of cardiovascular training will help you prepare for this expedition. Focus your training on building endurance by completing long, slow and low - mid intensity training session along with a few fast and short sessions to build up your anaerobic capacity. Build the distance and duration of your training sessions slowly as over training often leads to injury. Contact us for more information regarding our training courses to help you be in the best shape possible.

Meet & Greet

Our Pre-expedition meetings are designed as part of the preparation process. All team members are invited to partake; it is a good idea to have these meetings once you have made up your mind to take on an expedition. The meetings include a thorough briefing on all aspects of the trip and provide an ideal opportunity to clear up any final questions you may have. We may include this in our skills course. *A date will be confirmed for meet with your Tour Leader once you have signed up.

Passport / Visas- For your application

You will need a full valid passport- please ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after we return home.

For you Visa application:

4 passport photos-signed on reverse side.

Tourist Voucher-available from us on request.

Travel Insurance Certificate.

Applications are made by post to your nearest Russian Embassy

For more info please contact our office.

Gear

# We have all you need at our new store located in the Gap of Dunloe, View our products online @ http://shop.patfalvey.com/

Clothing

Light weight long underwear - Tops & Bottoms

Expedition weight long underwear - Tops & Bottoms

Briefs - For everyday wear while trekking

Short Sleeved T-Shirts/Shirts - 2 x trekking

Long Sleeved T-Shirts/Shirt - 2 x trekking

Sofshell/Fleece x 2

Trekking Pants x 2/3 - one insulated pants is recommended

Parka Jacket - Down or synthetic with hood- Expedition Type and needs to fit over all insulation layers (it can get as cold as -25 degrees celsius)

Jacket - Waterproof & breatheable- storm proof mountaineering jacket

Over Trousers - Waterproof & breatheable- storm proof mountaineering pants

Footwear

Shoes for travel and easy walking

Sandals

Lightweight Hiking Boots

Climbing Boots - Plastic double boot-available for hire

Gaitors - short simple gaitors are best

Booties - optional luxury, down/synthetic

Lightweight socks - 2/3 pairs

Sock Liners

Warm trekking socks - 2/3 pairs

Foot Powder

Head & Hand Wear

Liner Gloves

Windstopper fleece gloves

Waterproof Mittens

Bandana/Buff

Sun Hat

Warm Hat

Balaclava/Face mask

Accessories

Sunglasses x 2 - Specific to High Altitude Mountaineering, UV & IR protection

Ski Goggles

Headtorch

Spare batteries

Climbing Equipment

Ice Axe - Available for hire

Crampons - Available for hire

Ski Poles - 1 pair collapsible spring bound ski poles

Harness - lightweight web waist with all leg loops opening

Carabiners- 2 x screw gates, 2 x snapgates

Backpack - at least 75 litre with ice axe haul loops and crampon attachment point

Daypack - 25 - 35 litre

Waterproof pack cover

Sleeping Equipment

Sleeping Bag - Expedition quality to at least -25, down preferred and must pack small

Sleeping Mat - Thermorest preferred for extra warmth

Pocket-Knife - leatherman or similar

Water Bottles - 1/ 2

Pee Bottle/Funnel for women

Travel Items

Large Duffel Bag

Travel clothes for days in we are in transit

Travel towel

Swim shorts/suit

Padlocks for bags while in transport

Toiletrie bag

Camera

Book/Journal

Miscellaneous Items

Travel Insurance Certificate

Passport, Visa and document copies

Money in US Dollars / Euros

Sun Block - important

Towel and wash kit

Spare batteries for all electronic equipment

Medical & Personal

Lip Screen

Personal First Aid Kit

Personal Medication - seek advice from your doctor

Babywipes/handwipes

Hand Gel

Ear Plugs

Water Purification Tablets

Published in Europe
Monday, 11 August 2008 00:00

Update from Elbrus - Caucasus Russia

Our team are in Terskol awaiting their flight to Moscow later today. Pat was talking to Katy and all is fine with no sign of any military or trouble to worry about. Our russian guides are informing us not to worry as its quite a distance away. The team are in great form and enjoying their down time at the moment. Katy was having a swim the last time we talked before today, Monday.
Thursday, 10 August 2006 00:00

Thursday- chetverg 10.08.06 Russia

Thursday- chetverg 10.08.06

our last day of hiking! We got the bus up to the Adylsu valley. We walked into the valley along by another river. It was good fun because we had to scramble over rocks for a while and we crossed the river twice on rickity bridges made out of trees. We came to the Green Hotel, which is actually only a green flat space where people can camp! We ate our lunch here then walked along a ridge to the Jankuat glacier, pat said it has melted a lot even since last year. Coming back along the ridge Ruth stumbled somehow and flipped down the side about a meter, she was ok though just a few cuts and twists. we had to walk all the way back to the hotel, so we were very tired by the time we got there. Just time for a clean up then off to Cheget for dinner.

Well tomorrow we head back for Moscow and spend a few days visiting markets and some of Pat’s friends before going home to Ireland. I’m really looking forward to going home and to sleep in my own bed. I Will let you know how I get on when I get back to Ireland. So for now Slán from the Elbrus region in Russia. We all had a great time, climbed a big mountain and I made lots of new friends.
Wednesday, 09 August 2006 00:00

Wednesday - sreda 09.08.06 Russia

Wednesday - sreda 09.08.06

We had bleeni which means pancakes for breakfast. At last a rest day! Well some of the group went for a stroll but we just chilled out all day. It was much needed! We did go for a little walk through the wood beside the hotel, it would be a great place for hide and seek! Had a nice swim and Jacuzzi. There has to be one day of relaxation when you're on holiday's!
Tuesday, 08 August 2006 00:00

Tuesday-vtornic 08.08.06 Russia

Tuesday-vtornic 08.08.06

Another promise of a rest day, but not for us all! Pat stayed at the hotel to do some writing and Tony was too sunburnt to face the heat again, but the rest of us think they were just being lazy!! Natasha took Killian, Peter, Ruth and I for a walk. We set of from the hotel so we didn't even have a bus journey to wake us up! We stayed on the road for a long time then took a turn in by some buildings, which are used as a type of camp for children. I would have liked to just stay there to play with them, but that wouldn't give much training, so on I had to plod with the adults! We walked through a wood along by the raging river. It was nice and cool in the shade. We sat on some rocks and watched the river for a while. It flows so fast and bubbly! After the wood we walked through high grass and over lots of rocks. It was so so hot, I thought i'd melt away! We came to a place in the valley where soldiers guard the border into Georgia. Natasha said there was a nice little lake a bit further on so she spoke to the soldier and he said if we gave him our passports we could go to the lake and he'd give them back to us on the way out. So on we went, it was a very shallow lake so we went paddling in it. The water wasn't all that warm but it was nice on our hot feet. On the way back to the hotel we stopped for ice-creams and watermelon-arbooz in Russian. It was just what we needed after a very hot hike!
Monday, 07 August 2006 00:00

Monday - ponedelnik 07.08.06 Russia

Monday - ponedelnik 07.08.06

Today we were meant to have a rest day-we planned on going to Cheget then taking the chair lift up and getting a good view of Elbrus. Well we did go to Cheget but we only got the lift up to the first station, then Pat got a burst of energy and we hiked up to the top of Cheget mountain-3461m! But it was worth the climb, we had a cool view and it was really sunny up there. Back to the hotel then for some swimming and a dip in the jaccuzi! Ice-cream means marozhena-ye in Russian, very good to know especially on long hikes!
Sunday, 06 August 2006 00:00

Sunday - vaskryesyen'ye 06.08.06 Russia

Sunday - vaskryesyen'ye 06.08.06

We woke up still feeling tired and a bit woosey! We packed up and headed back to civilization! luckily we got the snow machine to bring us back to the top of the chair lift. It was cool going down hill in it. From there we got the chair lift then two gondola's back down into the valley. We were very glad to get back to our nice hotel and have a good wash! My Russian word today is zavtrak meaning breakfast.
Saturday, 05 August 2006 00:00

Saturday - Suhhota 05.08.06

Saturday - Suhhota 05.08.06

Awake at 3.30 am! We had our breakfast then got the snow machine to the bottom of the pastukhov rocks, then we set off walking. It was still dark so we had our head torches on. It wasn't all that cold but we were wrapped up well! We saw the sun rise, the sky was beautiful, but we were to busy walking to take pictures of it! We firstly came up through the rocks, then up to a path which ran along the side of the smaller peak. This path was quite narrow with a big drop down on one side so we had to be very careful. it was up hill all the time with no break. Then we came around the side of the mountain and had a little less of a climb into the col, this is a flattish space between the two peaks. Here we had a little rest and got a drink. The sun was really getting hot so we didn't sit for long. From here it was another 2 hours to the summit. After our rest we had another steep dangerous climb. We were all really tired by now and getting hotter and hotter! The next section was through more rocks, there were lots of people going up and down and there was almost a traffic jam! We sat on the rocks for a few minutes trying to get enough energy to go on! i've never felt so tired as I did then! But somehow we managed to struggle on. After the rocks we had another steep narrow bit to get along. It was quite scary but I had the team with me to help me. At last we got onto a safer path, it was still steep but it was a wide area. Then we got our first view of the very summit! I nearly ran to it I was so happy to see it! We got to the summit at 12am. We all had our photos taken with our Irish flag. It was amazing to be so high up again, right at the roof of Europe! There were big groups heading for the summit after us so we left it and began to make our way down. We were so tired it took us a long time to get down and a lot of sliding! I tried sliding on my bum to save my legs but the snow was too soft and just matted up my fur! Eventually we got back to the huts, very tired, hot and thirsty. We all had a nap then got up for dinner around 8pm, we didn't really feel like eating but we had to get our strength back up. Straight after dinner we collapsed into bed again! Vnizu meaning down.
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