We begin our trip in Moscow, Russia’s capitol and most populous city. Though not part of the trip we recommend you arrive early and check out the city while getting over your jet lag. Red Square and the Subway are only two ‘not to be missed’ attractions. We like to end our trip in St. Petersburg to give you a taste of another great Russian City full of art and history.
From Moscow we take a domestic flight to Mineralnye Vody and then hop in our private van for our drive to Cheget. From our hotel in Cheget we spend a couple of days hiking the surrounding hills to help us acclimate. Our hotel is clean and comfortable with breakfast and dinner provided. Lunch will be taken care of as well, most likely in one ski lodges or other mountain dining.
Once our initial acclimatization is complete we will take a tram and then a chair lift to our mountain Accommodations. While on the mountain we’ll be fed and generally taken care of by our Russian Babushka, Elana. She prepares local cuisine with a smile and charm, so we can do another day of acclimating before our summit bid.
The day before we hike to a point called Pastukhov Rocks at approx. 15,300 for our final acclimitication. We will often take the Snow Cat to our high point the day before. This ground is quickly surpassed keeping our summit day to a reasonable length. With the Snowcat Summit day is 3000’ and usually around 8 or 9 hours round trip.
From Pastukhov Rocks we climb steeply toward the East summit before beginning our climbing traverse to the saddle at 17,769’. The saddle is a good place for a rest before climbing the headwall to the summit. The headwall is steep and is often fixed with a rope for added security. Once on top of the head wall it’s a relatively flat walk across the summit plateau to the true summit.
$5,400 per person
- Airport Transfer
- 1 night hotel in Moscow and 1 night hotel in St. Petersburg
- Domestic flights to and from Mineralnye Vody
- Private transportation between Mineralnye Vody and Cheget
- All hotels and lodging in Cheget
- All huts and meals on the mountain
- Trams, lifts and snow cat transport
- Guide fees
- Liability insurance
- Permits and fees
- Group gear
Does Not Include
- Airfare to and from Russia,
- Visa fees,
- Alcoholic or bottled beverages,
- Extra nights in hotels,
- Single room supplements,
- Expenses incurred in rescue or early departure *Trip and Rescue insurance recommended.
- Sat phone charges,
$4,500/person for 6 nights, 5 days. Group pricing available.
Included in Price:
- 2 IFMGA/AMGA Certified Mountain Guides
- Liability Insurance
- 1 Full Day of Helicopter Skiing
- 1 Ride Helicopter Assist
- 6 Nights Lodging/ Breakfast included
- All Transportation in Valdez
- Memories to last a life time
Not Included in Price:
- Flight/Transport to Valdez
- Lunches and Dinners
- Personal Insurance