Elbrus southFood and accommodation
Elbrus south food and accommodation
The South route of Elbrus is served by mountain refuges so we are able to sleep and eat inside the buildings. The accommodation is basic, as with the majority of mountain huts around the world and you will still need warm sleeping bags! We have an expedition cook who will prepare all our food. Again this will be basic but nourishing and tasty.
The huts on Mt Elbrus are wooden or steel buildings with beds and foam mattresses. They are arranged in dormitories at the lowermost hut, in open-plan tubular "barrels" at the next and in large common sleeping platforms at the upper hut. Sometimes there are teams coming up the mountain meeting teams coming down the mountain and there is a rush for beds. Our Russian staff have vast experience in getting us the best spots but it is still first come first served, so expect to be sharing your hut with strangers. The most famous huts are the 'Barrels' (below) which are converted oil tankers.
All the huts have outside latrines which are wooden huts with a floor and a long drop. Some latrines are worse than others, and it is not the job of the Rangers to clean them. Company staff can do this job, but under duress, since many of the problems are caused by people who miss the hole and don’t clean up afterwards. Sometimes a visit to a latrine can be a dispiriting experience. It is important to take a torch with you at night and take a responsibility to keep the huts clean. Going to the toilet behind a rock is strictly forbidden and the authorites have the power to send people off the mountain if they are caught, and fine the company.
All rubbish is collected by the staff and carried down the mountain. Do not throw rubbish down the long drop (toilet paper is fine) and make a habit of picking up litter that you see on the trail. The responsibility for keeping the mountain clean is on the shoulders of every visitor.
The accommodation in Terskol is of a high quality and the rooms we usually have share an ensuite bathroom between two rooms of two people. The hot showers will be very welcome following the climb. There is also a banya (sauna) that the management will fire up if given sufficient notice. We use the hotel Nakra for all groups on the south side.
All our food is fresh and the meals are basic but tasty and well prepared and served in the communual areas of the huts. It will generally be wholesome and carbohydrate-rich food to keep the fire stoked on our climbing. The food will be based on russian soups, stews and vegetables but our cooks are well used to more western tastes.
If you have dietary preferences then do write this on your Booking Form, and also inform Sasha after your briefing in Terskol. The cooks can easily cater for most preferences, although celiacs should bring their own supplies from home. We cannot easily buy gluten free products in Russia.
A certain amount of sweets and chocolate are all available in the shops in Terskol, as are things like batteries, but you may want to bring your own supply from home.
We do not bring bottled water on the mountain; we boil all water which comes from the rivers and glacial streams. The staff will fill your water bottles every evening. Feel free to bring some water purification tablets for yourself if you would like the extra reassurance (iodine is fine). You could also bring a Steripen which will also kill all germs.