Elbrus (5642m) & Damavand (5671m)

  • Adventure Factor
    courageous
  • Experience Value / Emotion
    thrilling
  • Fitness / Struggle
    workout
  • Risk
    feel free to tell your partner about it
  • Travel Comfort
    sophisticated

The first escapade: The highest volcanoes of Europe and Asia combined in an exciting journey from Russia to the Orient. Also available in Spring for ski tourers!

This trip leaves no wish unfulfilled. Varied on all counts, with two great rewarding five thousand summits and plenty of historical sights. Our trip leads us from Moscow to Mineralny Vody (“mineral waters") in the North Caucasus. During the first three days we will partake in acclimatization treks to 4650m with the help of lifts, and then go on to reach the summit of Elbrus over a period of two days via the classic south route. Afterwards, it´s back to Mineralny Vody and from there by plane to Tehran, where the next goal is on the agenda - the perfectly shaped picture book Damavand volcano. With the best acclimatization, this technically not difficult mountain can be climbed in two days. After exactly two weeks it’s time for the journey home from Tehran, with two of the "Seven Vulcanic Summits" under your belt.

 

Both mountains are ideal and very rewarding skiing mountains. Therefore, in Spring, we have an extra date for ski tourers.

 

Elbrus Volcano Information:     
Mount Elbrus is an inactive, highly glaciated stratovolcano with two peaks in the western Caucasus. Its tremendous summit ice cap nourishes 22 glaciers. The western main peak is 5642 meters high, the eastern summit 5621 meters high, making it the highest mountain in Russia. The generally accepted geographical boundary between Europe and Asia runs along the main ridge of the Ural Mountains, the watershed of the Caucasus. Because Elbrus precedes the Caucasus main ridge in the north, and even rises higher than it, it is considered the highest mountain and the highest volcano in Europe, making it a recognized Seven Summits peak as well as a recognized member of the Volcanic Seven Summits group. Both mountains are ideal and very rewarding ski mountains. Therefore, in Spring, we have an extra date for ski tourers.

 

Some theories define the Kuma–Manych Depression north of the Caucasus as the boundary between Asia and Europe, according to which the Elbrus are in Asia, making the active Etna (3350 meters) in Sicily the highest volcano and Mont Blanc (4810 m) in the Alps the highest mountain in Europe. Although the Pico de Teide (3718 meters) located in the Canary Islands is also within the European Union and is even higher than Etna, the Canary Islands are geologically considered a part of the African continent.

 

Damavand Volcano Information:

The Damavand is a picture book volcano! The perfectly shaped, potentially active stratovolcano is the highest mountain in Iran and lies between Tehran and the Caspian Sea in the Alborz Mountains (not to be confused with the Elbrus volcano in the Caucasus). This highest volcano in Asia and the Northern Hemisphere has a special meaning in Persian mythology.

 

In the Tibetan Kunlun Mountains, there is a series of volcanic cones whose highest peak is slightly higher than the summit of Damavand. However, the summits of this volcanic group are classified only as pyroclastic cones and their prominence lies below 300 meters. Therefore, they do not belong to the highest volcanic peaks on the planet, giving that honour up to the Damavand as the highest Asian volcano.

 

Highlights

· The highest volcanos in Europe and Asia

· A unique combination of these two amazing mountains in one unforgettable trip

· Lift support on Elbrus

· Continuous support from our German speaking UIAGM (IFMGA) mountain guide

· All flights incl.!

 

 

April 21 - May 05, 2019 (15 Days from/to Mineralny Vody)

Booking Code: ELDASKI19

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July 07 - 21, 2019 (15 Days from/to Mineralny Vody)

Booking Code: ELDA19

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Price: € 4.790
Minimum members: 6

Services included:
Planning and organization of the whole trip
All flights (from Munich, Vienna or Frankfurt – others upon request)
All accommodation incl. breakfast in a double room (Hotels, Guesthouses, Huts)
All transfers according to the programme
Currently applicable airport tax, flight departure tax and security fees
Climbing permits
Lift tickets
Continuous support from our German speaking UIAGM (IFMGA) mountain and ski guides
Porters, pack animals
Half and full board during the whole trip (except on flight days)
Pharmacy, high altitude emergency medicine
Kitchen team
Satellite communication
Radio communication
All fees & permits
Weather reports

Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator 


Services not included:
personal insurance
Russian visa (must be applied for on time by the participants with the Russian representative in their home country)
Iranian visa (must be applied for on time by the participants with the Iranian representative in their home country)
Personal medication
Alcoholic beverages
Tips
Personal mountain and climbing equipment
Sleeping bag
Single room supplement: € 400 (not possible in all accommodations)
Fees for Satellite phones, emails

 

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures GmbH, Hoehenstrasse 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, phone: +43 (0) 512 204134, mail: info@furtenbachadventures.com

 

 

The following itinerary is planned:

Because of the complex logistics of this double expedition, changes to the planned itinerary may need to be made during the trip. The exact plan will also depend on weather and snow conditions. In addition, we will be in a very remote and politically highly sensitive area where regulatory or environmental restrictions can be expected at any time.


1. Day: Flight via Moscow to Mineralny Vody and overnight stay at the hotel.

2. Day: Early departure after a short night - transfer (4h ) to our hotel in Terskol at the foot of the Elbrus. Short acclimatization tour (1-2h) in the afternoon with lift support up to 3460m. Overnight stay at the hotel.

3. Day:
Another acclimatization trek with lift support. After a walk of 3 hours, the 3570m high Gumachi False Pass is reached. Descent and overnight stay in the hotel.

4. Day: From Azau (2200 m) we will take the cable car lift to the mountain station Mir and then continue to the Garabashi station at 3750m with the chairlift, above which the famous "space capsule" cabins are located. Following an acclimatization trek to the Diezelhut at 4050m, we will return to the lower hut for the night (3900m).

5. Day: acclimatization trek to Pastuchov`s Rocks at 4650m, which can be reached within about 3-4 hours. For the night we will again descend to the hut (3900m).

6. Day: Summit day. Early departure at 3 o’clock with a long and exhausting day ahead of us. If the weather is clear, we will be able to see the Black and Caspian Seas from the summit. After reaching the peak, we will return to the hut at 3900m and stay there overnight.

7. Day: Reserve day in case of bad weather

8. Day: descent to Azau and transfer to the hotel where we will eat, relax and celebrate abundantly.

9. Day: Transfer to Mineralny Vody and flight to Tehran, where we arrive late at night. Overnight stay at the hotel. 

10. Day: Following a late breakfast, we will be transferred to the village of Rineh (2.060m) located in the Alborz Mountains (150 km / 2hrs) at the southeast foot of Mount Damavand, the highest peak in the Middle East. The Iranian mountaineers association has offered us accommodation in their guesthouse. Total travel time: about 8 hours. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.

11. Day: Rineh - Bargah-e-Sewom hut. Depending on road conditions, we will drive as close as possible to the starting point for the ascent of Damavand (Gusfandsara Mosque at 3.031m). Pack animals or porters will take over the transport of large and common luggage. Already adapted to the altitude, we will proceed to the Bargah-e-Sewom hut (4.260m) at walking speed.  Hm 1,230 . Overnight stay in the hut. 

12. Day: Bargah-e-Sewom hut - Summit - Damavand – Rineh:

The Damavand - summit day also starts very early. On a clear day you can see the lights of Tehran. After about 8 hours or more (we have enough time) we should have reached the summit of Damavand (5,671 m). The break at the summit and the magnificent panoramic view of the Alborz Mountains will make you forget all the effort. At the Bargah - e - Sewom hut we will interrupt the descent into the valley for a longer break and a second breakfast before we descend the last few meters in altitude with a burst of new energy. Helpers and participants will all meet again at the Gusfandsara mosque, where we will say goodbye to the locals and depart for Rineh. Hm 1,410 Hut - Summit - Hut, Hm 1,230 Hut - Gusfandsara Mosque. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.

13. Day: Reserve summit day or programme as on day 14.

14. Day: We drive back to the hotel in Tehran and have the afternoon for sightseeing. Travel time: about 3 hours to the hotel in Tehran. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

15. Day: Homeward journey with the return flight from Tehran in the early morning and arrival at home on the same day.

General information

Even despite modern equipment and altitude tactics, an expedition to great heights still poses a major challenge. In addition to the conditional requirements, the altitude itself is the greatest difficulty. We attach great importance to a prudent, slow acclimatization.

Weather and mountain conditions can lead to program or route changes.

Participation in the expedition is solely at your own responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures is not liable for accidents, damages or losses.

If you are not sure whether you are fit to participate in an expedition, contact Lukas Furtenbach at +43 512 204134 or lukas@furtenbachadventures.com and clarify this issue in a personal talk!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Difficulty / Technique

The ascent lies in the individual responsibility of the participants under the supervision of an expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and independently create rope teams when necessary. Showing cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for everyone. The participants are obliged to follow the instructions and accept the decisions made by the expedition leader. Each participant must know his/her own physical boundaries in order to be able to make the decision to turn back if need be.

Condition

A key success factor in expeditions is a good physical condition and stamina. Work out in the months prior to the expedition! Several hours of climbing with a heavy backpack over 1000 meters in altitude per day should not be a problem for you. We are happy to advise you personally on how you can best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

Equipment

You will need your own mountain equipment and a down sleeping bag with a comfort range from -5 degrees. After booking, we will send you a detailed equipment list. We are happy to advise you personally in the selection or purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what is best to avoid.

Health
We recommend each participant to undergo a medical check-up prior to embarking on the expedition. Sound health is a prerequisite for taking part in an expedition.
Of particular importance is a trip to the dentist, because previously unnoticed dental problems can suddenly become acute due to altered pressure conditions resulting from higher altitudes.

Experience

We know very well the excitement and attraction of high mountains! But we also want you to climb a mountain safely and come back healthy and having been able to enjoy the expedition while it was taking place and not only afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in a Vulcanic Seven Summit expedition, you should have already gained considerable alpine mountaineering experience. When booking, please mention which altitudes you have already reached or which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newbie, we can offer a tailor-made training and development program for your desired destination.

 

All necessary skills and techniques that will be needed on an expedition can be learned or refreshed in the Alps during a special introductory weekend. Get in touch.


Entry Requirements
Passport and visa regulations

Citizens of the EU and CH:

Russia: Your passport must be valid upon entry and at least 6 months following the period for which the visa has been issued (a visa must be applied for in your home country, we will provide you with the required invitation from Russia after you have booked). Processing the visa application may take up to 6 week, so be sure to apply on time!

Further information can be found here: www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/russische-foederation/)

Iran: Your passport must be valid upon entry for at least 6 months. The required visa should be applied for in your home country.  Information: www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/iran/)

Information regarding recommended vaccinations and health requirements: www.die-reisemedizin.de/data/weltkarte


Further travel information:
www.bmeia.gv.at/aussenministerium/buergerservice/reiseinformation/laenderspezifische-reiseinformationen.html.

 

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

 until 30 days prior to departure............................... 30%
29 - 20 days prior to departure.......................... 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure.......................... 70%
9 - 4 days prior to departure.............................. 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours).........100%
on the day of departure....................................... 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.

Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG” [European Travel inscurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

 

 

 

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Furtenbach Adventures GmbH
Höttinger Gasse 12
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

+43 (0) 512 / 204134

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