Mount Elbrus climbing expedition, Russia
Description of Mount Elbrus climbing expedition, Russia
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PlanetMt. Elbrus is located in Prielbrusye National Park which is situated in the Causcasus mixed forests, known to be one of the most diverse ecoregions in the world. We get to experience this diversity for ourselves as our journey begins in lush meadows scattered with beautiful wildflowers before ascending to the Alpine conditions and perpetual snow at the higher elevations. On the mountain we camp at the lower elevations and stay in the established huts further up the trail limiting our impact on the mountain itself.
We enforce a strict Leave no Trace policy on all expeditions. We educate all our clients in how to minimise their negative impact in the environments in which they travel and offer leave no trace training on every expedition. We encourage them to take ownership of their interactions with the environment and consciously make every effort to leave it as found. Whatever is brought with us on expedition from equipment to food, must be taken away again. Tracks and trails are followed as much as possible to avoid any additional disturbance to local ecosystems.
We provide all water on the expedition trails, which is first filtered with a katadyn filter, boiled or treated with purification tablets. We encourage all clients to bring their own water-bladders and water bottles to be filled each day in an effort to eliminate or minimise the need for the purchase of single use plastic water bottles. We minimise the amount of canned and packaged goods on our expeditions, reducing our non-biodegradable waste. All biodegradable waste is buried deep in the ground, far from water sources, breaking down over a short period of time. All other waste is carried off the expedition and disposed of in a responsible manner.
PeopleOn all our trips we want to put money directly back into the local communities we visit. We stay in small, locally run hotels in Pyatigorsk, avoiding big international chains. We encourage clients to visit the local markets and the very popular local Spas and to pay market price, where fair and reasonable. Pyatigorsk is among the oldest spa destinations in Russia and a visit is well earned at the end of the trek! All food supplied on the trail is sourced fresh from local markets. We place a strong emphasis on the importance of sourcing locally wherever possible and illustrate the value of this for the local communities to our clients.
Local teams of guides, cooks and porters are employed to lead and assist our expeditions on the ground in tandem with the international guide and doctor who travel with each trip. Our local guides are highly experienced and very familiar with the expedition route, local history, cultures and customs of the region and are more than happy to share this knowledge with the group as we trek.
We have clear and transparent payment policies in place in Russia. We pay industry-standard wages or above to our guides, porters and cooks throughout the world. We offer advice on tipping to all our clients. We ensure the money is divided fairly between the local guides, cooks, porters and drivers. We offer specific tipping advice for Mt Elbrus in keeping with the local guidelines on best practice.
We participate in cultural and social events such as traditional dance and song, visit local co-ops, gear rental stores and frequent local festivals and celebrations whenever possible. We encourage our clients to partake in local traditions whenever possible. A sample of the local Vodka is usually imbibed at the end of a successful expedition.
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