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Mount Erydag - Dagestan, Russia

East Caucasus. Dagestan. Alpine climbing program "Dagestan, climbing Mount Erydag 3925 m"

Altitude: 3925 m
Program category: Mountain Climbing

Duration: 7 days
Season: June - September
Program price from: 350 Euro

  • 01.06.20 - 10.06.20Group 6 participants 25000 RUR booking

Mountain climbing program "Climbing Mount Erydag 3925 m" with MCS AlexClimb and Bezengi Guides

Program "Mountain climbing in Dagestan, climbing Mount Erydag" is available for the reservation at least 60 day prior the trip - special permission needed for entering the border area.

An enormous rocky massif of Erydag faces Russia with its overwhelming vertical North West face. This is what will make your hands itch if you are coming from the north to Mount Erydag - one of the most unusual mountains of our country, located at the eastern end of the Caucasian mountains directly on the border with Azerbaijan. Erydag, in translation from the local language - Red Mountain – that is traditional location for alpine competitions and big wall festivals. This is one of the few mountains in Russia with such a high concentration of the top difficulty routes. 23 routes lead to the top of Erydag, and 22 of them belong to the highest difficulty grades and require many years of climbing practice and mountain experience. All big wall rockclimbing routes to Erydag lead to its summit via the North-West face and are very complicated, professional rockclimbing lines. However, in addition to its technical complexity, so attractive to the professional climbers and mountaineers, Erydag is extremely unusual, unique mountain by its forms and structure.

The interesting fact about Mount Erydag is that it has practically no Summit, in the usual sense of the word. The entire upper part of Mount Erydag is a huge, slightly inclined to the south high mountain plateau, partially covered with snow, partially rocky. On this plateau, at the beginning of the summer season, real lakes are formed with clear blue water. At the end of the season, when the summit snow melts completely, the summit plateau of Erydag turns into a real clay swamp, on which you can move only keeping to the solid, rocky hills.

The only route to climb Erydag that does not require the using of climbing equipment is the route from the South-West, the traverse vie the Seldy Saddle. This is a very beautiful and unusual mountain route, which allows not only to acclimatize for 3,500 - 4,000 m and get acquainted with one of the most technically difficult mountains of Russia, but also take a short trip to the world of absolutely fantastic nature of the high mountain plateau Erydag, with incredible, uncharacteristic for the Caucasus forms of terrain and beautiful landscapes of the surrounding peaks. Climbing Erydag fits perfectly into the climbing program in Dagestan as a training and acclimatization part, after which you can go to the higher and heavier mountains - for example to the neighboring Mount Bazarduzu.

This 7-day program "Climbing Mount Erydag" is designed for people who have no prior experience in mountain climbing and who want to try themselves on the basic difficulty mountain climbing route. Regardless your climbing experience, we recommend the Course of general physical preparation and passing MCS AlexClimb Course of Mountain Technique (basic level) before participating in this program.

The First Principle of MCS AlexClimb
The First Rule, by which we are guided in the development of our mountain programs - is safety. Professional Guides lead the group, the highest quality certificated equipment and the most modern navigation equipment are used. This guarantees the highest possible level of your safety in the mountains, which is the most important side of our work.

Program Schedule

The AlexClimb Russia - Dagestan climbing schedule:

Guided ascent of Mount Erydag (3925 m) by the West Ridge, season 2023
Easy Climb, Basic level

Day 1 - arrival to Makhachkala (Dagestan, Russian Federation), taxi airport pick up, transfer to the hotel in Derbent, overnight stay at the hotel, dinner
Day 2 - 4x4 transfer to the base camp 2600m - Kurush village (5 hours), setting the tents. Overnight in the tent on the grass, breakfast in the hotel, lunch in the restaurant on the way, dinner – outdoor ration
Day 3 - walking up the grassy slopes to the camping site 3200 m, setting the camp, overnight in the tent on the rocks, breakfast, lunch and dinner – outdoor ration
Day 4 - climbing the top of Mount Erydag 3925 m, descent to the camping site 3200 m, overnight in the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner – outdoor ration
Day 5 - Spare day, overnight in the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner - outdoor ration
Day 6 - Descent to the Base Camp, 4x4 transfer to Derbent, overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast - outdoor ration, lunch in the restaurant on the way, dinner in the restaurant
Day 7 - Departure to Makhachkala

Prices and conditions

The price of the mountain program "Climbing Mount Erydag, Russian Federation, Dagestan", season 2023:

from 370 Euro* - standard group 5-12 participants
from 660 Euro* - mini group 3-4 participants
1800 Euro - individual program 1-2 participants
* Price per participant

You have to be ready for:

  • 4-6 days of camping life in the field conditions;
  • Cooking your meals by yourself while climbing mountains;
  • Carrying a 15-20 kg backpack;
  • Air temperature can be down to -10°C on the altitude higher than 3000 m;

Conditions: minimum 5 participants, the passing of the  Brief AlexClimb course of mountain technique is recommended before the trip.
The price includes: Professional mountain guide services, rent of the communal equipment (ropes, belaying and navigation equipment, cooking gear), hotel accommodation, transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end (Makhachkala), using the
communal basic medical kit, local registering and climbing permits, food for outdoor part of the program.
The cost does not include: Russian visa charges*, International and domestic flight expenses** to and from the point of the beginning of the program (Makhachkala),
one day in Moscow if you have long transfer***, obligatory climbing insurance, rent of the personal equipment, food and drinks while being in cities, using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 12
Guides: 1

*AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can provide Russian Visa support for you. More information on request.
**AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can book the flights for you.
***AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can book hotel for you in Moscow and organize, transfers sightseeing and recreations according to your preferences - basic Moscow package cost is 270 Euro wich inclides pick up and drop off in the airport and one night in the Hotel 3*.

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Russia. Acclimatization in Bezengi valley" can be read in the Offer section

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Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.