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Mount Koshtan Tau

For consideration. Applying for the participation in the Program each Participant has to sign two copies of this document

Guided ascent of Koshtan Tau (5151 m) from the North, 4A Russian Grade
Difficult Climb, High level

Program "Climbing Koshtan Tau from Bezengi" is available on the reservation at least 90 day prior the trip - special permission needed for entering the border area.

Day 1 - International flight to Moscow, hotel accommodation***
Day 2 - Domestic flight to Minvody, transfer to the Bezengi Base Camp, accommodation
Day 3 - Acclimatization
Day 4 - Acclimatization
Day 5 - Setting the Camp 0 (2700 m)
Day 6 - Climbing to the Camp I (on the top of moraine, 3700 m)
Day 7 - Climbing the North Ridge to the Camp II, 4300 m
Day 8 - Summit Day, climbing Koshtan Tau 5151 m, descent to the Camp II, 4300 m
Day 9 - Spare Summit Day
Day 10 - Spare Summit Day
Day 11 - Return to the Bezengi Base Camp, accommodation
Day 12 - Transfer to Minvody and domestic flight to Moscow, hotel accommodation***
Day 13 - Return International Flight

The price of the "Climbing Koshtan Tau, classic route, season 2021":

From 2800 Euro - price for the participation in the program for 1 participant at the 1:2 guide/client ratio

The final cost of climbing Koshtan Tau depends on the following factors:

  • your actual mountaineering experience (the possible program format depends on this),
  • guide / client ratio - 1:1, 1:2, 2:1
  • the need for additional services (porters, cook),
  • dates of the program

Conditions: previous climbing experience, good physical form, the Brief AlexClimb course of mountain technique is recommended.
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 (Nalchik), 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 (Nalchik),
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: 2
Guides: 2

*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*.

The Alpine format of this program: this program is divided into several independent parts, between which the short rest in the comfortable conditions of the Mountain Hut or the Guest House (hot shower, normal beds, home-cooked meals) is possible to recover after the climbing.
All the outdoor everyday obligations such as cooking meals during being in the mountains, loads carrying, tent mounting, camping duties are equally supposed for ALL the participants (including the Guides). The Porter services are not available on that Program. The Cook services are not available on that Program.

AlexClimb Stuff obligations:

Mountain Guides on this Program are responsible for the technical leadership and following all the points of the Program, and also take equal part in all the communal outdoor duties as the Group members

Mountain Guide Assistants do the same duties as the Guides but are not allowed to make final technical decisions.

Driver – is responsible only for the road transfers

Rent of the equipment and climbing gear: all the participants are fully liable for breakage of any part of the communal equipment which is provided by the organizers (tents, ropes, belaying and navigation equipment, cooking gear), as well as the rented personal gear. In case of breakage or loss or theft etc., the full retail price of the missing equipment is to be returned to the Organizers. Personal rental gear list with all the deposit values is to be attached and signed.  Lack of the equipment listed in the gear list provided by Organizers can be sufficient reason for the refuse for the participation in the program or even for turning down of all the Program. The rental requests should be provided by participants not later than 15 days before the Beginning of the Program.

Booking and Payment:  

To book the Program the Participant has to complete the provided  Program Request Form and  pay 50%  of the program cost not later than 60 days prior to its beginning.

The total amount is to be paid not later than 15 days prior to the Program beginning.

After receiving the Prepayment the dates and conditions of the Program are fixed and any changes are not possible or can be made only by mutual agreement. In case of the Program cancellation the deposit is not refundable.  In case of the Program cancellation after paying the total amount, the money refund is not possible anyway. With regard to valid reasons for the cancellation, the Organizer can offer to the Participant to take part in another Program with a preferential terms, partly taking into account the amount already paid. 

In case of delay with paying the Deposit, the Organizer can cancel or change the conditions of the booking without informing the Applicant. In case of delay with a total payment  the Organizer keeps the right to refuse the participation without any deposit compensation. The participation in the Program is possible only after paying the total amount of the Program cost, without any exceptions.   

The main points of the Common Rules of the AlexClimb mountain climbing Programs:

Mountain climbing Program is a kind of  recreational activity connected with being in the conditions which are potentially dangerous to the health and life of the Participants. The safety and success of the Group as whole, and personally of all the Participants, fully depends on the understanding of the basic safety rules.  

Very important to understand: the safety of all the Group during being in the mountains fully depends on the discipline and mutual respect of all the Program participants. In case if Participant behavior is offensive to other people (to Participants of Personnel or local people etc.) or violates rudely the discipline the Guide has the right to dismiss the guilty person from further participation in the Program or, if it is impossible – to finish the Program ahead of schedule on the basis of «Safety Priority»  of the Codex of the Guide*   

  • Safety Priority – it is the main principle, on which depend all the Guide decisions on the route.

Any of the Guide decision is based on his experience and destined to provide the highest possible safety level for the Clients. As example: «Even in case if it is few meters left to the Summit, but some reasons of the coming danger are apparent, even if not significant and imperceptible for the Participants, the Guide is within his right to begin the descent without climbing the top, at least because of his presentiment »

Since the mountain climbing is the dangerous kind of activity, the total safety cannot be assured, each participant should accept the fact, that from the beginning of the Program to its end the only person responsible for his  health and life is himself. The Organizer engage himself to provide the highest possible level of safety, based on the following the Mountain Climbing Safety Rules, but the Organizer is not responsible for any harm which can be brought to you health, life or belongings during your stay in the mountains.

Putting the sign under this document, the Participant confirms that he/she has no medical contra-indications for the mountain climbing.
Putting the sign under this document, the Participant confirms that he/she clearly understands and accepts all listed above.

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.