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How to get to the base of Elbrus from Moscow or Saint Petersburg?

To the foot of Elbrus

To get to the foot of the most popular mountain in Russia – Mount Elbrus from Moscow or St. Petersburg, you can use any type of public or personal transport. The most convenient way is to fly to one of the closest to Elbrus airports. Conveniently located are the airports of Nalchik, Mineralnye Vody, Beslan.

  1. The Mineralnye Vody Airport is the most convenient – there land direct flights not only from Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also from 15 other cities of Russia and abroad. Nalchik Airport, although it is located 100 km closer to Mount Elbrus, is not that universal – there are only 4 flights arriving from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Istanbul. Often flights to this city are more expensive than flights to Mineralnye Vody. Also, flight to Beslan (Vladikavkaz) airport form Moscow can be considered, the distance from which to the base of Elbrus is 270 km, which is comparable to the same distance from Mineralnye Vody. In Beslan airport land 9 Russian and international flights, of which 5 arrive from Moscow and one from St. Petersburg. Often, the price of tickets to Beslan airport is significantly lower than the cost of the flight to Nalchik or Mineralnye Vody. Regardless of the destination airport, the flight time from Moscow will be approximately 2 hours 20 minutes, from St. Petersburg - 3 hours 10 minutes.

  2. In addition to the air transportation, do not forget about the presence of such a classic way of moving around, like railway. This traditional way is used by those who, for a number of reasons, cannot use airplanes - for example, having a large amount of equipment for the mountain expedition - in this case, the choice of railway is obvious. The distance from Moscow to Nalchik by rail is 1887 km, travel time is 36 hours (46 hours from St. Petersburg). It should be noted that with the standard weight of baggage, choosing the option of travelling by railroad, you will most likely pay for a train ticket more than for a plane, since with a large selection of flights, the average flight price remains quite low.

  3. Getting to the foot of Elbrus from Nalchik, Mineralnye Vody or Beslan is not difficult - there is a large selection of official taxi services (the cost of a trip by car from Nalchik is 1500 rubles, from Mineralnye Vody from 2500 rubles, from Beslan – the price starts from 3000 rubles. Do not pay attention for unofficial taxi drivers' offers directly at the airport - as elsewhere in the world, such offers are several times overpriced and do not guarantee a safe trip. If you are critically limited in your budget - you can get some savings using public transport - however, there is no direct bus connection between Nalchik and Azau, you can take a regular bus to Tyrnyauz or Terskol, and then you still have to use a taxi, which in close proximity to Mount Elbrus can cost more than a taxi from Nalchik.

  4. The third option is a personal car. The distance from Moscow to Nalchik on the road is 1657 km, almost half of the way is a modern highway (paid). In general, the whole distance is very comfortable and takes no more than two leisurely days of driving - of course, it is not as fast as by the airplane, but a private car provides you with complete freedom of movement and significantly saves associated transportation costs.

Text — Alexey Trubachev, founder of the MCS AlexClimb mountaineering and climbing school.

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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.