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We founded WHOAx to feed your need for more exploration. WHOAx Expeditions is all about leaping out of our comfort zones and taking on less charted courses together! It’s all about less hand holding and more independence and spontaneity. Be ready to step it up, be a pioneer and be a part of a team whose biggest expectation is the unexpected. Bring your curiosity, positive vibes and sense of adventure, and come take the trail less traveled in a way only WHOA can!

 

WHOAx 2020: MOUNT ELBRUS

EXPERIENCE LIFE & CULTURE IN THE CAUCASUS REGION + CLIMB TO THE TOP OF EUROPE’S HIGHEST PEAK

JULY 19 - 27

$2,800

avg group size: 12

+ WHAT'S INCLUDED

INCLUDED

• 3-4 nights in Baksan Valley lodge
• 4-5 nights accommodation in the famous Mount Elbrus barrel huts
• Hearty and delicious meals on the mountain
• Welcome dinner and Russian style celebratory dinner
• Breakfasts at the lodge
• World-class, certified, English speaking guides
• All necessary hiking permits
• Transfer to/from Mineralnye Vody Airport/Baksan Valley
• Lifts to barrel huts
• Snow cat to Pastuckhov Rocks
• Fair tips for our amazing mountain crew
• A passionate WHOA GAL (Group Adventure Leader) to make sure you feel mentally and physically prepared leading up to and during your adventure
• Tons of WHOA TLC

NOT INCLUDED

• Inernational flights
• Russian visas
• Gear
Gobal Rescue (mandatory)
Travel insurance (VERY STRONGLY encouraged)
• Additional food/drink/things not mentioned as incldued above

Back by overwhelming demand, we're revisiting our first ever WHOAx Expedition - Mount Elbrus! Located in Russia between the Black and Caspian Seas, Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountain range that separates Europe from Asia, and its snowy peaks and slopes are begging to be explored (and danced on)! Awesome barrel huts will be our home and base camp for the week, as we acclimatize and prep for our summit attempt. Needless to say, as one of the seven summits, this epic adventure is perfect for summit seekers who are ready to take it to the next level!

 


 

HOW TO GET IN ON THis WHOAx ELBRUS EXPEDITION:

 

In order to manage the high demand and make sure we have the most qualified and prepared team, all adventurers are required to go through an application process to get on our Elbrus 2020 WHOAx Expedition crew. Below are the key dates in our application process for getting in on this epic expedition!

MAY 15, 2019
2020 APPLICATIONS ARE DUE

Please fill out and submit the online application questions below by May 15th (no exceptions) to be considered for our 2020 Elbrus WHOAx Expedition! Due to the intensity of this trek, we strongly recommend that you have successfully completed high altitude/multi-day treks (comparable to 4,600m/4 days). This is for the safety and well-being of you and the entire group.


MAY 20, 2019
SHORTLIST OF 2020 CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED

The adventurers with the most qualified applications will be contacted by our WHOA team to set up a phone interview over the next 3 weeks.


JUNE 15, 2019

FINAL EXPEDITION TEAM WILL BE ANNOUNCED

By mid June, you’ll know if you’ve made the 2020 WHOAx Elbrus crew! Candidates are chosen based on their experience and what unique attributes they will bring to the team dynamic. A waitlist of alternates will also be set up in the case of any unexpected drop outs.

 
 

WHOAx 2020: MOUNT ELBRUS APPLICATION

 
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DAILY BREAKDOWN

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DAY 1 //  JULY 19

dobro pozhalovat'

Plan to meet up with the rest of the Expedition crew at Mineralnye Vody Airport by noon (the best connections to MRV are through Moscow or St. Petersburg). Once we're all together, we'll drive 4 hours to our Baksan Valley (2,100 m) mountain lodge that's in the shadows of Elbrus. In the evening we'll have a delicious Russian WHOA welcome feast at our hotel and get briefed on the adventure that lies ahead!
Included: welcome dinner

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DAY 2 // JULY 20

TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE

We'll wake up and fuel up with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before setting off for a beautiful acclimatization hike on Cheget Mountain (3,450 m). Afterwards, we'll go back to our hotel to make sure all our gear is ready and to rest up for tomorrow.
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 3  // JULY 21

YOUR CHAIR-iot AWAITS...

After a hearty breakfast and one last warm shower (for a few days anyway), we'll head off to our new mountain home! We'll get to the barrel huts (3,800 m) via chairlift ride that comes complete with fresh mountain air and amazing views. Once we're settled in at the barrels, we'll take a short acclimatization hike to explore our new surroundings. In the evening, we'll return to our base camp for dinner and some R&R.
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 4  //  JULY 22

MORE TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE

In the morning we'll strap on our double boots and take a steep acclimatization hike to the Pastuckhov Rocks (4,700 m). We do all these prep hikes because hiking high and sleeping low is an important part of a safe high altitude summit attempt! We'll have the rest of the afternoon to relax and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Caucasus Mountains. 
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 5  //  JULY 23

ICE, ICE BABY 

Today we'll be learning new snow\ice\rope\self-belay techniques that will come in handy for our upcoming summit attempt. No previous experience is needed - we'll be covering all the basics! Most of all, it's important that we take it easy today and get a good nights sleep in the barrels, because tomorrow is the big day we've been preparing for...
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 6  //  JULY 24 

SUMMIT SISTERS

We'll have an early wake up call (around 2 am) for breakfast, and begin our journey to the highest peak in Europe! We'll be taking a snowcat (RAWR!) up to the Pastuckhov rocks (4,750 m) where we'll begin our summit attempt. From our starting point, it will take around 7 hours to reach the summit (5,642 m) where we'll see the beautiful morning sun over the Caucasus! It will take us approximately 3 hours to get back to the barrels for some much deserved rest.
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 7  //  JULY 25

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY

This is our reserve day, so in case of bad weather on the 24th, we have a day set aside for another summit attempt. If we were blessed by the weather gods the day before and reached the summit, we'll use this day to descend back down to our lodge in the Baksan Valley. 
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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DAY 8 //  JULY 26

BACK TO CIVILIZATION

The day is yours to explore!  You can visit mineral springs, do a short hike, or shop for handicrafts around the charming mountain villages in the valley. If we had to use our reserve day, we'll use the first part of the day to descend back down to the Baksan Valley. Either way, in the evening we'll share one last Russian feast together and toast (Zazdarovje!) to a successful expedition!
Included: breakfast, celebratory dinner

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DAY 9 // JULY 27

 Do svidaniya!

Time to say poka (see you later!) and ride back to Mineralnye Vody airport to head home...or off for more adventure! Please book a flight departing after 2:00pm on this day to allow ample time to travel from the Baksan Valley to Mineralnye Vody.
Included: breakfast

 

PHOTO CREDS: Ren Fuller